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LV= CC, April 18: As it happened

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Evening Session

7:23pm - Chopra and Ian Westwood have repelled Durham for two overs to end six for none, 67 ahead. Here are the scores around the country:

Warwickshire are six without loss, 67 runs ahead, replying to Durham’s 284 at Edgbaston.
Middlesex are 180 for six replying to Derbyshire’s 231 at Lord’s.
Surrey are 98 for four replying to Somerset for 384 at the Kia Oval.

Leicestershire are 250 for five, replying to Kent’s 406 at Grace Road.
Glamorgan are 235 for seven replying to Worcestershire’s 123 at the SWALEC Stadium.
Essex are 94 for two in their second innings and trail Northamptonshire by 122 runs at Wantage Road.

7:07pm - Callum Thorp is run out to bring Durham's innings to an end on 289, an impressive effort given they were 50 for six at one stage. That earns Warwickshire a 61-run lead in the only game still going on.

7pm - There's plenty happening late in the day; Graham Onions has been caught behind off Jeetan Patel to leave Durham 264 for nine, while it's stumps at Lord's and the Kia Oval, where Middlesex are 180 for six and Surrey 98 for four respectively.

Scott Borthwick

In Division Two, Glamorgan have ended on 235 for seven - a lead of 112 - while Ben Foakes has just departed to Northants' Trent Copeland, leaving Essex 93 for two.

6:47pm - Well, Borthwick's fun has ended; he is caught in the slips by Varun Chopra off Clarke, who somewhat makes amends for his earlier error, for 101 to leave Durham 261 for eight.

What a disappointing end to the day for Leicestershire, who lose Sarwan for 54 in the last over. They end on 250 for five with Boyce unbeaten on 53.

6:29pm - Durham’s revival continues despite the loss of their skipper, and what a gem Borthwick is playing. He has moved on to a second first-class century - and first in the championship - from just 128 balls to leave his side 96 in arrears on 249 for seven. I bet Clarke regrets that drop just before the lower-order batsman moved past 50.

Meanwhile, one of Surrey's championship debutants that is not named Graeme Smith, Vikram Solanki, departs to Jamie Overton for 30 and, next over, Zander de Bruyn falls to Steve Kirby for one. The hosts are 84 for four at the Kia Oval.

How many wickets will veteran seamer Alan Richardson take this season? He has three today having got rid of Graham Wagg for 24. Essex have lost Tom Westley, who clipped David Willey to midwicket for 38.

6:07pm - Glamorgan have moved into a decent position at the SWALEC Stadium, gaining a first batting bonus point by moving past 200 on the back of Jim Allenby’s unbeaten half-century.

Another Division Two side excelling with the bat is Leicestershire, who are 237 for four replying to Kent’s 406. Ramnaresh Sarwan has just moved to fifty, while Matthew Boyce is approaching the landmark.

It would be unfair to not also update on proceedings at Wantage Road; Essex are faring better second time round, reaching 53 for none - still 163 in arrears.

5:56pm - Little happens for a while and then moments like these come along: Collingwood has fallen to Chris Woakes for 74, leaving Durham 203 for seven, and John Simpson has been ousted by Wes Durston for 12 at Lord's.

5:53pm - Derbyshire are back on the wicket trail, Jonathan Clare dismissing Sam Robson for 68 to leave Middlesex 136 for five. Bortwick and Colly go on at Edgbaston, though, taking their partnership beyond 150 and into the record books; it's Durham's highest versus Warwickshire for seventh wicket.

5:35pm - Some news from Sussex, who have announced Jon Filby has been elected as vice-chairman of the board this week after Richard Barrow stepped down following six years in the role.

Meanwhile, back to the cricket itself, Borthwick is punishing Warwickshire having reached a half-century. Durham are 159 for six.

Paul Collingwood

5:30pm - There is not much happening at the moment, although play is set to resume at Wantage Road in five minutes.

5:16pm - Warwickshire undermine their efforts to run through the Durham tail as Rikki Clarke drops Scott Borthwick. The England Lion’s partnership with skipper Paul Collingwood is now beyond three figures; the visitors are 159 for six replying to 345.

Meanwhile, play is finally set to resume at the Kia Oval in just over half an hour with Surrey 66 for two. Elsewhere in London, Sam Robson has passed 50 for Middlesex at Lord's.

In the second tier, we have a new restart time of 5:20pm at Grace Road, while Glamorgan are now 152 for six versus Worcestershire after Gareth Andrew gets rid of Mark Wallace.

4:59pm - Worcestershire have returned fully revitalised from their break and removed Glamorgan’s key man Marcus North, whose demise was brought about by Alan Richardson.

Durham captain Paul Collingwood continues to defy Warwickshire by reaching his half-century while there’s currently no play at either Grace Road or Wantage Road because of the rain.

4:47pm - John Simpson and Sam Robson are back out for Middlesex but Surrey are still waiting to restart their innings against Somerset, as the fielding side’s Twitter feed explains: it's now a 5pm inspection @surreycricket apologies if your fingers are starting to cramp but we need another 20 mins of crossing from you

Afternoon Session

4:37pm - Tea has now been taken in each of the three Division Two clashes, so let’s catch up on the latest scores heading into the day’s final session.

Leicestershire are 197 for four, still 209 runs behind Kent at Grace Road.
Glamorgan have an 11-run advantage over Worcestershire with six wickets in hand at the SWALEC Stadium.
Essex are 26 without loss, trimming Northamptonshire’s lead to 190 runs at Wantage Road.

4:19pm - A couple of updates in the rain-disrupted affairs in the capital. Play is due to restart at half past four at Surrey, while Middlesex hope to get things under way once more 10 minutes later.

Glamorgan and Worcestershire’s second session has come to a close with the hosts 11 runs ahead with six wickets in hand.

The Kia Oval

3:58pm - Crook and Copeland’s last stand is no more! Just one run shy of a team 400, Copeland becomes Tymal Mills’ solitary scalp. Essex will return 216 runs behind, needing a vast improvement from their first-innings showing with the bat.

Glamorgan have moved into a lead against Worcestershire, with Jim Allenby joining the dangerous Marcus North in the middle. In Division One, Durham and Warwickshire have renewed rivalries following their early tea.

3:44pm - The elements are not proving to be as disruptive in the Division Two contests. And after being 171 for eight earlier, Northamptonshire’s tail end is providing the backbone for their big reply. Crook and Copeland remain, on 81 and 63 respectively, and they have compiled a record 10th-wicket alliance for the county which is currently worth 114.

3:40pm - Early teas have been taken at Edgbaston and Lord’s while, elsewhere in London, rain is keeping Surrey and Somerset off the field. So here is the situation in all of today’s Divison One encounters:

Durham are 70 for six, still 275 runs adrift of Warwickshire’s first-innings total at Edgbaston.
Middlesex have reached 91 for four in their reply to Derbyshire’s 231 at Lord’s.
Surrey are 66 for two after earlier dismissing Somerset for 384 at the Kia Oval.

3:18pm - Northants are enjoying somewhat of a topsy-turvy innings at the County Ground. After piecing together a ninth-wicket stand worth 99, Essex are struggling to take the final dismissal with Trent Copeland and Steven Crook both reaching personal half-centuries to stretch their side's lead to 172.

The rain has come to Paul Collingwood's team's rescue as play is stopped at Edgbaston - Durham on 69 for six with their captain occupying the crease.

2:53pm - Well, Durham are really in the mire now. Phil Mustard has fallen lbw to Woakes, with Warwickshire – still 291 ahead – in the ascendancy.

Keaton Jennings & Warwickshire

Ned Eckersley, who was left stranded on 99 last week as rain ruined the final day of Leicestershire’s clash with Hampshire, has fallen for 46 to Kent’s Calum Haggett to leave his side 133 for two.

2:40pm - I'm afraid Derbyshire's charge has been halted, initially by bad light and now rain. London is certainly not enjoying the best of the weather; play has stopped there due to hail and sleet with Surrey 66 for two. I bet Durham wish their game was there given they're now 48 for five, Chris Woakes castling Ben Stokes for 33.

Northants, meanwhile, have lost David Willey but not before he moved to a best first-class score of 76; they are now 299 for nine reply to Essex's 183.

2:25pm - Thrilling scenes in Division One. Durham have lost Keaton Jennings for seven and slipped to 42 for four, Warwickshire's Keith Barker claiming a third wicket. Derbyshire have added another scalp, Tony Palladino bowling Neil Dexter.

In Division Two, play is set to resume at Grace Road at half past two.

2:08pm - There is good news coming from Northampton, where play is set to resume in 12 minutes. Meanwhile, Derbyshire have come out firing after the interval; Mark Turner has now dismissed Dawid Malan to leave Middlesex three down.

2pm - Ah! The rain is starting to have it's say on the day's proceedings. There is no action at Grace Road at the moment, though there will be an inspection at 2:10pm.

Chris Wright & Will Porterfield

However, at the SWALEC Stadium - which has seen its share of inclement weather this morning - Stewart Walters has fallen lbw to Worcestershire's Gareth Andrew to leave Glamorgan 44 for two.

In Division One, Jonathan Clare has ousted Joe Denly for 34 and Middlesex are 72 for two.

1:45pm - Play is under way again around the country, but not at Northampton I'm afraid following rain during the interval.

Morning Session

1:07pm - All six games are now at the lunch interval with Somerset buoyed by the wicket of Arun Harinath with the final ball of the morning session.

Here’s the state of play so far:

Division One

Durham are five for three in reply to Warwickshire’s 345 at Edgbaston.
Middlesex have made 62 for one against Derbyshire, who were earlier dismissed for 231 at Lord’s.
Surrey have lost two wickets for 30 in reply to Somerset’s 384 at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Leicestershire are 96 for one against Kent, who were dismissed for 406 at Grace Road.
Glamorgan reached lunch at 36 for one in reply to Worcestershire’s 123 at the SWALEC Stadium.
Northamptonshire, 280 for eight, have built up a 97-run lead against Essex at Wantage Road.

12:58pm - Another wicket’s fallen at Edgbaston, Dale Benkenstein scoring all five of Durham’s runs prior to his exit. Yet their saving grace may come in the form of the Midlands rain which has forced an early lunch.

At Northamptonshire, after a flurry of wickets, David Willey and Steven Crook are showing some steely resolve in an eighth-wicket alliance currently worth 99.

12:49pm - Durham have lost the first two wickets of their reply without scoring as Barker gets both Mark Stoneman and Will Smith to find Tim Ambrose’s gloves.

Peter Trego & Somerset

They are back on at Glamorgan, meanwhile, where Gareth Andrew has bowled Bragg to give Worcestershire their first breakthrough of the morning.

12:28pm - Somerset are not the only team to make their first breakthrough of the innings. Leicestershire’s opening stand ends at 59 as Thornely departs for 22 while, at Middlesex, Chris Rogers won't be starting the season with a third successive half-century after Groenewald trapped him in front for 16.

12:16pm - Just as I was typing ‘Smith is off the mark’, he is off back to the pavilion; caught at second slip by James Hildreth off Peter Trego for two. Great start for Somerset.

Onions has made light work of Warwickshire’s tail end by accounting for Barker, Jeetan Patel and Chris Wright in the space of 16 runs to dismiss the hosts for 345. Glamorgan and Worcestershire are hoping to get going again at 12:30.

11:55am - Leicestershire’s opening pair Michael Thornely and Niall O’Brien knew they faced an uphill task chasing Kent’s 406, yet they’ve started in positive fashion, helping nudge their side to 39 without loss.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith will take to the crease for the first time as a Surrey player shortly as Somerset have been removed for 384. Elsewhere, Napier continues to hog the headlines at the County Ground. He has taken all three wickets this morning and currently has figures of 6-47, although Northamptonshire have managed to build an eight-run lead.

11:42am - Middlesex have finally broken up Derbyshire’s stubborn 10th-wicket partnership to dismiss the visitors for 231. Tim Groenewald gave wicketkeeper John Simpson his fourth catch of the innings from Tim Murtagh’s bowling.

And I am afraid to say the delayed start at the SWALEC Stadium may have been a false dawn. The covers are on and play has been stopped due to the rain with Glamorgan openers Ben Wright and William Bragg negotiating their way to 12 without loss in reply to Worcestershire’s moderate 123.

11:25am - Milestones aplenty as Jade Dernbach and Napier both claim their fifth wickets in quick succession. The England seamer has added Alfonso Thomas to the quartet of victims he claimed yesterday with one of his typical slower balls leaving Somerset on 363 for nine.

Graeme Smith

Meanwhile, at Essex, It is the Napier-James Foster combination again which has done for James Middlebrook this time to leave Northants still 22 runs behind with three wickets to spare.

11:15am - Thankfully the delayed starts have not lasted too long as we are under way at Glamorgan and Warwickshire. While Glamorgan are beginning their reply to Worcestershire’s 123, Warwickshire have just brought up their 300 with Keith Barker claiming a single off Graham Onions’ opening delivery.

11:05am - And they are off at four of the six contests. However, there will be a slight delay at Glamorgan and at Edgbaston as the County Champions explained via their Twitter feed: Play due to start at Edgbaston at 11.10 a.m.

Essex’s Graham Napier has picked up where he left off yesterday, getting Rob Newton to edge behind from his first ball for the day’s opening wicket.

Pre-Play News

10:45am - Positive news on the weather front. Warwickshire and Worcestershire are, via Twitter, reporting strong winds at their respective games, but both look set to get under way at the scheduled 11 o’clock start time, while the sun has made an appearance at the Kia Oval.

10:20am - There are a number of intriguing subplots at play today. After being upstaged by his compatriot Alviro Petersen on the first day, we are likely to see Graeme Smith bat for the first time in his Surrey career. His team need another two wickets before that can happen, though. And, in Division Two, will the wickets continue to tumble at Northants after 15 fell on an opening day where Graham Napier’s all-round heroics stole the show?

10am - Good morning everyone and welcome to’s live blog coverage on day two of the second round of this year's LV= County Championship games.

Before the action begins at the various windswept grounds, here is a recap of where we are after the first day's play in the half a dozen games.

Division One

Warwickshire are 299 for seven versus Durham at Edgbaston.
Derbyshire are 205 for nine against Middlesex at Lord’s.
Somerset are 344 for eight facing Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Kent are 406 all out against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Glamorgan are none without loss replying to Worcestershire’s 123 all out at the SWALEC Stadium.
Northants are 156 for five replying to Essex’s 183 at Wantage Road.

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