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LV=CC, September 4: As it happened

Live text commentary of the second day of this week’s LV= County Championship games, when title-challengers Durham took a huge stride towards victory.

5:49pm - That's the end of day two in our eight LV= County Championship games. Here's the state of play:

Division One

Durham are 212 for six in their second innings, 345 ahead of Sussex at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Warwickshire trail by 14 runs after ending the day 27 for two against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Somerset are 231 for four in their second innings, a lead of 36 over Derbyshire at Taunton.

Middlesex are 133 for five in their second innings, after bowling out Surrey for 145 at the Kia Oval. They will start tomorrow with a lead of 282.

Division Two

Worcestershire are 163 for three in their second innings, 86 behind Essex who were skittled out for 351 earlier today at Chelmsford.

Glamorgan are 237 for seven in their second innings at the SWALEC Stadium, a lead of 220 over Kent.

Leicestershire are 60 for one in their second innings, still trailing by 339 against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Hampshire are 160 for two as they respond to Northamptonshire’s 438 all out at the Ageas Bowl.

5:34pm - The day's play is over at Chelmsford and the Kia Oval. We will bring you an end-of-day summary once all the games have finished.

5:31pm - Greg Smith strikes late on to remove Tom Fell for two at Chelmsford. It's stumps at Taunton, where Somerset lost Craig kieswetter for 16 in the final over of the day.

5:18pm - Keedy completes a five-for with the wicket of Garteh Berg, Varun Chopra falls to Andre Adams and Charlie Shreck has Mark Wallace caught behind.

Phil Mustard reaches a fifty at the Emirates Durham ICG.

5:11pm - Collingwood is rapped on the pads by Chris Nash to end his knock on 45 and his partnership with Phil Mustard on 92. Durham lead by 316 with four wickets left.

5:04pm - Notts and Gloucestershire both take their first scalps. Luke Fletcher bowls Ian Westwood to leave Warwickshire nine for one, while David Payne traps Greg Smith lbw; Leicestershire are 13 for one.

Moeen Ali is ousted by Monty Panesar for 21 and Liam Dawson falls four runs short of a fifty to Matthew Spriegel.

4:57pm - Jim Allenby falls to Adam Riley, leaving Glamorgan 162 in front of Kent with four wickets in hand.

4:50pm - Keedy strikes again, sending John Simpson back, as yet another wicket falls to spin at the Kia Oval following Ollie Rayner’s eight-for. At Chelmsford Pardoe goes to a fifty.

Somerset, with eight wickets in hand, take the lead versus Derbyshire.

4:40pm - Andre Adams races to 46 from 26 balls before falling to Keith Barker prior to Notts being dismissed for 359 for a first-innings lead of 61 against Warwickshire. Also in the top flight Keedy makes Neil Dexter his third victim.

Gloucestershire lose two quick wickets, including Gidman for a career-best 143, and declare on 516 for nine with a first-innings advantage of 399.

Essex’s Monty Panesar snares Mitchell for 62 and Kent’s Haggett traps Ben Wright in front for 37, but Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams makes it to a steady half-century.

4:26pm - Keedy strikes again to send Australia batsman Chris Rogers on his way while James Hildreth and Nick Compton have fifties for Somerset, who are close to wiping out Derbyshire’s lead.

4:18pm - James Sykes ends Smith’s innings on 50 and his alliance with Gidman on 131.

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell, whose opening stand with Matthew Pardoe is nearing three figures, brings up a fifty.

Paul Collingwood and Phil Mustard share a half-century partnership to move Durham 273 ahead of Sussex.

4:08pm - Middlesex’s smooth start to their second innings is limited by Gary Keedy ousting Sam Robson at 47 for one.

Gloucestershire’s Smith raises a half-century as Leicestershire continue to toil.

3:54pm - Calum Haggett has Gareth Rees caught behind for 52, meaning Glamorgan lead Kent by 105 with six second-innings wickets left.

Gidman and Tom Smith share a century stand for Gloucestershire’s seventh wicket.

3:43pm - Will Gidman, who yesterday stunningly returned 6-15, goes to three figures with Gloucestershire now more than 300 ahead of Leicestershire.

3:36pm - It’s finally tea at the Emirates Durham ICG too but play has resumed elsewhere.

3:28pm -  The players head for a break at the SWALEC Stadium, leaving only the game at the Emirates Durham ICG still in its afternoon session. 

3:21pm - Gareth Rees reaches 50 for Glamorgan who are 115 for three in their second innings, a lead of 98. Tea arrives at the Ageas Bowl.

3:15pm - Tea is taken at the Kia Oval, Chelmsford, Taunton, Trent Bridge and Bristol.

3:09pm - Four byes ensure Surrey avoid the follow-on but Rayner takes another scalp three balls later to remove Jade Dernbach. Surrey are all out for 145  while Rayner ends with a career-best haul of 8-46.

3:02pm -  Riki Wessels brings up a fifty with a single off Maurice Chambers, but the bowler removes Chris Read for nought with his next delivery. Notts are 251 for seven.

2:59pm -  Rayner traps Gareth Batty lbw for 13 to pick up his seventh victim. Surrey trail by 154 and have just one wicket left.

2:50pm -  Trescothick cannot convert his fifty into a hundred as Wayne Madsen traps him lbw for 57.

Rayner strikes again to remove Tim Linley for two. That's the seventh Surrey wicket to have fallen this session.

2:43pm -  Rayner completes a five-for at the Kia Oval, with Stuart Meaker falling for three. Surrey trail by 156 runs with three wickets left. Michael Richardson is caught behind off Steve Magoffin for 20 as Durham are reduced to 90 for five.

2:34pm - Patel's knock comes to an end for 117 as he falls to Darren Maddy.

Hampshire lose their first wicket when Michael Roberts is bowled by Steven Crook.

Somerset's Marcus Trescothick reaches a fifty from 65 balls.

2:30pm -  Will Smith is caught behind off Lewis Hatchett for 22 as Durham lose their fourth wicket.

Will Gidman becomes the third Gloucestershire batsman to reach a half-century in their score of 370 for six. Their lead is up to 253 runs with four wickets left.

Hampshire have reached 35 without loss as they reply to Northants' 438.

2:19pm -  Samit Patel completes a century as Nottinghamshire continue to prosper at Trent Bridge. The 30-year-old's 18th first-class ton took 162 balls and it has got his side to within 83 runs of Warwickshire's first-innings total, with five wickets in hand.

2:11pm -  Rayner now has scalps in three successive overs. This time it is Vikram Solanki who departs as Surrey slip to 117 for six. They were 59 for one at lunch.

2:05pm -  Rayner pounces again in his next set of six, removing Steven Davies for one. At Bristol, Hamish Marshall falls 19 runs short of a ton as he is trapped leg before by Ben Raine. Gloucestershire are 352 for six.

1:59pm -  Surrey lose a fourth wicket at the Kia Oval when Ollie Rayner has Zander de Bruyn caught at leg slip for 16. It leaves the home side 106 for four, 188 runs behind Middlesex's first-innings total.

1:45pm -  Essex lose their last three wickets in the space of four balls to be bowled out for 351.  Alan Richardson took his fourth scalp to remove David Masters and Jack Shantry accounted for Monty Panesar and Reece Topley in successive deliveries.

Derbyshire have a breakthrough as Chris Jones falls to Tony Palladino for 11, leaving Somerset 40 for one.

1:33pm -  It's a brilliant start to the afternoon for Kent at the SWALEC Stadium. Mark Davies strikes again, two balls after removing Bragg, to have Murray Goodwin caught behind for a duck. Glamorgan trail by two runs with eight wickets in hand.

1:29pm -  The wickets continue to tumble after the lunch break. Surrey and Durham both quickly lose another with Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman returning to the pavilion while Will Bragg has departed for Glamorgan.

1:22pm -  Northamptonshire do not last long in the afternoon session. First Jonathan Batty falls to Matt Coles for 12 before Rob Keogh's mammoth innings finally comes to an end for 221 as he is caught and bowled by Liam Dawson. Northants are all out for 438.

Durham lose Keaton Jennings for 10, Hashim Alma is dismissed by Ravi Patel for 26 while Ben Foakes departs for 71, soon after team-mate Graham Napier had reached a fifty.

12:40pm - The four bonus points Durham have gained put them 1.5 behind Division One leaders Yorkshire, who are not playing this week. On the brink of lunch Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes removed David Hussey for 28. Here are the interval scores: 

Division One

Durham are 15 for nought in their second innings, 148 ahead of Sussex at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Nottinghamshire are 136 for five after Warwickshire posted 298 at Trent Bridge.

Somerset are five for no wicket in their second innings, 190 behind Derbyshire at Taunton.

Surrey are 59 for one in reply to Middlesex’s 294 at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Essex are 323 for six, responding to Worcestershire’s 102 at Chelmsford.

Glamorgan are nought for none on second innings, 17 behind Kent at the SWALEC Stadium.

Gloucestershire are 312 for five after Leicestershire made 117 at Bristol.

Northamptonshire are 438 for eight against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.


12:25pm - With lunch approaching, Kent’s first innings ends on 175 when Hogan gets his sixth wicket of the innings at the cost of just 65 runs. Glamorgan will start their second knock 17 in arrears.

12:13pm - Sussex are all out for 112, a first-inning deficit of 133 to Durham , with Arshad and Claydon taking the last two wickets, and Derbyshire are dismissed for 298 for a lead of 195 over Somerset .

Samit Patel registers a half-century for Notts and Glamorgan's Michael Hogan strikes twice, including having Bell-Drummond lbw for 76, to put Kent nine down.

12pm - Keogh, a last-minute injury replacement with a previous first-class best of 44, remarkably reaches 200 as Northants pass 400. Gloucestershire’s Marshall heralds a fifty and Sussex are 111 for eight with Usman Arshad ousting Harry Finch and Will Beer in consecutive overs.

11:48am - Nottinghamshire slip to 78 for four with Steven Mullaney departing to Steffan Piolet, Glamorgan’s Ruaidhri Smith accounts for Geraint Jones and Ben Foakes brings up a half-century for Essex, who lead by 154 on first innings with four wickets in hand.

11:35am - Sussex slip to 81 for six in reply to Durham’s 245 as Mitchell Claydon has James Anyon caught and bowled, Derbyshire are nine down when Piyush Chawla bowls Johnson for 68, Essex captain James Foster is caught behind off David Lucas and Brathwaite celebrates his Hampshire deal by likewise getting rid of Trent Copeland.

11:18am - Thomas is at it again, Tony Palladino becoming his third wicket this morning to leave Derbyshire 147 ahead on first innings with two wickets left. At the Kia Oval, Harris snares Arun Harinath in his first over.

In Division Two Gloucestershire’s Benny Howell falls for 34 to Ben Raine, as a  partnership of 69 alongside Hamish Marsh ends, and Kent’s Adam Riley is bowled for 18 by Mike Reed.

11:06am - Thomas strikes again as David Wainwright is caught at the wicket and Hampshire’s James Tomlinson removes Matthew Spriegel for 76 in the same manner, halting an alliance of 176 with centurion Rob Keogh.

10:57am - Middlesex are dismissed for 294 when Dernbach bowls Corey Collymore for nought, leaving Neil Dexter stranded on 90, Durham’s Graham Onions has Luke Wells and Rory Hamilton-Brown caught behind in consecutive overs, making Sussex 75 for five, and Daniel Bell-Drummond raises a fifty for Kent.

10:44am - Somerset’s Alfonso Thomas has Tom Poynton caught behind for 57, ending a stand of 103 with Richard Johnson, Worcestershire’s Jack Shantry likewise ousts Ryan ten Doeschate for 21 and Stuart Meaker snares Middlesex’s Ravi Patel.

10:34am - Surrey’s Jade Dernbach starts the day by trapping James Harris lbw for 11 and Essex by securing a first batting point.

10:25am - Hampshire have this morning announced the signing of seamer Ruel Brathwaite for the rest of this season and all of next. The 27-year-old, who was released by Durham on Monday, is playing in Hampshire’s current game but is not available for the Royals in the remainder of this year’s Yorkshire Bank 40.

10:15am - Good morning and welcome to’s live text commentary on the second day of this week’s LV= County Championship games. With September upon us, the action is due to start at 10:30am. Here’s how the matches stand:

Division One

Sussex,  having lost the toss, are 60 for three in reply to Durham’s 245 at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Nottinghamshire, who won the toss, are 14 for three after Warwickshire posted 298 at Trent Bridge.

Derbyshire are 220 for five in response to 103 from Somerset, who chose to bat first, at Taunton.

Middlesex, having opted to bat first, are 280 for seven against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Essex, who lost the toss, are 199 for four, responding to Worcestershire’s 102 at Chelmsford.

Kent are 102 for five in reply to 158 from Glamorgan, having chosen to bat first, at the SWALEC Stadium.

Gloucestershire, who won the toss, are 210 for four after Leicestershire made 117 at Bristol.

Northamptonshire, having been put in to bat, are 323 for six against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

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