LV=CC, April 11: As it happened

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Evening Session

7:10pm - Play is finally complete on day two of the LV= County Championship season, one hampered by rain at many of the eight grounds in question. Here are the close-of-play scores:

Division One

Durham are 92 for eight in their second innings, 210 ahead of Somerset at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Yorkshire are 27 for one in their second innings, 233 behind Sussex at Headingley.
Middlesex are 297 for six in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 278 at Trent Bridge.
There was no play today at Edgbaston where Warwickshire are 14 for none in reply to Derbyshire’s 226.

Division Two

Leicestershire are nought without loss, 311 behind Hampshire, following on at the Ageas Bowl.
Lancashire are 42 without loss in reply to Worcestershire’s 334 at Emirates Old Trafford.
Essex are 30 for two in reply to Gloucestershire’s 409 for five declared at Chelmsford.
Northamptonshire are 145 for five in reply to Glamorgan’s 134 all out at the SWALEC Stadium.

7pm - Leicestershire openers Michael Thornely and Niall O’Brien each play out a maiden before stumps are drawn at the Ageas Bowl where Hampshire lead by 311.

6:45pm - Leicestershire’s last pair, Matthew Hoggard and Alex Wyatt, were holding out until Tomlinson had Hoggard caught at third slip for 18. The visitors to the Ageas Bowl are all out for 143, 311 less than Hampshire’s first effort. Tomlinson took 4-23. Leicestershire have been asked to follow on and will have to face two overs tonight.

Lancashire versus Worcestershire is done for the day with the hosts 42 for no loss on first innings, 292 in arrears.

6:30pm - It’s stumps at the Emirates Durham ICG where the hosts are 92 for eight in their second innings, 210 ahead. There have been 28 wickets in two days at the venue for the fourth Ashes Test.

The only two grounds where there is still play are Emirates Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl.

Worcestershire’s Richard Jones Richard on Twitter: ‘Disappointing to be leaving Old Trafford early. 4 days of rehab and hopefully be right for next week. Bring back a win lads’.

Michael Thornely

6:20pm - Play is over for the day at Chelmsford where Essex are in a spot of bother at 30 for two in reply to Gloucestershire’s 409 for five declared.

Hampshire have taken two wickets in three balls to leave Leicestershire 118 for nine. Danny Briggs trapped Ollie Freckingham lbw and Wood had Jigar Naik caught behind.

Lancashire opening batsmen Paul Horton and Luke Procter are digging in as they respond to Worcestershire’s 334 all out.

Here’s a Tweet from Nottinghamshire’s Ajmal Shahzad: ‘Received my 1st XI cap @TrentBridge. Feel honored and privileged to be part of Nottinghamshire CCC history’.

6pm - Leicestershire are teetering at 114 for seven, responding to Hampshire’s 454 for seven declared, after Chris Wood traps Shiv Thakor plumb in front and Ervine bowls Matthew Boyce for 21.

Stumps have been drawn at Trent Bridge where Middlesex and Simpson are well placed on 297 for six and 77 not out respectively. Nottinghamshire trail by 19 on first innings.

Fuller has another wicket, that of Ben Foakes. Soon after the players are off for bad light with Essex 30 for two following Gloucestershire’s declaration on 409 for five.

5:45pm - Leicestershire are in trouble as captain Ramnaresh Sarwan plays across a straight Sean Ervine ball to be bowled for 25 and leave his side 97 for five, 357 behind Hampshire on first innings.

Play at Trent Bridge has been delayed by bad light with Middlesex 297 for six, 19 in front. Simpson is 77 not out and Ollie Rayner yet to score.

Gloucestershire’s declaration has paid an early dividend with James Fuller bowling Rob Quiney, making Essex 11 for one in reply to 409 for five.

Bad light has also forced the players off at the Emirates Durham ICG where the hosts are 92 for eight in their second innings for a lead of 210.

5:30pm - Gloucestershire have declared on 409 for five, with Benny Howell unbeaten on 37 and Will Gidman 10. Essex now face a tricky period at the start of their first innings.

Play has been abandoned for the day at Headingley where Yorkshire closed their second innings on 27 for the loss of Alex Lees, 233 behind after Sussex made 356 all out.

Durham are 77 for eight in their second dig, 195 ahead, as Jamie Overton has Callum Thorp caught behind.

At Trent Bridge Berg has gone for 43, trapped in front to be Fletcher’s third wicket. Middlesex are therefore 291 for six, 13 to the good on first innings.

Sam Wood & Andy Carter

5:15pm - Worcestershire’s tail has folded at Emirates Old Trafford where Luke Procter snares Andrew for 52 and David Lucas either side of Chapple bowling Chris Russell. Procter finishes with 4-58 as the visitors are dismissed for 334.

Somerset’s Thomas has a third innings wicket as Scott Borthwick is caught in the slips to leave the hosts 68 for seven, 186 in front.

Middlesex have a first-innings lead over Nottinghamshire with Simpson and Gareth Berg sharing an unbroken century alliance.

4:50pm - Dan Housego is out for a career-best 150, lbw to Essex’s Ravi Bopara, but Gloucestershire are 378 for five at Chelmsford.

Durham have slipped to 55 for six in their second innings versus Somerset as Alfonso Thomas has Ben Stokes caught behind for 22. The hosts lead by 172 at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Worcestershire’s Mitchell is out for 74, caught behind off Glen Chapple, but Andrew soon reaches a fifty.

Meanwhile Hampshire’s Tomlinson has a third wicket, Josh Cobb lbw, so Leicestershire are 64 for four.

4:40pm - Good news from Emirates Old Trafford where play has resumed with Worcestershire going well in their first innings versus Lancashire. They are 305 for six with Daryl Mitchell on 69 and Gareth Andrew 41.

At Trent Bridge John Simpson has an unbeaten fifty for Middlesex, who are closing in on Nottinghamshire’s first-innings 278 all out. He is currently on 62.

James Tomlinson has struck in consecutive overs, bowling Michael Thornely and Ned Eckersley. That has left Leicestershire 52 for three in response to Hampshire’s 454 for seven declared.

Bad news from Andrew Hall on Twitter at the SWALEC Stadium, where play has been abandoned for the day with Northamptonshire 145 for five in reply to Glamorgan’s 134: ‘Water got in under the covers, a blocked drain. Square wet and raining again. #wetwetwet’

Afternoon Session

4:24pm - Somerset are making a real fist of things at Durham where Paul Collingwood is the fifth wicket to fall, dismissed lbw by Thomas for 11 with the score on 48. The players are now taking tea.

John Simpson and Gareth Berg are building a useful partnership for Middlesex at Trent Bridge while Housego is nearing 150 for Gloucestershire.’s Chris Devine at Warwickshire (14/0) v Derbyshire (226 all out): Play is officially suspended for the day at Edgbaston. How frustrating!

4:11pm - A breakthrough has now been made at Chelmsford where Ravi Bopara is the man who has ended Gloucestershire’s serene progress. Marshall is the wicket to fall, caught by Rob Quiney for 149. The right-handed New Zealander was at the crease for just over five hours, hitting 19 fours and one six in a 280-run partnership with Housego.

In addition to Headingley, there is also no play currently at Emirates Old Trafford, Edgbaston or the SWALEC Stadium.

Alex Hales, Luke Fletcher, Samit Patel & Michael Lumb

4:06pm - Hampshire have dismissed both Leicestershire openers with Michael Thornley bowled by James Tomlinson for one. Ramnaresh Sarwan arrives in the middle with the visitors still 411 runs behind.

Tea is being taken at Trent Bridge while there is no sign of a wicket for Essex at Chelmsford.

Bad light and rain have halted play at Headingley.

3:55pm - Leicestershire began their reply in positive fashion before losing Niall O’Brien for 14. They are 39 for one after 12 overs.

Yorkshire have taken tea on 27 for one while Middlesex are 61 runs behind Nottinghamshire with five wickets remaining on 217 for five.

Ben Stokes and Paul Collingwood are offering resistance for Durham and at Chelmsford, Housego and Marshall continue to press on with a 268-run unbeaten stand for the fourth wicket.’s Chris Devine at Warwickshire (14/0) v Derbyshire (226 all out): We have another inspection pencilled in for 4:10pm. If all is well, we will then look to start at 4:30pm. Young Warwickshire batsman Sam Hain has just marched across the outfield wearing a vest; he’s braver than me.

3:31pm - Somerset have wrestled the initiative at the Emirates Durham ICG with Dale Benkenstein caught behind by Craig Kieswetter off Steve Kirby for eight. Durham lead by 140 runs with six second-innings wickets remaining.

Yorkshire have been unable to get to tea with all 10 wickets intact. Alex Lees was caught by Jordan off Magoffin for four, with the hosts still 256 runs in arrears.

3:24pm - Nottinghamshire continue to make important inroads into the Middlesex batting order with Robson now dismissed for 76, caught behind by Chris Read off Luke Fletcher.

As the rain begins to pour at Edgbaston there is still no sign of play at Emirates Old Trafford or the SWALEC Stadium, but there is action at Chelmsford where Dan Housego and Hamish Marshall will be looking to build on their overnight centuries.’s Chris Devine at Warwickshire (14 without loss) v Derbyshire (226 all out): More rain now at Edgbaston. I fear we won't see any play today.

3:08pm - Yorkshire’s overdue fightback is picking up steam with Sussex bowled out for 356. Brooks picked up two more wickets with Steve Magoffin caught at slip by Gary Ballance for 11 and Brown seeing his middle stump uprooted for 93. Brooks finished with figures of 4-76 while Ryan Sidebottom claimed the final wicket of Monty Panesar, lbw for one, to finish with 4-72.

Wickets are also tumbling at the Emirates Durham ICG where Somerset have made the perfect response to a poor batting performance. Mark Stoneman, Will Smith and Keaton Jennings have all succumbed to Peter Trego, leaving the hosts 16 for three.

Ollie Freckingham

It’s nip and tuck at Trent Bridge where Middlesex are 170 for four in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 278. Neil Dexter is the latest man dismissed, bowled by Andre Adams for seven.

Hampshire meanwhile have declared on 454 for seven with Wheater unbeaten on 56. Chris Wood was dismissed for 28 off 24 balls before Jimmy Adams called his players to the pavilion.

2:45pm - Sussex were coasting at 318 for five before Jack Brooks claimed two wickets in two balls for Yorkshire. First, Ed Joyce was caught in the slips by Adam Lyth before Chris Jordan was trapped lbw for a golden duck. The hat-trick ball was kept out by Brown, who will now need the support of the lower order to reach a century. Joyce fell eight runs short of a hundred with 16 boundaries in his 140-ball innings.

At the Ageas Bowl, Vince’s fine knock has come to an end with Shiv Thakor taking the catch in the deep off Ollie Freckingham. Hampshire are now 431 for six.

Rain has given Northamptonshire a breather as they seek to repair their faltering innings against Glamorgan.’s Chris Devine at Warwickshire (14 without loss) v Derbyshire (226 all out): Alas and alack; the umpires have decided the light is not yet fit for play. With further rain forecast this evening, we can only hope it brightens up soon. For the moment, it’s 2012 all over again at Edgbaston, with the players consigned to the pavilion. I wonder if anyone else in the press box fancies a game of 'I Spy'?

2:28pm - Durham have wrapped up the tail against Somerset with Rushworth finishing with figures of 6-58. Graham Onions claimed 4-41 with Buttler offering lone resistance with 35. The visitors were dismissed for 132.

Glamorgan have made a double breakthrough with Rob Newton out lbw for 39 and opener Stephen Peters caught for 67 by Stewart Walters. Both wickets were claimed by Jim Allenby, leaving Northamptonshire on 145 for five.

Middlesex have suffered a further setback with Dawid Malan dismissed by Ajmal Shahzad for six.

Runs have been easier to come by at Headingley where Sussex are now 313 for five with Ben Brown reaching a sprightly half-century in just 77 minutes.

James Vince and Adam Wheater have brought up a century partnership as Hampshire pass 400. Vince continues to plunder the Leicestershire attack on 148 while Wheater is 43 not out in his debut innings for the hosts.’s Chris Devine at Warwickshire (14 without loss) v Derbyshire (226 all out): We might get some play here as early as 2:40pm. It has now stopped raining, but the umpires want to assess things again with the covers removed, as light from the floodlights was reflecting off the sheets during their last inspection. Fingers crossed...

2:01pm - Somerset’s attempts to edge closer to Durham’s 250 rest firmly on the shoulders of Jos Buttler after Chris Rushworth picked up his fourth wicket of the innings with Alfonso Thomas departing for nine, leaving the visitors on 105 for seven.

Sussex have picked up their fifth point of the match after passing 250 at Headingley. Northamptonshire can now start building a first-innings lead after surpassing Glamorgan’s 134 for the loss of three wickets while James Vince has recorded the highest individual total of the season so far, currently unbeaten on 128.

1:42pm - Good news from the SWALEC Stadium where play has started for the day with Northamptonshire fast approaching Glamorgan’s 134.

Adam Wheater

The covers are back on at Emirates Old Trafford, no action yet at Chelmsford or Edgbaston, but we’re back underway in all of the four other games.

Sam Robson will have enjoyed his lunch after reaching a half-century moments before the interval at Trent Bridge. Sussex and Hampshire are eyeing up big first innings totals, while Durham will be looking to clean up the Somerset tail at the Emirates Durham ICG.

@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Still gloomy and wet - amateur forecasters in the press box are suggesting a dry weather window between 2 and 4...

Morning Session

1:06pm - Rushworth has torn through the Somerset middle-order, clean bowling Alex Barrow before having Peter Trego caught by Scott Borthwick the next ball. Alfonso Thomas keeps out the hat-trick delivery, but the visitors are in real trouble now at 92 for six.

Worcestershire continue to make steady progress, passing the 300-mark with four wickets still remaining as they come through the morning session unscathed.

James Vince remains unbeaten on 116 not out as Hampshire close in on an imposing first-innings total against Leicestershire.

Here are all the scores at lunch:

Division One

No play at Edgbaston where Warwickshire remain 14 without loss in reply to Derbyshire’s 226.
Middlesex 122 for two in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 278 at Trent Bridge.
Sussex 236 for five in reply to Yorkshire’s 96 all out at Headingley.
Somerset 92 for six in reply to Durham’s 250 all out at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Division Two

Worcestershire 301 for six against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Hampshire 365 for five versus Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl.
No play at the SWALEC Stadium with Northamptonshire 108 for three in reply to Glamorgan’s 134 all out.
No play at Chelmsford with Gloucestershire 300 for three against Essex.

12:47pm - Sussex captain Ed Joyce is leading by example, reaching his half-century from 86 balls at Headingley.

Paul Collingwood has claimed his second catch of the day at the Emirates Durham ICG with Kieswetter dismissed by Chris Rushworth for 21. Somerset are still 164 runs behind Durham’s first innings total on 86 for four.

Joe Denly was at the crease for just eight minutes before Luke Fletcher had the right-hander lbw for a duck. A mini-wobble for Middlesex who have lost two wickets for just one run.

James Vince

12:38pm - Azeem Rafiq has claimed his first wicket of the season with his very first ball as Gatting sees his miscued drive over the top caught by Jack Brooks at extra cover. Ben Brown hits his first ball for four to bring up Sussex’s first batting point as they pass 200.

Nottinghamshire have made a breakthrough at Trent Bridge with Ajmal Shahzad trapping Chris Rogers lbw for 50. The visitors are 106 for one.

Elsewhere, the covers are off at Hampshire and Lancashire.’s Chris Devine at Warwickshire (14/0) v Derbyshire (226 all out): Still no play at Edgbaston. Dominic Cork, the former Derbyshire seamer here in a broadcasting capacity for Sky Sports, has just trooped onto the outfield with an umbrella under his arm to have a chat with the groundstaff.

12:30pm - With the players leaving the field at the Ageas Bowl, there’s currently no action in Division Two.

That means all eyes are on Division One, where batsmen are having the best of it at Headingley and Trent Bridge. Yorkshire’s solitary wicket-taker Liam Plunkett has just been hit for six by Joe Gatting as Sussex establish a 100-run lead. Rogers and Robson have brought up their century partnership for Middlesex while Buttler and Kieswetter have seen off Onions’ opening spell in the game between Durham and Somerset.

hantscricket on Twitter: Off for light rain again. Vince (104*) rightly receives applause on his way off; Wheater (7*) stands back to allow him to do so. Hants 332-5

12:13pm - Still no sign of play at Edgbaston, Chelmsford and the SWALEC Stadium. Daryl Mitchell and Gareth Andrew’s progress for Worcestershire has also been interrupted by the weather at the Emirates Old Trafford. They added 58 runs for the seventh wicket before the rain came.

12:06pm - Yorkshire have picked up their first wicket of the day with Rory Hamilton–Brown dismissed lbw for 26 by Liam Plunkett. That's Plunkett’s maiden championship wicket for his new county and a much-needed breakthrough for the hosts with Sussex having added 51 to their overnight score.

Here’s a recent bonus-point update from @LancsCCC on Twitter: ‘That's end of 110th over bowled by White, Worcs now 270-6 so both teams claiming 2 bonus points. 50 p'ship between Mitchell 55* & Andrew 26*’

12:01pm - James Vince is the first centurion of the day as he brings up his ton with a boundary off the wicketless Shiv Thakor. Hampshire are 326 for five, a great effort considering they lost two wickets before scoring a run yesterday morning.

Chris Rogers and Sam Robson have made a solid start at Trent Bridge with an unbeaten 50-run opening stand for Middlesex. Onions has picked up his third wicket of the morning with Hildreth falling for 18 and Somerset are 39 for three as Jos Buttler comes to the crease.

11.50am - Don't forget to watch highlights from all of yesterday's matches, from Chris Jordan's six-for to Hamish Marshall's hundred - click here for the ECB Video page.

11:43am - Onions is really in the groove this morning, claiming the wicket of Arul Suppiah in his next over, caught by Paul Collingwood at first slip. Craig Kieswetter and James Hildreth will need to lead a recovery with the visitors 28 for two.

Sam Robson

The players have returned to the field at the Ageas Bowl and Leicestershire have made an immediate breakthrough. Matthew Hoggard has broken through Sean Ervine’s defences to end the 158-run stand. Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell seems to have shaken off his illness as he has brought up his half-century against Lancashire.

11:28am - Worcestershire have started in positive fashion at Emirates Old Trafford with Gareth Andrew planting Simon Kerrigan into the stands. That’s the only place you’ll find live action in Division Two at the moment. Somerset have been dealt an early blow at Emirates Durham ICG with Graham Onions having Marcus Trescothick caught by Ben Stokes for six.

11:16am - Hampshire have passed 300 to pick up their third batting point against Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl with James Vince and Sean Ervine bringing up their 150 partnership for the fifth wicket. Rain has prevented the pair from making further progress however, with the players leaving the field as the covers come on.’s Chris Devine at Warwickshire (14/0) v Derbyshire (226 all out): It does not look particularly promising here at present. However, the showers are far from heavy, so it should not take long to get the players on if the clouds clear.

11:10am - The covers are on at Edgbaston as light rain halts Warwickshire’s attempts to close in on Derbyshire’s 226. The weather conditions have also prevented play getting underway between Glamorgan and Northamptonshire at the SWALEC Stadium. Also in Division Two, rain has delayed the start at Chelmsford for Essex's meeting with Gloucestershire.

We’re up and running at all the other grounds.

Pre-Play News

10:50am - Things were pretty evenly matched at Emirates Old Trafford yesterday, where Worcestershire battled to 227 for six against Lancashire. After play, Red Rose all-rounder Wayne White said: "If we can get two wickets in the first half hour and then hopefully run through the tail then under 275 is a good chance."’s Chris Devine at Warwickshire (14/0) v Derbyshire (226 all out): I’m afraid the covers are on at a murky Edgbaston. Looks like we could have a delayed start, and I expect rain/bad light will also intrude on a number of the other fixtures today. Boo!

10:25am - Before we get on to today’s action, here’s a quick summary of the scores from day one.

Division One

Warwickshire 14 without loss in reply to Derbyshire’s 226 at Edgbaston.
Middlesex 12 without loss in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 278 at Trent Bridge.
Sussex 104 for three in reply to Yorkshire’s 96 all out Sussex at Headingley.
Durham 250 all out versus Somerset at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Division Two

Worcestershire 227 for six against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Hampshire 286 for four versus Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl.
Northamptonshire 108 for three in reply to Glamorgan’s 134 all out at the SWALEC Stadium.
Gloucestershire 300 for three against Essex at Chelmsford.

10:18am - Morning everyone. Isn’t it good to have county cricket back once again? The second day of the season will soon be under way and we will be bringing you news from each of the eight games in the LV= County Championship.

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