Lions-NZ & County Cricket, May 12: As it happened
7:45pm - Despite rain round the UK, it’s been an interesting day. Here are the scores:
England Lions (444/7) drew with the New Zealanders (285) at Grace Road.
LV= County Championship Division One
Surrey (237 and 164/6) lead Durham (286) by 115 runs after three days at the Kia Oval.
Yorkshire Bank 40
Nottinghamshire Outlaws (132/5 16ov) beat Worcestershire Royals (129/5 15.2ov) by five wickets on D/L at New Road.
Warwickshire Bears versus Sussex Sharks at Edgbaston was abandoned without a ball bowled.
7:47pm - RESULT! Nottinghamshire Outlaws (129/5) beat Worcestershire Royals (132/5) by five wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method at New Road: Steven Mullaney keeps his head to hit Gareth Andrew for a match-winning four in the final over.
Worcestershire’s total always looked on the low side, especially once Hales started to motor. His 41-ball 72 was the difference between the sides.
@WorcsCCC on Twitter: Alex Hales out caught Jack Shantry from the bowling of Moeen Ali for 72 from 41 balls. Steve Mullaney next in.
@TrentBridge on Twitter: Hales hits a six and a four to take the pressure off. Notts now need 8 runs from 12 balls
7:35pm - Nottinghamshire look comfortable as Ed Cowan plunders a huge six off Daryl Mitchell - but the Australian is out to David Lucas in the next over and the visitors still need 19 from 15 balls as Chris Read joins Hales at the crease.
@TrentBridge on Twitter: Notts currently ahead on DL
7:12pm - RESULT! Essex Eagles (217/7) beat Scottish Saltires (158/4) by 59 runs at Edinburgh: Mommsen finishes a very respectable 70 not out, but the run-rate got away from the Saltires after those three early
Notts lose Wessels and Samit Patel, but Hales has passed his half-century as they close in on victory.
7:03pm - It’s not just Hales rocketing along for Notts - who need a revised 127 from their 16 overs - as Riki Wessels hits Brett D’Oliveira’s first two balls for six.
With Hales and Wessels adding 73 in six overs, the visitors need just 53 from 56 balls.
Mommsen matches Coleman’s half-century but, with the pair having added 123, Tim Phillips grabs third wicket to dismiss the latter.
6:45pm - Coleman reaches a fifty from 56 balls, but the Scotland asking rate is now over 18 an over.
They could probably use Alex Hales, who has made 25 from just 10 balls to propel Notts to 28 for one off three overs.
@WorcsCCC on Twitter: Brilliant catch by Samaraweera to dismiss Lumb for 0 off Jack Shantry
6:38pm - Worcestershire have made 132 for five from their 16 overs and the Nottinghamshire reply begins badly as Michael Lumb falls to leave the Outlaws one for one.
At Edinburgh Mommsen and Freddie Coleman are leading a spirited comeback, with the hosts now 110 for three in pursuit of 217 - although they need the remaining 108 runs off just 40 balls.
6:02pm - NO RESULT! Gloucestershire Gladiators versus Middlesex is abandoned: Bad light and drizzle scupper the 10-over game. Both sides stay near the foot of Group C.
Phillips has his second wicket, snaring Richie Berrington for nine, leaving Scotland 27 for three.
Worcestershire versus Nottinghamshire has resumed in a 16-overs-a-side contest.
@GlosCricket on Twitter: Middlesex won the toss and will field against Gloucestershire in ten over game starting at 6pm.
5:38pm - Essex strike in the second and third overs of Scotland’s reply as David Masters has Calum MacLeod lbw first ball and Tim Phillips ousts Matthew Cross.
5:25pm - Play has been abandoned for the day at the Kia Oval with Surrey 164 for six in their second innings, 115 ahead of Durham.
The game at Worcester is due to resume at 5:55pm with Worcestershire to bat for five more overs. A 10-over match between Gloucestershire and Middlesex is set to start at 6pm.
5:12pm - Essex pile up 217 for seven from their maximum of 29 overs versus Scotland. Opening batsman Westley fell for 63 from 65 balls to Preston Mommsen in the penultimate over before Ben Foakes was run out in the last, during which Sajid Mahmood smashed 19 from five Gordon Drummond deliveries.
5:02pm - Essex captain James Foster, who scored 25 of the 26 runs from Dewald Nel’s previous over, falls to Haq for a 15-ball 29. The Eagles are 177 for five with 3.4 overs left.
4:55pm - NO RESULTS! There is no play between Warwickshire Bears and Sussex Sharks at Edgbaston and between Glamorgan and the Unicorns at the SWALEC Stadium: The Welsh county stay top of Group C and their opponents remain winless. Warwickshire and Sussex sit in the middle of Group A.
Rain intervenes at New Road with Worcestershire 64 for five from 11 overs. It’s still raining at the Kia Oval.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: 50 up for Westley coming from 56 balls including 4 x 4! Eagles currently 149-4 Westley 50* Foster 5*
@EssexCricket on Twitter: Greg Smith is caught behind by Cross down the leg side off the bowling of Mommsen for 5
4:37pm - Following a wicketless over, Worcestershire lose two in two. Ball ousts Thilan Samaraweera for five and Patel gets Neil Pinner for two, both lbw. The Royals are 52 for five after nine overs.
Graham Napier, having hit Iqbal for two back-to-back sixes, is trapped in front for 17 by Majid Haq in the next over, leaving Essex 132 for three with 9.3 overs to go.
4:30pm - NO RESULT! Derbyshire Falcons (12/0) versus Lancashire Lightning is abandoned: With only three overs possible at Derby, each side takes a point.
@Gloscricket on Twitter: Glos v Middx. Covers being removed, Inspection 4.45pm.
4:24pm - Moeen proves to be the first of three wickets in three overs at New Road as Samit Patel snares Alexei Kervezee for one and Jake Ball removes Daryl Mitchell for 15. That leaves Worcestershire 45 for three in the sixth over of 25.
Essex reach three figures but soon after lose Jaik Mickleburgh for 22, caught at backward point off Moneeb Iqbal.
4:15pm - Moeen Ali blasts 22 from the first five balls of an Andy Carter over but from its last delivery is caught for 28 at a strike-rate of 200.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: Essex lose their first wicket after Mark Pettini goes for 47 attempting a six with Nel making a superb catch on the boundary rope.
4pm - Essex have begun well in Edinburgh, Mark Pettini and Tom Westley taking them to 57 for nought from the eight powerplay overs.
Worcestershire versus Notts is under way but rain forces the players off at the Kia Oval with just one ball, a Scott Borthwick dot to Gary Wilson, bowled since tea.
3:45pm - Notts have opted to field first against Worcestershire.
3:30pm - RESULT! England Lions (444/7) draw with the New Zealanders (285) at Grace Road: After four rainy days in Leicester the sides shake hands. Ravi Bopara is unbeaten on 42 and Toby Roland-Jones 22. Of the Lions players likely to be involved in the first Investec Test, Joe Root has made the most of this game with his imperious 179. It’s been useful for the tourists too though.
Davies has become Borthwick’s third victim to leave Surrey six down and in deep trouble versus Durham. Tea soon follows at the Kia Oval with the hosts ahead by 115 but having only four wickets left.
@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: _Raining again at Bristol so no toss yet.
3:25pm - Gloucestershire Gladiators and Middlesex Panthers are set to begin a 29-overs-per-side contest at 3:30pm, while Worcestershire Royals and Nottinghamshire Outlaws are due to start at 4pm if the rain holds off.
Scotland Saltires have won the toss and will field first against Essex Eagles, with the action due to begin in the next 10 minutes.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (444/7) versus the New Zealanders (285) - It's raining again I'm afraid. There is some heavy stuff on the way too.
Scott Borthwick has dismissed de Bruyn for 20, but Davies and Gary Wilson take the Surrey lead past 100.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: Covers are off here at The Grange with play due to start at 3:30pm! Players are out warming and the sun has made an appearance
2:53pm - De Bruyn and Davies are doing a useful job for Surrey at the Kia Oval – their partnership is now worth 41 for the fifth wicket, taking the home side’s lead to 79.
@WorcsCCC on Twitter: Worst case scenario the latest we can start is 6pm
2:24pm - The Lions add 11 runs to their total and then yes, you guessed it, rain intervenes again.
2:11pm - There is an improvement in the weather at Grace Road and the Lions are batting again, for the time being at least.
2:05pm - Dear, oh dear ... we now have another shower at Derby, so the players have been brought off with Derbyshire 12 without loss after three overs. How frustrating!
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Chance. Hughes (3*) is dropped at short midwicket by Moore as hosts hit three singles in the over. Derbyshire 7-0 (2 overs)
2pm - Durham build on their good morning with an early-afternoon wicket. Solanki is the man to go, lbw to Paul Collingwood's first delivery. That's what I call a good bowling change by the Durham skipper.
1:51pm - Happily, the rain has cleared again in Derby and play is under way.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (433/7) versus the New Zealanders (285) - Why is it that forecasts are always correct when they're rubbish? It's raining and set to only get worse at Grace Road.
Oh dear... @derbyshireccc on Twitter: I'm afraid it has started to lightly rain again here at TCG and covers have brought back out.
1:41pm - Play has resumed at the Kia Oval, where Vikram Solanki has taken back-to-back fours off Ryan Buckley, but the anticipated rain has arrived at Grace Road.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: Lancashire win toss and will bowl first. Start on time at 1.45pm.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: No news of the toss yet because the weather has delayed it even though the majority of the covers are off. Still a few brollies up tho.
1:23pm - There is pretty depressing news where the Yorkshire Bank 40 is concerned. The game between Derbyshire Falcons and Lancashire Lightning is the only one currently scheduled to start on time at 1:45pm, with rain proving a pest elsewhere.
@GlamCricket on Twitter: Start delayed @SWALECstadium for #yb40 clash v Unicorns
1:05pm - It is lunch in the two first-class fixtures. Here are the scores:
England Lions are 433 for seven on the final day at Grace Road and lead the New Zealanders by 148.
LV= County Championship Division One
Surrey are 65 for three on day three at the Kia Oval, 16 ahead of Durham.
12:57pm - Borthwick will not be denied! He traps the in-form Burns lbw for 38 and that is a huge wicket just before lunch. At 65 for three, Surrey are just 16 ahead.
12:54pm - Burns and Solanki continue to build, although the latter has just survived a strong appeal from Scott Borthwick.
At Grace Road, Ravi Bopara has moved on to 35.
12:41pm - Surrey move into the lead against Durham, for the loss of Roy and Harinath in their second dig. That game is intriguingly poised.
12:23pm - Bracewell bowls a second batsman in as many personal overs, Chris Woakes exiting for a single to leave the Lions 402 for seven. They lead by 117.
12:18pm - The introduction of Mark Wood proves successful for Durham as Arun Harinath falls lbw for 11 in the seamer's first over. Surrey still trail by 12 and are now two down as Vikram Solanki joins Rory Burns.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (400/6) versus the New Zealanders (285) - Well, what a poor showing from Root. He's managed just his third-best score in four innings this summer, the small matter of 179, before being castled by Bracewell. I jest, of course. That was another absolutely cracking effort from the skipper.
12:06pm - There was a brief lull in the Lions fixture following Bairstow's departure, but Bopara has now struck Williamson for six. Root then collects his 25th four and is unbeaten on 177 after scores of 182 and 236 in his previous two first-class knocks. Incredible.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: Raining here in Edinburgh! Make sure you keep everything crossed and pray for sun! #eagles
11:55pm - Thorp and Chris Rushworth are bowling tightly to keep Surrey under pressure.
Ravi Bopara is now alongside Root at Grace Road and got off the mark with a four off Kane Williamson.
11:42am - The New Zealanders claim a much-needed wicket as Bairstow's breezy innings comes to an end. The Yorkshireman is plumb lbw for 68 playing half-forward to Boult.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: It is currently dry at the County Ground and both teams have now arrived. Gates open at 12.15pm, tickets are still available
11:34am - Root certainly appears to be in a hurry this morning. Two more boundaries, off Trent Boult, take the Lions skipper to 167. It is a pity that inclement weather is likely to prevent a push for victory.
11:28am - Durham strike early in Surrey's second innings, Callum Thorp producing a beauty to breach the defence of Jason Roy. The Kia Oval hosts still trail by 38 and will not want to lose another wicket before wiping out their arrears.
The Lions go past 350 as Root and Bairstow collect fours in the same over from Doug Bracewell.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (334/4) versus the New Zealanders (285) - The Yorkies plough on at a now sun-bathed Grace Road. Jonny Bairstow brings up his half-century with a Chinese cut for four, while Joe Root moves beyond 150 via a more orthodox version of the shot.
11:08am - Well, that did not take too long. Batty completes a return of 5-80 by trapping young Buckley lbw for six. Durham are therefore bowled out for 286, giving them a handy lead of 49. Benkenstein finishes unbeaten on 74.
11:05am - Surrey start with spin from both ends as Gary Keedy partners Gareth Batty, the leading bowler on day two. Debutant Buckley, who claimed five wickets in the first innings of this match, is able to defend solidly.
10:57am - It is almost time for the two first-class fixtures to resume. There may be little prospect of a positive result at Grace Road, but Surrey and Durham both have realistic hopes of gaining an LV= County Championship victory. Paul Collingwood's side will aim to extend their lead this morning through last pair Dale Benkenstein and Ryan Buckley.
ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at England Lions (315/4) versus the New Zealanders (285) - I've arrived at Grace Road to, once again, find an overcast scene. The weather is fine for now, although further rain is expected later in the day.
10:40am - In the Yorkshire Bank 40, there are two games in each group – all starting at 1:45pm:
Warwickshire Bears welcome Sussex Sharks to Edgbaston
Worcestershire Royals host Nottinghamshire Outlaws at New Road
Scottish Saltires take on Essex Eagles at the Grange.
Derby stages the match between Derbyshire Falcons and Lancashire Lightning
Gloucestershire Gladiators have a home game against Middlesex Panthers at Bristol
The SWALEC Stadium plays host to Glamorgan versus the Unicorns.
10:20am - Here is a reminder of how things stand in the two ongoing four-day matches:
England Lions 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 at the start of day three at the Kia Oval.
10:15am – Hello and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s latest live blog. We have eight matches to keep an eye on today.
Half a dozen Yorkshire Bank 40 fixtures are set to get under way in the afternoon, while there are two games scheduled to resume at 11am. England Lions and New Zealand enter the final day of their clash at Grace Road and it is day three at the Kia Oval, where Surrey are hosting Durham.