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LV=CC, September 25: As it happened

Northamptonshire's promotion to Division One was confirmed as Derbyshire slipped to the brink of relegation from the top-flight.

6:15pm - Stumps are also drawn at the SWALEC Stadium with Glamorgan just four behind.

Here is a summary of the scores on a special day for Northamptonshire:

Division One

Derbyshire have a huge battle on their hands to avoid relegation. Karl Krikken’s men are 44 for five at Derby in reply to Warwickshire’s 391 for nine declared.

At Trent Bridge, Somerset are 183 for two responding to Nottinghamshire’s 406.

LV= County Champions Durham are two without loss in their second innings at the County Ground and still trail Sussex by 162.

Relegated Surrey are 172 for one in reply to Yorkshire's 434 at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Worcestershire are 155 for three at New Road and 116 ahead of Northamptonshire, whose promotion to Division One was confirmed today due to events elsewhere.

Essex can no longer go up. They are 44 without loss and 205 in arrears after being made to follow on by Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Division Two winners Lancashire are 75 for nought and 99 ahead of Kent at Canterbury.

At Cardiff, Glamorgan trail Gloucestershire by four on 271 for nine.

6:09pm - Play is almost at an end in the two remaining games. Lancashire openers Paul Horton and Luis Reece have enjoyed themselves against Kent this evening, while Glamorgan have almost wiped out Gloucestershire's lead.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406 all out) v Somerset (183/2): The lights have just been turned off at Trent Bridge, where most of the spectators left some time ago. Somerset have had the best of a rain-shortened day, but Notts will be happy to have gained maximum batting points.

5:33pm - They are also done for the day at Trent Bridge and New Road, while Glamorgan are eight down with Allenby out for 85.

5:29pm - The end of day two arrives at the Ageas Bowl, Essex having reached 44 without loss after following on to trail by 205.

Sibley and nightwatchman make it through to the close at the Kia Oval.

5:19pm - Muhammad Azhar Ullah bowls Thilan Samaraweera for 14 with Worcestershire 106 ahead, while Glamorgan pass 200 thanks largely to Allenby.

Surrey's mammoth opening stand ends at 171 when Rory Burns nicks Steven Patterson behind. He made 82 and Sibley is still there on 80.

5:09pm - With the players still off at Derby, it also becomes too gloomy to continue in Nottingham. Somerset are 183 for two and seemingly on course for safety given Derbyshire's perilous position. Hildreth and Compton have shared 172 thus far.

5pm - Mist has kept Sussex and Durham off for quite some time and stumps have now been drawn at the County Ground. The LV= County Champions trail by 162 on two without loss in their second innings.

Hildreth clips Brett Hutton through midwicket at Trent Bridge to bring up a 102-ball hundred. He has now reached three figures against Notts on five occasions.

4:55pm - Matthew Spriegel has Matt Pardoe caught behind, so Worcestershire are effectively 78 for two.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406 all out) v Somerset (161/2): Compton hits Samit Patel down the ground for six to reach a fifty after being stuck in the forties. Hildreth raised a half-century from 57 balls and has raced to 88 from 89. Later in the over Compton cuts for four, bringing up a 150-run partnership for Somerset who are going well.

4:52pm - Northants coach David Ripley has just discussed his side's promotion on Sky Sports News.

"It's a great effort and a great feeling," said Ripley.

"There’s been a genuine feel-good factor and it’s hard to create that. It’s just naturally there and we’re going well with it.”

4:42pm - Bad light forces a halt at Derby with the hosts 44 for five and seemingly doomed to relegation.

Gloucestershire have the upper hand at Cardiff, where Graham Wagg's departure leaves Glamorgan 171 for seven.

4:37pm - Teenage opener Sibley brings up his maiden first-class half-century with a six as Surrey move on to 125 without loss against Yorkshire.

Stephen Parry finishes with 3-51 as Kent are bowled out for 260 to trail Lancashire by 24.

4:31pm - Hampshire enforce the follow-on with a lead of 249, but events at the Ageas Bowl matter little now with Essex resigned to a further year in Division Two.

Northants, of course, are still in action at New Road, where Worcestershire lead by 46 on 85 for one.

4:23pm - NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ARE PROMOTED TO DIVISION ONE OF THE LV= COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP!!! - Essex are dismissed for 207 at the Ageas Bowl, which means Northants cannot be caught in the race for second position in Division Two. Coles finished with 6-71 and the last man to fall was former Wantage Road favourite Monty Panesar.

4:19pm - James Middlebrook picks up Northants' first wicket of the day when winning an lbw decision against Daryl Mitchell, who made 47. More significantly, Essex are nine down ...

At Canterbury, James Tredwell and Key have fallen in quick succession, the latter for 134.

Keith Barker has Alex Hughes caught behind, which means Derbyshire are 33 for five.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406 all out) v Somerset (101/2): In brighter conditions after the interval that have allowed the lights to be turned off, James Hildreth exquisitely cover-drives Harry Gurney to the rope. Nick Compton then edges Luke Fletcher aerially for four in the gap between second slip and gully, moving him to 30. Three Compton fours in a Gurney over soon usher Somerset to three figures.

4:05pm - Matt Coles completes a five-for by ousting Graham Napier. Surely it is now a matter of time before Northamptonshire are confirmed as a Division One club for 2014?

Will Gidman's third wicket means Glamorgan are 147 for six, but Surrey are faring much better with the bat. Burns and Dominic Sibley have shared the club's first three-figure opening stand of the season.

4pm - Rory Burns celebrates his recent LV= Breakthrough Award by passing 50 against Yorkshire.

Glamorgan are now five down at the SWALEC but have Jim Allenby nearing a half-century.

3:49pm - Rob Key remains unbeaten on 132, but Kent have a battle on their hands to secure a first-innings lead against Lancashire. Stephen Parry has Adam Ball lbw, leaving the Canterbury hosts 236 for seven in reply to 284. Tea is taken with a further run added to Kent's score.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406 all out) v Somerset (72/2): Nick Compton and James Hildreth consolidate securely and the latter clips Paul Franks to leg, taking Somerset past 50, for the first of his three fours in the penultimate over before tea. In the next Compton does likewise off Hutton, the first raising a half-century stand.

3:28pm - Essex limp to tea on 170 for seven as Matt Coles claims his fourth wicket, that of Kishen Velani. Northamptonshire may be reaching for the champagne soon...

Nottinghamshire and Somerset fans will also be breathing easier. Derbyshire are 14 for four!

Glamorgan head for tea on 130 for four, trailing Gloucestershire by 145.

3:16pm - Derbyshire slide to nine for three, Paul Borrington becoming a second victim for Barker. Karl Krikken's side are staring down the barrel now.

At this rate, we may know the make-up of next year's top-flight this evening. James Foster's exit leaves Essex 166 for six.

Lancashire also have a sixth scalp at Canterbury, Jarvis removing Sam Billings for his third breakthrough.

3:11pm - Worcestershire take tea on 57 without loss, leading Northants by 18. The result of that game could yet prove immaterial, however, with Essex in trouble.

An encouraging afternoon for Surrey ends with the Kia Oval hosts 72 for nought against Yorkshire.

2:58pm - Key completes a 118-ball hundred with his 11th four. Kent are 184 for five and 100 behind Lancashire.

Derbyshire's day goes from bad to worse as skipper Wayne Madsen is held at first slip off Chambers to leave the score reading three for two.

2:53pm - Ben Foakes falls for 26 at the Ageas Bowl. Maybe Northants will be celebrating promotion today as Essex, who must reach 400 to have any chance of denying David Ripley's men, are 138 for five.

Having suffered a miserable time of things with the ball, Derbyshire lose a wicket in the first over of their reply when Keith Barker pins Ben Slater in front for two.

Chris Cooke reaches 50 for Glamorgan but is then bowled by Matt Taylor.

With Key on the brink of three figures at Canterbury, Kyle Jarvis traps Darren Stevens lbw for five.

2:42pm - Chris Woakes continues to frustrate Derbyshire and passes 150 with a couple of runs off Wainwright.Warwickshire then declare on 391 for nine.

Harmison's fun is ended as he is trapped lbw by Oliver Newby for 59.

Surrey's openers have put on a fifty partnership at the Kia Oval, while tea has been taken at Sussex.

2:35pm - Derbyshire, at long last, have a ninth wicket. Chambers is stumped off David Wainwright for a career-best 58.

Worcestershire are quickly wiping out Northants' lead. Openers Matthew Pardoe and Daryl Mitchell have so far put on 31 for the first wicket, reducing their team's deficit to eight.

Harmison has recorded a fifty for Kent, who continue to pile on the runs against Lancashire. His partnership with Key is up to 145.

2:24pm - Warwickshire number 10 Chambers reaches a maiden first-class fifty. I doubt many people saw that coming when the Bears were 148 for seven yesterday.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406 all out) v Somerset (3/1): Marcus Trescothick’s disappointing season continues as he attempts to drive Harry Gurney but is pinned in front. That brings to the crease Nick Compton, who made 204 not out in last year’s corresponding fixture.

2:17pm - Rob Key and Ben Harmison have now put on 119 at Canterbury. Lancashire may have already won Division Two but they will be determined to maintain their unbeaten record.

Both Woakes and Chambers have passed their previous first-class bests, of 136 and 30 respectively.

2:04pm - Northamptonshire followers will cheer every wicket that falls at the Ageas Bowl. Tom Westley is the latest to go, lbw to Ruel Brathwaite.

1:57pm - Notts and Somerset now need just four and five points respectively as Derbyshire fail to claim a ninth wicket before the end of the 110th over at Derby, where Warwickshire are 325 for eight.

Mist has forced another delay in the clash between Sussex and Durham, while Surrey's young openers - Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley - are going along well in reply to Yorkshire's 434.

Murray Goodwin's exit leaves Glamorgan 47 for three against Gloucestershire.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406 all out) v Somerset: Thomas wraps up Notts’ innings with two wickets in an over, the first giving Somerset a third bowling point, meaning they need six more to be safe. Fletcher clipped a catch to Nick Compton on the short leg-side boundary and Harry Gurney was caught behind for nought.

1:44pm - James Tomlinson completes a maiden at the Ageas Bowl with the scalp of Greg Smith for 37, leaving Essex 81 for three.

Warwickshire's ninth-wicket partnership reaches three figures. Things are looking rather grim now for Derbyshire.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (403/8) v Somerset: Fletcher unfurls a textbook cover-drive for four off Lewis Gregory and cuts Thomas for four either side of an edgy boundary for Hutton off Gregory. Hutton then slaps Thomas through the covers for four to register the fifth batting point, which takes Notts half way to the haul they need to guarantee safety.

1:39pm - Five overs remain for Derbyshire to claim bowling point number three against Warwickshire. Woakes and Chambers have been together for 38 overs.

1:32pm - Northants are all out for 202 due to Moeen Ali's third scalp. They lead by 39 on first innings but are not able to celebrate a top-flight return just yet. Can Essex, who are 76 for two against Hampshire, make it to 400 and keep the promotion race alive?

1:27pm - Rob Keogh is run out for 57, leaving Northamptonshire 202 for nine and reducing the chances of the club confirming promotion this afternoon.

The break for bad light at Sussex did not last long and Scott Borthwick now has a second scalp, that of Chris Jordan.

Rob Key moves to 50 for Kent, who are recovering well after being reduced to seven for three this morning.

1:20pm - Northants reach 200, meaning they need one more point to be guaranteed promotion. That said, even if they don't manage that, a 24-point Essex win at Hampshire appears unlikely at this stage, despite Tom Westley and Greg Smith sharing a fifty stand.

Glamorgan are 12 for two at the SWALEC Stadium following Ben Wright's departure to Will Gidman for a duck.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (378/8) v Somerset: Notts need 22 runs for a potentially vital last batting point but lose Paul Franks lbw to Alfonso Thomas from the day’s first ball. Championship debutant Brett Hutton and Luke Fletcher need to show resolve to get Notts to 400.

1:17pm - Bad light has interrupted proceedings at the County Ground after just three balls in the afternoon session.

Chris Woakes, who now has 109, and Maurice Chambers continue to frustrate Derbyshire, who are running out of time to claim a third bowling bonus point.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (378/7) v Somerset: Encouraging signs at Trent Bridge where the rain has stopped, the sun is shining through the clouds and all the covers are off save for the one over the wicket. Umpires Michael Gough and Nigel Llong have inspected and play is due to start at 1:15pm.  

12:35pm - And that is lunch around the country. Here's how things stand:

Division One

There has been no play at Trent Bridge so Nottinghamshire remain on 378 for seven against Somerset at Trent Bridge. The winner will survive, though a draw could be enough for both depending on the amount of bonus points scored and Derbyshire's result.

Rain has halted play at Derby as well, with Warwickshire 285 for eight against Derbyshire . The hosts must win to have any chance of survival.

Sussex are  309 for eight in reply to champions Durham's  164 at the County Ground.

Yorkshire have been bowled out for 434 at the Kia Oval against already-relegated Surrey .

Division Two

Northants are 191 for eight as they chase the extra two bonus points needed for promotion. They lead Worcestershire  by 28 at New Road.

Essex are 52 for two having bowled out Hampshire for 456. Essex can only overhaul Northants for the final promotion spot with a win and at least four batting bonus points.

Kent are 41 for three , replying to Lancashire’s 284 at Canterbury.

Glamorgan are 11 for one in reply to Gloucestershire’s  275 at the SWALEC Stadium.

12:30pm -  It's lunch at New Road - we will have a full round-up of the scores once the rest have reached the break.

Sussex lose an eighth wicket, as Scott Borthwick removes Brown, while Glamorgan are 11 for one with Gareth Rees on his way back to the pavilion.

12:25pm -  Northants are fighting back, with Rob Keogh going to 50. They are 10 runs away from a first batting point.

Yorkshire are all out for 434.  Lunch is taken at Canterbury.

12:20pm - They are taking an early lunch at Canterbury due to a rain shower, while Gary Ballance falls for a brilliant 148 for Yorkshire.

12:07pm - Durham's hopes of ending the campaign with an 11th victory are not looking good, although as I write that they take a sixth wicket. Ashar Zaidi falls five runs short of a fifty, but his partnership of 83 with Ben Brown, who completed a half-century just before Zaidi fell, has put Sussex 122 runs in front.

12pm -  Things go from bad to worse for Essex, with Gautam Gambhir caught behind off Coles after scoring just three. They are now 17 for two.

Yorkshire are eight down with Ryan Sidebottom sent packing by Matt Dunn.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (378/7) v Somerset: Still no prospect of play at Trent Bridge where the full covers remain in place. There is a smattering of faithful spectators tucked at the back of stands under cover while the press box has twice as many scribes as yesterday. Will there be anything to write about though? 

11:50am - Northants lose another wicket. This time it wasn't Richardson but Moeen Ali doing the damage, bowling Willey for 12. Northants are eight down and it appears that they will now have to avoid defeat to make sure of promotion.

11:40am - That is not the start Essex needed as Jaik Mickleburgh falls to Matt Coles for five.

Gary Ballance has reached a ton for Yorkshire while Jim Allenby removes Graeme McCarter to leave Gloucestershire 267 for nine.

11:27am - Richardson completes a five-for, trapping Steven Crook lbw for eight. Northants are seven down and still need another 166 runs to secure the two batting points they need. David Willey is the next man in.

Yorkshire are 368 for seven as Adil Rashid is dismissed for 43, while Oliver Newby has reduced Kent to seven for three at Canterbury with two quick wickets.

11:12am - Monty Panesar wraps up the Hampshire innings on 456 at the Ageas Bowl. There is a lot of work to be done by the visitors if they are to put some serious pressure on Northants, but things are looking better for them this morning.

11:03am - Richardson is enjoying a fine outing and is wrecking Northants' hopes of celebrating promotion tonight. The veteran strikes again to remove Matthew Spriegel, leaving Northants six down. 

Essex, who will have to win at the very least to take advantage of any Northants slip, have recorded a full return of bowling points with Greg Smith completing a five-wicket haul with the dismissal of Wheater for 122.

Division Two winners Lancashire are all out for 284 at Canterbury as Darren Stevens takes his 200th first-class wicket. 

10:50am - Northants suffer an early blow when Andrew Hall becomes Alan Richardson's third victim, reducing the promotion hopefuls to 116 for five.

Essex have not been able to take an early wicket to put pressure on Northants, though. Instead Adam Wheater has gone on to record a century for Hampshire.

Luke Wright is unable to reach a third championship hundred of the campaign. Chris Rushworth bowls him for 87, leaving Sussex 39 ahead with four wickets in hand. 

10:40am - Ashwell Prince fails to add to his 134 as he is accounted for by Matt Hunn from the fourth ball he faced of this morning.’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (378/7) v Somerset: The start at Trent Bridge is delayed by bad light and then drizzle. Despite the floodlights being on, the umpires deem it too misty for play and then light rain forces the covers to be put on. When there is some action Notts need 22 runs in 14 overs for maximum batting points, which will put them half way to safety.

10:30am - The players are out around the country, except in the two big games in Division One. It is still raining at Derby while fog is delaying proceedings at Trent Bridge.

10:14am - It appears I was tempting fate with that last update. The latest from Derby... 

10:10am - It's a little bit misty around the grounds this morning but they are all expected to resume on time in 20 minutes. We will focussing most of our attention on Trent Bridge, Derby, New Road and the Ageas Bowl today, as Notts, Somerset and Derby battle to avoid the drop and Northants and Essex battle for promotion.

The latter tussle could be decided today, if Northants secure the final two points required by reaching 250 runs.

10am - Hello and welcome to's coverage of the final round of LV= County Championship fixtures. It could be a big day at the bottom of Division One and the top of Division Two. 

Here's a reminder of how the games stand after day one:

Division One

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

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

Sussex reached 186 for five after bowling out champions Durham for 164 at the County Ground.

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

Division Two

Northants are 103 for four after picking up maximum bowling points by dismissing Worcestershire for 163 as they chase promotion. If Northants reach 250 in 110 overs they will be promoted regardless of the result.

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

Champions Lancashire scored 269 for eight against Kent at Canterbury.

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

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