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LV=CC, September 5: As it happened

Durham beat Sussex to go top of Division One while there were wins for Middlesex, Essex, Kent and Gloucestershire on the penultimate day of this week's games.

5:54pm - That brings an end to a thrilling day's play in the LV= County Championship, with five of the eight matches ending on day three.

Here's a round-up of what happened today:

Division One

Durham beat Sussex by 285 runs at the Emirates Durham ICG to move top of the table.

Middlesex defeated Surrey by 146 runs at the Kia Oval.

Derbyshire are 127 for four against Somerset at Taunton, needing 117 runs for victory.

Nottinghamshire require 211 runs to win after bowling out Warwickshire for 271 at Trent Bridge.

Division Two

Essex beat Worcestershire by eight wickets at Chelmsford.

Kent defeated Glamorgan by seven wickets at the SWALEC Stadium.

Gloucestershire beat Leicestershire by an innings and 138 runs at Bristol.

Hampshire are 515 for nine in their first innings, a lead of 77 against Northamptonshire at the Ageas Bowl. 

5:49pm - RESULT! Middlesex (294 & 235/9d) beat Surrey (145 & 238) by 146 runs at the Kia Oval - Jade Dernbach takes the attack to Middlesex with two fours and two sixes but he succumbs to Rayner, who ends the contest with 15 wickets - the best return by any bowler in the championship this season.

5:40pm - There is only one game left in progress, but it might not be for much longer as Middlesex close in on victory. Ravi Patel accounts for Tim Linley, leaving Surrey 212 for nine.

5:38pm - Hampshire also lose a wicket in the final over before the close as Ruel Braithwaite is caught and bowled by Middlebrook. Hampshire lead by 77 runs at stumps.

5:34pm -  Rayner has six wickets for the innings and 14 for the contest as he gets rid of Gareth Batty. Middlesex have taken the extra half-hour to try and wrap up victory tonight.

Derbyshire will come back tomorrow needing 117 runs to win with six wickets in hand, after Tony Palladino is ousted by Chawla in the day's final over.

5:32pm - Nottinghamshire require 211 to win tomorrow after bowling Warwickshire out for 271. Maurice Chambers is the last man to fall, trapped lbw by Fletcher, who completes a five-wicket haul, from the last over of the day.

5:22pm - Bad news for Surrey as Amla is out for 84 to Ollie Rayner. Middlesex need four more wickets for victory.

Adams falls to Spriegel as his mammoth knock comes to an end for 218. It has given Hampshire a lead of 56 with two wickets left.

5:12pm -  Somerset grab an important breakthrough as Chawla ousts Slater for 59. Derbyshire require 127 runs while Somerset need seven wickets.

Hampshire lose two wickets in as many overs as Matt Coles falls to James Middlebrook, while Warwickshire are nine down with Maddy trapped lbw by Fletcher.

5:02pm - RESULT! Glamorgan (158 & 258) lose to Kent (175 & 242/3) by seven wickets at the SWALEC Stadium - Nash hits the winning run to end unbeaten on 70 as Kent wrap up victory with over a day to spare.

Middlesex strike in the third over after taking the new ball as Davies falls to Corey Collymore for 38, while Hampshire lost Bates soon after his partnership with Adams passed 150. 

4:49pm -  Brendan Nash is the latest to bring up a fifty, as Kent continue to close in on victory at the SWALEC Stadium. 

Amla and Steven Davies' partnership is up to 82 as Surrey chase an unlikely victory.

4:42pm - The runs continue to flow for Derbyshire and Slater raises a fifty. Darren Maddy reaches the same landmark at Edgbaston. 

4:38pm - Sam Northeast is bowled by Dean Cosker 12 runs short of a ton, but Kent need just 31 runs for victory. That was Cosker's 500th first-class wicket for Glamorgan.

A Piyush Chawla over costs 19, including nine byes and two no balls. Derbyshire need 155 to win with eight wickets left.

4:21pm - RESULT! Leicestershire (117 & 261) lose by an innings and 138 runs to Gloucestershire (516/9d) at Bristol - Gidman wraps up victory for his side as he takes his fourth wicket by bowling Ollie Freckingham for 30. Leicestershire remain winless after their seventh defeat of the campaign.

Successive fours take Jimmy Adams to 199 and he reaches his double hundred two balls later with a huge six. Jeetan Patel falls for 16 for Warwickshire.

4:15pm - While current events are quiet at Trent Bridge, here's how Chris Woakes was run out on day one of that contest. 

4:12pm - Somerset make a breakthrough at Taunton. Paul Borrington is trapped leg before by Jack Leach one run short of a fifty partnership with fellow opener Ben Slater. Derbyshire are 49 for one, needing another 195 runs to win.

4:02pm -  Matthew Hoggard lasts three balls before Gidman ousts him for a duck. Leicestershire are on the brink of an innings defeat.

Bates brings up a fifty for Hampshire.

3:56pm - Ben Raine falls to Will Gidman for 19, leaving Gloucestershire needing two more wickets to secure victory.  

3:49pm -  Hampshire are within 35 runs of Northamptonshire's first-innings total after Michael Bates hits Matthew Spriegel for a four, moving his total to 40 and his side's past 400.

Warwickshire are beyond the 200-mark as their lead stretches to 147 with four wickets left.

3:39pm -  Hashim Amla wastes little time recording a half-century as play resumes at the Kia Oval. The South Africa star sends the second ball he faces of the session to the boundary to reach the landmark. 

3:25pm - It's the interval in all continuing contests: At Taunton Derbyshire are 13 for none in pursuit of 244 to beat Somerset, at Bristol Leicestershire are 231 for seven in their second innings, 168 behind Gloucestershire, and at the SWALEC Stadium Kent are 134 for two , requiring 108 more to defeat Glamorgan.

3:16pm - Tea is taken at Trent Bridge with Warwickshire 188 for six in their second innings, 127 ahead of Notts, at the Kia Oval with Surrey 123 for four , needing 385 to win, and at the Ageas Bowl with Hampshire 391 for five , 47 behind Northants on first innings.

3:08pm - With tea almost upon us, Glamorgan's Dean Cosker has Daniel Bell-Drummond caught behind for 30 and and Gloucestershire's Smith likewise snares James Sykes.

2:59pm - Rayner is at it again, this time making Zander de Bruyn his 12th scalp of the game to leave Surrey four down. The last 23 wickets at the Kia Oval have fallen to spin.

Notts' Luke Fletcher removes Steffan Piolet on 30, leaving Warwickshire 116 ahead with four wickets left.

Sam Northeast has a half-century for Kent, who are 116 for one chasing 242 to beat Kent.

2:49pm - RESULT! Durham (245 & 268/8) defeat Sussex (112 & 116) by 285 runs at the Emirates Durham ICG - Paul Collingwood's side storm to the top of Division One , replacing Yorkshire who trail by 14.5 points with three games remaining for both. Onions had Lewis Hatchett held at slip for the winning wicket.

2:38pm - RESULT! Essex (351 & 53/2) beat Worcestershire (102 & 299) by eight wickets at Chelmsford - Nick Browne takes Moeen Ali for the winning four as the hosts keep some pressure on Division Two's top two while Worcestershire's promotion prospects are over.

2:35pm - Somerset are dismissed for 438, setting Derbyshire 243 to win the relegation battle , when Gregory, on 52, becomes occasional leg-spinner Shivnarine Chanderpaul's second victim of the innings.

Durham are a strike away from winning as Chris Rushworth has Ben Brown lbw and Middlesex's Rayner bags his 10th scalp of the match, Vikram Solanki the man to go.

Shaaiq Choudhry takes two quick wickets, Jaik Mickleburgh for 28 and Greg Smith, with Essex just short of victory.

2:23pm - Durham close in on victory and top spot in Division One as Keaton Jennings holds an impressive catch at the second attempt to give Graham Onions the wicket of Steve Magoffin.

In Division Two Northants' Trent Copeland bowls Adam Wheater for 19 and Leicestershire's Shiv Thakor is run out for 17.

2:12pm - Lewis Gregory raises a fifty as Derbyshire's victory target grows and Gloucestershire's Craig Miles has Josh Cobb caught behind.

2:06pm - Arshad has a two in two, pinning Harry Finch and Will Beer in front. Steve Magoffin prevents a hat-trick but Sussex need 320 more to win with just three wickets left.

1:47pm - Sussex are five down when Usman Arshad has Joe Gatting caught behind. David Wainwright claims Somerset's penultimate wicket, that of Alfonso Thomas, with the Taunton hosts 204 ahead.

1:41pm - Claydon, who is leaving Durham for Kent at the end of the season, has this third victim as Rory Hamilton-Brown is caught at the wicket to make Sussex 73 for four as they pursue an improbable 402.

Ollie Rayner has his ninth scalp of the game, Rory Burns going lbw for 24, and Gloucestershire's loan signing Tom Smith removes Matthew Boyce for 19 in the same manner.

1:34pm - Worcestershire are all out for 299, setting Essex 50 to win , as Topley gets Jack Shantry caught behind for figures of 5-56 and 11 match scalps.

Warwickshire's Laurie Evans falls for 63, held at short-leg off Harry Gurney, and Glamorgan's Mike Reed removes Rob Key for 33.

1:27pm - A post-lunch flurry of wickets to report: Durham's Mitchell Claydon traps Chris Nash in front for 38, Middlesex's Ravi Patel likewise ousts Arun Harinath for 23, Somerset's Craig Meschede is run out, attempting a second run, for 33 by Paul Borrington and Northamptonshire's Steven Crook bowls Sean Ervine for 22.

1:15pm - Reece Topley's fourth second-innings wicket, Ross Whitely caught behind for 38, and 10th of the game leaves Worcestershire nine down and staring at defeat to Essex.

12:32pm - Chris Woakes is bowled by Samit Patel to herald lunch at Trent Bridge and Worcestershire also lose a wicket as David Masters ends Choudhry's resistance.

Here is a summary of the scores in all eight games:

Division One

Sussex are 60 for two , having been set 402 to defeat Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Somerset are 368 for seven in their second innings at Taunton, which puts them 173 ahead of Derbyshire .

Surrey are 37 without loss chasing 385 to beat Middlesex at the Kia Oval .

Warwickshire are 126 for four in their second innings at Trent Bridge and lead Nottinghamshire by 65 runs.

Division Two

Hampshire  are 265 for three and trail Northamptonshire by 173 at the Ageas Bowl.

At Chelmsford, Worcestershire are just 21 ahead of Essex on 270 for eight .

Kent are 49 without loss pursuing 242 to defeat Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.

Leicestershire are 158 for three in their second innings at Bristol and still 241 behind Gloucestershire.

12:21pm - Not content with six first-innings wickets and a hundred, Will Gidman is back in the thick of things at Bristol. The all-rounder has Robson caught behind for 49 to leave Leicestershire 155 for three.

12:15pm - The twists and turns continue at Taunton as Chawla falls to David Wainwright. Somerset are 342 for seven, leading by 147.

Essex will need to bat again as Worcestershire have moved into the lead through a half-century stand between Ross Whiteley and Shaaiq Choudhry.

12pm - Sussex have recovered well from their early setback and Somerset's seventh-wicket pair - Piyush Chawla and Craig Meschede - are scoring freely.

Eckersley's rescue mission ends on 84 when he is bowled by Tom Smith. The Leicestershire batsman has made 382 runs in his last four innings.

11:50am - A welcome breakthrough arrives for Northants, Muhammad Azhar Ullah trapping Neil McKenzie lbw for 52 to end a partnership of 102 with Adams.

Evans, who is enjoying a fine run of form for Warwickshire, registers another fifty.

Away from the on-field action, Surrey have confirmed the release of veteran seamer Jon Lewis .

11:40am - Palladino grabs another big wicket, that of Alex Barrow. Wayne Madsen held on in the slips after the ball had deflected off Chanderpaul.

Middlesex declare at 235 for nine, setting Surrey 385 to win.

11:35am - Hampshire captain Adams brings up his century from 230 balls with 19 fours. His side are now 218 for two in reply to Northamptonshire's 438.

Eckersley and Angus Robson have now put on more than 100 at Bristol. Having been dismissed for 117 first time around, Leicestershire are 119 for one but still have much to do.

11:28am - Compton plays on for 95 off Tony Palladino. That's a huge wicket for Derbyshire, leaving Somerset 294 for five, a lead of 99.

Ajmal Shahzad has Warwickshire's Javid caught behind for 24, while Middlesex lose nightwatchman James Harris, a sixth victim for Gary Keedy.

11:20am - Joe Denly falls for a rapid 31, meaning Middlesex are 204 for seven and 353 ahead of Surrey.

Durham get just the start they wanted with the ball, Graham Onions having Luke Wells held at second slip off his third delivery!

Worcestershire slide closer to an innings defeat as Topley ousts Michael Johnson. Essex are still 46 ahead and three wickets from victory.

11:12am - Durham declare with a lead of 401 and will now hope to skittle Sussex today in order to beat tomorrow's anticipated rain.

Warwickshire move into the lead at Trent Bridge, third-wicket pair Laurie Evans and Ateeq Javid taking their partnership past 50.

Glamorgan, for whom Ruaidrhi Smith contributed 37 not out on debut, are all out for 258, which means Kent require 242 to win .

Hampshire, still only two down, have their first batting point against Northants and Jimmy Adams on 94.

There will be no century for Worcestershire's Matthew Pardoe. He falls to Ryan ten Doeschate for 88.

10:59am - Derbyshire take the new ball at Taunton, where Nick Compton is nearing a century, while Dawid Malan reaches 50 at the Kia Oval only to then fall lbw facing Gareth Batty. Middlesex are 170 for six and 319 in front.

Durham lose Usman Arshad for 34 but are batting on.

10:51am - Phil Mustard is caught at mid-on for 73 attempting to boost the Durham run-rate. I expect Sussex will be batting again soon.

10:47am - The prolific Ned Eckersley, a shining light for Leicestershire this term, passes 50 from just 47 balls at Bristol with his 11th four.

There is plenty of turn on offer at Taunton, where Shivnarine Chanderpaul has opened the bowling alongside David Wainwright. Chanderpaul did remove Craig Kieswetter yesterday evening.

10:42am - Topley strikes again to have Joe Leach caught behind. Worcestershire are in big trouble, trailing by 76 with five wickets in hand.

Darren Stevens has also claimed two wickets in an over at the SWALEC Stadium, leaving Glamorgan nine down. The Welsh side's lead stands at 220.

10:34am - Play has begun in all eight matches. Durham have opted not to declare overnight but may not bat for too much longer given their lead already stands at 345.

Reece Topley claimed six first-innings wickets for Essex on day one against Worcestershire. He now has his first scalp in the Pears' second dig, having trapped nightwatchman David Lucas lbw for a duck.

10:20am - In Division Two, Gloucestershire and Essex are currently on course for victories, while second-placed Northamptonshire will be seeking early wickets as they look to put pressure on Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. It's pretty even at the SWALEC Stadium, where Glamorgan are playing Kent. 

10:10am - Durham will pull clear at the top of Division One if they hammer home their advantage against Sussex. However, the forecast for tomorrow at the Emirates Durham ICG is poor so Paul Collingwood's men may need to finish things off today.

The other huge game in the top flight is finely poised, Somerset boasting a slender lead over fellow strugglers Derbyshire with six second-innings wickets intact.

Middlesex are in the driving seat at the Kia Oval following Ollie Rayner's eight-wicket haul on day two, while Nottinghamshire hold a narrow advantage over Warwickshire.

10am - Morning everyone. Another intriguing dose of LV= County Championship action gets under way in half an hour. Here's a reminder of how things stand heading into day three:

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 on  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, leading  Surrey by 282 at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Worcestershire are  163 for three   in their second innings, 86 behind Essex .

Glamorgan are  237 for seven   in their second innings at the SWALEC Stadium, leading  Kent by 220.

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

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



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