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LV=CC, September 26: As it happened

Derbyshire's relegation was confirmed during their defeat to Warwickshire, meaning Somerset and Nottinghamshire are safe, while Surrey's 18-year-old Dominic Sibley became the youngest double-centurion in LV= County Championship history.

5:45pm - And that's the end of the penultimate day of the 2013 LV= County Championship. 

Here's what happened today:

Division One

Derbyshire had their relegation confirmed during their innings-and-168-run defeat to Warwickshire at Derby.

That means both Nottinghamshire - who are 139 for three in their second innings, giving them a lead of 173 - and Somerset are safe, regardless of their result at Trent Bridge.

Champions Durham fought back to reach 380 for seven - a lead of 216 - against Sussex at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.

Dominic Sibley has become the youngest double-centurion in championship history as Surrey compiled 572 for four in reply to Yorkshire's 434 at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

At New Road, Worcestershire beat promoted Northamptonshire by 115 runs.

Hampshire handed Essex an innings-and-31-run defeat at the Ageas Bowl.

Kent are 32 for one, having lost Daniel Bell-Drummond to the final ball of the day. They trail Lancashire, who declared on 393 for five, by 385 runs.

No play was possible at the SWALEC Stadium, where Glamorgan are 271 for nine in reply to Gloucestershire's 275.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406 & 139/3) v Somerset (372): James Taylor and Samit Patel play fairly cautiously through to stumps when Notts lead by 173. We’ll find out tomorrow how keen the hosts are to chase a victory that will seal sixth place at Somerset’s expense.
 
5:35pm - Stumps has been reached at Canterbury and the Kia Oval. We'll bring you a full round-up shortly when the umpires call it a day at Trent Bridge and the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.

5:18pm - Richardson's career-best knock is ended by James Anyon on 129. His stay with Jennings has taken Durham from 44 runs behind to 174 runs in front.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406 & 114/3) v Somerset (372):  First-innings centurion Michael Lumb chips tamely to mid-on to fall for 20 as Notts, who lead by 148, lose their early-innings momentum.

5:05pm - In his three first-class innings prior to facing Yorkshire, Sibley had scored 22 runs. But playing at the Kia Oval has inspired the 18-year-old and he has recorded a simply magnificent double-hundred. He will never forget this knock.

4:45pm - Andrea Agathangelou reaches a fifty before Lancashire declare on 393 for five, setting Kent 418 runs to win. 

Steven Mullaney is out for 59 for Notts while Vikram Solanki departs for 51 at the Kia Oval. Sibley is still there, though, and is 12 runs short of 200 after crashing Kane Williamson for a six.

4:40pm - RESULT! Worcestershire (163 & 295) beat Northamptonshire (202 & 141) by 115 runs at New Road. Moeen is unable to find his 10th wicket of the encounter as Shaaiq Choudhry secures victory for Worcestershire. Northants lose the contest but are promoted to Division One.

4:35pm - Moeen has a sixth wicket of the innings and a ninth of the contest. He traps Andrew Hall lbw and will now have his sights set on a 10-wicket return.

Durham's Michael Richardson completes a second century of the season. His partnership with Jennings is up to 180. The champions were 120 for six and facing defeat when the duo joined up in the middle.

4:22pm - Prince's superb innings comes to an end as Matt Hunn has the veteran caught behind. The former South Africa star departs for 108 and a match-tally of 242.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406 & 79/1) v Somerset (372):  Mullaney flies to a fifty from just 38 balls with his 11 th  four. Somerset are looking shoddy until Lewis Gregory takes a good, low catch at short midwicket to snare Wessels on the pull for 20 off Peter Trego.

4:06pm - Northants are on the brink of defeat as David Willey is bowled by Moeen Ali, two balls after crunching the spinner for a huge six. That completes Moeen's five-for.

Durham's Keaton Jennings has reached a second century of the campaign, moving Durham 106 runs ahead of Sussex.

Ashwell Prince is three runs away from recording his third ton in this year's championship and second in the contest, but his partner Luke Procter has fallen lbw to Darren Stevens for 18.

3:49pm -  At long last Yorkshire have broken the partnership. Amla is the one who departs, caught behind off Ryan Sidebottom for 151, after his and Sibley's stand had reached 236.

Northants appear set to end their promotion-winning campaign with a defeat. Steven Crook's dismissal leaves them seven down.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406 & 28/0) v Somerset (372):  The answer to how Notts will bat is ‘in a hurry’ as Steven Mullaney and Riki Wessels extend the hosts’ lead to 62 after four overs with six fours between them.

3:40pm - A bad start to the evening session for the two teams leaving the second tier. Lancashire lose Karl Brown at Canterbury while Rob Keogh falls for Northants, who require 185 runs to win with five wickets left. 

At the Kia Oval, Hashim Amla has reached a brilliant 150.

3:35pm - Play has resumed after tea. Eighteen-year-old Dominic Sibley returns to the middle with the world's highest-ranked Test batsman to continue the record third-wicket stand against Yorkshire; a mammoth 229.

3:10pm - Northants slip to 63 for four through Alex Wakely's dismissal and need a partnership soon if they are to avoid defeat.

Day three at Cardiff is a complete washout unfortunately; play has just been abandoned.

Tea is taken at the Kia Oval, Canterbury, New Road and Hove.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406) v Somerset (372): The visitors to Trent Bridge lose their last three wickets for seven runs, Gurney returning 5-81, to herald tea. With Notts needing victory to finish above Somerset, it will be interesting to see how they bat.

3:02pm - Durham's revival continues, Richardson bringing up an 81-ball fifty.

Surrey are 400 for two with Sibley and Amla having shared more than 200.

2:53pm - RESULT! Warwickshire (391/9 dec) beat Derbyshire (103 & 120) by an innings and 168 runs at Derby - An inevitable defeat for Derbyshire is confirmed when Patel cleans up Tim Groenewald. After a courageous fightback in the closing weeks of the season, last year's Division Two champions end the campaign with a disappointing performance.

Northants will replace Derbyshire in the top-flight but they are struggling on 49 for three against Worcestershire after Moeen trapped Peters lbw.

Horton eventually departs for 106, meaning Lancashire are 270 for two.

2:47pm - Warwickshire are almost home as Jeetan Patel bowls Tom Poynton.

Gurney grabs a fourth scalp at Trent Bridge, that of Trego. 

2:37pm - Moeen Ali ousts Sales and Northants are 36 for two chasing 257.

Horton has his hundred at Canterbury, a third in four LV= County Championship matches for the in-form opener.

We have another centurion at the Kia Oval, Amla reaching the landmark from 112 balls with 10 fours and a six. The South Africa Test batsman had previously contributed scores of 89, 88, 84 and 77 in the championship for Surrey.

Tea is taken in Cardiff with the rain still falling.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406) v Somerset (350/7): Peter Trego almost departs for one in identical fashion to Meschede but his edge flies just over Michael Lumb. Trego and Lewis Gregory, who involuntarily clipped Brett Hutton over the short Fox Road boundary and should have been run out on 26 by James Taylor coming in from point, take Somerset to a fourth batting point. That means they will finish above Notts if they avoid defeat.

2:24pm -  Hampshire (456) beat Essex (207 & 218) by an innings and 31 runs at the Ageas Bowl -   Essex began the final round of fixtures with an outside chance of promotion. They end it with an innings defeat that owes much to Matt Coles returning career-best match figures of 10-154.

2:21pm - Credit to Durham, who are refusing to go down without a fight against Sussex and have now wiped out their first-innings deficit, albeit for the loss of six wickets. Jennings is still there on 57, while Michael Richardson has 20.

Stephen Peters and David Sales are steadying Northants following the early loss of Middlebrook.

2:11pm - Another update and another wicket at Derby. This time David Wainwright is the man to go and Rankin the successful bowler. Derbyshire are seven down and Tony Palladino will not bat after injuring his hand earlier today.

2:02pm - Prince brings up his half-century but Essex are on the brink of defeat at the Ageas Bowl following Graham Napier's departure for 53.

1:50pm - Division Two winners Lancashire look to be finishing the season in style. The Red Rose have passed 200 at Canterbury for the loss of one second-innings wicket. Paul Horton has 89 and Ashwell Prince 44.

Keaton Jennings passes 50 for Durham.

Boyd Rankin's first ball in Derbyshire's second innings sends Alex Hughes packing.

1:40pm - Fancy a Dominic Sibley stat? Of course you do. Surrey's newest - and youngest - centurion also impressed against Yorkshire in 2011, striking 46 to help his club to victory in the ECB U15 County Cup.

Woakes' third breakthrough means Derbyshire are 38 for five, while Northamptonshire are one for one in pursuit of 257, James Middlebrook having been caught behind off Alan Richardson.

Nottinghamshire claim another wicket with Somerset on 303 when Gurney has Craig Meschede caught at gully.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406) v Somerset (303/6): Luke Fletcher has Hildreth caught behind on the drive for a magnificent 161 with the second new ball. The departing batsman is generously applauded by the Trent Bridge crowd, who are bathed in sunshine. Harry Gurney immediately traps Jos Buttler in front for 13 as Notts take a second bowling point.

1:32pm - And the Warwickshire wickets keep on coming as Chris Woakes accounts for Paul Borrington, leaving Derbyshire 35 for four.

Essex slip to 156 for seven as Matt Coles picks up his ninth wicket of the game for Hampshire.

1:27pm - Barker is in on the act again, having Shivnarine Chanderpaul caught down the leg side. Derbyshire just cannot build a partnership.

Hashim Amla has a brisk fifty for Surrey, who are 269 for two.

Phil Mustard is out at Hove with Durham still requiring 44 to make Sussex bat again.

1:19pm - Worcestershire are nine down with a lead of 253 after Chris Russell becomes Matthew Spriegel's third victim.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406) v Somerset (280/4): James Hildreth plays Samit Patel for two past midwicket to pass 150 in the first full over after lunch. He was stuck in the 140s for 16.4 overs.

1:14pm - Wayne Madsen falls cheaply to Chris Woakes when play resumes at Derby.

There is still no sign of play commencing at Glamorgan.

12:40pm - Here are all the lunchtime scores:

Division One

Derbyshire  have been relegated after failing to take any batting points at Derby. The hosts are 20 for one after following on against  Warwickshire  and 268 behind.

At Trent Bridge, Somerset are 276 for four in reply to Nottinghamshire's 406.

Durham are 111 for five at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground and still need 53 more to avoid an innings defeat to Sussex .

Dominic Sibley has become Surrey's youngest centurion, helping the Kia Oval hosts to 256 for two in response to Yorkshire's 434.

Division Two

At New Road, Worcestershire are 288 for eight against promoted Northamptonshire and 249 ahead.

Essex are 132 for six at the Ageas Bowl, still 117 in arrears against Hampshire .

Lancashire lead Kent by 164 at Canterbury on 140 for one.

There has been no play this morning at the SWALEC Stadium, where Glamorgan are 271 for nine in reply to Gloucestershire's 275.

12:29pm - Paul Collingwood departs cheaply to Jordan at Hove, while Lancashire have survived a few scares against Kent but remain in command at 140 for one.

Craig Kieswetter's exit at the hands of Paul Franks heralds lunch at Trent Bridge with Hildreth 149 not out.

Northants also end the morning session with a wicket as Matthew Spriegel accounts for Jack Shantry.

12:19pm - Dominic Sibley - take a bow! The 18-year-old Whitgift School student becomes Surrey's youngest centurion, reaching the landmark from 301 balls with his 13th boundary. That really is a fine effort from a batsman who toured South Africa with England Under-19 last winter.

Poor old Derbyshire lose another wicket, Ben Slater falling with 17 on the board in the second innings.

Karl Krikken has just told Sky Sports News: "We got it right with about six or seven games to go but unfortunately it wasn’t enough."

12:14pm - Ah, the good old ecb.co.uk kiss of death. Stokes has his stumps rearranged by Jordan and departs for a 40-ball 45 featuring seven fours and two sixes.

Ruel Brathwaite does for Kishen Velani, which means Hampshire remain on course for an innings win.

12:10pm - Derbyshire are unsurprisingly invited to follow on by Warwickshire, who boast a lead of 288.

Durham are into three figures and 61 behind Sussex with seven second-innings wickets intact. Fresh from his recent Ashes call-up, Stokes is hammering the ball to all parts.

12:01pm - Derbyshire's relegation from Division One of the LV= County Championship is confirmed as Tony Palladino retires hurt after being hit on the hand by Rankin, ending his side's first innings at 103. Nottinghamshire and Somerset will be playing in the top-flight next summer.

Andrew Hall ousts Whiteley for 56 and Shaaiq Choudhry for a duck, meaning Worcestershire are 260 for seven, 221 ahead. Could Northants yet round off a hugely successful campaign with victory?

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406) v Somerset (259/3): Compton is bowled for 87 by Samit Patel’s quicker yorker as his alliance with Hildreth ends on 248 shortly after they saved the follow-on. Notts therefore gain a first bowling point.

11:56am - Maurice Chambers' third scalp leaves Derbyshire a wicket from relegation.

Sibley is on to 95, while Whiteley and Paul Horton have passed 50 for Worcestershire and Lancashire respectively.

Ben Stokes and Keaton Jennings are doing their best to help Durham out of a hole at Hove.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406) v Somerset (252/2): Compton and Hildreth, again scoring more freely than his partner, are growing in authority and looking relatively untroubled in bright conditions that are favouring batsmen. A second batting point accordingly follows.

11:42am - And now Tom Poynton is gone, caught behind off a lifting delivery from Boyd Rankin to leave Derbyshire 92 for eight.

Fell falls for 40 at New Road, lbw to James Middlebrook.

The depature of James Foster means Essex are 96 for five against Hampshire, while there will be no play before lunch at Cardiff.

11:35am - Derbyshire slide closer to Division Two as Barker completes a five-wicket haul by inducing an edge through to wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter from David Wainwright.

Worcestershire have moved into a strong position against Northamptonshire. Tom Fell and Ross Whiteley are each unbeaten on 39 in a score of 231 for four, which puts Daryl Mitchell's men 192 ahead.

11:27am - Well it was nice while it lasted. Barker gains revenge by trapping Chanderpaul lbw for 52 and Derbyshire are back in the soup.

Durham lose Will Smith and are 35 for three.

Sibley is the batsman facing in the picture below. Yorkshire are clearly trying to disrupt the opener as he seeks to become the youngest player to make a first-class hundred for Surrey.

11:20am - Chanderpaul moves past 50 with a fourth four in six balls off Barker. The Derbyshire counter-attack is on!

11:16am - Luis Reece falls three short of yet another fifty when he is stumped off James Tredwell, but Lancashire are well placed at 103 for one against Kent - leading by 127.

Compton and Hildreth have brought up a double-century stand at Trent Bridge, just as they did in the corresponding fixture last year when they added an unbroken 216 in each making hundreds.

11:05am - With promotion now beyond them, Essex look to be sliding towards a heavy defeat. Tomlinson strikes again to dismiss Greg Smith.

Adil Rashid has Surrey nighwatchman Tim Linley lbw to leave the Kia Oval hosts 190 for two in reply to 434. Eighteen-year-old Dominic Sibley has 85.

ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (406) v Somerset (200/2): Nick Compton punches Harry Gurney through the covers for four, just as James Hildreth did in Gurney’s previous over, to steer the Trent Bridge visitors to a first batting point that moves them level with Notts in the ‘live’ Division One table. They are both 18 ahead of Derbyshire.

10:58am - Coles claims his eighth wicket of the match against Essex when having Tom Westley caught behind.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul takes Keith Barker for two fours in an over. The West Indies batsman will surely have to bat for much of the day if Derbyshire are to have any chance of surviving.

10:50am - Durham's position grows more perilous as Scott Borthwick is bowled by Steve Magoffin for one. At 16 for two, the LV= County Champions require a further 148 to make Sussex bat again. 

10:39am - The first wicket of the day arrives at the Ageas Bowl, Matt Coles following up his six-wicket first-innings haul with the scalp of Jaik Mickleburgh.

James Tomlinson subsequently ousts Gautam Gambhir to leave Essex 49 for two, still 200 short of avoiding an innings defeat.

Sussex are firmly on top at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground and Chris Jordan has snared Mark Stoneman in Durham's second dig.

10:22am - Things may not be going swimmingly for Derbyshire on the field this week, but the club have just released some positive news. Left-arm seamer Mark Footitt has signed a new two-year contract .

10:15am - There will be a delayed start at the SWALEC Stadium due to rain, but it looks as though the other seven fixtures will get under way as scheduled at 10:30am. Here is a summary of how things stand in each match:

Division One

Derbyshire  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 BrightonandHoveJobs.com 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 .

Essex  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 .

10am - Worcestershire's Moeen Ali reached a notable landmark at New Road yesterday when he became the first player since 2005 to contribute 2,000 runs and 40 wickets across all competitions in a county season. Thanks to @OptaJim , here's a list of every player to have achieved the feat since 1990. 

9:55am - If Derbyshire do manage to effect a stunning comeback, Nottinghamshire and Somerset may yet be relegated. However, the latter two sides are meeting at Trent Bridge this week and can guarantee their safety by claiming maximum bonus points in a draw. A win for Notts or Somerset would maintain their Division One status but put the defeated side at risk should Derbyshire triumph. Every other big issue has already been decided.

9:45am - Yesterday Northamptonshire confirmed their promotion to Division One of the LV= County Championship. It will now take something remarkable if Derbyshire are to avoid going in the opposite direction. Karl Krikken's men, who must defeat Warwickshire and collect a handsome tally of bonus points to have any chance of survival, begin day three at Derby on 44 for five in reply to 391 for nine declared. Can they pull off a miracle?

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