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LV=CC & YB40, May 3: As it happened

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9:47pm - RESULT! Hampshire beat Essex by nine wickets at Chelmsford in the Yorkshire Bank 40: The defending champions romp to victory with 10.2 of their 40 overs left. Vince ends unbeaten on 129 from 93 balls, two runs shy of his List A best. Jimmy Adams was 29 not out.

Here`s a reminder of today`s earlier scorelines from the LV= County Championship:

Division One

Sussex are 416 for seven in reply to Warwickshire’s 453 on day three at the County Ground.
Middlesex are 161 for nine in reply to Surrey’s 338 on day two at Lord’s.

Division Two

Gloucestershire beat Leicestershire by nine wickets in four days at Grace Road.
Lancashire defeated Glamorgan by 14 runs on day three at Colwyn Bay.
Northamptonshire beat Kent by seven wickets in three days at Canterbury.

9:16pm - Vince pulls Sajid Mahmood for his 15th four to go to a stunning century from 71 balls that also included a six. Hampshire are 185 for one in the 23rd over, needing 60 more to win.

8:52pm - Hampshire have settled down since the powerplay overs but still reach 150 in the 16th, by which point they need less than 100 to win. But soon after Carberry is tamely caught and bowled by Napier for 65.

8:30pm - Vince races to a 27-ball fifty as Hampshire`s hundred comes up in the 10th over. Carberry soon goes to a half-century from 33 deliveries. At the end of the batting powerplay the score is 128 for none. Something says this game won`t be tied.

8:09pm - Hampshire are flying at 74 for no wicket after the eight compulsory powerplay overs, immediately after which the batting powerplay is taken. James Vince has 41 and Michael Carberry, who was dropped on 26 by Bopara off Napier, has 30.

7:52pm - Hampshire`s chase has begun and they are 28 without loss after four overs. Incidentally, Essex`s 244 is as many as the Royals made to beat Warwickshire in last year`s final that they won by virtue of losing less wickets.

Adam Wheater & Graham Napier

7:17pm - Essex post 244 for seven versus Hampshire in the YB40 game at Chelmsford: The hosts grab 62 from the powerplay and 57 from the last four overs. Smith was bowled by Chris Wood for 47 from 33 balls and Napier holed out off James Tomlinson from the innings' last delivery for a 29-ball 50. Smith and Napier added 90 in 8.3 raucous overs.

7pm - Napier and Greg Smith have shared a rapid fifty partnership, partly in the powerplay, to boost Essex who are 201 for five with three overs to go.

6:34pm - Essex slip to 143 for five in the 31st over as Ervine traps James Foster in front for five. In-form Graham Napier is the new man.

6:25pm - Quiney has been bowled by Hampshire’s Hamza Riazuddin for 71 from 87 balls and Mark Pettini soon follows to Sean Ervine for 21, leaving Essex 135 for four.

All today’s LV= County Championship action is over, with results in all three Division Two games. Here’s what has happened:

Division One

Sussex are 416 for seven in reply to Warwickshire’s 453 on day three at the County Ground.
Middlesex are 161 for nine in reply to Surrey’s 338 on day two at Lord’s.

Division Two

Gloucestershire beat Leicestershire by nine wickets in four days at Grace Road.
Lancashire defeated Glamorgan by 14 runs on day three at Colwyn Bay.
Northamptonshire beat Kent by seven wickets in three days at Canterbury.

6:12pm - RESULT! Lancashire (123 & 272) have beaten Glamorgan (242 & 139) by 14 runs: The Red Rose county have pulled off a heist at Colwyn Bay where the hosts have lost their last nine wickets for 68 runs. Kerrigan snared Michael Hogan for seven to earn figures of 5-32. Chapple ended with 4-64.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: YOU LITTLE BEAUTY!!! LANCS WIN! Stunning catch by Prince at long-off, Kerrigan five - Hogan goes. Lancs win by 14.

Shortly before stumps at Lord’s Linley traps Finn lbw for three. An over later Middlesex closed on 161 for nine, 177 behind on first innings and in danger of being made to follow on tomorrow.

6:05pm - Glamorgan are nine down and require 16 to win as Kerrigan ousts Dean Cosker for two.

It’s stumps at the County Ground where Sussex are 416 for seven in reply to Warwickshire’s 453. Brown has 82.

5:56pm - Kerrigan strikes again, bowling John Glover for eight, meaning Glamorgan need 21 with two wickets left.

Rob Quiney has a fifty for Essex, who are 96 for two after 22 overs.

Rob Quiney

5:46pm - Bopara has not lasted long. He has been bowled by Briggs for six.

Chapple has struck again, bowling Mark Wallace middle stump for 12. Glamorgan are 129 for seven, needing another 25 to win.'s Matthew Sherry at Middlesex v Surrey - The visitors continue to have it all their own way at Lord's, Gareth Batty and Chris Tremlett the latest to grab wickets. There are just seven overs left as I type, but Middlesex are eight down; can the 'Watford Wall' Steven Finn and Tim Murtagh see out the remaining time?

5:30pm - Glamorgan are in further trouble now as Jim Allenby and Murray Goodwin fall in consecutive overs, respectively to Glen Chapple and Simon Kerrigan. The Welsh county need 43 to win with four wickets left.

The first YB40 wicket of the season has fallen, Tom Westley stumped off Danny Briggs for 34 in a wicket-maiden to leave Essex 67 for one. Ravi Bopara, named in England’s Champions Trophy squad today, is the new man.

Brown has passed 50 as Sussex close in on Warwickshire's first-innings score.'s Matthew Sherry at Middlesex v Surrey - The pendulum has swung decisively in Surrey's favour on the back of some brilliant Jade Dernbach bowling. The paceman ousts Neil Dexter and Paul Stirling with successive deliveries - the latter was perhaps unfortunate to be given lbw with the ball seemingly heading down leg - and Middlesex are now 124 for six responding to 338. All of this in glorious sunshine; cricket can be a funny old game at times.

5:18pm - With the game at Canterbury now done and dusted, and Gloucestershire completing their victory earlier this afternoon, we are left with just three live championship games in addition to the YB40 clash between Essex and Hampshire.

Boyd Rankin has removed Jordan at Edgbaston, caught Varun Chopra for 16, as Warwickshire attempt to earn a first-innings advantage while Surrey have another wicket at Lord's. It’s been slow going for Middlesex and Jade Dernbach has his second victim of the day, Neil Dexter caught by Vikram Solanki for 16.

Glamorgan are wobbling at 108 for four thanks to a double strike from Chapple. First, Bragg was bowled for an entertaining 61 before North edged behind to Gareth Cross. The hosts need 46 more.

@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: Northants WIN again! Another fantastic performance from the lads - keep it up!

5:06pm - RESULT! Kent (217 & 135) lost to Northamptonshire (303 & 105/3) by seven wickets at Canterbury: Hall hits the winning runs as Northamptonshire get over the finish line. Skipper Peters’ first-innings century gave the visitors the advantage before a hugely impressive bowling performance this morning set up the win. Trent Copeland finished with 10 wickets in the game and that’s three wins in a row for Peters’ side. Kent are still waiting for their first success of the season meanwhile.

@EssexCricket on Twitter: Essex 19 without loss after five overs that includes successive fours for Tom Westley off Chris Wood. Westley has 13 and Bobby Quiney six

4:52pm - Sussex have reduced the deficit to below 100 at Edgbaston with Ben Brown, unbeaten on 48, ably supported by Chris Jordan in a 45-run seventh-wicket stand.

Jade Dernbach

Alex Wakely and Andrew Hall have guided Northamptonshire to within 12 runs of victory at Canterbury...

4:44pm - Bragg does indeed bring up a fifty, which featured eight fours and a six, but the hosts lose Stewart Walters just two balls later for five. Marcus North is striding out to the middle needing a further 83 to wrap up victory. Simon Kerrigan was the man to pick up the wicket, lbw, his fifth of the game.

4:39pm - Surrey have their fourth Middlesex wicket as Zander de Bruyn finds the outside edge of Sam Robson’s bat to give wicketkeeper Steven Davies a regulation catch. The hosts have since moved on to 102 for four.

Northamptonshire need 25 to win, while Glamorgan opener Bragg is closing in on a quick-fire fifty at Colwyn Bay.

@hantscricket on Twitter: Congrats to James Tomlinson, who plays his first limited overs match for us since 2010!

4:15pm - Defending champions Hampshire have won the toss against Essex at Chelmsford and chosen to bowl in the first Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture.

4:12pm - Will Bragg has bludgeoned six fours from his opening 18 balls but has lost his opening partner Ben Wright for 14, caught by Karl Brown. James Anderson was the man to take the wicket but Lancashire could really do with the man at the other end returning to the pavilion if they are to have a chance of stealing an improbable victory. Glamorgan need 110 more to win.

4:08pm - Kent have taken two wickets in six balls before tea at Canterbury to dent Northamptonshire’s seemingly serene path to victory. Peters was caught and bowled by Haggett for 37 before David Sales was caught by Daniel Bell-Drummond off Matt Coles for 10. Many a slip between cup and lip, as they say.

Tea is being taken there as Northamptonshire gather their composure, while the refreshments are also being served at Lord’s and Edgbaston.

Here’s a summary of the scores as they stand:

Division One

Sussex are 335 for six in reply to Warwickshire’s 453 on day three at the County Ground.
Middlesex are 92 for three in reply to Surrey’s 338 on day two at Lord’s.

Division Two

Gloucestershire defeated Leicestershire by nine wickets at Grace Road.
Glamorgan are 38 for none in their second innings, needing 116 more to beat Lancashire on day three at Colwyn Bay.
Northamptonshire are 65 for three, needing 39 more to beat Kent on day three at Canterbury

3:55pm - Haggett has removed Northamptonshire opener Kyle Coetzer, caught by James Tredwell for 13. It will just be a consolation for Kent with the away side over halfway in their pursuit of 104.

Lancashire need early wickets and Chapple and James Anderson are the men with the new ball in their hands looking for exactly that. Chapple’s first over has gone for 14, however, as Glamorgan make a positive start.

Graeme Smith, Gareth Batty, Dawid Malan & Jason Roy

3:50pm - After a bit of a collapse earlier in the day, Surrey are mounting somewhat of a comeback. Dawid Malan is the third Middlesex wicket to fall, lbw to Gareth Batty in the off-spinner’s first over for 13, and the visitors are beginning to look in good shape, having posted 338.

Kent appear to be waving the white flag at Canterbury where Northamptonshire are moving along at a rollicking pace towards their victory target, 52 without loss from 13 overs.

Glamorgan’s run-chase is up and running at Colwyn Bay. They have 39 overs plus an optional extra hour to get the job done this evening...

3:38pm - Just as Sussex look as though they are getting a foothold in the game at Edgbaston, Warwickshire strike back with Tom Milnes picking up the wicket of Ed Joyce. The Sussex captain made 42 before diverting the ball into the hands of Woakes. All six of Sussex’s top order made double figures but only Wells made a telling contribution. Still 138 runs behind, the visitors have four wickets remaining.

3:30pm - Hogg adds another run to his score before nicking Glover behind to Mark Wallace. That means Lancashire have been bowled out for 272, leaving Glamorgan requiring 154 runs to win after the tea interval.

Peters has 31 of Northamptonshire’s 35 runs so far as the captain continues to show good form, following up from his first-innings century.

3:20pm - The efforts of Lancashire’s lower order may yet prove to be in vain, but they’ve certainly given themselves a chance of victory now. Gareth Cross and Kyle Hogg put on 63 for the ninth wicket before the Lancashire wicketkeeper succumbed to John Glover for 30. Hogg is still there, unbeaten on 46, and the lead is 152.

Stephen Peters is off to a flyer at Canterbury with 17 from 14 balls, hitting three fours. Northamptonshire’s run target has already been reduced to 83.'s Matthew Sherry at Middlesex v Surrey - It's the umpire's finger that's gone up, but mine that may have done the damage again! Just as I begin to opine on how comfortable Sam Robson and Joe Denly are looking, Jade Dernbach traps the latter lbw for 21; the hosts are now 72 for two.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: 50 STAND: Keep it going lads. Cross and Hogg outstanding so far. 259-8, 140 lead.

3:01pm - Elsewhere, Copeland is celebrating career-best match figures of 10-113 as Kent are bowled out for 135. The Australian seamer claimed the wicket of Mark Davies for seven, caught by Andrew Hall, before Charlie Shreck was bowled by Willey for one. The final four wickets fell for just 18 runs to leave Northamptonshire 104 to win. A superb day’s work from their bowling attack.

Chris Woakes has celebrated his selection in England’s one-day squad by ousting Rory Hamilton-Brown for 18, leg before wicket. With five wickets left to take, Warwickshire will sniff a handy first-innings lead at Edgbaston.

@Gloscricket on Twitter: Congratulations to Michael Klinger on reaching his century!

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Hogg, the aggressor, and Cross are into the 30s for the ninth-wicket. Lead is 121. Hogg 22, Cross 23. Excellent stuff from the pair. 240-8

2:50pm - RESULT! Leicestershire (250 & 217) lost to Gloucestershire (280 & 191/1) by nine wickets at Grace Road: After making just 51 runs from his first four innings, Gloucestershire skipper Klinger will be delighted to guide his team home with an unbeaten century. On 99 not out with one run needed, the Australian chopped Shiv Thakor through backward point to the boundary rope. A seemingly tricky fourth-innings run-chase has been achieved with ease. A classy performance from Klinger.

2:38pm - A double strike for Northamptonshire has left Kent deep in the mire. Calum Haggett edged behind to David Murphy for 12 to give Copeland his ninth wicket of the game before Jones was adjudged lbw to David Willey on 57. A 47-run partnership between the pair had given the hosts hope but, with a lead of just 87, Northamptonshire are closing in on victory. The away side have been wholly dominant so far today.

Klinger requires four runs for a century, while Gloucestershire need seven for victory...'s Matthew Sherry at Middlesex v Surrey - I had planned to update you saying the hosts were off to a fine start replying to Surrey's 338. Well, Zander de Bruyn has put paid to that idea, castling Chris Rogers via an inside edge for 21; the Australian had looked in good nick having unfurled a couple of glorious drives.


2:17pm - In characteristic fashion, Prior was getting on top of the Warwickshire attack with 42 runs from 40 balls. That was until Chris Wright found his outside edge and Tim Ambrose took a simple catch behind the stumps. Sussex still trail by 201 runs.

Gloucestershire need 30 more runs to win at Grace Road with captain Michael Klinger showing the way on 80 not out. The Australian will need some unselfish support from Dan Housego to get to a ton.

Jones has a half-century from 72 balls, with eight fours, to give Kent a lead of 80.

2:13pm - No news is good news for Lancashire but, after a 44-run stand for the eighth wicket, Glen Chapple has gone for 26. Four fours and a six from the captain had given the visitors a timely boost but he has been caught by John Glover at mid-on off Michael Reed. Lancashire lead by 89 with two wickets remaining.

Geraint Jones is building an innings of great importance at Canterbury to edge Kent out of danger. He’s 40 not out but will need plenty more to give Northamptonshire a testing target.

No problems thus far for Middlesex as Jade Dernbach and Chris Tremlett probe for early wickets.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: SIX! Chapple over cover off Hogan takes the score to 201-7 in early stages of afternoon. New ball taken immediately after lunch.

@Gloscricket on Twitter: Looks like our Captain is eager to finish this match. He’s on 73* and has hit 12 x 4’s and 1 x 6 so far! #runchase

1:40pm - So, after taking six wickets for 64 runs this morning to dismiss Surrey, Middlesex have all the momentum heading into the afternoon session. Elsewhere in Division One, Sussex will need to bounce back from the loss of Wells with Matt Prior a useful man to have coming in at number five.

Gloucestershire need just 59 more runs to earn victory at Grace Road but they have lost Dent to the final ball before lunch, lbw to Naik for 71.

Lancashire need their tail to wag quite prodigiously to make a game of things at Colwyn Bay as do Kent at Canterbury.

1:06pm - It's lunch everywhere now, including at Lord's after Chris Rogers took an outstanding catch at short cover to oust Jade Dernbach and dismiss Surrey for 338. In Division Two, Steven Crook fell just before the interval to leave Kent in further trouble.

Here are the scores:

Division One

Sussex are 218 for three in reply to Warwickshire’s 453 after day three at the County Ground.
Surrey are 338 all out against Middlesex on day two at Lord’s.

Division Two

Gloucestershire are 129 for one in their second innings, needing 59 more to beat Leicestershire on the last day at Grace Road.
Lancashire are 184 for seven, trailing Glamorgan by 15 runs on day three at Colwyn Bay.
Kent are 71 for six, 39 ahead of Northamptonshire on day three at Canterbury.

Toby Roland-Jones

@kentcricket on Twitter: Wicket. Tredwell* lbw b Crook 0. Kent 56/5.'s Matthew Sherry at Middlesex v Surrey - After a busy morning on the website, I have finally arrived at a sun-bathed Lord's. It has, thus far, been a good day for the hosts, who have just benefited Nelson himself; Chris Tremlett has departed to leave the score on 333 for eight, Gary Wilson remaining on 26.

12:37pm - Ah, what a shame! Wells fall four shy of a deserved century, seeing his off stump uprooted by a Rankin yorker. Sussex are 187 for three responding to Warwickshire's 453.

@kentcricket on Twitter: Powell has retired hurt. Tredwell comes on. Kent 54/4 after 23 overs

@SussexCCC on Twitter: Wells survives a big appeal from Boyd Rankin and moves onto 91. Sussex are 181 for 2

12:25pm - John Glover has removed Katich for 65, caught by Wallace, to leave Glamorgan well on top with Lancashire only 45 runs ahead. Three more wickets for the hosts and they could be readying themselves for a straight-forward run-chase.

Speaking of which, Gloucestershire are making light work of things at Grace Road. They are 98 without loss needing just 93 more to secure their win. Superb effort from the openers this morning.

Copeland has his eighth wicket of the game at Canterbury with David Murphy taking the catch behind the stumps to dismiss Nash for 14.

Gareth Batty has lasted just eight deliveries before Paul Stirling accounted for his wicket at Lord's, caught by Chris Rogers for four off a leading edge.

12:18pm - Steven Croft, dropped earlier this morning by Stewart Walters, has run out of luck. He’s edged Michael Reed through to wicketkeeper Mark Wallace for 18 to leave Lancashire perilously placed on 154 for six. That is just a 35-run lead.

Geraint Jones has hit Copeland for successive fours to give Kent some much-needed impetus. At Lord’s, de Bruyn has nicked off to wicketkeeper John Simpson for a patient 34 to give Toby Roland-Jones his 13th wicket of the season.

Michael Yardy has gone for 32 against Warwickshire, with Boyd Rankin inducing the edge behind to Tim Ambrose, bringing Sussex skipper Ed Joyce out to the middle. Joyce and Wells ominously put on 200 for the third wicket at the Kia Oval last week...

12:08pm - It’s taken Dent just 68 balls to bring up his 50 with Klinger playing second fiddle on 17 at the other end at Grace Road. Leicestershire need a breakthrough, quickly. Spin duo Claude Henderson and Jigar Naik are the pair straining to break the deadlock.

Wells is closing in on his second century in as many games at Edgbaston...

Zander de Bruyn

11:59am - After the early loss of Davies this morning, Surrey have moved on to 300 for five, with Zander de Bruyn and Gary Wilson at the crease.

Further bad news for Kent fans as Bell-Drummond departs, run out for four. Pressure really starting to build on the home side. They are effectively two for three.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Croft handed a life on 9. Stewart Walters drops a tough chance high to his left at second slip off Reed. 140-5

11:45am - The Gloucestershire opening pair have put on 50 for the first wicket and given themselves the perfect start. The same can’t be said of Kent who need Brendan Nash and Daniel Bell-Drummond to grab the initiative back in their favour.

Katich has reached his half-century at Colwyn Bay, where Lancashire have a lead of 18. The Australian left-hander now has three fifties from four innings for the Red Rose this season but the visitors could do with him bringing up three figures to give them a shot at victory.

11:32am - Copeland has really burst out of the traps this morning, this time claiming the wicket of Rob Key, lbw for nine. It is still only day three at Canterbury so the hosts, who still trail by 17, will need to look to bat the day otherwise Northamptonshire will begin to fancy their chances.

There have been no early alarms for Dent and Klinger at Grace Road...

11:20am - We have plenty of early action: In Division One, Steven Davies falls lbw to Tim Murtagh for 24 to leave Surrey 274 for five versus Middlesex.

In Division Two, Lancashire lose nightwatchman James Anderson, bowled by Jim Allenby, to be 105 for five – still 14 behind Glamorgan.

Meanwhile, Kent's second innings versus Northamptonshire starts badly, Trent Copeland trapping Sam Northeast lbw to leave the the hosts 12 for one, still 20 in arrears.

10:59am - With the players set to take the field imminently, there is an intriguing day’s play in prospect.

At Grace Road, Gloucestershire need 172 runs to complete their victory against Leicestershire. Michael Klinger and Chris Dent took the visitors to 16 without loss overnight and will be looking to continue their good start this morning.

Simon Katich will lead Lancashire’s rescue mission at Colwyn Bay while Kent will be hoping to set Northamptonshire a tough final-innings run-chase.

In Division One, in-form Luke Wells is the key man in Sussex’s attempt to surpass Warwickshire’s 453 and at Lord’s, while Surrey are set for a substantial first-innings total versus Middlesex at Lord's.

10:49am - The big news so far today is that England have named their squad for the upcoming NatWest one-day international series against New Zealand and the ICC Champions Trophy.

Of the 15-man squad announced, Warwickshire trio Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell and Chris Woakes, Middlesex's Steven Finn and Lancashire's James Anderson will all be in action today.

10:32am - Good morning and welcome to’s live blog coverage of the LV= County Championship and the first Yorkshire Bank 40 game as holders Hampshire face Essex at Chelmsford from 4:40pm. Here are yesterday’s championship scores:

Division One

Durham beat Nottinghamshire by six wickets at Trent Bridge.
Yorkshire defeated Derbyshire by an innings and 39 runs at Headingley.
Sussex are 129 for one in reply to Warwickshire’s 453 after day two at the County Ground.
Surrey are 267 for four against Middlesex following the first day at Lord’s.

Division Two

Gloucestershire are 16 for no wicket in their second innings, needing 172 more to beat Leicestershire on the last day at Grace Road.
Lancashire are 104 for four, trailing Glamorgan by 15 runs after two days at Colwyn Bay.
Kent are six without loss, 26 behind Northamptonshire at the end of day two at Canterbury.

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