LV=CC & YB40, May 8: As it happened
10pm - That concludes the action for today. Join us again tomorrow when we will provide continued updates on the county scene, together with news of New Zealand's four-day match against England Lions at Grace Road.
9:55pm - RESULT! Nottinghamshire Outlaws (140/3 in 16.3 overs) beat Kent Spitfires (220/6 from 40 overs) by seven wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method, with 15 deliveries unused: All too easy for Chris Read's men in the end. Taylor pulls Coles for consecutive fours and then drives the next ball powerfully through cover to herald victory and his own half-century, from 42 balls. Wessels contributed 37 not out to an unbroken partnership of 67 in 38 deliveries.
9:51pm - Kent's hopes of victory are all but ended as former Nottinghamshire seamer Shreck sees three full-tosses struck for four by Wessels in an over costing 18.
9:45pm - A tight over by skipper James Tredwell is followed by a boundary-free set of six from Matt Coles that nevertheless yields nine. Notts need 30 from 24 as Charlie Shreck returns to the attack.
9:36pm - The home side have to be big favourites now. The target is down to 44 from 36 balls following a huge six from Riki Wessels, who was subsequently well beaten by a clever slower ball from Matt Coles.
9:25pm - A cheeky reverse-sweep from Taylor, who will play for England Lions against New Zealand from tomorrow, provides Nottinghamshire with another boundary. However, Patel then holes out to long-on off Stevens. That makes it 73 for three, with 67 needed from 53 balls.
9:16pm - Notts end the eighth over on 56 for two, requiring 84 further runs from 11 overs.
9:06pm - Whoops, sorry Alex! Hales is caught at deep midwicket off Mark Davies for a 13-ball 21. Here comes another big-hitter in Samit Patel.
9:04pm - Hales looks in fine touch, depositing Darren Stevens into the Fox Road Stand to help his side to 36 for one from five overs.
8:50pm - That's just what Kent needed. After striking two fours at the start of the next over, Lumb is run out following some sharp work in the deep from Sam Billings. The in-form James Taylor, another England international, joins Hales in the middle.
8:45pm - Alex Hales drills the first ball after the resumption through the covers for four. He and Michael Lumb are ideally suited to the Twenty20-style chase Nottinghamshire now face.
8:30pm - Play is scheduled to recommence at Notts in 15 minutes time. The hosts, who will resume on three without loss from five balls, face a revised target of 140 from 19 overs.
8:16pm - We will keep you up to date with any further action from Trent Bridge, but there is no play at present.
Meanwhile, here's some big news from Surrey. The Kia Oval club have confirmed skipper Graeme Smith is to return to South Africa for treatment on a long-standing ankle injury. We'll have full details on ecb.co.uk shortly.
7:47pm - After a moment of on-field indecision, the umpires let play begin but only one over is bowled before the players are off with Notts on three for none.
7:35pm - The resumption between Notts and Kent has been put back until 7:45pm.
7:25pm - Good news from Nottingham where play is due to resume in 10 minutes with the hosts replying to Kent’s 220 for six.
7:15pm - The Trent Bridge pitch is covered but the other covers are off. Play will not resume on time but hopefully it is not too far off.
6:45pm - Here are the close of play scores in the LV= County Championship:
Essex are 120 for two in their second innings, 169 ahead of Lancashire after the second day at Emirates Old Trafford.
After winning the toss, Hampshire are 165 for eight versus Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Worcestershire are 198 for three, having won the toss against Leicestershire at New Road.
@TrentBridge on Twitter: And here comes the rain #OutlawsYB40
6:42pm - And that's all for the day at Headingley, where Compton and nightwatchman Jack Leach see Somerset safely to the close on 90 for one - still 413 in arrears.
6:38pm - Kent finish strongly through Ben Harmison to reach 220 for six from their 40 overs. That still looks slightly below par - they will certainly need to bowl well to defend it on a good pitch at Trent Bridge.
In the only championship game still going, at Headingley, Jack Brooks takes Yorkshire's first wicket by pinning Marcus Trescothick lbw for 53.
6:26pm - Jones gets Kent to the cusp of 200, but then tamely directs an Andy Carter full-toss to cover and goes for a 21-ball 39. Decent little cameo, that, but the Spitfires probably need another.
Stumps at Emirates Old Trafford, where Alastair Cook is unbeaten on 57 as Essex close on 120 for two - a lead of 169 over Lancashire.
6:18pm - Jones provides some late impetus to the Spitfires' innings - smashing Patel into the crowd for six then hitting Harry Gurney for three consecutive on-side boundaries in the batting powerplay.
It is stumps at Worcester, where a downpour moments after play resumed ends play for the day with the home side 198 for three.
@WorcsCCC on Twitter: They're coming off for rain now
6:06pm - Swann spills Geraint Jones at midwicket, but Kent still need a good finish to their innings at Trent Bridge, you feel.
Cook appears to be finding form in time for next week's first Investec Test against New Zealand as he makes a fifty for Essex, while Trescothick and Compton are still rattling along nicely for Somerset.
Thilan Samaraweera reaches a half-century for the hosts shortly after they resume at Worcester.
5:51pm - Mullaney has his first List A four-for as Sam Northeast skies a catch to Read. Kent are losing their way.
A restorative stand between Cook and Rob Quiney ends with Glen Chapple bowling the latter for 30. Their alliance was worth 52 and Essex are 96 for two, leading Lancashire by 145.
5:45pm - Swann is bowling miserly and Mullaney is reaping the rewards. A frustrated Key tamely chips the latter to midwicket to depart for 62 as Kent slip to 127 for four in the 29th over.
@WorcsCCC on Twitter: Play will resume at New Road at 6pm with 11 overs remaining.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: It's going gloomy so we are going to go floodlit for the rest of the day
5:29am - Mullaney has a second wicket in two overs as Darren Stevens is stumped for 10 thanks to good work from wicketkeeper Chris Read.
It is also stumps at Edgbaston with Middlesex on 280 for three thanks chiefly to Robson’s second hundred in two innings.
5:20pm - Key reaches a fifty from 70 balls but, next delivery, Steven Mullaney forces Nash to play on for 42. Kent are 98 for two in the 21st over.
5:13pm - There will be no further play today at Bristol where stumps have been drawn due to the rain. Hampshire are 165 for eight, with Jimmy Adams on 74 and Danny Briggs 25. So far they have added 68. Gloucestershire have bowled well today, notably Craig Miles who has figures of 3-44. Will Gidman bowled only nine overs due to injury.
Somerset have passed 50 for no wicket in reply to Yorkshire’s mammoth 505 for nine declared at Headingley.
4:59pm - Rain has also stopped play at Edgbaston with Middlesex on 280 for three. Opener Sam Robson is unbeaten on 136 alongside Neil Dexter on 21. There is still no play at Bristol and New Road.
Kent have recovered from the early loss of Billings by reaching 80 for one from 15 overs with Rob Key on 40 and Brendan Nash 34. However, Graeme Swann is into the attack.
@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: Yorkshire have been close to a first wicket on a few occasions in the last 20 minutes or so. Bresnan lb shout against Compton latest. 39-0
4:54pm - ecb.co.uk puts the kiss of death on Westley, who is bowled for 17 by Wayne White to leave Essex 44 for one in their second innings and 93 ahead of Lancashire.
4:44pm - Somerset and Essex have begun their replies solidly thanks in part to England Test opening batsmen Nick Compton and Alastair Cook. They are respectively progressing alongside county first-wicket partners Marcus Trescothick and Tom Westley.
4:28pm - Proceedings at two LV= County Championship matches, both in Division Two, have been delayed by rain. They are at New Road, where Worcestershire are 189 for three versus Leicestershire, and at Bristol, where Hampshire are 165 for eight against Gloucestershire.
4:17pm - Nottinghamshire have an early wicket in their Yorkshire Bank 40 game with Kent thanks to a run-out. Sam Billings played Andy Carter to leg and started to go for a second run before changing his mind and diving to no avail at the non-striker’s end.
4pm - Here's a full list of the teatime scores in the LV= County Championship:
Somerset are 13 without loss in reply to Yorkshire's 505 for nine declared on day two at Headingley.
Middlesex are 248 for three having won the toss against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Lancashire made 177 all out on the second day at Emirates Old Trafford in reply to Essex’s 226 all out.
After winning the toss, Hampshire are 165 for eight versus Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Worcestershire are 189 for three, having won the toss against Leicestershire at New Road.
Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire Outlaws have won the toss and will field first in their Yorkshire Bank 40 clash against Kent Spitfires at Trent Bridge.
@TrentBridge on Twitter: Kent team to face #OulawsYB40: Billings, Key, Nash, Stevens, Northeast, Harmison, Jones, Tredwell, Coles, Davies and Shreck
3:40pm - Lancashire are all out for 177, a first-innings deficit of 49, as Glenn Chapple edges Phillips to Mark Pettini at slip.
Rain has forced an early tea at Bristol, where Adams and Danny Briggs have mounted a good recovery - their unbroken 68-run partnership for the ninth wicket taking Hampshire to 165 for eight.
Middlesex have claimed a first batting point at Edgbaston, while Worcestershire are three down as Jigar Naik bowls Pardoe for 59.
3:26pm - Rashid and Jack Brooks put on 50 for the ninth wicket at Headingley, and when Rashid eventually falls for 180 - caught behind off Peter Trego - Andrew Gale decides to declare with his side on 505 for nine.
At Emirates Old Trafford, Hogg departs soon after Cross for 25; Tim Phillips grabbing a second wicket with his left-arm spin. Lancashire are 55 behind with just one wicket remaining.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: Cross is out lbw for 45 attempting to sweep Phillips, Lancs 159-8 in 53rd over, trail by 67 runs. Hogg 20* Chapple 0*
3pm - Matt Pardoe reaches a half-century for Worcestershire, and the fifty partnership with Thilan Samaraweera is up too.
Gareth Cross and Kyle Hogg are also leading a decent fightback for Lancashire, but Middlesex have lost Joe Denly to Jeetan Patel.
@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: Sam Robson has his century! 101* off 127 balls including 14 fours - well done Robbo keep going! We're 168-1 with Denly 25*
2:50pm - Adams reaches a half-century and celebrates with a boundary off Benny Howell - Hampshire's next best score is 13, so it's a decent knock from the skipper.
Rich Pyrah's cameo is over at Headingley as Jamie Overton claims his first wicket of the innings for Somerset.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Pyrah reaches an excellent 50 off 51 balls with seven fours. 444-7. Rashid has also moved on to a career best 160.
2:28pm - Adil Rashid has reached a 150 for Yorkshire, who are now 428 for seven. The all-rounder needs only eight more runs for a new first-class best.
@hantscricket on Twitter: WICKET: Balcombe (12) attempts to sweep the spinner, Taylor and is trapped in front. Hants: 97-8 (38 ovs). (Adams 33*)
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Pyrah is playing a little gem of an innings here. 27 off 18 balls. 402-7. Rashid 141.
2:04pm - Wickets are continuing to tumble, with both Hampshire and Lancashire now seven down.
Only Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams, currently 32 not out, has shown any resistance for the visitors at Bristol - where David Payne gets in on the act for Gloucestershire by dismissing Chris Wood.
At Old Trafford, Wayne White has fallen to Graham Napier for 10 with Lancashire still 111 runs behind Essex's first-innings 226.
1:50pm - The first wicket of the afternoon goes to Warwickshire as Boyd Rankin has Chris Rogers caught behind for 33. Soon after, Sam Robson reaches 50 to make Middlesex 86 for one.
1:40pm - All five LV= County Championship games have resumed. What will the afternoon session hold in store?
1:10pm - After an exciting morning around England, here are the lunch scores:
Yorkshire are 371 for seven on day two versus Somerset at Headingley.
Middlesex, who won the toss, are 84 for none against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Lancashire are 100 for six on the second day at Emirates Old Trafford in reply to Essex’s 226 all out.
Hampshire, who opted to bat first, are 69 for six versus Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Worcestershire are 95 for two, having won the toss against Leicestershire at New Road.
1pm - Peter Trego traps Tim Bresnan in front for nought to herald lunch at Headingley with Yorkshire 371 for seven. Having looked certain to secure maximum batting points, the hosts will need to work hard for a fifth but still have Rashid there on 138.
@HantsCricket on Twitter: WICKET: Last over before lunch and Wheater (8) is lbw to spinner, Taylor, trying to pull. Hampshire 69-6 so that is lunch, Adams 24*
12:56pm - Steve Kirby has Andrew Hodd caught behind for 27, ending an 88-run stand with Rashid and making Yorkshire 370 for six.
Yesterday’s unbeaten centurion Graham Napier is doing it again for Essex, having Steven Croft caught behind for 31 as Lancashire slip to 99 for six in reply to 226.
Moeen Ali misses out on a fifty by two runs as he falls to Rob Taylor. Worcestershire are still well placed at 94 for two versus Leicestershire.
@HantsCricket on Twitter: WICKET: Miles (3-7) - who has easily been Gloucs' best bowler today has Ervine (4) caught at point. Hants: 58-5. Wheater joins Adams (21*)
@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: Another cracking Rashid boundary, cut in front of square off Trego brings up batting point number four for 352-5 in the 103rd. He's on 128.
12:30pm - Miles has a second wicket in three personal overs, trapping in-form James Vince lbw for nine to leave Hampshire 44 for four.
Warwickshire, without a raft of seamers, are employing an unlikely first change bowling duo of debutant Tom Allin and part-timer Jonathan Trott.
@Yorkshire CCC on Twitter: Players on their way back out with the light having improved significantly. The sun's even out!
12:13pm - Gloucestershire have struck again at Bristol, Craig Miles bowling George Bailey for 13.
Another wicket has also fallen at Emirates Old Trafford and it is former Lancashire paceman Sajid Mahmood who is celebrating after trapping Simon Katich lbw. That leaves the Red Rose 60 for five in reply to 226.
Moeen Ali is building a useful stand with Matthew Pardoe for Worcestershire.
The players are off again at Headingley, with bad light proving a pain once more.
12pm - Sam Robson has made a wonderful start to the day, reaching 34 from just 28 balls against Warwickshire with the aid of seven fours. His opening partner Chris Rogers, part of Australia's Ashes squad, has been struck on the elbow by Boyd Rankin.
Happily, play has recommenced at Headingley.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: SIX! Where did that come from? Katich thumps Napier over extra cover for a maximum, Lancs 33-4 off 15 ov, Katich 12* Croft 0*
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Play will start at 12pm at Headingley. We have lost half an hour's play. Lunch still 1pm.
11:45am - Lancashire’s morning goes from bad to worse as Ashwell Prince is trapped lbw by Masters. At 22 for four they need the sort of recovery Napier produced for their opponents yesterday.
It’s a good morning for the bowlers by the look of it - Gidman has Liam Dawson caught by captain Michael Klinger for a duck to leave the visitors 17 for two. Only Middlesex have managed to avoid losing a wicket so far.
11:32am - Play has now started at Edgbaston, while there have been wickets elsewhere.
Michael Roberts has fallen for nine on his Hampshire debut, caught behind off Will Gidman, and Lancashire are 21 for three following Luke Procter's dismissal at the hands of David Masters.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Still raining here - very light at this stage. Also light is gloomy so players won't return until light improves. No start time yet.
11:20am - It looks as though I spoke too soon regarding Worcestershire. Daryl Mitchell, a Yorkshire Bank 40 centurion at the weekend, has fallen to Ollie Freckingham for eight.
11:18am - England captain Alastair Cook has given Ashwell Prince a life by putting down a chance at slip. Lancashire are being made to work hard for their runs this morning.
Worcestershire and Hampshire have yet to suffer a setback.
11:09am - The toss has belatedly taken place at Edgbaston, where Middlesex have opted to bat first. Rikki Clarke returns for the champions, but their injury-weakened squad has been further hit by the absence of Lions trio Varun Chopra, Chris Woakes and Chris Wright. Young seamer Tom Allin makes his maiden first-class appearance.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: Bad start to the day! Brown edges Topley to Cook at 2nd slip without a run added. Lancs 7-2 in a spot of bother
11:02am - Bad light is the issue in Leeds at the moment, but play has commenced in the three Division Two fixtures.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: The start of play will be delayed at Headingley.
10:51am - As expected, Hampshire have handed a championship debut to former Unicorns batsman Michael Roberts in the absence of Michael Carberry, who is on England Lions duty. Roberts cracked 165 in a second XI fixture last week.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Covers have been put in place at Headingley. Players still out warming up, however.
@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: Toss is expected at 11am at Edgbaston with play due to start at 11.30am.
10:40am - Yorkshire begin day two of their top-flight game against Somerset on 332 for five following centuries from Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid, who is still unbeaten.
Graham Napier’s 102 lifted Essex to 226 all out against Lancashire, who will resume on seven for one.
There will be a delayed start at Edgbaston this morning, but the two Division Two clashes beginning today are set to get under way on time. Worcestershire will bat first against Leicestershire after winning the toss at New Road, while Hampshire will do likewise in their match with Gloucestershire at Bristol.
10:25am - Morning all. We have five LV= County Championship matches to enjoy today, two of which started yesterday at Headingley and Emirates Old Trafford. It is day one of four at Edgbaston, Bristol and New Road, while there is also a Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture between Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Kent Spitfires from 4:10pm.