LV=CC, May 17: As it happened
7:15pm - That’s all for today, then. Middlesex and Yorkshire sealed convincing wins while Surrey and Sussex are in the driving seat ahead of the final day’s play tomorrow.
In Division Two, the games at the SWALEC Stadium and Wantage Road are in the balance and, after an action-packed first day at Canterbury, Worcestershire will be looking to build a first-innings lead when play gets back underway.
Here’s a round-up of all of today’s scores.
Derbyshire are 189 for seven in their second innings, leading Sussex by 11 runs at Derby.
Surrey are 73 for three, needing a further 186 runs for victory against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Middlesex (347 & 72 for one) beat Somerset (152 & 265) by nine wickets at Taunton.
Warwickshire (128 & 140) lost to Yorkshire (407) by an innings and 139 runs at Edgbaston.
Glamorgan are 303 for six in their second innings, leading Essex by 189 runs at the SWALEC Stadium.
Northamptonshire are 94 for five in their second innings, leading Leicestershire by 215 runs at Wantage Road.
Worcestershire are 105 for four in their first innings, trailing Kent by 54 runs at Canterbury.
7:10pm - RESULT! Middlesex (347 & 72 for one) beat Somerset (152 & 265) by nine wickets at Taunton. Denly places Steve Kirby through backward point to secure the winning runs. Some bad weather late this afternoon put Middlesex’s attempts to win the game today in jeopardy, but once the players returned to the field, it was straight forward for the visitors.
6:55pm - Would you believe it! Alex Wakely succumbs to the final ball of the day from Wyatt and out of nowhere Northamptonshire are five down. They still lead by 215 runs going into the final day but the late flurry of wickets has certainly given Leicestershire hope.
Middlesex need 17 more...
6:50pm - Freckingham has claimed his third scalp as Rob Newton’s brief spell at the crease comes to an end. Freckingham bowls the young right-hander for a four-ball duck to give the visitors at Wantage Road a real boost.
Joe Denly comes out to the middle to team up with Robson with 30 more required...
6:45pm - Leicestershire have picked up another wicket. This time it’s Middlebrook who is dismissed, caught behind off Freckingham for 43.
Stumps at Trent Bridge gives Surrey a chance to come back tomorrow to knock off a further 186 runs with seven wickets remaining.
But it’s now all eyes on Taunton where Middlesex have eight overs to find 32 runs. They’ll be made to do it without Robson, however, after the Australian is bowled by Jamie Overton for 25.
6:40pm - Johnson and Tim Groenewald have seen Derbyshire through to stumps. Sussex will be made to return tomorrow to complete their win but you fancy, weather-permitting, they shouldn’t encounter too many problems.
The final day at the SWALEC Stadium is likely to be much more intriguing with Wallace guiding his team to a 189-run lead and Essex needing four more wickets. At 184 for five, the visitors were on top, but Wallace’s first half-century of the season and 98 from Walters has left things delicately poised.
The players won’t be returning to the field at Canterbury, with Worcestershire 54 runs behind in their first innings at the end of an eventful first day.
6:30pm - Alex Wyatt has ousted Sales for 31 but Leicestershire still have a lot of work to do as Northamptonshire are effectively 189 for two in their second innings.
Derbyshire, meanwhile, are effectively six for seven! Monty Panesar accounts for Clare, who made 12, with Joe Gatting taking the catch.
Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace remains unbeaten after bringing up a half-century and at Taunton, Chris Rogers and Sam Robson are making light work of their short run-chase, 17 without loss from three overs. You sense they want this game wrapped up this evening.
@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: We're back out at Taunton, 5.3 overs left in the day - plus possible half an hour extra if the win is possible...... 60 to win #SomvMiddx
6:20pm - Sussex will be made to bat for a second time. That’s because Richard Johnson and Jonathan Clare have given Derbyshire an albeit slender lead.
A fifty-run second-wicket partnership between James Middlebrook and David Sales has steadied Northamptonshire while bad light has stalled progress at Trent Bridge and Canterbury.
@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: Looks like we have a 6.20 restart. 8.3 overs left today. 60 more to win #SomvMiddx
6pm - The following over, Moeen is gone, caught behind by Geraint Jones off Matt Coles. Neil Pinner is the next man in as Worcestershire look to get through to the close without further loss.
Derbyshire are close to parity against Sussex, trailing by 15, but will be fearing the worst now that Shivnarine Chanderpaul is walking back to the pavilion. He made 23 before Steve Magoffin found his outside edge, neatly taken by Michael Yardy at second slip.
5:50pm - Moeen Ali has moved on to 53 at Canterbury, his fourth half-century of the season. Moeen has added 63 important runs for the fourth wicket with Alexei Kervezee as Worcestershire move towards Kent’s 159 after three early setbacks.
@TrentBridge on Twitter: Play set to resume at 17:40, losing seven overs. 23 to be played in the day. Surrey still trailing Notts by 221 #NottsvSurrey
5:35pm - Cricket can be a cruel game at times. Walters spent close to five hours at the crease, faced 234 balls, but has now fallen just two runs short of a century. Tim Phillips is the man celebrating after finding the outside edge which Foster claimed behind the stumps. Glamorgan lead by 120 with four wickets remaining.
Elsewhere, gloom has descended on Trent Bridge to offer Surrey a reprieve.
5:20pm - RESULT! Warwickshire (128 & 140) lose to Yorkshire (407) by an innings and 139 runs. What a performance from Andrew Gale’s men at Edgbaston. The White Rose have been on top from the first morning and, thanks to Bresnan who gets Milnes caught behind for 18, have now completed an emphatic victory which puts them top of the table. Defending champions Warwickshire, meanwhile, have won just one of their first six games.
Surrey are in big trouble as Vikram Solanki is run out for a duck due to a great piece of work from Steven Mullaney.
At Derby, Ross Whiteley trudges off the field after Chris Jordan finds an edge, gratefully taken by Ed Joyce.
5:05pm - Surrey’s run-chase has made a stuttering start. Harinath nicks Fletcher through to Riki Wessels for four to leave the away side 21 for two, needing a further 238 for victory.
Glamorgan are creeping towards a 100-run lead thanks to Stewart Walters who is unbeaten on 88.
5pm - Play has actually now resumed at Derby! Therefore, just Taunton and Wantage Road currently have no action.
Tom Milnes and Boyd Rankin are frustrating the Yorkshire bowlers, adding 21 for the last wicket. Plunkett and Tim Bresnan are the men tasked with dealing the decisive blow.
4:55pm - Another wicket has gone down at Canterbury and it’s a big one. Sri Lanka international Thilan Samaraweera is bowled for two, with Davies the man to do the damage for the second time in three overs.
Wantage Road has fallen victim to bad light to force the Northamptonshire and Leicestershire players from the field. Three matches may be currently delayed, but we still have live action in four other games.
4:45pm - After being dismissed for 191, it’s fair to say Nottinghamshire’s day hasn’t gone to plan thus far. But with Jason Roy the first Surrey wicket to fall, caught by Alex Hales in the slips off Luke Fletcher for five, things are picking up for the hosts.
No sign of play at Taunton which is good news for the home side with Middlesex needing just 60 more runs to win.
4:40pm - It’s still only the first day’s play at Canterbury but the game between Kent and Worcestershire is moving at a rapid pace. Having been bowled out for 159 in the 52nd over earlier in the day, Kent are now launching a fightback. Daryl Mitchell falls lbw to Mark Davies for eight meaning both Worcestershire openers have departed with the score 32 for two.
Straight after tea, Plunkett bowls Chris Wright for 11 and Yorkshire are just one wicket away from their third win in four championship games.
4:30pm - David Masters already had seven wickets to his name in the game against Glamorgan, and now he has one more. Jim Allenby is unable to repeat his 77 from the first innings, bowled for 11. A few more wickets for Essex this evening and Foster's men will sense victory.
Bad light at Derby has stopped Sussex’s momentum but, at Wantage Road, Leicestershire have made an early breakthrough, Matthew Spriegel going lbw to Ollie Freckingham for one.
4:20pm - Tea is being taken at Trent Bridge and that is because Nottinghamshire have been dismissed for 191. Ajmal Shahzad is run out for 20 by Arun Harinath, meaning Surrey need 259 runs to win.
The refreshments are also being served at Edgbaston where Yorkshire are now just two wickets away from victory. Jeetan Patel is only able to steer Steven Patterson’s delivery into the hands of Liam Plunkett at short cover for six.
James Anyon has found the edge of Dan Redfern’s bat at Derby to give Ben Brown a simple catch behind the stumps. Redfern made 24, with the hosts trailing by 40 with six wickets remaining.
4:10pm - It’s been a great day’s work from Trent Copeland and he’s finished in style with figures of 7-63. Alex Wyatt is the man to make way, lbw for one, as Shiv Thakor is left stranded on 64. Leicestershire are bowled out for 234, 121 runs in arrears, but at least the visitors have been able to avoid the follow-on.
Murray Goodwin has gloved a Reece Topley delivery through to James Foster to depart for 42, bringing to an end a 91-run stand for the fourth wicket at the SWALEC Stadium.
3:58pm - Having been dismissed for 159, Kent strike early in Worcestershire's reply with Matt Pardoe lbw to Charlie Shreck.
@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: We're off for bad light, rain & apparently hail stones at Taunton - We're 11 without loss needing 60 more to win!
@EssexCricket on Twitter: Play due to resume at the SWALEC at 3.55 p.m. with Glamorgan 157 for 3.
3:50pm - Ryan Sidebottom has a third wicket, Jim Troughton lbw for 37, and Patterson likewise removes Rikki Clarke for 15 in the next over to leave Warwickshire 89 for seven on the verge of tea.
3:37pm - Play has resumed after tea at Taunton and Tim Murtagh soon has Steve Kirby lbw to dismiss Somerset for 265, setting Middlesex 71 to win and claiming figures of 6-49 in the innings and 10-77 in the match.
Surrey have taken three wickets in four overs to leave Notts 161 for nine, 228 in front. Stuart Meaker snared Samit Patel for 37 and Paul Franks before Linley ousted Mullaney.
3:21pm - David Willey traps Ollie Freckingham in front and Andrew Hall has Robbie Williams caught behind for nought as Leicestershire slip to 203 for nine in response to Northants' 355.
Kent are dismissed for 159 with Alan Richardson ending Davies' resistance on 40 to complete figures of 5-41. Tea is being taken at Canterbury.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: RAIN STOPPED PLAY Glamorgan 157 for 3. Stewart Walters 71*, Murray Goodwin 34*
3:08pm - Yorkshire strengthen their hand against Warwickshire as Steven Patterson sends Chris Woakes' middle stump flying, leaving Warwickshire 63 for five in their second innings - 216 in arrears.
Steve Magoffin snares in-form Chesney Hughes for 32, making Derbyshire 101 for three and 77 behind Sussex.
Rain forces an early tea at Taunton with Somerset still nine down.
3:01pm - From 94 for eight, Matt Coles and Mark Davies added 43 until Jack Shantry had the former lbw for 21.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: Weather deteriorating here at The Swalec, it's getting gloomy. 137 for 3. Stewart Walters 59 and Murray Goodwin
2:49pm - Jos Buttler, Somerset's last realistic hope of avoiding defeat, falls for 85 to Gareth Berg. Somerset are 249 for nine, following on, 55 ahead of Middlesex.
2:41pm - Dernbach strikes twice in two balls but is denied a hat-trick by Steven Mullaney. James Taylor and Riki Wessels are the men out, reducing Notts to 122 for six - 189 ahead of Surrey on second innings.
Copeland makes it two in two overs and six personal wickets in this innings, pinning Jigar Naik in front. Walters reaches a fifty for Glamorgan.
2:30pm - Middlesex continue to close on victory over Somerset with Tom Smith bowling Jack Leach for 21. The Taunton hosts lead by 40 with just two wickets left.
Trent Copeland has his fourth five-for in his seven games for Northamptonshire by bowling Matthew Boyce for 23. Leicestershire are 181 for six in reply to 355.
Glamorgan move ahead of Essex as Stewart Walters and Murray Goodwin build a handy fourth-wicket stand.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Gone! Ambrose caught at second slip low down by Lyth off Sidebottom, 22, 40-4.
2:23pm - Monty Panesar bowls Wayne Madsen for 32, making Derbyshire 80 for two in their second innings - 98 behind Sussex.
2:15pm - Northeast has gone too as Kent lose their third wicket in seven balls. Alan Richardson has the right-hander caught behind.
2:08pm - Surrey continue to fight back at Trent Bridge with Tim Linley having Michael Lumb lbw for 28.
Kent are 94 for seven as Gareth Andrew strikes twice in an over, bowling Geraint Jones for 16 and trapping James Tredwell in front for four. A lot rests on half-centurion Sam Northeast.
Play is about to resume at Taunton.
@kentcricket on Twitter: 50 for Sam Northeast! Kent 89/5 after 34 overs.
@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: Rain at Taunton & we're coming off with Somerset 222-7, leading by 27 runs - hopefully just a short delay!
1:57pm - The first wicket of the afternoon session goes to Jade Dernbach, who bowls Ed Cowan for 20. That leaves Nottinghamshire 98 for three, 165 ahead of Surrey on second innings.
1:45pm - Play has resumed at all seven LV= County Championship games, as well as in the first Investec Test between England and New Zealand that you can follow here.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Floodlights are on at Edgbaston, where covers are being taken off ahead of afternoon session.
1:05pm - Copeland continues to impress for Northamptonshire, trapping Leicestershire skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan leg before. And Yorkshire charge on, too, as Bresnan gets another lbw verdict, this time to oust Darren Maddy with the last ball before lunch. Here are the scores at the interval:
Derbyshire are 39 for one in their second innings, 139 behind Sussex at Derby.
Nottinghamshire are 78 for two in their second innings, 145 ahead of Surrey at Trent Bridge.
Somerset are 208 for seven following on, 13 ahead of Middlesex at Taunton.
Warwickshire are nine for three in their second innings, 270 behind Yorkshire at Edgbaston.
Glamorgan are 80 for three in their second innings, 34 behind Essex at the SWALEC Stadium.
Leicestershire are 134 for five replying to Northamptonshire’s 355 at Wantage Road.
Kent are 68 for five after being asked to bat by Worcestershire today at Canterbury.
12:55pm - Masters is at it again, uprooting Marcus North's off stump as the Australian played back to a delivery too full. An early lunch has been taken at Trent Bridge, where the action should recommence at 1:30pm.
@TrentBridge on Twitter: Early lunch to be taken at ten to one, with play scheduled to resume at 1.30
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: And another for Sidebottom, who has also struck with his first ball. Porterfield lbw for 0. 4-2.
12:46pm - Wow! Yorkshire are really turning the screw. After eventually being dismissed for 407, Rashid striking 110 not out, they claim a wicket with the first ball of Warwickshire's reply when Tim Bresnan traps Varun Chopra lbw.
Somerset, for whom Buttler has passed 50, have lost a seventh, Alfonso Thomas going for 19, and Kent are really struggling on 64 for five as Michael Powell, Ben Harmison and Darren Stevens fall in quick succession.
Immediately after the resumption at Wantage Road, Ned Eckersley has been pinned in front by Copeland for 25 and Josh Cobb likewise by David Willey.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Big slog-swept six from Rashid five rows back at mid-wicket off Patel. 396-9.
12:28pm - Ravi Bopara, having struck 145 yesterday, shows his worth with the ball by bowling Will Bragg; Glamorgan are 65 for two.
Immediately after the resumption at Wantage Road, Ned Eckersley has been pinned in front by Copeland for 25.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Patel has wicket number four. Sidebottom the man to go for 20, trapped lbw. 389-9. Nice stand of 35.
12:13pm - And there it is! Rashid goes to a century as Billy Godleman departs cheaply, lbw to James Anyon, for Derbyshire in their second innings. Play has resumed at Trent Bridge, meanwhile.
12pm - Things had been going better, but Somerset have now lost Peter Trego for 82 to be 157 for six, still 38 behind. In-form Jos Buttler looks well set on 37, while Tim Murtagh has five wickets in the innings and nine in the match.
Kent have lost Brendan Nash cheaply and are now two down, while Adil Rashid is closing on another century for Yorkshire.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: WICKET! Groenewald clean bowls Yardy for 153 as Sussex are dismissed for 401, a lead of 178 runs. Joyce 25 not out
@SussexCCC on Twitter: And Sussex pass 400 for another batting point. 401/9 with Yardy 153no and Joyce 25no
@kentcricket on Twitter: - 10 overs gone and Kent are 35/0. Next ball Key was bowled by Richardson for 8. Nash comes in as Kent are 35/1
11:41am - Ed Joyce, having missed yesterday's play to return home for family reasons, is back at Derby and batting alongside centurion Michael Yardy having come in at number 11. That must be pretty demoralising for the home bowlers...
Play has halted at Trent Bridge and Wantage Road due to bad light.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Plunkett the second man to fall strangled down leg-side, he was pulling at Wright. Gone for 9, 354-8.
11:33am - Amid Yorkshire and Sussex claiming extra batting bonus points, Leicestershire lose Greg Smith for 52 in their Division Two clash with Northamptonshire, for whom Trent Copeland claims his second wicket.
A dismissal that is less harmful is that of Nottinghamshire nightwatchman Luke Fletcher, who has edged Stuart Meaker to second slip.
11:19am - Glamorgan's morning does not look quite so good now; Ben Wright is bowled second ball by the outstanding David Masters to leave the hosts none for one, still 114 behind.
Derbyshire get their first breakthrough of the day, Mark Footitt claiming his sixth wicket, that of Monty Panesar, to leave Sussex 341 for nine, 118 ahead.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Rashid has also been bowled on 68 by a Wright no ball.
11:06am - Glamorgan waste little time in claiming the last Essex wicket, Michael Hogan completing figures of 6-70 by getting rid of Graham Napier for 43 to dismiss the visitors for 345. At Edgbaston, Liam Plunkett enjoys a life as Will Porterfield shells an opportunity at gully.
10:39am - The news from the toss at Canterbury is Worcestershire have won the toss elected to field. Here are the scores from the games set to resume:
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.
10:25am - Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of the LV= County Championship action as six games enter day three and Kent versus Worcestershire begins.