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LV=CC, September 24: As it happened

Nottinghamshire closed in on maximum batting points in their battle with Somerset to avoid the drop, while fellow strugglers Derbyshire were held up against Warwickshire. In Division Two, Northamptonshire need just two more points to gain promotion. 

6:20pm - And that's the end of day one in the final round of LV= County Championship fixtures. Here's a round-up of the action.

Division One

Nottinghamshire are 378 for seven against Somerset at Trent Bridge. The winner will definitely survive, though a draw could be enough for both depending on the amount of bonus points scored and Derbyshire's result.

Warwickshire are 285 for eight against Derbyshire at Derby. The hosts must win to have any chance of survival.

Champions Durham were bowled out for 164, with Sussex reaching 186 for five in reply at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.

Yorkshire are 316 for six at the Kia Oval against already-relegated Surrey.

Division Two

Northamptonshire are 103 for four, after picking up maximum bonus points by dismissing Worcestershire for 163 in their chase for promotion. If Northants reach 250 they will definitely be in Division One next season.

Essex's chances of overhauling Northants look slim, after Hampshire compiled 398 for eight at the Ageas Bowl. They must win with maximum points and hope Northants return four points or less to earn promotion.

Champions Lancashire are 269 for eight against Kent at Canterbury.

Gloucestershire are 228 for eight against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.

5:55pm - The only games still in progress are at Canterbury and the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground. We will have a full round-up from around the grounds once the last two have finished.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (377/7) v Somerset: Shortly after Craig Meschede has Chris Read caught behind for 39 from a slightly loose shot, stumps are drawn on what has been Notts’ day. They are on course for maximum batting points that will put them half way to survival.

5:48pm -  That's stumps at Derby where Warwickshire are 285 for eight.

Notts lose a seventh wicket - Chris Read departing for 39 - and are 28 runs away from maximum batting points.

Hampshire are eight down with Month Panesar trapping Danny Briggs lbw.

5:32pm - Northants end day one on 103 for four, needing another 147 in 71 overs to secure the bonus points for promotion.

It's also stumps at the Kia Oval, while Lancashire are eight down at Canterbury with Oliver Newby departing for one.

5:26pm -  Play is abandoned for the day in Wales, with the light not getting any better. Gloucestershire are 228 for eight at the end of day one.

5:15pm - The players are off for bad light at the SWALEC Stadium, while Lancashire are seven down as Alex Davies falls to namesake Mark for 16.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (341/6) v Somerset: Having driven Peter Trego down the ground for four to reach three figures, Lumb pulls Lewis Gregory over the short boundary but is immediately lbw for 107 as Somerset take a second bowling point. Notts need to keep their momentum to ensure maximum batting points.  

5:02pm - Moeen Ali traps Alex Wakely leg before, leaving Northants four down. They will not be wrapping up promotion on day one. 

The over after hitting Tim Linley for three fours, Andrew Gale succumbs to Tom Jewell, leaving Yorkshire 296 for six.

4:55pm - Essex are being frustrated by Adam Wheater, who has gone on to a fifty. He has dominated the 42-run partnership with Danny Briggs, that has moved Hampshire on to 346 for seven.

Arshad has his second scalp for Durham, removing Matt Prior for 16. Gloucestershire's Will Gidman falls for 33, with Ruaidhri Smith taking his second wicket.

4:38pm - After recovering well from the loss of two early wickets, Sussex's momentum is checked as Usman Arshad removes Ed Joyce, who had contributed 45 of a 58-run partnership with Luke Wells.

Benny Howell departs for 27 as Gloucestershire slip to 219 for seven at the SWALEC Stadium.

4:32pm - Notts have moved past 300 to record their third batting point, while Ashwell Prince has compiled a ton for Division Two winners Lancashire.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (290/5) v Somerset: Craig Meschede has Hussey caught behind for 125, a fitting farewell to Notts who are on course for maximum batting points. Hussey and Lumb put on 214.  

4:20pm - A good minute for Essex. Northants are three down with Stephen Peters trapped lbw to Richardson, leaving them 46 for three, and Matt Coles becomes Greg Smith's fourth victim as Essex reduce Hampshire to 304 for seven.

Remember, Northants need to reach 250 in 110 overs to secure promotion or at least draw the game, otherwise Essex can sneak in with a 24-point return.

4:16pm - Gary Ballance celebrates his inclusion in the Ashes squad with a fifty against Surrey.

Essex have a sixth wicket, with Greg Smith ousting Michael Bates for his third scalp, while James Tredwell accounts for Tom Smith at Canterbury.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (276/4) v Somerset: Centurion Hussey is shelled again, this time down leg by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter as he gets a single that heralds a 200-run stand and takes him to 119. The partnership is a record for Notts’ fifth wicket versus Somerset, beating the previous 185.

4:01pm - Derbyshire make a crucial breakthrough, ending Jeetan Patel and Chris Woakes' partnership on 69 when Alex Hughes has the former caught at mid-off. Warwickshire are 219 for eight.

Graham Napier strikes to get rid of Vince for 82 at the Ageas Bowl, after he and Adam Wheater had added 22 in 14 balls for the home side.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (252/4) v Somerset: At the end of the first over after tea David Hussey elegantly cover-drives Lewis Gregory for his 16th four, taking him to three figures in his last game for Notts. It also gives the Trent Bridge hosts a second bonus point.

3:50pm - Northants' push for 250 suffers another early setback with Alan Richardson removing David Sales for 12. 

Hampshire lose Sean Ervine to Greg Smith, but James Vince is still there unbeaten on 72. 

3:40pm - Tea is taken at the SWALEC Stadium with Gloucestershire 177 for six, meaning all the matches have now reached the end of their afternoon sessions.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (248/4) v Somerset: Hussey takes tea on 99, although it is doubtful the 36-year-old will be that nervous given he has 42 first-class hundreds. It has emphatically been Notts’ afternoon thanks to this unbroken 172-run stand. It’s worth remembering Hussey was close to being lbw for nought and was dropped on 58.

3:30pm - Tea is taken in both games with a bearing on relegation in Division One. Notts are 248 for four against Somerset while Warwickshire have recovered to 210 for seven against Derbyshire.

In Division Two, Hampshire are 266 for three  at tea against Essex, who have just announced that Owais Shah has retired from first-class cricket.

Essex's promotion rivals Northants suffer an early setback, with James Middlebrook dismissed for four. Elsewhere, Onions has another wicket, removing Michael Yardy, while Cameron Herring becomes the sixth Gloucestershire wicket to fall.

3:25pm - Sussex's reply gets off to a poor start as Graham Onions strikes with the third ball of the innings to remove Chris Nash, while Lancashire are five down with Andrea Agathangelou on his way for 13.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (235/4) v Somerset: Jamie Overton, part of England’s squad for this month’s NatWest Series, is withdrawn from the attack four legitimate balls into his 11th over for persistent short-pitched bowling. Lewis Gregory completes the over.  Overton now cannot bowl for the rest of the innings.

3:12pm - Time for tea at the Kia Oval, where Yorkshire are 193 for four.

Glamorgan have claimed a fifth Gloucestershire wicket, Graham Wagg removing Hamish Marshall.

Chris Woakes has a half-century at Derby, where Warwickshire are nearing 200 for the loss of seven wickets.

3pm - Durham make one more than Worcestershire, reaching 164 all out at Sussex. Anyon finishes with 5-44 and Jordan 4-50.

2:57pm - Shantry's landmark is followed by Hall removing Chris Russell, meaning Northants have three bonus points in the bag and will be promoted if they make 250 inside 110 overs in their first innings. Alan Richardson is duly caught behind first ball, giving Hall 5-30 and ending Worcestershire's innings at 163 .

2:48pm - Yorkshire's Phil Jaques reaches 88 before becoming a second victim for Zafar Ansari, while James Tredwell accounts for Luke Procter at Canterbury.

Like Jaques, Carberry is unable to reach three figures. He falls to Greg Smith for 85 and Hampshire are 227 for three.

Durham look set to miss out on any bonus points as Graham Onions exits to leave the score reading 162 for nine.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (200/4) v Somerset: Notts, who need 10 points to ensure they stay up, get a first as Lumb runs Peter Trego to the third-man boundary to raise a fifty and secure a maiden bonus point. In ideal batting conditions Lumb and Hussey, who have shared a century alliance, are prospering. So far they have added 124.

2:33pm - Anyon bowls Usman Arshad for his fourth scalp and third in quick succession.

Hampshire already have a batting point against Essex and are still only two down.

Groenewald continues to lead Derbyshire's first-day charge against Warwickshire, claiming the wicket of Keith Barker.

Shantry completes only his second first-class fifty. 

2:28pm - Not content with one wicket in an over, James Anyon and Dean Cosker each strike again. Durham are now 137 for seven and Glamorgan 132 for four.

Ashwell Prince passes 50 for Lancashire at Canterbury.

Yorkshire lose Kane Williamson for 23 and Pardoe is stumped for 51 at New Road with Shantry one shy of a half-century.

2:23pm - Pardoe brings up a battling fifty, but there are wickets elsewhere.

Chris Dent's innings ends at the hands of Dean Cosker on 84, while Lancashire's Karl Brown goes for 42 and Phil Mustard of Durham is out for just five.

2:15pm - Having seen seven partners depart in quick succession, Worcestershire's Matthew Pardoe is finally receiving able support from Jack Shantry, who has raced to 40.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (169/4) v Somerset: Hussey is dropped on 58 by James Hildreth at first slip off Craig Meschede. It was a tough low chance for Hildreth, who looks devastated, and the ball went to the boundary. Two balls later Hussey clips four more through midwicket to rub salt into the wound.

2:08pm - Jordan now has 4-32 after sending back Will Smith and the runs are flowing freely at the Ageas Bowl, where Michael Carberry is celebrating his Ashes call-up with a substantial innings.

1:57pm - Groenewald dismisses Warwickshire debutant Stuart Poynter to claim his second wicket in five balls! Derbyshire have their opponents reeling on 120 for six.

Ben Stokes departs cheaply to Sussex seamer Jordan, leaving Durham 107 for four.

1:54pm - Derbyshire need some assistance if they are to stay up but, for the time being, they can only focus on winning their own game. Tim Groenewald aids the pursuit of that goal, wicketkeeper Tom Poynton taking a stunning catch down the leg side to atone for his earlier spills and complete the dismissal of Ateeq Javid.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (152/4) v Somerset: Hussey, on his last Notts appearance, hits Lewis Gregory for four fours in an over, easing him to a 74-ball fifty.

1:33pm - Liam Dawson, on 40, becomes Sajid Mahmood's second victim at the Ageas Bowl but Phil Jaques has made it to a half-century for Yorkshire.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (126/4) v Somerset: At lunch Nottinghamshire made the Yorkshire Bank 40 trophy available for their fans to have photos taken with on the outfield. Soon into the afternoon session Michael Lumb and David Hussey share a restorative fifty partnership, which arrives with Hussey joining Lumb on 28. However, extras is Notts’ top scorer on 30.

1:23pm - Andrew Hall now has 3-18 - and his 600th first-class wicket - at New Road, where Worcestershire have slumped to 76 for seven.

Jim Allenby picks up Glamorgan's second wicket at Cardiff, Alex Gidman the man to go.

Chris Jordan gets Scott Borthwick at Hove - those two players have both had excellent seasons.

1:11pm - Derbyshire waste little time in claiming a wicket after the interval, Tony Palladino ousting Rikki Clarke for 22 to leave Warwickshire 90 for four.

12:36pm - It's time for lunch. Here are the scores from around the grounds:

Division One

Warwickshire , who lost the toss, are 88 for three against Derbyshire , who must win at Derby to have a chance of staying up.

In the battle between the other two sides fighting for survival, Nottinghamshire are 115 for four against Somerset , who opted to bowl at Trent Bridge.

County Champions Durham are 75 for two after choosing to bat against Sussex at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.

Yorkshire , who decided to bat, are 81 for two in their meeting with Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Worcestershire have been reduced to 72 for six after losing the toss against Northamptonshire , who can secure promotion by claiming five points at New Road.

Hampshire are 115 for one having been put in by Essex at the Ageas Bowl.

Division Two winners Lancashire are 77 for two after being inserted by Kent at Canterbury.

Gloucestershire are 87 for one against Glamorgan , who elected to field at the SWALEC Stadium.

12:15pm - Hall earns Northants a second bonus point and reduces Worcestershire to 64 for six with the wicket of Ben Cox.

Hampshire already have 100 on the board against Essex, who will not be happy with the score at New Road, and Chris Dent has a fifty for Gloucestershire.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (84/4) v Somerset: Alfonso Thomas, who uprooted Samit Patel’s off stump with a fast inswinging yorker, has had three close lbw appeals turned down by umpire Michael Gough. Michael Lumb survived on 15 and David Hussey, who was warmly applauded to the middle on his last Notts appearance, on nought and four. The sun has broken through the cloud and it is a stunning day at Trent Bridge.

12:01pm - Derbyshire strike again as Tim Groenewald pins Laurie Evans lbw, while Lancashire and Yorkshire lose Luis Reece and Adam Lyth respectively.

At New Road, Worcestershire are 55 for five with Ross Whiteley having fallen to Steven Crook.

11:47am - Durham's Mark Stoneman is caught behind off James Anyon for 20, but the wickets have dried up in the more important fixtures.

Ah, maybe not! Andrew Hall bowls Tom Fell to enhance Northants' position of strength.

11:37am - It has not been a great morning for Tom Poynton. Derbyshire's wicketkeeper gives Ateeq Javid a second life, this time off Tony Palladino.

11:28am - Essex's slim promotion hopes have been hit by Northants' flying start this morning. Paul Grayson's men claim a first wicket at the Ageas Bowl when Sajid Mahmood induces an edge to first slip from Jimmy Adams.

11:15am - Northants move a point closer to Division One through Muhammad Azhar Ullah's removal of Thilan Samaraweera, which leaves Worcestershire 23 for three.

And Notts are three down too as Gregory has James Taylor lbw without scoring!

County Champions Durham are 23 for one at Hove after Chris Jordan had Keaton Jennings held at slip by Matt Prior.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (40/2) v Somerset: Steven Mullaney pays for leaving a ball from Lewis Gregory as he is bowled, further rewarding Marcus Trescothick’s decision to field first.

11:06am - Despite losing Wessels early, Notts are scoring freely. As you might expect, ecb.co.uk will be devoting much of its attention this week to the games that will decide who is promoted and relegated.

10:58am - In addition to the wickets at Derby and Trent Bridge, Yorkshire have lost Alex Lees and Gareth Roderick has fallen cheaply for Gloucestershire.

The game at Canterbury features two debutants. Kyle Jarvis is making his Lancashire bow while teenage seamer Matt Hunn has just started his professional career with a maiden for Kent.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (18/1) v Somerset: Given that both sides will be safe with a maximum-bonus-points draw, this game has started competitively. Jamie Overton makes the first breakthrough with a short ball that Riki Wessels feathered behind. The wicket being used is towards one end of the square, meaning the boundary by the Fox Road Stand is close in.

10:43am - Footitt responds well to his early no-ball woe, ousting Ian Westwood in a wicket-maiden. Derbyshire are 15 points behind Nottinghamshire and a further point behind Somerset. Wayne Madsen's side will be hoping for a positive result at Trent Bridge.

Lancashire, the only unbeaten side in championship cricket this season, lose Paul Horton to Mark Davies' second ball when the action begins at Canterbury.

10:36am - Northants could be promoted today at this rate! Willey wins another leg-before decision against Moeen Ali, Division Two's leading run-scorer.

10:32am - David Willey gives Northamptonshire an early lift at New Road, trapping Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell lbw with the second ball of the game.

Derbyshire make a less convincing start in their must-win match with Warwickshire as Mark Footitt gives up 12 in a 10-ball over.

10:27am - For a bit more detail on how things stand heading into this ultimate round of fixtures, why not read our preview ?

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Trent Bridge: As expected, England duo Jos Buttler and Jamie Overton return for Somerset with Alex Barrow and Piyush Chawla, the latter having returned to India, dropping out. Notts, fresh from winning the Yorkshire Bank 40 on Saturday, make one change from last week’s loss to Durham. Brett Hutton makes his championship debut in place of Andre Adams, who has a hamstring injury.

10:17am - A coin has now been flipped at the Kia Oval and Yorkshire will bat first against Surrey.

10:10am - We have news filtering through from the various tosses, although it appears there will be delays in the two fog-hit fixtures mentioned at 9:50am. Here's a summary of who is doing what elsewhere:

Division One

Derbyshire have chosen to bowl against Warwickshire at Derby.

Nottinghamshire have been put in by Somerset at Trent Bridge.

Durham have elected to bat against Sussex at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.

Division Two

Northamptonshire have invited Worcestershire to bat at New Road.

Hampshire have been inserted by Essex at the Ageas Bowl.

At the SWALEC Stadium, Glamorgan have sent Gloucestershire in.

9:50am - It has been a foggy morning in the south-east, and there could yet be a delay to the start at Canterbury, where Kent are hosting Division Two champions Lancashire.

Visisbility was also poor at the Kia Oval first thing but now looks to be much improved.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Trent Bridge: This is one of the latest ends to the season in recent years, but that is no excuse for the Christmas tree, which was fully lit yesterday evening, on top of the pub over the road from the ground. Despite officially being autumn, it is mild and muggy as the teams warm up on the outfield.

9:35am - Before the action gets under way, here are a few news lines from the domestic circuit:

Kane Williamson has agreed a return to Yorkshire in 2014 as the club's overseas player, while Lancashire have released long-serving wicketkeeper Gareth Cross .

Gloucestershire have signed Tom Smith on a permanent deal from Middlesex following a successful loan spell.

9:30am - Morning everyone. The winners of each division may have already been decided, but there is still much to play for on the final week of the LV= County Championship season.

Derbyshire must record a home victory over Warwickshire to have any chance of staying up at the expense of either Nottinghamshire or Somerset, who meet at Trent Bridge.

In Division Two, Northamptonshire need five points at Worcestershire to guarantee promotion. Anything less opens the door for Essex to go up instead.

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