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County Cricket, May 4: As it happened

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6:57pm - That’s that then. The day’s cricket ends when David Payne hits Williams straight to cover, ensuring Gloucestershire end 174 all out to be defeated by 115 runs against Leicestershire in the Yorkshire Bank 40.

6:42pm - They have also reached the close at Lord's with Middlesex 238 for two versus Surrey on the back of fine efforts from Robson and Rogers, who finishes 131 not out. The hosts now lead by 111 runs.

Gloucestershire are now nine down and headed for a heavy defeat.

6:31pm - Oh, Chesney! The opener falls to leave Derbyshire 24 for one versus New Zealand, Neil Wagner claiming the first breakthrough to herald stumps.

At Lord's, Joe Denly has been dismissed by Jade Dernbach, while Gloucestershire have lost a further wicket and are now 132 for eight chasing 290 in the only YB40 contest.

BJ Watling

6:05pm - Magical from the man of the moment, Chesney Hughes! Having faced 16 dot balls, he gets off the mark by pulling Doug Bracewell for six! Derbyshire are 18 without loss after eight overs.

If only Gloucestershire were enjoying similar success; they are now 95 for seven having lost Ian Cockbain and Gareth Roderick, both bowled by centurion Cobb.

5:48pm - There's still plenty happening in the three games. New Zealand have declared on 289 for five versus Derbyshire, Watling finishing on 77 not out.

Surrey have finally claimed a wicket at Lord's, Robson edging Zander de Bruyn behind for 129 with the score on 259.

In the sole YB40 clash, Gloucestershire are even further in the mire following the departure of Benny Howell for 10.

5:20pm - Things go from bad to worse for Gloucestershire as skipper Michael Klinger is run-out by some smart Matthew Boyce work.

5:11pm - What an effort from Middlesex's openers; Rogers and Robson roll on, and on! They have each reached centuries to leave their side 210 without loss, 38 runs ahead of Surrey.

Gloucestershire, meanwhile, have made far from the desired start chasing 290 versus Leicestershire, Hamish Marshall, Chris Dent and Alex Gidman falling cheaply. Marshall was trapped lbw by Robbie Williams, Dent run out and Gidman caught behind off Alex Wyatt, leaving the visitors 24 for three.

4:37pm - Gloucestershire have battled back impressively to leave Leicestershire all out for 289 from 40 overs. The Gladiators claimed nine wickets for 74 runs in a fruitful final quarter of the innings but the Foxes have been able to post a hugely testing total nevertheless. Hectic stuff at Grace Road but centuries from Joshua Cobb and Niall O’Brien have left the away side facing an improbable task.

Derbyshire have broken the 116-run fifth-wicket partnership with Richard Johnson and Mark Footitt combining for the third time in the innings to remove Dean Brownlie for 71. The visitors are 251 for five with Tom Latham joining BJ Watling at the crease.

Elsewhere, Middlesex are ahead at Lord’s.

4:05pm - A faint glimmer of hope has emerged for Gloucestershire with two wickets in as many overs. First, Ned Eckersley goes for 10, caught by Michael Klinger off Howell, before Cobb is dismissed for 107 by Ed Young. The hosts are 245 for four with a little over five overs remaining, and their hopes of making 300-plus have been slightly tempered by the double blow.

Dean Brownlie

4pm - Batsmen are in the ascendancy in all three of our games this afternoon.

At Grace Road, captain Cobb has reached three figures from 89 deliveries to make the Gladiators toil. The Foxes opener lost Sarwan two overs beforehand, bowled by McCarter for eight after getting too cute with a straight delivery, but shows no sign of slowing down with an ominous total there for the taking.

Watling and Brownlie both have half-centuries as New Zealand reach tea on 235 for four and Rogers and Robson are edging towards centuries at Lord’s, where the players are also taking a break, much needed in the case of the visitors.

3:31pm - A fantastic knock from O'Brien has come to an end at Grace Road. The Irish wicketkeeper made 104 from 84 balls, which included 12 fours and one six, before Graeme McCarter claimed the catch off Benny Howell. Ramnaresh Sarwan is the next man in with the hosts 193 for one.

3:08pm - Australian left-hander Chris Rogers has matched his opening partner’s feat by reaching 50. The Middlesex openers have taken their stand into three figures and done an excellent job getting their team back into the game. The hosts still trail by 60 but have certainly stopped Surrey in their tracks.

Leicestershire have reached 149 for none at the halfway point at Grace Road and are on course for a big total. In addition to their 16 fours, Cobb and O’Brien have struck three sixes as they share the workload to leave Gloucestershire chasing leather.

A fifty partnership for the fifth wicket between Dean Browlie and BJ Watling has evened things up at Derby.

2:48pm - RESULT! Warwickshire (453) have drawn with Sussex (421-7) Handshakes on the balcony as captains Ian Bell and Ed Joyce decide to call it a day. With no sign of an end to the rain, and the draw an inevitable result, Ben Brown is left on 82 not out.

At Derby, Johnson and Footitt have combined once more to remove Kane Williamson for 43. Things are not going to plan for New Zealand.

Leicestershire's opening pair continue to plunder Gloucestershire's bowling attack and at Lord's, Robson has reached his half-century.

2:21pm - Leicestershire have made the most of the powerplay, reaching 63 without loss from the first eight overs. Both Josh Cobb and Niall O'Brien are finding the boundary rope with ease at Grace Road.

@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Evans has Williamson (41*) caught behind, but it is a no ball. New Zealand 115-3 (30 overs) Brownlie 7*, Footitt to bowl

@Gloscricket on Twitter: Lovely sunny afternoon at Grace Road. @leicsccc are currently 33 for no loss.

Kane Williamson

1:56pm - Derbyshire have struck soon after lunch with wicketkeeper Richard Johnson taking a sharp catch down the leg side off Mark Footitt to dismiss Martin Guptill for 25. The hosts are giving a good account of themselves after their disappointing defeat at Yorkshire in the week.

A fifty partnership between Chris Rogers and Sam Robson has seen Middlesex reduce the deficit to 120 runs at Lord’s. Jade Dernbach, Surrey’s hero yesterday, has bowled four economical overs for just four runs but is yet to get through the Middlesex openers’ defences.

Joshua Cobb and Niall O’Brien have got things started for Leicestershire with three boundaries inside the opening three overs.

@SussexCCC on Twitter: The covers are back on at Hove so play won't re-start at 2pm

1:25pm - After a slight lull in proceedings, we’re soon going to be swamped with action; the covers are coming off at Lord’s and play set to resume at 2pm in the game between Sussex and Warwickshire.

At Grace Road, Gloucestershire have won the toss and elected to field in their YB40 clash against Leicester, which is due to start at 1:45pm.

@surreycricket on Twitter: Umpires have been out to the middle for an inspection and covers are off

1:03pm - It’s been an entertaining first session at Derby where New Zealand take lunch at 92 for two. Williamson and Guptill have put on 42 for the third wicket to leave honours even after the hosts’ double strike earlier in the day.

There will be an inspection at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground at 1:15pm.

@SussexCCC on Twitter: Looks like things are clearing up a bit at Hove although no news of a start time yet as the covers remain on

12:45pm - An early lunch is being taken at Lord’s while Sussex’s attempts to make progress also continue to be delayed by rain.

Guptill has struck a quartet of early fours as he reaches 20 at better than a run-a-ball with Williamson also looking good, unbeaten on 22. New Zealand are 82 for two.

12:19pm - Fulton has fallen lbw to Mark Footitt for 21 as the hosts claim their second wicket of the morning session. Former Derbyshire favourite Martin Guptill strides to the middle, greeted by a warm applause from the home faithful, with the score 50 for two.

With rain now falling at Lord’s, the game at Derby is the only place you’ll find live action at the moment.

12:02pm - Derbyshire have made a breakthrough with Hamish Rutherford departing for 13. He was unable to deal with a beauty from Alasdair Evans which uprooted his middle stump to bring skipper Kane Williamson to the crease.

Middlesex’s rebuilding job has begun without any early setbacks but they still have a mountain to climb on day three. The covers are on at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground and there is little sign of a change in conditions.

Peter Fulton

11:24am - It has not taken Surrey long to bring to an end the hosts’ efforts at Lord’s. Zander de Bruyn has Corey Collymore trapped lbw for one as Middlesex are bowled out for 166 and made to follow on. Chris Rogers and Sam Robson are strapping their pads on once more with the deficit 172.

Rain has suspended play in the game between Sussex and Warwickshire while New Zealand openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford are taking the shine off the new ball at Derby.

@derbyshireccc on Twitter: TOSS: Derbyshire won the toss and will field first. Play will start at 11.15 at the County Ground

11am - At the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Ben Brown is 18 runs short of a century with Sussex looking to go past Warwickshire’s first-innings total in the morning session with three wickets remaining. James Anyon, unbeaten on 19, shared a 56-run stand alongside the 24-year-old yesterday evening with Andrew Miller and Monty Panesar still to come.

Surrey need just one more wicket to wrap up Middlesex’s first innings after a great day with the ball yesterday. Jade Dernbach delivered a devastating afternoon spell to leave the hosts reeling, needing a further 27 runs to avoid the follow-on.

The toss has been delayed at Derby due to an early rain shower with the YB40 game at Leicester set to get under way at 1:45pm this afternoon.

10:30am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live text commentary of this week’s two remaining LV= County Championship games, Leicestershire versus Gloucestershire in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and New Zealand’s tour match with Derbyshire. Here’s how the championship matches stand:

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

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