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Lions-NZ & County Cricket, May 10: As it happened

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9:13pm - Sussex skipper Joyce is understandably happy with his side's win after they lost their opening YB40 game at home to Worcestershire Royals. He believes former Surrey all-rounder Jordan is "looking like the signing of the season".

That concludes a busy day. We will be back for more county action - and day three of the Lions match against New Zealand at Grace Road - tomorrow.

9:05pm - RESULT! Sussex Sharks (215/7) beat Northants Steelbacks (122/9) by 61 runs on Duckworth/Lewis at Wantage Road: The inevitable is confirmed at Wantage Road. Sussex’s seam trio of James Anyon, Chris Jordan and Chris Liddle proved too strong for Northants after Chris Nash and Ed Joyce has rescued the visitors’ innings.

8:59pm - As the rain gets heavier, the impressive Jordan cleans up Steven Crook to leave Sussex one wicket from victory.

It's actually teeming down now. I think that is likely to be the end of the game, with Sussex comfortably in front on Duckworth/Lewis.

8:51pm - Andrew Hall is bowled by Chris Jordan. This may not last much longer.

8:43pm - Chris Liddle picks up his third wicket as David Willey plays on. Northants need 93 from 59 balls and are now seven down. It is also raining again...

8:40pm - Chasing a revised target of 195 in 33 overs, things are going badly wrong for Northants. They are 97 for six following the departures of Matthew Spriegel and Ben Duckett.

Chris Jordan

@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: Play will restart at 20:25 if there is no more rain, 7 overs have been lost

7:48pm - That will be all for the time being in Northampton. Sussex are well ahead on Duckworth/Lewis as the covers are brought on.

7:46pm - With rain starting to fall at Wantage Road, David Sales holes out to deep midwicket off Chris Liddle. Matt Prior, England's Test wicketkeeper, was the man to take the catch.

7:35pm - Northants are 72 for three from 17 overs and we could well see a tight finish in their clash with Sussex.

Here, as promised, is a summary of the other scores today:

Tour match
England Lions are 219 for two in reply to New Zealand’s 285 all out on day two at Grace Road.

Division One
Yorkshire drew with Somerset at Headingley.
Warwickshire are 267 for five and trail Middlesex by 161 after three days at Edgbaston.
Durham are 48 without loss after losing the toss at the Kia Oval, where Surrey were dismissed for 237.

Division Two
Essex lost to Lancashire by three wickets in a thriller at Emirates Old Trafford.
Leicestershire are 229 for two and trail Worcestershire by 91 after three days at New Road.
At Bristol, Gloucestershire lead Hampshire by 10 on 284 for two heading into the final day.

Yorkshire Bank 40
Kent Spitfires defeated the Netherlands by seven wickets at Deventer.

7:16pm - There will be no more play at Grace Road, where the Lions have ended the day on 219 for two thanks largely to a stand of 182 between unbeaten skipper Joe Root and Michael Carberry.

Sussex have struck another blow in the day/night YB40 match, Anyon again the successful bowler in removing Kyle Coetzer. Northants are 42 for three in the 10th over.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (217/2) versus the New Zealanders (285) - With the light deteriorating at Grace Road, Root reaches a fine century from 161 deliveries. The skipper has enjoyed a fine day and reaches the milestone, soon after the umpires have a chat regarding the gloom, by cutting Martin for four.

7pm - Sussex make it two wickets in as many overs as Alex Wakely, deceived by a slower ball from James Anyon, provides Rory Hamilton-Brown with a simple catch.

Stumps have now been drawn at the Kia Oval and Durham will be delighted. Surrey began the evening session on 199 for four, but were subsequently dismissed for 237. In reply, the visitors are 48 without loss.

6:55pm - Northants had made a useful start, but Stephen Peters has now fallen lbw to Chris Jordan with the score on 23.

Joe Root & BJ Watling

At Grace Road, Chris Wright has been sent in as a nightwatchman, while skipper Root has 92.

@surreycricket on Twitter: Durham 37-0.....Stoneman 28*, Smith 6*

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (201/2) versus the New Zealanders (285) - Ah, what a shame! Having put on 182 with Root, who is closing on a century, Carberry picks out square-leg when slog-sweeping Martin having struck 77._

6:41pm - The Sussex card really was bizarre. In addition to Chris Nash's 95 and 90 from Ed Joyce, there were scores of one, two, three, four, five and six - although not in that order!

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (175/1) versus the New Zealanders (285) - And they will get back on! It's suddenly a lot brighter, the covers are coming off and we can play until 7:30pm.

6:35pm - And breathe...

After a truly frantic hour, there is now only one LV= County Championship fixture in which play is continuing - the game between Surrey and Durham that started an hour later than usual.

We will bring you a full round-up of all the championship scores once play ends at the Kia Oval. Durham are currently 18 without loss.

Northants are about to begin their pursuit of 216 in the YB40 meeting with Sussex at Wantage Road.

6:26pm - RESULT! Yorkshire (505/9 dec) draw with Somerset (252 & 61/6): It has been a similarly sensational evening on the other side of the Pennines, but Somerset have done just enough to hold on. Yorkshire will take great heart from their dominant display across all four days. In the end, it was the inclement weather that came to the visitors' rescue.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Feel for Saj, that was cruel but what a win and - once again - credit to Essex for their declaration.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (175/1) versus the New Zealanders (285) - I was just about to update you saying the light was poor. Well, it's so poor that play has halted; we'll see if they get back on.

6:23pm - RESULT! Essex (226 & 203/3 dec) lose to Lancashire (177 & 253/7) by three wickets!: After a penultimate over featuring a six, three wickets and Rob Quiney suffering an injury, Lancashire wrap up a stunning win in suitably dramatic fashion as Mahmood drops White to enable a match-winning single with one ball unused! Remarkable scenes!

6:19pm - Gareth Cross and Simon Katich fall to make it three wickets for Topley in five balls! It will all come down to the final over, with Wayne White and Kyle Hogg at the crease and five runs needed! What a finish!

Ryan Buckley

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Drama! Croft hits high in the air behind the keeper but Quiney is injured taking a great catch. Lancs need 5 off 10 with Cross coming in

6:11pm - Despite a stand of 173 between Nash and Joyce, it is Northants who are likely to be the happier at the halfway stage of their game with Sussex. Trent Copeland completes figures of 5-32 as the visitors, who started and finished poorly, are limited to 215 for six.

Stumps have been drawn at Edgbaston, so Warwickshire will need to get those 12 runs tomorrow if they are to avoid the follow-on.

@CricketingBears on Twitter: Ambrose 55 lbw to Collymore Bears 267-5 still need 12 to avoid the follow-on

6:06pm - The Red Rose assume the position of strong favourites following a Sajid Mahmood over costing 16.

Stumps are drawn at Bristol with Gloucestershire 10 ahead of Hampshire on 284 for two.

Like Joyce, Nash is denied a hundred at Wantage Road. He has been dismissed by Copeland for 95.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: SIX!!!!!!!!!!!!! Croft in to midwicket stands. 23 off 21 balls

5:58pm - Surrey are all out for 237 as Buckley pins Gary Keedy lbw to complete a five-wicket haul on debut! Chris Adams' men were 221 for four not long ago, so that is a shocking collapse. The last four batsmen fell without addition to the score!

Lancashire need 32 from four overs in a thrilling finale, while Yorkshire need four wickets to complete the most remarkable of wins over Somerset, who are now six down with five overs remaining after Peter Trego fell for one.

5:54pm - This really has been an action-packed evening.

Buckley picks up his third and fourth scalps, following the key wicket of de Bruyn by accounting for Tim Linley two balls later. That leaves Surrey, who have lost five batsmen in quick succession, 237 for nine.

Brown is bowled at Emirates Old Trafford for 80, with 46 still needed.

There will be no more play today at New Road, while Gloucestershire and Hampshire have also been forced off by bad light after the Bristol hosts moved into the lead.

The Lions have reached 150 at Grace Road for the loss of Varun Chopra.

5:47pm - A Lancashire win is now looking more and more likely. The Red Rose pulled off a fantastic victory at Colwyn Bay last week and require 53 from 43 balls for another at Essex's expense.

Joe Root

Bell is out at Edgbaston, lbw to Corey Collymore for 62.

Sussex finally lose their fourth wicket as Steven Crook ousts Ed Joyce for a wonderful 90.

5:40pm - Reece Topley bowls Prince at Emirates Old Trafford. Lancashire now need 71 off 56 balls.

Things go from bad to worse for Somerset as Jos Buttler falls to Steven Patterson. The Headingley visitors are 46 for five.

Surrey are losing their way too, albeit in not quite such spectacular fashion. Borthwick dismisses Gareth Batty for his second breakthrough and Durham's seventh.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Brooks looks to have dislocated a finger on his left hand after trying to field a ball in his follow-through. Gone straight off.

5:35pm - Bad light has delayed proceedings at New Road, with Leicestershire 229 for two and Sarwan four short of 50.

Ryan Buckley picks up a second wicket on Durham debut as Gary Wilson falls for six.

Warwickshire's fourth-wicket stand against Middlesex is approaching three figures, Tim Ambrose having followed Bell to a half-century.

@CricketingBears on Twitter: Fifty for Ian Bell from 90 balls Bears 242-3

@DurhamCricket on Twitter: WICKET! @Borthwick16 strikes as he clean bowls Davies for 52. @surreycricket 221-5, a big wicket for Durham! #LVCC

5:25pm - Lancashire now need 92 from 13 overs.

Joe Root has brought up his fifty in the Lions-New Zealand game with a six off Bruce Martin.

And Yorkshire have a fourth; it's that man Brooks again! Surely Somerset aren't going to get bowled out?!

Sussex are moving through the gears at Wantage Road. It has been a fine recovery from the Sharks following the loss of three early wickets. With nine overs left, they are 159 for three.

Gloucestershire have a second batting point at Bristol, where it is getting gloomy...

5:15pm - Ashwell Prince follows Brown to a fifty. Lancashire need more than seven an over but the wickets in hand will certainly help.

England Lions batsman Carberry is another half-centurion, together with Surrey duo Davies and de Bruyn.

Brooks has a third wicket for Yorkshire at Headingley. Somerset will be glad that game is nearly over!

@LancsCCC on Twitter: We are starting the final hour at 5.11pm, so a minimum of 16 overs left. Lancs need 118 runs

5:09pm - Warwickshire have confirmed batsman Laurie Evans fractured the fifth metacarpal in his left hand after being hit by Steven Finn earlier today.

Steven Davies

Joyce and Nash have both recorded half-centuries in a Sussex fourth-wicket partnership now worth more than 100.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Brooks again! Still a chance? Petersen caught second slip by Lyth for 4, 10-2.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (107/1) versus the New Zealanders (285) - The rain has halted, the players are back in the middle and the cricket has restarted.

5:04pm - Brown has moved to 50 as Lancashire continue their push for an unlikely win.

At Wantage Road, Matthew Spriegel has shelled a difficult caught-and-bowled chance offered up by Nash.

Both Surrey and Leicestershire have their first batting points, Eckersley reaching three figures for the latter.

@EssexCricket on Twitter: 20 overs remain and 134 required. Lancashire 119 for 2.

4:58pm - Nick Compton has fallen for a duck in his final innings before the first Investec Test, caught at second slip off Jack Brooks. Yorkshire have dominated Somerset but are set to run out of time in their bid to force victory.

Hampshire have wasted little time in picking up a wicket on the resumption at Bristol, Liam Dawson bowling Dan Housego for 56. Centurion Michael Klinger is still there.

@hantscricket on Twitter: The weather has cleared up and we're back underway at Bristol. Glouc 223-1, 51 runs behind Hants.

@CricketingBears on Twitter: 50 partnership between Ambrose and Bell Bears 214-3

4:47pm - Ned Eckersley has an unbeaten 99 to his name already this summer. He is currently 75 not out at New Road and sharing a very handy alliance with Ramnaresh Sarwan that has led Leicestershire to 179 for two. Worcestershire declared earlier on 320 for seven.

Play is about to begin at Headingley, where Somerset have been asked to follow on 253 behind.

Sussex reach the halfway stage of their innings on 86 for three.

4:43pm - RESULT! Kent Spitfires (102/3) beat the Netherlands (101 all out) by seven wickets at Deventer: Brendan Nash finishes unbeaten on 45 as Kent wrap up a convincing win set up by their fine bowling performance. Getting bowled out for 101 was not the start the Netherlands wanted!

Elsewhere, Karl Brown has started to open his shoulders against Essex, taking David Masters for six and four.

Warwickshire have their first batting point against Middlesex, reaching 200 for three in reply to 428 for five declared.

Tea has been taken at the Kia Oval, where Surrey are 199 for four.

Michael Carberry

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Restart halted due to rain.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (107/1) versus the New Zealanders (285) - Well, that did not take much "seeing out". Gloom has turned into a combination of drizzle and bad light, meaning the players have headed off. On come the covers.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Lancs 88-2 off 22 overs, Prince 36* Brown 29*, need 165 runs off 25 overs and this game is bubbling up towards a great finish

4:35pm - Steven Davies and Zander de Bruyn have now shared a valuable half-century alliance for Surrey against Durham.

Ian Bell is nearing a fifty for Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Sussex are recovering through Chris Nash and Ed Joyce, while Kent are almost home and hosed in the YB40 fixture at Deventer.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (97/1) versus the New Zealanders (285) - It's now very gloomy at Grace Road and Trent Boult, in particular, is causing problems. There could be some wet stuff coming in, so Joe Root and Michael Carberry would be well served to try and see this tricky period out.

4:28pm - Kirby has now fallen to Tim Bresnan to give Yorkshire a third bowling point, just after Somerset had secured a second batting point. Bresnan then traps Jamie Overton first ball to end the visitors' first innings on 252.

4:25pm - There are not too many wickets falling in the LV= County Championship just now.

Steve Kirby and Alfonso Thomas are frustrating Yorkshire at Headingley, where play has resumed with a draw the only realistic outcome.

4:13pm - Sussex end the eight-over powerplay at Wantage Road on a disappointing 24 for three.

It's raining at Headingley and Bristol, but the players have returned to the field following earlier showers at Edgbaston.

4:03pm - Sussex and Kent have each lost a third wicket in the YB40. Rory-Hamilton Brown played on to Copeland with an ugly shot across the line and Paul van Meekeren has a third scalp, that of Darren Stevens.

3:52pm - David Willey strikes early in the Yorkshire Bank 40 game at Wantage Road, getting one to rear at Luke Wells who edges to Andrew Hall at slip. Trent Copeland follows up by having England Test wicketkeeper Matt Prior caught behind.

Kent lose a second wicket in what should be a straightforward pursuit of 102. Rob Key falls to van Meekeren for 16 at 39 for two.

Tim Bresnan

3:50pm - It’s tea in the matches that began at 11am. Here are the scores:

Tour match
England Lions are 77 for one in reply to New Zealand’s 285 all out on day two at Grace Road.

Division One
Somerset are 243 for eight in reply to Yorkshire's 505 for nine on the last day at Headingley.
Warwickshire are 165 for three in reply to Middlesex’s 428 for five declared on day three at Edgbaston.

Division Two
Lancashire are 57 for two, needing another 196 to beat Essex on the last day at Emirates Old Trafford.
Gloucestershire are 223 for one in reply to Hampshire’s 274 all out on day three at Bristol.
Leicestershire are 149 for two in response to Worcestershire’s 320 for seven declared on day three at New Road.

@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: The rain has descended at Edgbaston and they're heading off for tea with Warwickshire 165-3 - Bell 16* & Ambrose 3

3:39pm - Ned Eckersley heralds a fifty for Leicestershire and Dan Housego likewise for Gloucestershire. Housego and Klinger have shared Gloucestershire’s second hundred partnership of the innings.

@DurhamCricket on Twitter: WICKET! Thorp gets his third of the day as he removes Harinath for 53 caught at slip by @Colly622

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (63/1) versus the New Zealanders (285) - Well, the Kiwis' skipper Brendon McCullum is not having his best day. Having managed just one with the bat, he has just dropped opposite number Joe Root on 23 at slip off Doug Bracewell.

3:32pm - Tim Murtagh has two wickets in two overs as Jim Troughton is caught at leg-slip for nought to make Warwickshire 162 for three.

Arun Harinath brings up a half-century for Surrey, who need to make good on winning the toss today.

@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: WICKET! Trott is out, caught at slip by Malan for 65 off the bowling of Murtagh - 158-2 with Bell 12*

@HantsCricket on Twitter: Glouc have reached 200, their first batting point. Klinger 106*, Housego 36*. Dawson's about to come on for his first over. 200-1.

3:23pm - The Netherlands give themselves faint hope as Paul van Meekeren dismisses Sam Billings in the second over of Kent’s reply.

@SussexCCC on Twitter: Sussex Sharks win the toss and will bat first against Northamptonshire Steelbacks (3.40pm start)

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (43/1) versus the New Zealanders (285) - All eyes are on Joe Root at Grace Road, the Lions skipper who will likely play in the first Investec Test. He has looked solid alongside Michael Carberry thus far amid some good New Zealand bowling.

Ashley Giles

3:07pm - David Masters traps Luke Procter in front and Reece Topley has Paul Horton held at gully as Lancashire’s openers fall early on.

Trott has a fifty for Warwickshire and Michael Klinger a second hundred for Gloucestershire. Both counties are progressing well in their first innings.

2:54pm - Good news for the Rose counties, Red and White. Play is about to resume at Emirates Old Trafford with just four overs lost and Yorkshire’s Steven Patterson has Peter Trego caught at cover to leave Somerset 222 for eight, 283 behind on first innings.

@KentCricket on Twitter: and thats that... netherlands are all out for 101. final wicket taken by Stevens, caught by Davies. Seelaar 26 the man out

@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: Evans has retired hurt at Edgbaston on 59 with the score on 128-1 - Trott 48* & Bell the new batsman

2:44pm - Stevens has a second scalp, Paul van Meekeren lbw, leaving the Netherlands 86 for nine.

Lancashire and Essex are frustratingly off for bad light with the Red Rose 12 for none, needing another 241 for victory.

2:35pm - The New Zealanders have an early breakthrough as Varun Chopra is held low at second slip by Brendon McCullum off Tim Southee.

@KentCricket on Twitter: Tredwell get yet another, thats his 4th of the match! de Grooth goes for 18. Netherlands are 85/8

2:31pm - Somerset are five down as Richard Pyrah has James Hildreth caught at point for 39.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (9/0) versus the New Zealanders (285) - Trent Boult makes an inauspicious start in his first match of the tour, sending down four no-balls in the opening over of the Lions' reply. The left-arm seamer will be aiming to improve significantly.

2:16pm - Laurie Evans has a fifty for Warwickshire, who have reached three figures for the loss of one wicket with Jonathan Trott also going well.

Tredwell is the catcher for Kent’s seventh wicket as Darren Stevens ousts Mudassar Bukhari. The hosts are reeling at 55 for seven.

@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: Gone! Second ball of the day for the second day running. Buttler caught behind off Patterson, 1, 190-6. That's a second bowling point.

@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: So here we go. Steve Patterson will start us off. 56 overs left. Somerset 190-5.

2:06pm - Tredwell has a third in three overs as Peter Borren falls to make the Dutch 48 for six.

Hampshire make a breakthrough with James Tomlinson having Chris Dent caught behind for 45. Gloucestershire are 119 for one.

2pm - Play in Manchester is due to start at 2:30pm. Essex have declared on 203 for three so Lancashire’s target is 253 off a minimum of 51 overs.

Phil Mustard & Vikram Solanki

James Tredwell strikes twice in two overs to leave the Netherlands five down. The England spinner bowls Daan van Bunge for 18 before snaring opener Dom Michael for 20.

It’s lunch at the Kia Oval, where the action began at midday as scheduled, and Surrey are 103 for three after winning the toss versus Durham.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders - Well, that's that then. A cracking day for the Lions so far continues as Roland-Jones bowls Trent Boult to end with figures of 4-54 as New Zealand are dismissed for 285.

1:50pm - It’s two wickets in two overs for the Lions as Doug Bracewell goes for four, well held low at slip by Varun Chopra off Toby Roland-Jones.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders (274/8) - The hosts have picked up where they left off immediately after lunch, Simon Kerrigan trapping Bruce Martin in front attempting to pull a delivery that was too full.

1:35pm - Off-spinner Ryan Buckley, earning his senior Durham debut today, makes Vikram Solanki his maiden first-class wicket. The former England batsman goes for 38 to leave Surrey 89 for three.

We just might have some cricket at Emirates Old Trafford this afternoon, where visitors Essex have been unable to press home their advantage since this time yesterday. There is an ominous "if" attached to that hope though...

‏@LancsCCC on Twitter: The umpires will be inspecting the pitch at 2pm with a view to resuming play at 2.30pm if there is no further rain.

1:25pm - It's starting to look like a sizeable rebuilding job for the Netherlands. Matt Coles has struck again, with Tom Cooper caught at the wicket, to leave the hosts floundering on eight for three.

1:10pm - Kent versus the Netherlands has resumed. Here are the scores in the games at lunch:

Tour match
New Zealand are 274 for seven on day two versus England Lions at Grace Road.

Division One
Somerset are 190 for five in reply to Yorkshire's 505 for nine after no play on the last morning at Headingley.
Warwickshire are 83 for one in reply to Middlesex’s 428 for five declared on day three at Edgbaston.

Division Two
Essex are 203 for three in their second innings, 252 ahead of Lancashire after no play on the last morning at Emirates Old Trafford.
Gloucestershire are 97 for none in reply to Hampshire’s 274 all out on day three at Bristol.
Leicestershire are 55 for one in response to Worcestershire’s 320 for seven declared on day three at New Road.

1pm - Kent have made a blistering start versus the Netherlands, Matt Coles bowling Eric Szwarczynski and Brendan Nash running out Wesley Barresi in consecutive overs. However, rain soon forces the players off.

Leicestershire have lost their first wicket on the brink of lunch, left-arm spinner Shaaiq Choudhry bowling Michael Thornely for 17.

BJ Watling

Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger has a fifty as his side reach the interval without loss against Hampshire.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders (258/7) - Having lived a charmed life, Tim Southee has departed following a brief-but-entertaining stay. He hooked his fourth ball for six, was dropped by Ravi Bopara and Varun Chopra and eventually fell lbw to the former for 11. It's been a good morning for the Lions.

@DurhamCricket on Twitter: WICKET! Thorp strikes again as he removes Roy for 17 caught a mid-off by Benks.

12:30pm - In the YB40 match at Deventer, due to start at 12:45pm BST, Kent have chosen to bat first against the Netherlands.

There is still no play at Emirates Old Trafford, where lunch will be taken in 15 minutes, and Headingley, where lunch will be at 1pm.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders (245/6) - This is good stuff from the Lions, who continue to plug away. Chris Woakes has just grabbed his first wicket, uprooting middle stump via a BJ Watling inside edge.

@HantsCricket on Twitter: Still no breakthrough for Hants, Gloucestershire 52-0. Adam Wheater also appears to be in some discomfort after injuring his hand/wrist.

12:05pm - Surrey lose an early wicket as Rory Burns is caught behind off Callum Thorp. Jason Roy, a centurion in yesterday’s YB40 game, was Burns’ opening partner.

@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: WICKET! A low catch by Rayner at 2nd slip & Porterfield is out for 20 off the bowling of Collymore - 45-1 with Evans 24*

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders (212/5) - The Lions have done their senior England colleagues a favour, although it comes from a paceman very much in contention for next week's first Investec Test. Graham Onions gets one to nip away and Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum, in his first knock of the tour, edges to Michael Carberry at gully.

11:35am - Surrey captain Gareth Batty has opted to bat first versus Durham at the Kia Oval in the hosts’ first match without injured skipper Graeme Smith.

@surreycricket on Twitter: Surrey : Burns, Roy, Harinath, Solanki, De Bruyn, Davies, Wilson, Batty, Meaker, Linley, Keedy

@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Durham Team: Stoneman, Smith, Borthwick, Benkenstein, Stokes, Collingwood*, Mustard, Wood, Rushworth, Thorp & Buckley

Warwickshire have begun their reply to Middlesex’s 428 for five declared solidly, seeing off a four-over burst from England paceman Steven Finn.

11:30am - Away from county cricket, Gary Kirsten has opted not to renew his contract as South Africa coach for family reasons.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders (211/4) - And there's the first breakthrough of the morning. To be honest, a wicket had not looked like coming but Hamish Rutherford pushed to mid-off, set off for a single and was well short of his ground on 126 as Chris Woakes produced a direct hit. Can the Lions build upon that?

Hamish Rutherford

11:23am - Thilan Samaraweera brings up his first Worcestershire hundred with a four off Robbie Williams, prompting a declaration at 320 for seven against Leicestershire.

11:11am - Hampshire, who resumed on 264 for nine versus Gloucestershire, are all out for 274 as James Tomlinson falls to Craig Miles. Captain Jimmy Adams carries his bat with 138.

11am - Play has begun on time at Leicester, Edgbaston, Bristol and Worcester, but rain has delayed proceedings at Headingley and Emirates Old Trafford.

@CricketingBears on Twitter: Middlesex declare on overnight total as play about to start at Edgbaston with the floodlights on. Evans and Porterfield open the Bears reply

@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: Rain has got heavier, so a delayed start unfortunately.

10:50am - The counties’ Twitter feeds suggest play will start on time at most games, with Lancashire versus Essex at Emirates Old Trafford a notable exception. Surrey against Durham at the Kia Oval is due to begin at midday due to yesterday’s day/night YB40 match between the sides, which was abandoned due to rain after the hosts made 216 all out.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Rain is sweeping across Emirates Old Trafford at present and clearly we have a delayed start as the forecast suggests rain will continue

10:40am - Like yesterday, the weather forecast round England, where eight of today’s nine games are being played, is mixed. The other fixture is in the YB40 between the Netherlands and Kent at Deventer.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions versus the New Zealanders (184/3) - I've arrived at Grace Road for the second day of the tour match. It's currently overcast but dry, which should give the Lions plenty of confidence as they aim for early strikes.

10:30am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live text commentary of England Lions versus the New Zealanders, six LV= County Championship games and two Yorkshire Bank 40 matches. Here’s how the continuing contests stand:

Tour match
New Zealand are 184 for three having been invited to bat by England Lions at Grace Road.

Division One
Somerset are 190 for five in reply to Yorkshire's 505 for nine after day three at Headingley.
Middlesex are 428 for five after day two of their match with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Division Two
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.

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