10:24pm - That concludes a busy day of action. Five LV= County Championship matches will continue tomorrow, while the second Investec Test between England and New Zealand begins at Headingley. 10:22pm - RESULT! Nottinghamshire Outlaws (133/3 from 19.3 overs) beat Warwickshire Bears (186/7 from 30 overs) by seven wickets on Duckworth/Lewis method at Edgbaston: That did not take long. Taylor finishes unbeaten on 39 as Notts ease to their revised target with nine deliveries unused. Tom Milnes, on as 12th man, did put down a tricky diving chance offered up by Riki Wessels, but by then the result was a foregone conclusion. Notts retain a 100 per cent record in this year's Yorkshire Bank 40. 10:15pm - We are back under way, James Taylor pulling Boyd Rankin for four to take Notts closer to victory. 10:01pm - The aim is for play to restart at 10:15pm between Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire. The visitors to Edgbaston will need a further 21 from 20 balls, which should not pose too much trouble. 9:32pm - Boyd Rankin is introduced and becomes yet another bowler to enjoy early success as Patel pulls his third ball straight to deep square-leg. The players are forced off one ball later, with Notts 112 for three and still ahead despite Patel's exit. 9:28pm - Unfortunately it is raining again at Edgbaston, although play continues for the time being. At 110 for two from 17 overs, Notts are comfortably ahead on D/L should the showers become heavier. 9:15pm - But a little less comfortable now. Steffan Piolet follows Patel in striking with his first ball, the medium-pacer deceiving Lumb with a slower ball that the left-hander edged on to the stumps. That brings an end to a fine innings of 57. 9:13pm - James Taylor has settled in nicely alongside the aggressive Lumb and has just collected his first boundary with a maximum off Ateeq Javid. Notts are looking very comfortable indeed. 9pm - Nottinghamshire end the ninth over on 66 for one, Lumb having already dashed to a 28-ball fifty. 8:47pm - Jeetan Patel strikes with his first ball as Alex Hales caught is at midwicket for eight. It is fair to say Warwickshire could do with a couple more wickets if they are to prevent Nottinghamshire from turning this into a simple chase. 8:39pm - Notts appear to be in a hurry. Lumb has raced to 35 inside four overs, although he was fortunate to see a thick edge off Chris Wright drop just short of backward point. 8:28pm - The visitors make the perfect start as Michael Lumb cracks three fours in the first over from Chris Woakes. 8:22pm - Notts will need 194 from 30 overs following the D/L readjustment. 8:13pm - Clarke is cleaned up for 59 by Jake Ball off the penultimate ball of the innings. Warwickshire subsequently post 186 for seven from 30 overs, a pretty good effort after they resumed on 41 for one from 10.4. @CricketingBears on Twitter: Clarke tips one over Read's head for his fifty Bears 175-6 after Piolet ct for a quick 22 7:57pm - With three overs to come, Warwickshire have 153 on the board. Notts' target will have to be readjusted on Duckworth/Lewis following the interruptions to this innings. 7:45pm - The departure of Tim Ambrose to Shahzad, for an 18-ball 21, leaves Warwickshire 135 for five in the 25th over. 7:31pm - Warwickshire lose a fourth wicket with the score on 108 as Graeme White bowls Chris Woakes for five with a beauty. The hosts have 8.5 overs to add to their tally and you would imagine Clarke, who has 35, could be key. 7:20pm - Now Chopra falls, plumb lbw to Steven Mullaney. 7:17pm - Rikki Clarke is giving Warwickshire some much-needed impetus in their rain-reduced innings. He strikes successive boundaries off Samit Patel, the first a maximum, to help the Bears to 92 for two from 18 overs. Chopra has 42 to his name. 7:05pm - Of course, Sussex climbed to the top of Division One with an innings rout over Somerset, Steve Magoffin returning imperious match figures of 12-31. That leaves five matches still in progress and here's the state of play: Division OneDurham are 37 without loss in their second innings, a lead of 100 over Middlesex, who were dismissed for 196 on day two at the Emirates Durham ICG. Division TwoLeicestershire are 133 for one following on against Glamorgan, who still lead by 167 at the end of day three.Kent are 214 for five in their first innings, a lead of two at stumps on day two against Essex at Chelmsford.Worcestershire are 302 for three in their first innings at the halfway point against Gloucestershire at New Road, a lead of 68.Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. The Red Rose closed the first day on 252 for nine. 6:54pm - Durham and Kent are also done for the day, concluding the LV= County Championship action. We'll have a score round-up for you very shortly but the cricket continues - Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire are back out in Birmingham and will battle it out over 30 overs per side. @kentcricket on Twitter: Stumps on day 2 LVCC Div 2 game at Chelmsford . Essex 212 all out Kent 214/5 Stevens 91no Jones 12no Great fightback by Kent #superkent 6:46pm - Mark Stoneman is rattling along as Durham look to build upon their position of strength against Kent. The opener has 31 off 32 balls out of 36 without loss as Paul Collingwood's team lead Middlesex by 99 in their second innings. Kent are into the lead by two at Essex on 214 for five, with Stevens nine shy of three figures. 6:40pm - It seems a fair few of us might be getting a better night's sleep than a certain Lancashire batsman... @LancsCCC on Twitter: That looks like it's close. Well batted Aggers - 93 not out. 252-9. 6:32pm - The planned resumption at Edgbaston has been and gone. We now look towards 6:55pm as the Blotters do their work. 6:27pm - Stumps have been drawn at Grace Road to conclude a stop-start day of recovery for Leicestershire against Glamorgan. Following on, the hosts are 133 for one with Greg Smith unbeaten on 62. The Foxes will need him to kick on as they remain 167 behind. 6:18pm - How are your nerves Andrea Agathangelou? The Cypriot batsman is seven runs shy of a a maiden championship century only for rain to intervene at the Ageas Bowl. Similarly, weather has caused an early end to proceedings at Worcester but 30 miles north in Birmingham a 6:30pm resumption is cautiously on the cards. 6:06pm - Stevens has motored on to 79 as Kent close in on first-innings parity at Essex, but he must continue without Harmison, who was caught at the wicket off the bowling of Ryan ten Doeschate for 55. Geraint Jones is the new man in and the score is 191 for five, 21 behind. 6:00pm - Middlesex's first innings ends without the acquisition of a batting bonus point but they are still in the games following useful lower-order contributions for James Harris and Toby Roland-Jones. Having been 35 for five earlier in the day, Chris Rogers' side ended on 196 all out, 63 in arrears. They're back off at New Road again but Worcestershire, 302 for three, have collected a third batting point and lead of 68. 5:54pm - Andrea Agathangelou is still going great guns on 73 for Lancashire. The problem is he's almost run out of partners. Kyle Hogg and Glen Chapple are back in the hutch, David Balcombe has a five-wicket haul and Simon Kerrigan is the last man in with the score 233 for nine. The match at Edgbaston is reduced to 37 overs per side and is likely to be hit further with the rain coming down once more. Warwickshire are 41 for one after 10.4. 5:48pm - Is this the start of a procession? Gloucestershire will certainly hope so - Craig Miles has trapped Samaraweera in front for five. At Chelmsford Kent are closing in on Essex's 212, with Ben Harmison joining Darren Stevens in raising his bat. 5:37pm - Ball finds a more reliable ally in Michael Lumb, who accepts a simple chance at mid-off to dismiss Darren Maddy for a laboured five off 15 balls. Warwickshire are 29 for one after eight overs. @WorcsCCC on Twitter: Matt Pardoe has been bowled on 89. One short of equalling his highest FC score. Worcestershire 263-2. 5:26pm - Pardoe will not be joining Moeen in bringing up three figures after James Fuller disturbed his furniture on 89. Thilan Samaraweera is the new man and Worcestershire are 29 runs ahead of Gloucestershire with eight first-innings wickets remaining. Meanwhile, they're back out again at Grace Road at the expense of a solitary over. 5:20pm - Glamorgan finally have their reward after finding Leicestershire to be in a far more stubborn mood in their follow-on. Michael Thornely was trapped lbw by Michael Reed for 43, but two balls later the rain came again. The news is better at the Ageas Bowl and Edgbaston, although Nottinghamshire’s Ajmal Shahzad has been left red faced at the latter. Warwickshire opener Varun Chopra offered a simple chance to the former Yorkshire paceman at short fine-leg but he fumbled to deny Jake Ball the breakthrough. 5:07pm - Moeen Ali brings up a 130-ball hundred for Worcestershire with his 15th four. He has also struck three sixes. The much more patient Matthew Pardoe is unbeaten on 79 from 249 deliveries.
Stokes has a second wicket for Durham and it's a big one. Neil Dexter has been caught behind for 52 to leave Middlesex 151 for eight in reply to 259. They are off for rain at the Ageas Bowl, but play is set to resume at Edgbaston at 5:20pm.
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Dexter brings up 50 for @Middlesex_CCC who are 145-7.
4:51pm - Play is set to recommence at Grace Road and Chelmsford in the next 10 minutes or so, while the teams have swiftly returned to the field at New Road, where Worcestershire now lead with nine first-innings wickets intact. However, there is less positive news weather-wise in the YB40 clash at Edgbaston. A shower has halted proceedings after three overs, Warwickshire having reached nine without loss. Agathangelou moves past 50 as Lancashire secure their first batting point against Hampshire. 4:40pm - Darren Stevens has brought up his first fifty of the season, with Kent now 133 for four at Essex. At the Emirates Durham ICG, Paul Collingwood has clung on to make Gareth Berg Onions' fifth victim, while rain has halted Worcestershire's serene progress against Gloucestershire. 4:25pm - This evening's Yorkshire Bank 40 clash between Warwickshire Bears and Nottinghamshire Outlaws with be under way shortly at Edgbaston. The visitors have won the toss and elected to field. @GlamCricket on Twitter: Further inspection at 4.40pm at Leicester @hantscricket on Twitter: All seven wickets by the way have either been caught by the wicketkeeper or in the slip cordon. Great hands lads. 4:10pm - Balcombe is on fire and Lancashire are reeling on 178 for seven at tea against Hampshire. Wayne White becomes the seamer's fourth scalp, giving Liam Dawson a third slip catch of the innings. Durham and Middlesex are also off for refreshments in the north east. The visitors are 111 for six, avoiding the follow-on having slumped to 35 for five earlier in the afternoon. 4:00pm - David Balcombe strikes a double blow at the Ageas Bowl to put Hampshire firmly in the driving street. Lancashire, who won the toss, watched Steven Croft and Gareth Cross depart in quick succession and are 169 for six. Agathangelou remains unbeaten on 30. Meanwhile, Graham Onions now has 4-22 from 16 overs at the Emirates ICG having removed John Simpson eight shy of his half-century. Middlesex are 107 for six. 3:45pm - Worcestershire's work for the afternoon is also done and it's been a fine stint for Matt Pardoe and Moeen Ali. The half-centurions are enjoying an unbroken stand of 116 for the second wicket, leaving their side just 28 shy of Gloucestershire's first innings 234 3:40pm - Tea is being taken in the game between Glamorgan (442 for nine declared) and Leicestershire (142 and 88 without loss) and also Essex (212) versus Kent (120 for four). No play was possible in Leicester during the afternoon session due to persistent rain, while Essex and Kent were restricted to 10 balls but will resume at 4pm. 3:30pm - Middlesex are hanging in there at the Emirates ICG. Neil Dexter and John Simpson have moved them on from 35 for five to 88 without further loss. Simpson has 32 from 38 balls, with six fours, and his side need just 14 more to avoid the follow-on. 3:15pm - The players remain off the field at Leicester and Chelmsford and, in the latter game between Essex and Kent, prospects look bleak. @kentcricket on Twitter: Latest at Chelmsford Kent currently 116/4 Harmison 24no Stevens 44no Heavy Rain stops play, possibly set in for the remainder of the day. @MattPrior13 on Twitter: Huge congrats too to @magsy64 for his 12 wkts in the game! Batters set games up but bowlers win it for u! Well done spaghetti man #sharks 3:05pm - It seems we might have cursed poor old Luke Procter - he's fallen victim to James Vince's occasional medium pace. 3:00pm - Batsmen around the country are battling back as we enter the post-Steve Magoffin section of the afternoon. Matthew Pardoe and Moeen Ali have brought up half-centuries as Worcestershire, currently 172 for one, continue to make light work of Gloucestershire's 234. Luke Procter has done likewise in Southampton where Lancashire are 115 for three. 2:50pm - Magoffin's magnificent return is the cheapest 10-wicket haul in the championship since Northamptonshire's George Tribe claimed 15-31 against Yorkshire in 1958. RESULT! Somerset (76 & 108) lost to Sussex (300) by an innings and 116 runs: Steve Magoffin, take a bow. The rangy Australian seamer cleans up the Somerset tail to finish with astonishing match figures 12-31. As Somerset lick their wounds and Sussex look down from the LV= County Championship summit, ecb.co.uk has dusted off a copy of Wisden in an attempt to put Magoffin's achievements in context. 2:30pm - Having watched his partner enjoy a let-off, Ashwell Prince is the third Lancashire batsmen to go. The South African is unable to repeat last night's heroics and edges James Tomlinson to Liam Dawson at second slip. In comes Andrea Agathangelou for his first championship knock of the season. 2:20pm - A chance goes begging at the Ageas Bowl...
@LancsCCC on Twitter: That's a drop by Bates behind the stumps, diving in front of first off Wood. Procter let off on 34 - it goes for four. 93-2 now.
2:10pm - Monty Panesar has the last laugh against fellow England man Jos Buttler at Horsham. Deciding attack was the best course amid Somerset's dire struggles, Buttler took 14 runs in boundaries from Monty's first over of the innings. Consecutive fours followed in the slow-left-armer's next set of six before Buttler was pouched by Matt Machan next ball. The same player held on as Steve Magoffin took his 10th wicket of the match and, at 105 for eight, Somerset's race is almost run.
1:50pm - They are indeed back under way at New Road, where the hosts are rattling along on 105 for one despite the loss of skipper Daryl Mitchell. Encouraging news is in from Hampshire and Durham, where play is imminent.
@hantscricket on Twitter: The covers are coming off. Restart of play is scheduled for 1.55pm. Only one over lost. Lancs 84-2.
@DurhamCricket: Few light hailstones over the lunch break but have cleared now and covers are coming off, play to start 1.50pm. @Middlesex_CCC 31-4
1:05pm - The morning session draws to a close. Here are the scores:
Middlesex are 34 for one in reply to Durham’s 259 all out on day two at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Somerset are 73 for six in their second innings, trailing Sussex by 151 on the second day at Horsham.
Leicestershire are 88 for none following on against Glamorgan, who lead by 212, on day three at Grace Road.
Kent are 87 for four, responding to Essex’s 212 on the second day at Chelmsford.
Worcestershire are 65 without loss in reply to Gloucestershire’s 234 all out after there was no play on the second morning at New Road.
Lancashire, who won the toss this morning, are 84 for two versus Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
12:53pm - Onions gets his third breakthrough of the innings, with Dawid Malan falling lbw for nought to make Middlesex 31 for four.
Jordan has his second wicket in two overs - Peter Trego caught behind - as Somerset sink further into the mire.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: Rain has swept in and the players are off. Would imagine that will signal an early lunch. 84-2 in the 24th. Procter 32, Prince 11.
12:41pm - Somerset continue to spiral towards defeat as Chris Jordan has Alex Barrow lbw for 14. The visitors are 57 for five, still 167 in arrears.
@MiddlesexCCC on Twitter: We're coming back out - 28-3 with Smith 14* & Malan 0* - Come on the Middle!
12:30pm - Another one goes at Horsham where Anyon removes James Hildreth thanks to Monty Panesar’s catch.
Leicestershire have begun following on versus Glamorgan well enough, reaching 50 without loss. They still trail by 250 though.
12:15pm - After making a solid start this morning, Middlesex lose Joe Denly - caught at second slip off Graham Onions. They are 25 for three in reply to Durham’s 259. Soon after rain forces the players off.
Anyon strikes again, trapping James Hildreth in front for nought.
Lancashire are two down with Karl Brown falling to Balcombe.
Play is due to start at 1:10pm at New Road.
12:03pm - Somerset are in further bother as James Anyon has Alviro Petersen caught at backward point. The visitors to Horsham trail by 192 with eight wickets left.
11:50am - Sussex have the wicket of Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick and it’s that man Magoffin again. The left-hander was caught behind for 13.
Sam Northeast, who had been Kent’s one batsman to prosper so far, is caught behind off Ravi Bopara for 31.
At the Ageas Bowl Stephen Moore, having been dropped at second slip earlier in the over, falls to a James Vince catch at third slip off James Tomlinson for 30, leaving Lancashire 54 for one.
Play has begun at the Emirates Durham ICG, meaning the only championship game without action so far is at New Road.
@GlamCricket on Twitter: The sun is out at Grace Road, and the umpires are poised to walk out as the covers come off. 95 overs are left in the day's allocation.
11:25am - Lancashire have made a flying start, including taking 21 off David Balcombe’s first over which was nine balls long. In contrast, Somerset are nought for none from four overs.
Topley strikes again to have Michael Powell caught at second slip for one. Kent are 33 for three.
@GlamCricket on Twitter: Another very brief shower here at Grace Road, but play will start at 11.35 with one over lost
11:10am - The first wicket of the day is at Horsham where Sussex are dismissed for 300 and a first-innings lead of 224 over Somerset. Steve Magoffin, who took 8-20 yesterday, fell for 23 to Alfonso Thomas, who therefore returned 5-69.
At Chelmsford Reece Topley bowls Brendan Nash for five to leave Kent 25 for two in reply to Essex’s 212. Bad news from Grace Road where there is more rain so play will not start until after 11:30am.
Leicestershire are following on against Glamorgan at Grace Road.
11:05am - As well as at the Emirates Durham ICG and Grace Road, there is a delayed start between Worcestershire and Gloucestershire at New Road.
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Start to be delayed here, weather looking a bit grey and dull hopefully once it hits it passes.
10:50am - Wet weather is threatening to delay the start at a few matches. There will be an inspection at 11am ahead of day three between Leicestershire and Glamorgan at Grace Road.
10:40am - Lancashire have won the toss at the Ageas Bowl and have chosen to bat first. Lancashire batsman Simon Katich was hit on the temple during the warm-up and has gone to hospital, ruling him out of the game. Here are the teams, according to the counties’ respective Twitter feeds:
@hantscricket on Twitter: Hampshire team: Adams*, Carberry, Dawson, Bailey, Vince, Ervine, Bates+, Wood, Balcombe, Briggs, Tomlinson
@LancsCCC on Twitter: Lancs: Procter, Moore, Brown, Prince, Agathangelou, Croft, Cross (w), White, Hogg, Chapple (c), Kerrigan.
10:30am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live blog coverage of today’s county games. Five LV= County Championship matches continue and Hampshire versus Lancashire at the Ageas Bowl starts. There is also a Yorkshire Bank 40 contest between Warwickshire Bears and Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Edgbaston, which begins late this afternoon.
Hampshire and Lancashire met yesterday in the YB40 with the Royals romping to a nine-wicket win as Michael Carberry’s stunning 150 not out trumped Ashwell Prince’s 100. Despite the 10pm finish, the teams are due to lock horns again from 11am. Here is a round-up of the scores in the continuing championship fixtures:
Middlesex, who won the toss, are 11 for two in reply to Durham’s 259 all out at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Sussex are 298 for nine, responding to Somerset's 76 all out after the visitors won the toss at Horsham.
Leicestershire were 142 all out in reply to Glamorgan's 442 for nine declared on day two at Grace Road.
Kent are 20 for one, responding to Essex’s 212 after the visitors won the toss at Chelmsford.
Worcestershire, who won the toss, are 65 without loss after Gloucestershire were 234 all out at New Road.