Lions-NZ & County Cricket, May 9: As it happened
8:30pm - That wraps things up for today. Join us again tomorrow when we will provide continued updates on the county scene, together with news of the second day between England Lions and New Zealand at Grace Road.
8:12pm - Durham and Surrey are going to be made to settle for a point each because the game at the Kia Oval has been abandoned. A real shame after a superb century from Jason Roy and a spirited fightback from the visitors, led by Chris Rushworth, had left the game intriguingly poised.
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Stokes has suffered minor ligament damage/jarring. It isn't anything more serious. He will be assessed tommorrow to see if he can play LVCC match
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Once we know more about Ben's injury we will let you know. In the meantime it looks like the rain has stuck around at The Oval unfortunately
7:46pm - Durham have confirmed Ben Stokes has been taken to hospital for further examination on a jarred back. He won't be available for the Dynamos' run-chase when, or if, we get back started.
7:35pm - It's not looking promising in south-east London, but things are certainly bright for Hamish Rutherford. The New Zealand left-hander's reaction to his century against the England Lions this afternoon can be read here.
7:09pm - Unfortunately, some heavy rain has stopped Durham in their tracks at the Kia Oval. It's shaping up to be a fascinating run-chase, so here's hoping the clouds soon disappear.
@surreycricket on Twitter: Bit of rain in the air and the covers are on
6:29pm - A great effort from Durham’s bowlers has restricted Surrey to 216 all out. Jade Dernbach lofted Borthwick into the hands of Collingwood for a duck and Gary Keedy was trapped lbw by Rushworth the next over, also without scoring. The home side failed to use their final 15 deliveries, which may prove costly with the buoyant visitors eyeing their second 40-over win of the season.
Rushworth finished with 4-44 as the Dynamos claimed the final eight wickets for 79 runs.
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: News from The Oval is that Stokes has been taken from the field on a stretcher. Once we know more we will let you know.
6:05pm - Roy has gone for an excellent 117, made from 110 balls, leaving the home side 200 for eight in the 36th over. Rushworth is the man to take the wicket, his third, with Stokes taking the catch.
5:55pm - It’s been an invaluable knock from Roy and he’s earned his rewards as the home crowd salute his century which came up off 101 balls. The next ball, Gareth Batty is bowled for two by Stokes, however, leaving Surrey 180 for seven with just under seven overs to go.
5:44pm - Here's a quick round-up of the lie of the land from around the country going into tomorrow:
New Zealand are 184 for three having been invited to bat by England Lions at Grace Road.
Essex are 203 for three in their second innings, 252 ahead of Lancashire after day three at Emirates Old Trafford.
Hampshire are 264 for nine versus Gloucestershire after day two at Bristol.
Worcestershire are 294 for seven at New Road, after day two of their clash with Leicestershire.
5:40pm - With all of the rest of today’s action finished for the day, it’s great news that the game at the Kia Oval is proving to be a cracker. Durham’s fightback is in full speed now with Zafar Ansari and Tom Jewell both back in the pavilion. Ansari is run out for nine and the following over, Jewell goes lbw to Rushworth for one. Thankfully for the hosts, Roy is still there and closing in on a hundred.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders - There will be no more play here today, meaning opener Hamish Rutherford will have to wait until tomorrow before he can build on his unbeaten ton.
5:15pm - Two wickets in Paul Collingwood’s first over have changed the complexion of things at the Kia Oval. He removed de Bruyn lbw for 24 with only his third ball of the innings before Gary Wilson suffered the same downfall three balls later. Surrey are now 141 for four with 15 overs remaining.
It’s all over for the day at Edgbaston, meanwhile.
5:02pm - The end of play has also now been called at Headingley, Emirates Old Trafford and New Road.
4:52pm - Gloucestershire and Hampshire have decided to call it a day at Bristol with the visitors 264 for nine at the close. Until the rain came around lunchtime, it had all been going Hampshire's way as unbeaten centurion Jimmy Adams and Danny Briggs continued from where they left off yesterday afternoon to put on 128 for the ninth wicket. James Tomlinson will try to stick around with his skipper in the morning to edge the away side towards 300.
4:47pm - Roy sends Rushworth to the boundary to move to 52 not out, his first half-century of the season. It took the South Africa-born right-hander exactly 50 balls to bring up his fifty, which featured eight boundaries. Surrey are now 102 for two in the 17th over.
As much as I’d like to inform you of resumption of play elsewhere, the weather is continuing to have its say, meaning it’s all eyes on the Kia Oval...
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders - The umpires are in the middle for an inspection, but the covers remain on at Grace Road. It appears to have stopped raining, yet remains gloomy.
4:24pm - Ben Stokes’ introduction into the Durham attack has paid dividends. Solanki edges through to Phil Mustard for 18, bringing Zander de Bruyn to the wicket.
@YCCCDizzy on Twitter: Frustrating weather! #sunshineplease
4:14pm - No further wickets for the visitors and it’s Surrey, thanks to Roy and Vikram Solanki, who have now taken charge. Roy has struck four fours while Solanki has planted Rushworth in the stands to leave the hosts 60 for one at the end of the eight-over powerplay. Great stuff from the Surrey pair.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: It's still raining at Headingley. No imminent sign of a resumption.
@CricketingBears on Twitter: Raining hard and it's beginning to look as if it's set in for the day now at Edgbaston
3:52pm - An early Chris Rushworth wicket slows Surrey’s progress as Davies goes for 16 from 11 balls. The wicketkeeper made a career-best 127 not out in the convincing nine-wicket win against Hampshire on Monday, but has departed early this afteroon, caught by Scott Borthwick.
3:44pm - A prompt start at the Kia Oval comes as a timely distraction from the rain interruptions at all six of the other grounds this afternoon.
It's the only place you'll find live action at the moment with Steven Davies and Jason Roy opening up for the hosts.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: Tea will be taken at 3.30pm but no prospect of any resumption here, all the covers still in place and continuing light rain
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: We have won the toss down at The Oval and will have a bowl #dynamos
3:15pm - Early teas have been taken at Edgbaston and New Road.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: Still raining here in Manchester where Essex are 203 for 3. No play since lunch and no imminent sign of any improvement in the weather.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders - Oh dear! Amid an impressive spell from Roland-Jones, the rain has returned to Grace Road and the players are off.
3:10pm - The start of Surrey’s Yorkshire Bank 40 game with Durham is only half an hour away.
There are two further 40-over games tomorrow, with Northamptonshire hosting Sussex and Kent travelling to Deventer to take on the Netherlands.
ecb.co.uk has today spoken to Northants’ in-form all-rounder Steven Crook, who hopes the LV= County Championship Division Two runaway leaders can bounce back from an opening YB40 defeat against Nottinghamshire.
“We have worked hard on the training ground this week, to make sure we go out there on Friday and do our processes right and hopefully we can surprise a few teams like we have done in the Championship,” said Crook.
3:07pm - Progress has been slow for the New Zealanders since Taylor departed and Dean Brownlie has yet to get off the mark. Rutherford has 116 to his name.
2:40pm - Play continues at Grace Road, however, and the reintroduction of Toby Roland-Jones has brought a wicket, Ross Taylor falling lbw for 35.
2:35pm - The runs were also flowing freely for Middlesex at Edgbaston, but rain has now interrupted proceedings once again. Robson has dashed past his previous first-class best of 204, while Gareth Berg has contributed 23 to an unbroken stand of 55.
The shower in Birmingham means there is currently no action in the LV= County Championship. Boo and hiss...
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders - Well, this is quite thrilling entertainment at a gloomy Grace Road. Rutherford is now lining up Kerrigan and hitting downwind; he has struck three maximums in the spinner's most recent over, the second bringing up a 110-ball century. When hitting the first, Graham Onions took a catch at long-on yet stepped over the boundary. The third, for those interested, went miles. At the other end, Ross Taylor is looking remarkably circumspect.
@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: Congratulations to Sam Robson who brings up his double hundred at Edgbaston! Brilliant stuff Samuel, scored off 303 balls, 20 fours! #GUNBAT
2:28pm - Robson now has the second double-hundred of his career! He is having quite the season so far.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders - It's dreary and overcast at Grace Road, and there is a spinner on! With less happening for the seamers than expected, Joe Root turns to Simon Kerrigan. The left-arm tweaker is greeted with a Hamish Rutherford straight six, but almost grabs the breakthrough when the left-hander tries to repeat the trick in his next over, only for Michael Carberry to shell a simple chance at deep midwicket.
2:21pm - It is now raining at New Road, where play has been suspended with Samaraweera having contributed 92 to a home total of 294 for seven.
Middlesex have made it to 400 from the final ball of the 110th over and gain maximum batting points against Warwickshire. Sam Robson is four shy of 200.
2:08pm – Worcestershire continue to tick along, Samaraweera now just 14 away from his century.
And play is back under way at Edgbaston, where Middlesex need 16 in four overs for a fourth batting point.
@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: Rain has stopped at Edgbaston, covers are off, umpires have taken a look, and we're back on at 2pm if there's no further rain!
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: It's raining again at Headingley. Looking like that start will be postponed.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Play to start at 1.55pm weather permitting.
1:45pm – As predicted, poor weather is sweeping the nation. As a result the games at Headingley, Edgbaston, Emirates Old Trafford and Bristol are delayed by rain.
But we do have play at New Road, where Thilan Samaraweera is 23 runs away from a century.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders - We've had a little rain during the interval and play was briefly delayed. However, it appears to have stopped and the action will soon recommence.
1:05pm - It is now lunch across the country and what a morning it has been for Hampshire, who were 97 for eight at one stage yesterday.
Here are all of the scores:
New Zealand are 102 for two having been invited to bat by England Lions at Grace Road.
Somerset are 190 for five in reply to Yorkshire's 505 for nine on day three at Headingley.
Middlesex are 373 for five on day three of their match with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Essex are 203 for three in their second innings, 252 ahead of Lancashire on day three at Emirates Old Trafford.
Hampshire are 264 for nine versus Gloucestershire on day two at Bristol.
Worcestershire are 258 for seven at New Road, on day two of their clash with Leicestershire.
12:58pm - It has been a fine morning for Leicestershire spinner Naik, who has struck twice in as many balls to take his wicket-tally to four for the day and five in Worcestershire's first innings. Michael Johnson and Gareth Andrew have fallen, leaving the New Road hosts 257 for seven.
Jeetan Patel strikes with lunch looming at Edgbaston, the spinner having John Simpson caught at slip for 19.
@hantscricket on Twitter: We've reached our second bonus point. 250-9. Five minutes until lunch. Adams 116*, Tomlinson 0
12:50pm – Mickleburgh brings up a fifty for Essex. Alongside Pettini, he is setting the game up nicely for the visitors.
An early lunch has been taken at Yorkshire, with the hosts firmly in control.
Robson continues to frustrate Warwickshire and has 181 to his name in a total of 364 for four.
12:45pm – The teams are back out at New Road. Sri Lankan Thilan Samaraweera is nicely poised on 72.
Hampshire number 11 James Tomlinson is holding firm at Bristol, still on nought having faced 37 deliveries.
12:44pm – Rashid picks up his first wicket of the match, and it is South Africa opener Petersen who has gone for 54. The leg-spinner then dismisses Arul Suppiah for a golden duck, so Somerset are in real danger now.
And at New Road, the predicted weather strikes. Most likely the umpires will call for an early lunch.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders - Rutherford is starting to get stuck in now, having hit Roland-Jones for five fours in the paceman's last two overs. The left-hander has been positive throughout, sometimes playing and missing, and moved beyond 50 in just 55 deliveries.
12:30pm – South Africa's Alviro Petersen brings up his half-century with a boundary off Adil Rashid. Somerset are now 185 for three, but still trail by 320.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Somerset batsman James Hildreth has just passed 10,000 first-class runs. Congratulations. Somerset 177-3
12:24pm – Meanwhile, at Emirates Old Trafford, Essex now lead by 220 runs. Jaik Mickleburgh and Mark Pettini are the two men occupying the crease.
12:20pm – Jimmy Adams brings up his second century of the season. The skipper is leading from the front; can he carry his bat for the second time this year?
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Couple of tough chances gone down this morning to Lyth and, most recent, Sayers in the slips. Both Petersen and Hildreth let off. 163-3
12:01pm – Dexter falls four short of his half-century, in the process becoming Boyd Rankin’s second victim. However, Middlesex are still going nicely on 325 for four.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders - I was just saying to a colleague that Toby Roland-Jones has been impressive every time I have seen him. Well, he has a wicket in his first over - albeit with a delivery hardly deserving one. Having beaten Williamson's edge with a beauty, the paceman looks on joyfully as Simon Kerrigan takes a smart catch at midwicket after the batsman nails a pull.
11:53am – Briggs finally departs for Hampshire making a career-best 54, Alex Gidman the wicket-taker with his first ball of the match. The question now is can Jimmy Adams make it to three figures?
And Naik takes his third Worcestershire wicket with the dismissal of Neil Pinner for a duck. Worcestershire are now 227 for five.
11:42am – Robson has moved to 150 at Edgbaston, while Neil Dexter has contributed 36 to a partnership currently worth 67.
Kane Williamson has been dropped in the gully by Chris Woakes, denying Onions a second New Zealand wicket.
Meanwhile, at New Road, Worcestershire have lost their fourth wicket. Alexei Kervezee the man dismissed by Jigar Naik for 35.
11:36am – Well played Danny Briggs! He makes it beyond 50 and his runs could hardly have come at a better time after Hampshire slipped to 97 for eight yesterday. Skipper Adams is 15 away from a hundred.
Middlesex are past 300 against Warwickshire, for the loss of three wickets, while Tim Bresnan has bowled Somerset nightwatchman Jack Leach to claim his second wicket of the morning.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders - It's nibbling around a little at Grace Road and, despite opening partner Hamish Rutherford looking more susceptible, Peter Fulton has gone having been trapped plumb in front by Graham Onions. The conditions are made for the Durham seamer and he's taking full advantage.
11:24am - Somewhat surprisingly, it is Briggs who is contributing the bulk of Hampshire’s runs this morning, rather than his captain Jimmy Adams. The young spinner is just three short of a maiden first-class fifty and the Bristol visitors have added 108 for the ninth wicket to pick up an unlikely batting point.
Meanwhile, the Lions have struck a first blow at Grace Road...
11:20am - Kyle Hogg picks up a huge wicket for Lancashire as England captain Alastair Cook is caught behind for 60. Essex are 181 ahead at 132 for three.
Worcestershire have their first batting point and, with Leicestershire having claimed only three wickets thus far, the opportunity to gain a few more yet.
At Edgbaston, Sam Robson has survived a tricky caught and bowled chance to Jonathan Trott and is closing in on 150.
@CricketingBears on Twitter: The leg stump at the Pavilion End won't stay in the ground, it's wobbily and needs cementing in!!
11:07am - Not the best start of the day for Somerset then, who need to bat big today after conceding 505 with the ball.
Hampshire's ninth-wicket pair continue to prove a pain to Gloucestershire. Danny Briggs is four shy of his career-best score after launching Craig Miles for six!
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Gone! Bresnan has trapped Compton lbw playing no shot for 33 with only the second ball of the day. 92-2.
@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: Play scheduled to get under way on time this morning on day two at Edgbaston, although heavy rain on the way apparently
10:55am - We’re almost ready for play to begin across the country. Let’s hope the clouds stay away.
10:45am - The latest edition of the ECB Podcast features interviews with Lions skipper Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, David Parsons and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, plus Podcast Pundit Mike Gatting. If you would like to listen, click here.
10:35am - Here’s a reminder of how things stand in the ongoing championship fixtures. It is day three of four at Headingley and Emirates Old Trafford, while the other three fixtures are about to enter their second day.
Somerset are 92 for one in reply to Yorkshire's 505 for nine at Headingley.
Middlesex are 280 for three, having won the toss against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Essex are 120 for two in their second innings, 169 ahead of Lancashire 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.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions v New Zealanders - It is overcast at Grace Road, where we are all keeping our fingers crossed that rain forecast later in the day will miss the ground. It's bright for the time being and the Lions have unsurprisingly opted to bowl on a green surface after winning the toss.
10:20am - Morning everyone. We have a busy day of cricket ahead of us. New Zealand take on England Lions in their final match before the Investec Tests begin, while there are five LV= County Championship fixtures scheduled to resume at 11am. Later in the day, Surrey take on Durham Dynamos in the Yorkshire Bank 40. We will keep you up-to-date with all of the action.