LV=CC, May 16: As it happened
7:24pm - It's now stumps at Derby, too, which means play is done for the day around the country. Here are the scores on the doors:
Sussex are 328 for eight in reply to Derbyshire’s 223 all out at Derby.
Nottinghamshire are 24 for one in their second innings, 91 ahead of Surrey at Trent Bridge.
Somerset are 122 for five following on, 83 behind Middlesex at Taunton.
Yorkshire have moved on to 318 for seven in reply to Warwickshire’s 128 all out at Edgbaston.
@SussexCCC on Twitter: WICKET....8 down now, Anyon bowled by Footitt and Sussex 317/8
@SussexCCC on Twitter: WICKET..Magoffin has gone before the close, caught Redfern off Footitt for 9 and Sussex are 309/7
@EssexCricket on Twitter: CLOSE OF PLAY ON DAY TWO Essex 343 for 9 Graham Napier 41 Reece Topley 0 and the lead is 112 runs.
@SomersetCCC on Twitter: Stumps on day 2 and we are 112 for 5, Trego 58* and Buttler 20*. Trailing by 83 runs.
@GlamCricket on Twitter: Essex end the day 343/9 a lead of 112
6:22pm - Surrey strike a blow just before stumps at Trent Bridge, Alex Hales castled by Stuart Meaker to leave Notts 22 for one; Luke Fletcher comes in as nightwatchman. Across the Midlands at Derby, play has restarted.
@GlamCricket on Twitter: Reward for Allenby too as Phillips goes lbw for 0. Essex 304/9 - lead of 73
6:14pm - Yorkshire end another good day 190 runs ahead on 318 for seven, with Rashid 68 not out. In Division Two, Leicestershire have lost their first wicket; Trent Copeland has got rid of Niall O'Brien to leave the score 62 for one.
@GlamCricket at Twitter: Bopara departs for 145 trying to hook Wagg Essex 299 f 8. Great reward for Waggy
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: The rain has stopped and play will resume at 6.25pm. We will have 13.2 overs to bowl before the close.
5:44pm - Another batsman beyond 50 is the in-form Adil Rashid for Yorkshire, who continue to enjoy the better of proceedings versus Warwickshire.
@leicsccc on Twitter: Off for bad light now. Leics 45-0
@TrentBridge on Twitter: Only a passing patch of rain as the players head back out to the middle. Notts 2-0 #NottsvSurrey
5:31pm - As rain curtails proceedings in the first Investec Test at Lord’s, it does, too, in the Division One clash between Nottinghamshire and Middlesex.
Essex, meanwhile, have lost skipper James Foster for 27 versus Glamorgan and are 273 for seven, 42 ahead, with centurion Ravi Bopara still going.
@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: Leicestershire have moved on to 45-0. former steelback Niall O'Brien opening 21*
5:26pm - What a performance from Middlesex's Murtagh, who - having taken 4-28 in Somerset's first innings - has figures of 7-2-18-4 second time round. The hosts are 43 for five, still 152 behind, at Taunton.
Meanwhile, at Derby, Sussex pair Jordan and Yardy have been forced to leave the field due to rain when unbeaten on 90 and 96 respectively.
@TrentBridge on Twitter: Wicket: Surrey all out for 207! Dernbach falls for 15 caught at mid-on by Franks off Shahzad. Notts lead by 67 runs
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: 250 up now for Sussex who are 253-5 (49 overs) at the County Ground. Yardy 90* and Jordan 73*, lead by 30 runs.
5:04pm - Somerset are in real danger of losing in two days; Murtagh has a third wicket, trapping Lewis Gregory lbw to leave the hosts 175 adrift and four down at Taunton.
4:59pm - Surrey are now nine down, Gurney castling Tim Linley for seven, while Derbyshire are making life more difficult for themselves as Yardy is dropped at slip on 88.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Hodd has gone to Woakes, who has struck with the second new ball five balls after taking it. Hodd lbw. 239-6.
@GlamCricket on Twitter: 100 for Ravi Bopara as Essex equal Glamorgan's first innings score of 231. Foster 19* Bopara 100* Essex 231/6
4:47pm - Somerset's problems continue as in-form Alviro Petersen is bowled by Murtagh and skipper Marcus Trescothick is ousted by James Harris. Sussex are having no such problems at Derby, Chris Jordan moving to a half-century and taking his side into the lead.
@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: Northants 355 all out. David Willey out 77. his top score in the Championship.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Ballance bowled Patel, who has his third, for well made 52. 225-5. That ends a 78-run stand.
@leicsccc on Twitter: WICKET: Crook goes and that's a first 5-for for Freckingham. Full bonus points for us
4:30pm - Well, it’s taken two sessions but Leicestershire have finally ousted Andrew Hall. However, the former South Africa all-rounder will leave the field happy enough having struck 113 and seen his side to 349 for nine.
In Division One, Gareth Batty falls for 41 to leave Surrey 161 for eight replying to Notts' 274, while Yorkshire take their advantage towards 100 on the back of Ballance moving beyond 50 versus Warwickshire. At Taunton, Arul Suppiah falls lbw to the innings' third ball as Somerset struggle having been asked to follow-on versus Middlesex.
Here are the tea scores in the six LV= County Championship games:
Sussex are 189 for five in reply to Derbyshire’s 223 all out at Derby.
Surrey are 156 for seven at Trent Bridge, replying to Nottinghamshire’s 274 all out.
Somerset were 152 all out in response to Middlesex’s 347 all out in their first innings at Taunton.
Yorkshire have moved on to 192 for four in reply to Warwickshire’s 128 all out at Edgbaston.
Essex are 182 for six in reply to Glamorgan’s 231 all out at the SWALEC Stadium.
Northamptonshire are 316 for seven in their first innings against Leicestershire at Wantage Road.
4:01pm - Somerset are all out for 152, 195 behind Middlesex on first innings, heralding tea.
3:48pm - With some of the championship contests at tea and the interval approaching in others, Michael Reed has Greg Smith caught behind for seven to make Essex 182 for six with Bopara unbeaten on 79.
There’s also a wicket on the brink of tea at Trent Bridge where Samit Patel has Wilson caught behind for 49, ending an alliance worth 81.
The trend continues at Taunton as Neil Dexter bowls Peter Trego for 34, leaving Somerset in tatters at 149 for nine. That could mean a late tea.
@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: David Willey gets his 50 off 51 balls to help Northants reach 315-7. Top batting @david_willey
3:27pm - Hall has the first hundred of this round of championship matches, reaching the landmark with four off Robbie Williams. Soon after, Northants reach 300 for seven.
Michael Yardy heralds a half-century with two consecutive fours of Tim Groenewald. Sussex are 153 for five.
Gary Wilson and Gareth Batty are rebuilding for Surrey, who have advanced from 71 for six to 130 without further loss.
3:15pm - A promising stand between Ravi Bopara and Ben Foakes ends when Dean Cosker has the latter caught at slip for 38. They put on 83 to lift Essex to 169 for five, replying to Glamorgan’s 231.
3:05pm - Somerset lose another wicket, Alfonso Thomas falling to Gareth Berg, while Clare has a second scalp as Footitt’s single-handed take at square-leg sends Ben Brown packing.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: FIFTY for Ravi Bopara who has faced 139 balls and collected 7 fours. Ben Foakes has 38 and Essex are 151 for 4.
2:53pm - Patel has made an important breakthrough for Warwickshire, ousting Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale for 40 thanks to Rikki Clarke’s one-handed catch at slip. The visitors are 147 for four.
2:45pm - Somerset are in deep trouble now as Jos Buttler falls to Toby Roland-Jones for 15. The Taunton hosts sit perilously on 101 for six in reply to 347.
Sussex are not faring much better at 79 for four in response to 223 as Jonathan Clare has Joe Gatting caught and bowled.
2:40pm - Ben Duckett’s debut first-class innings yields just five as he falls to Ollie Freckingham to reduce Northants to 229 for seven.
@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: Another Gale six and another Gale life. Woakes carried the ball over the ropes at long-leg off Rankin. Gale on 25 now, 128-3.
2:25pm - A flurry of wickets to report, two of which have gone to Tim Murtagh in successive overs. First he had Lewis Gregory lbw for seven and then James Hildreth caught for 23. Somerset are reeling at 84 for five in reply to Middlesex’s 347.
At Edgbaston, Jeetan Patel has had Phil Jaques caught behind for 25, making Yorkshire 122 for three. At Trent Bridge, Surrey are 71 for six in reply to 274 as Ajmal Shahzad ousts Arun Harinath for 24.
2:11pm - Leicestershire spinner Naik strikes for a second time since lunch, trapping Rob Keogh in front for eight as Northants slip to 214 for six.
2:02pm - Yorkshire have moved into three figures while Surrey and Sussex have passed 50, the latter two for the loss of more wickets than they would have wished.
@GlamCricket on Twitter: Pettini goes for 28 early into the afternoon session, bit unlucky, after excellent catch by Stewie Walters left handed - Essex now 86/4
1:48pm - Mark Footitt has three wickets in as many overs when he traps Rory Hamilton-Brown lbw for six, leaving Sussex 47 for three in reply to Derbyshire's 223.
Jigar Naik has ended a 143-run stand for the fifth wicket between Rob Newton and Andrew Hall by snaring the latter for 81. Northamptonshire are therefore 206 for five.
@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: Tim Bresnan has just arrived at Edgbaston where he will replace Rich Pyrah in the Yorkshire team. We have just resumed after lunch. 82-2.
1:41pm - Play has resumed after lunch in all six LV= County Championship games and the first Investec Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, which you can follow here.
1:10pm - Footitt and Franks are both receiving the plaudits after taking their second wickets of the day. Sussex opener Chris Nash succumbs for 12 with Clare taking the catch at short fine-leg to keep Derbyshire on top. Steven Davies fails to trouble the scorers at Trent Bridge with Patel taking his second catch.
In Division Two, it’s been a perfect session for Northamptonshire while Essex will also be pleased with their recovery. Here’s a round-up of all the scores:
Sussex are 38 for two in reply to Derbyshire’s 223 all out at Derby.
Surrey are 47 for five at Trent Bridge, replying to Nottinghamshire’s 274 all out.
Somerset are 52 for three after Middlesex made 347 all out in their first innings at Taunton.
Yorkshire have moved on to 80 for two in reply to Warwickshire’s 128 all out at Edgbaston.
Essex are 85 for three in reply to Glamorgan’s 231 all out at the SWALEC Stadium.
Northamptonshire are 205 for four in their first innings against Leicestershire at Wantage Road.
1pm - A couple of potentially important wickets have fallen just before lunch to give Middlesex and Warwickshire a boost. At Taunton, James Harris bowls Suppiah for 19 while, at Edgbaston, Rankin picks up his second wicket in as many overs. Sayers edges through to Tim Ambrose, having made a patient 24 and so it will be the hosts who will have the impetus when they return for the afternoon session.
12:55pm - Rankin comes into the attack at Edgbaston and immediately removes Lyth. The Yorkshire opener carves Rankin’s second delivery into the hands of Tom Milnes, who atones for his earlier drop. It’s been a long time coming, but could this be the spark for Warwickshire’s fightback?
Derbyshire also have their first breakthrough, thanks to Footitt. Luke Wells makes a brisk 23 from 16 balls before giving Chesney Hughes catching practice at third slip.
At Trent Bridge, Surrey are in real trouble, now 47 for four. Paul Franks has de Bruyn caught by Samit Patel for nine meaning yet another Surrey batsman is leaving the field with just single figures to his name.
@TrentBridge on Twitter: Drop! Franks finds the edge of Harinath but Ed Cowan can't hold on. Surrey 38-3 Harinath 12 De Bruyn 2 #NottsvSurrey
12:45pm - Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah had been quietly going about their business at Taunton to give the hosts a solid start, but it’s all change now. The man to cause the damage is Murtagh who has Trescothick caught behind by John Simpson for 24. Murtagh and Simpson then team up to oust Alviro Petersen first ball! James Hildreth deals with the hat-trick delivery but, all of a sudden, Middlesex have Somerset firmly on the back foot.
Elsewhere, at the SWALEC Stadium, a fifty stand between Ravi Bopara and Mark Pettini has steadied Essex’s ship.
12:35pm - Further good news for Northamptonshire supporters sees Hall also bring up a half-century. It's serene progress for the hosts with an unbeaten century stand and no wickets yet lost in what has been an excellent morning session for Alex Wakely’s side.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Lyth dropped at point by Milnes on 41 off Clarke, 63-0 in the 26th.
12:30pm - Sussex are back in business at Derby thanks to James Anyon. Richard Johnson and Jonathan Clare put on 52 for the eighth wicket to move Derbyshire past 200 before Anyon broke the deadlock by bowling Clare for 25.
The next ball, Tim Groenewald suffers the same downfall. The following over, number 11 Mark Footitt puts Monty Panesar into the stands but is then caught behind by Ben Brown.
All this means Derbyshire have been bowled out for 223, and Anyon is going to be made to wait to see if he can secure his hat-trick!
12:05pm - Fletcher is in the game once more at Trent Bridge, this time claiming the wicket of Vikram Solanki, lbw for eight. All three of Surrey’s departing batsman have failed to reach double figures, leaving Arun Harinath and Zander de Bruyn needing to rescue the visitors from the mire.
Middlesex have been bowled out for 347 as Overton bowls Tim Murtagh for 29 to finish with career-best figures of 6-95. Murtagh and Tom Smith added 38 handy runs for the final wicket to help the away side post a respectable first-innings score.
11:55am - Newton and Hall continue to dominate the Leicestershire bowling, with the former reaching a half-century. The pair have added 89 runs for the fifth wicket and have done a great job in putting Northamptonshire in command after coming to the middle with the score 63 for four.
Adam Lyth has been the dominant partner in Yorkshire’s unbeaten opening stand, but Joe Sayers is also providing useful assistance in seeing off Warwickshire’s new ball.
11:50am - There is, of course, also some live cricket taking place at Lord’s. You can follow our live text coverage of the first Investec Test match between England and New Zealand here.
11:35am - They may have found it easy to snare Nottinghamshire’s final wicket, but Surrey are finding things far from plain sailing with the bat. First, left-armer Gurney finds the edge of Burns’ bat to give Riki Wessels a simple catch behind the stumps before Luke Fletcher castles Roy for five. The away side are nine for two in the third over.
Chris Jordan is in the groove again at Derby, dismissing Ross Whiteley for 12, and at Taunton, Jamie Overton is celebrating a five-wicket haul after removing Neil Dexter for 82.
Glamorgan have continued from where they left off last night with Jaik Mickleburgh gone lbw for 16, giving Michael Hogan superb figures of 3-7 from eight overs.
11.15am - Surrey are the side to claim the first wicket of the day as Harry Gurney is trapped lbw by Jade Dernbach for six. That means Nottinghamshire have been bowled out for 274, allowing Rory Burns and Jason Roy to get the visitors' reply started early on the second morning.
Middlesex have passed 300, while four fours and a six have been struck at Wantage Road where Rob Newton and Andrew Hall are taking it to the Leicestershire attack.
11am - Perfect conditions across the country means we have live action from all six of our games...
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Tim Bresnan has been left out of England's team at Lord's. He has been given permission to join this match at Edgbaston today.
10:43am - All in all, it was a fascinating day’s cricket which leaves us with plenty to look forward to today. With the weather set fair, all six games are in the balance and intriguingly poised.
10:40am - In Division One, the stand-out performers yesterday were certainly Yorkshire, who skittled Warwickshire inside 52 overs before making a faultless start to their first innings. Surrey and Somerset will be keen to get their replies with the bat underway by finishing off their jobs with the ball. Derbyshire need to overcome their setbacks late yesterday evening.
In Division Two, Glamorgan will be quietly pleased with their efforts after claiming two Essex wickets before the close. Despite a number of rain delays, Leicestershire were able to gain the initiative against Northamptonshire, who are without injured captain Stephen Peters.
10:35am - Here’s a quick recap of yesterday’s action:
Derbyshire finished on 158 for six against Sussex at Derby.
Nottinghamshire ended on 273 for nine against Surrey at Trent Bridge.
Middlesex are 293 for eight versus Somerset at Taunton.
Yorkshire are 11 for none in reply to Warwickshire’s 128 at Edgbaston.
10:30am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live text commentary on all six of today's LV= County Championship games.