Lions-NZ & County Cricket, May 11: As it happened
7:15pm - With the game at Headingley over, we will bring our live blog to a close.
There were unsurprising draws at Edgbaston, New Road and Bristol today. Two games will continue tomorrow and here is a reminder of how things stand:
England Lions will begin the final day against the New Zealanders at Grace Road on 315 for four, leading by 30.
LV= County Championship Division One
Durham are 42 ahead of Surrey on 279 for nine after two days at the Kia Oval.
7:02pm - RESULT! Somerset (338/5) beat Yorkshire Vikings (207 all out) by 131 runs at Headingley: And that will be that. Lewis Gregory does very well on the boundary to take a catch off Steven Patterson. We've seen a few of these; the fielder threw the ball up as he stepped over the rope and then returned to complete the catch. A comprehensive victory for Somerset and Jos Buttler's stunning 89 will live long in the memory of those who witnessed it.
6:57pm - Meschede gets in on the act with the wicket of Will Rhodes. Somerset need one more.
6:49pm - Ryan Sidebottom is run out following good work from substitute fielder Jamie Overton. Yorkshire are 192 for eight and heading for defeat.
6:39pm - Somerset all but wrap their victory up as Ballance is caught behind attempting to hook Thomas, who now has 4-28.
6:34pm - They are done for the day at the Kia Oval. Gareth Batty and Zander de Bruyn shared seven wickets for Surrey, but Durham lead by 42 at 279 for nine on the back of 77 from Mark Stoneman and Dale Benkenstein's unbeaten 70.
In other disappointing news for the White Rose ... @Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Jack Brooks likely to be out for six weeks following an injury during day 4 of Yorkshire v Somerset LV=CC match.
6:30pm - Durham's last pair are grinding out valuable additional runs at the Kia Oval.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire's Ballance has a half-century, brought up with a slog-sweep off Kirby that Arul Suppiah parried over the rope in the deep.
Kirby soon has reason to smile when winning an lbw verdict against Andrew Hodd to leave Yorkshire 167 for six.
@jbairstow on Twitter: Agh no...
6:14pm - There will be no substantial score for Rashid on this occasion! He is caught and bowled by Thomas for a first-ball blob! Yorkshire's already slim hopes are fading.
6:11pm - That's a pity for Yorkshire. Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance were scoring freely, but the former has fallen, for a 33-ball 39, to Thomas' first ball back. Here comes Adil Rashid, who hit 180 against Somerset in the LV= County Championship fixture that preceded this game.
@jbairstow21 on Twitter: Come on the tykes! Who knows what might happen... @AdilRashid03 still to come in serious form!
6:04pm - Make that 30 ahead with one first-innings wicket intact! Linley accepts a return catch to send Chris Rushworth packing for a golden duck. Debutant Ryan Buckley, who claimed five wickets yesterday, denies the seamer a hat-trick.
6pm - Surrey continue to chip away, Tim Linley having Mark Wood caught behind for 13. Durham are 30 ahead with two first-innings wickets intact.
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Durham are 264-7 after 90 overs. Benks 60* and @MAWood33 11*. Lead is 27 over @surreycricket. Partnership 18*. #LVCC
5:53pm - Yorkshire are into three figures, for the loss of three wickets, in the 15th over. In normal circumstances, that would be a decent start, but it looks very likely to be inadequate today given Somerset’s earlier pyrotechnics. A further 239 are needed!
5:43pm - Benkenstein moves past 50. I wonder if he can carry Durham into a telling lead with the aid of the tail?
Surrey will hope not and skipper Batty has boosted their cause by dismissing Callum Thorp for two.
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Durham have the lead over @surreycricket as Benks hits a single to move to 47*. Lead is 1, Durham 238-6. #LVCC
5:32pm - RESULT! Hampshire (274 & 120/4) draw with Gloucestershire (400/4 dec): Gloucestershire will take much from their dominant performance in this game, but they have ultimately run out of time following numerous rain interruptions. Hampshire deserve credit, having been 97 for eight at one stage on the opening day.
Somerset strengthen their hold over Yorkshire as Alfonso Thomas has Phil Jaques caught behind. That makes it 64 for three in the ninth, with the hosts chasing 339.
5:26pm - Mustard is lbw to Gareth Batty with Durham just one short of Surrey's 237. He shared 54 with Benkenstein, who remains unbeaten on 45.
Another chance has gone down at Headingley, Kirby this time spilling a return opportunity offered up by Gary Ballance.
5:19pm - After an expensive start to his new-ball spell, Steve Kirby bowls Gale for 28. This is an unenviable situation for Yorkshire, who have to swing the bat but will know their chances of victory are extremely slim.
Dale Benkenstein and Phil Mustard are putting Durham into a strong position at the Kia Oval. Surrey's first-innings total has almost been overhauled.
5:11pm - Whoops! Craig Meschede puts down something of a sitter at third man to deny Trego a second wicket. Gale is the lucky batsman and makes the most of his reprieve with a maximum over midwicket!
Chris Dent has removed George Bailey to leave Hampshire 107 for four. They still trail by 19, but have surely done enough to secure a draw.
@hantscricket on Twitter: Hants have reached the hundred mark. 101-3. Still trailing by 25 runs. Bailey 15*, Vince 19*.
5pm - The Pyrah experiment is soon over as he sends the ball skywards and is caught by Max Waller at the start of Peter Trego's second over.
4:55pm - RESULT! Worcestershire (320/7 dec and 61/1) draw with Leicestershire (379/8 dec) at New Road: Another predictable draw is confirmed. I imagine it will not be long before a similar conclusion is reached at Bristol.
The Yorkshire Vikings reply is up and running. Richard Pyrah has been promoted to open alongside Andrew Gale, given the enormity of the target.
4:47pm - Worcestershire have moved back ahead of Leicestershire as they reach 60 for one in their second innings.
Durham’s 200 is up for the loss of five wickets. They trail Surrey by 37 on first innings.
4:30pm - Buttler's astonishing innings has somewhat overshadowed a fine performance from Hildreth, who finishes unbeaten on 96 in a mammoth Somerset total of 338 for five. That is the highest score in the 2013 Yorkshire Bank 40 so far and will take some beating.
Stumps have been drawn for the day at Grace Road, where only 22 overs were bowled today. England Lions at least had time to move into the lead against New Zealand.
4:22pm - Yorkshire supporters can emerge from behind the sofa. A truly special knock of 89 from 51 deliveries ends as Buttler picks out deep midwicket aiming another savage blow at Sidebottom.
4:20pm - Three more fours off Ashraf have taken Buttler to 83 off 49 balls. He has accelerated in devastating fashion and Somerset are already past 300.
Hold on, there's six more from the England international!
4:15pm - Buttler is really turning it on now. He twice scoops over wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd's head off Ryan Sidebottom before driving straight for two to bring up the century partnership. A barbaric six over long-on follows! Sensational batting!
Hampshire have lost a third wicket, championship debutant Michael Roberts falling six short of a half-century. Gloucestershire need to do something sensational if they are to win the game, however, as time is running out.
Play has resumed at the Kia Oval and Paul Collingwood has become a third victim for Zander de Bruyn. Durham are 182 for five replying to Surrey's 237 so that game is intriguingly poised on the second day of four.
4:10pm - After diverting Ashraf through the vacant slip cordon for four with a typically outrageous piece of innovation, Buttler drills the same bowler down the ground to register a stunning fifty. He is wonderful to watch. Somerset end the 36th over on 271 for four. It is fair to say Yorkshire will need to bat well this evening!
Fresh from his first-innings five-for, Jigar Naik has struck again at New Road, pinning Matthew Pardoe in front to leave Worcestershire 22 for one.
4:01pm - We are still off for rain at the Lions game and the clash between Surrey and Durham.
Worcestershire have made a solid start to their second innings against Leicestershire, while Somerset have brought up their 250 with six overs still to come at Headingley.
3:53pm - RESULT! Middlesex (428/5 dec) draw with Warwickshire (374/8) at Edgbaston: There will be no more play at Edgbaston. Middlesex take 10 points to their hosts' eight.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (315/4) versus the New Zealanders (285) - It's raining again; there is little else to say!
3:49pm - Hildreth brings up a half-century from 60 deliveries. Prepare for a Somerset onslaught in the closing overs. How many can they get?
3:44pm - The afternoon session ends at Bristol with Hampshire 57 in arrears on 69 for two.
Jos Buttler is settling in alongside James Hildreth at Headingley. Powerful boundaries on either side of the wicket - together with a straight six down the ground off Adil Rashid - help the England limited-overs wicketkeeper to 29 from 20 balls. With 10 overs to come, Somerset already have 220 on the board.
@leicsccc on Twitter: UPDATE: Leics have declared on 379-8 at New Road, a lead of 59. There are 37 overs left in the day. Play to resume at 3.40pm
3:29pm - Howell now has 2-9 in his seventh over at Bristol after bowling Liam Dawson, who completes a pair. If it stays dry, the hosts could yet put Hampshire under pressure this evening.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Rhodes strikes with his second ball. Hodd takes the catch behind the stumps to get rid of Petersen for 42, 181-4 in the 25th.
@surreycricket on Twitter: Tea being taken..rain stopped..inspection at 4
3:22pm - Gloucestershire’s depleted attack claims a breakthrough as first-innings centurion Jimmy Adams is trapped lbw for 21 shouldering arms to Benny Howell.
Somerset could well post a score in excess of 300 at Headingley, where runs continue to flow freely.
@gloscricket on Twitter: Hampshire 50-0 in 19th over against an attack lacking Will Gidman and Jack Taylor through injury. Hamish Marshall absent ill.
3:15pm - The Hokey Cokey is alive and well in Birmingham, where Warwickshire and Middlesex have been in and out of the pavilion all day due to rain and are back indoors for the time being as it is pouring down.
They will unsurprisingly enjoy an early tea and it is a similar story at New Road.
3:06pm - It proved to be a very brief stoppage at Edgbaston. Play has now resumed and Clarke has completed a half-century.
However, the showers seem to have rocked up at Worcestershire instead, where a halt has been called with Leicestershire 59 ahead on 379 for eight.
Somerset have slowed up a little following Yorkshire’s triple breakthrough, but remain very well placed at 146 for three after 18 overs.
Tea has been taken at the Kia Oval.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (315/4) versus the New Zealanders (285) - Some good news from Grace Road: there will be an inspection at 3:45pm with a view to restarting play 15 minutes later.
2:58pm - A boundary from Rankin ensures Warwickshire do pass 350 in the 110th over to claim that fourth batting point. Soon after, the teams are taken from the field once again due to rain, with Rikki Clarke unbeaten on 49.
Hampshire have yet to lose a wicket in their second innings at Bristol. They are 33 for nought and trail Gloucestershire by 93.
Thakor has his fifty for Leicestershire.
@surreycricket on Twitter: Rain falling again...Durham 180-4.....Collingwood 2*, Benkenstein 26*
2:42pm - Murtagh strikes with successive balls to remove Jeetan Patel and Tom Allin, although Boyd Rankin keeps out the hat-trick delivery.
Somerset have lost a third batsman at Headingley, Arul Suppiah following his LV= County Championship pair with another failure. He is caught at slip off Ryan Sidebottom for four.
Shiv Thakor is nearing a half-century for Leicestershire at New Road.
2:35pm - Yorkshire strike two important blows in quick succession. Marcus Trescothick is run out at the non-striker’s end for 37 before Trego is bowled by Moin Ashraf in the next over. That leaves Somerset 99 for two in the 11th over.
Tim Murtagh has ousted Tom Milnes at Edgbaston and has therefore matched Corey Collymore’s haul of three wickets. Warwickshire, at 337 for six, need 13 in three overs for a fourth batting point.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (315/4) versus the New Zealanders (285) - There was due to be an inspection at Grace Road in 25 minutes, but the rain has recommenced. It does, however, appear brighter to my left, where the weather is coming from.
2:17pm - Trego has sped to 50 from 26 balls, one more than it took him to reach the milestone versus the Unicorns on Sunday. Somerset are 80 for no wicket from the eight powerplay overs.
@SurreyCricket on Twitter: Rain falling and we are coming off with Durham 170-4
2:10pm - Somerset have raced to 50 for none from six overs thanks mainly to Peter Trego, who has just hit Steven Patterson for two consecutive leg-side sixes.
@HantsCricket on Twitter: Injury plagued Gloucestershire have four subs on the field! Gidman's just left the field after bowling just two deliveries
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Durham bring up the 150 in the 55th over as Benks sweeps for four. Durham 153-3 with @benstokes38 13* and Benks 9*. We trail by 84
1:55pm - Having gained maximum batting points, Gloucestershire have declared on 400 for four - 126 ahead of Hampshire who may get twitchy if they lose early wickets.
1:45pm - The LV= County Championship game at New Road has been delayed by rain, but play has resumed after lunch at Edgbaston, the Kia Oval and Bristol. Yorkshire versus Somerset in the YB40 is under way.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (315/4) versus the New Zealanders (285) - It's raining at Grace Road and the covers are on again. The afternoon session does not look like getting under way any time soon.
@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: YORKS: Gale, Jaques, Lyth, Ballance, Pyrah, Rashid, Hodd, Rhodes, Sidebottom, Patterson, Ashraf.
@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: SOMERSET: Trescothick, Trego, Buttler, Suppiah, Hildreth, Meschede, Petersen, Gregory, Thomas, Kirby, Waller.
1:20pm - Yorkshire have opted to bowl first in the Yorkshire Bank 40 game with Somerset at Headingley.
1:05pm - It’s lunch in the first-class games and here are the scores:
England Lions are 315 for four in reply to the New Zealanders' 285 all out on day three at Grace Road.
Warwickshire are 284 for five and trail Middlesex by 144 on first innings on day four at Edgbaston.
Durham are 141 for three on the second day in reply to Surrey’s 237 all out at the Kia Oval.
Leicestershire are 309 for six and trail Worcestershire by 11 on first innings on day four at New Road.
At Bristol, Gloucestershire lead Hampshire by 104 on 378 for four on the fourth day.
1pm - Matthew Boyce helps Leicestershire to a third batting point but is then bowled by Shaaiq Choudhry for 29 on the brink of lunch.
@GlosCricket on Twitter: Gloucestershire 376-4, leading by 102. Alex Gidman caught long off for 69 with Vince the successful bowler.
@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: Hopeful of a start on time at Headingley (1.45pm) for Yorkshire v Somerset in YB40. Players out warming up
12:50pm - A straight six from Jonny Bairstow, part of England’s 12-man squad for the first Investec Test with New Zealand, off Bruce Martin takes England Lions ahead of the tourists.
@SurreyCricket on Twitter: Lights are on
12:44pm - Just three overs, during which Warwickshire add 17 without loss to their overnight 267 for five, are possible at Edgbaston before rain intervenes and lunch is taken. Middlesex lead by 144 on first innings.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (284/4) versus the New Zealanders (285) - The covers are coming off, stumps are going back into the ground and players are set to return imminently. The forecast for the rest of the day is not good, however.
12:35pm - Surrey have struck twice in as many overs to limit Durham’s progress. Zander de Bruyn had Scott Borthwick caught behind for 14 and Batty crucially removes Mark Stoneman for 77, leaving Durham 131 for three in reply to 237.
Moeen Ali snares Sarwan for 79, making Leicestershire 287 for five in response to Worcestershire’s 320.
12:22pm - Tomlinson has Klinger caught behind for 163, ending an alliance of 109 with Gidman. Gloucestershire are 337 for three, 63 ahead.
@LeicsCCC on Twitter: UPDATE: Leics 268-4 Sarwan 61*. Need 32 in 7 overs for another batting point
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (284/4) versus the New Zealanders (285) - What a shame! With the Lions just one adrift of their opponents, the covers are coming on as it has started raining.
12:03pm - Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger passes 150 with a four off James Tomlinson not long after Alex Gidman heralds a half-century. Their third-wicket stand is into three figures as Hampshire fall further behind.
@CricketingBears on Twitter: 12.30p.m. start if no more rain
@HantsCricket on Twitter: Glouc have reached 300 and their third batting point. A.Gidman has also got his 50, in 56 balls. 304-2.
11:47am - Leicestershire skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan has a fifty but soon loses Josh Cobb to Shantry for nought. Meanwhile, Durham reach three figures.
11:35am - Ned Eckersley’s fine innings is over as he falls for 122 to Jack Shantry. Leicestershire trail Worcestershire by 75 on first innings with seven wickets left.
Gareth Batty, leading Surrey in the absence of the injured Graeme Smith, takes Durham’s first wicket by trapping Will Smith in front for 27.
Play has begun between Gloucestershire and Hampshire but there is still no action at Edgbaston.
@HantsCricket on Twitter: Play due to start at 11.35. Glouc currently on 284-2 (1st innings). A lead of ten runs.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (234/4) versus the New Zealanders (285) - Well, this wicket hurts a little more. Boult continues to cause problems and gets a feather from James Taylor to another fine delivery, BJ Watling taking the catch.
@SurreyCricket on Twitter: And Stoneman moves to fifty from 53b 7x4....Durham 80-0
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (228/3) versus the New Zealanders (285) - The Lions have lost a wicket quickly - not that it will represent too much of a disappointment. Nightwatchman Chris Wright has gone, edging Trent Boult - in the midst of a good spell - to second slip.
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: With the second ball of the morning @mark26stone bring up the 50 and the 50 partnership between him and @WillSmith_2. Durham 50-0.
11am - There are delayed starts at Edgbaston and Bristol but play has begun at Grace Road, the Kia Oval and New Road.
10:50am - Other breaking news this morning is Russell Domingo has been appointed as the successor to outgoing South Africa coach Gary Kirsten.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (219/2) versus the New Zealanders (285) - I'm back at Grace Road for day three and, much like the previous two, have been greeted by overcast conditions and a little gloom. We should start on time, however.
10:40am - Welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live blog on what has been a busy morning already. England have named a 12-man squad for next week’s first Investec Test with New Zealand and national selector Geoff Miller has spoken about it exclusively to this site.
Today England Lions continue to play the New Zealanders and four LV= County Championship games carry on. Also, Yorkshire face Somerset in the Yorkshire Bank 40. Here are the overnight scores:
England Lions are 219 for two in reply to New Zealand’s 285 all out on day two at Grace Road.
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.