LV=CC, June 29: As it happened

Follow the latest round of LV= County Championship fixtures, with Alex Hales, Tom Fell, Paul Horton and Jason Roy all compiling centuries. 

By Glen Robertson & Callum Dent

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7.04pm – As promised, here is the state-of-play after another intriguing day of county action: 

Division One

Alex Hales compiled a stunning 183 and Phil Jaques hit 77 in Nottinghamshire’s 397 for seven as Warwickshire’s decision to field backfired at Edgbaston.

Having opted to bat first, Lancashire made 221 for six courtesy of Paul Horton’s 140 versus Somerset at Taunton.

Chris Rogers, Nick Gubbins and Dawid Malan hit half-centuries, the latter’s unbeaten, to lift Middlesex to 280 for three at home to bottom-placed Northamptonshire.

Division Two

Tom Fell and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, with career-best scores of 133 and 60 not out respectively, shared a sixth-wicket stand of 168 as Worcestershire reached 266 for five after winning the toss against Glamorgan at an emotional New Road.

Jason Roy’s unbeaten 114 led Surrey to 382 for five on a second rain-affected day of their clash with Division Two leaders Hampshire at the Kia Oval.

Essex are well placed on 75 without loss in reply to Gloucestershire’s first-innings 224 following Reece Topley’s 5-53 at the Essex County Ground. 

6.40pm – Stumps are drawn at the Kia Oval and Taunton. When all games are finished for the day, we will round-up the scores for you. 

6.25pm – Warwickshire snare another late in the day at Edgbaston. Chris Wright ousts Peter Siddle for a single to leave Notts 397 for seven at stumps. 

Jason Roy makes the fourth century of the day. The in-form right-hander needs just 102 balls to complete the milestone. 

Gregory forces another breakthrough, this time trapping Horton in front for 140. Can Somerset clean up Lancashire’s lower order with the new-ish ball. 

6.16pm – Hales is gone for 183. The right-hander’s 224-ball knock ends when Boyd Rankin traps him in front. Nottinghamshire are four runs away from securing maximum batting bonus points with four wickets remaining. 

Horton and Tom Smith take their stand past 50 to frustrate Somerset. 

6.02pm – Dawid Malan becomes the third Middlesex player to raise his bat today, his fifty coming from 75 deliveries. 

At New Road, stumps are drawn with the hosts 266 for five. 

5.49pm – Northamptonshire strike shortly after the resumption, Andrew Hall bowling Eoin Morgan for 27 to reduce Middlesex to 230 for three. 

Fell’s superb innings ends on a career-best 133 when he is bowled by Glamorgan seamer Michael Hogan, ending a partnership of 168 with Kohler-Cadmore. 

5.42pm – Play at the Kia Oval and Lord’s is not far from resuming following rain delays. 

5.34pm – Wessels moves to a half-century but then departs to Keith Barker for 53 to leave Nottinghamshire 338 for five at Edgbaston. 

Lewis Gregory bowls former team-mate Jos Buttler for 18 before Lancashire batsman Paul Horton moves to three figures, his first century of the campaign, from 209 balls.

Gloucestershire are all out for 224 as Graham Napier claims his first wicket, removing Matt Taylor for 26. His last-wicket stand with David Payne, left stranded on 48, was worth 66.  

At the Emirates Durham ICG, England international Ben Stokes smashes an unbeaten 49 from 26 balls to help Durham secure an eight-wicket win over Derbyshire Falcons in their NatWest T20 Blast North Group encounter. 

5.05pm – Alex Hales and Riki Wessels help Nottinghamshire secure a third batting bonus point at Edgbaston. Warwickshire are in need of a wicket fast!    

4.46pm – Middlesex and Surrey’s progress with the bat is stopped by the wet weather again. 

4.41pm – Gloucestershire are on the brink at the Essex County Ground. They are reduced to 158 for nine as David Masters snares a fourth scalp, accounting for Jack Taylor for 40 with the help of James Foster. That is the wicketkeeper’s sixth take of the innings. 

4.37pm – Skipper Gary Wilson continues his fine recent four-day form, raising his bat for a half-century. Surrey are 345 for five against Division Two leaders Hampshire. 

Fell and Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s 108-run stand takes Worcestershire past 200 at New Road. 

In the NatWest T20 Blast, Derbyshire Falcons were dismissed for 125 in 19.1 overs by Durham Jets. 

4.24pm – Tom Fell completes his second successive championship hundred. The 20-year-old shows Worcestershire’s top order how to do it by moving to three figures from 177 deliveries. 

The rain stops in the capital so play restarts at the Kia Oval and Lord’s. 

4.15pm – Reece Topley has five wickets for Essex. The left-arm seamer reduces Gloucestershire to 123 for eight by bowling Tom Smith for 17. 

Tea is taken at Taunton with Lancashire 130 for four. 

3.49pm – We have the day’s first hundred! Alex Hales – who had scores of 96 and 94 in his last-but-one championship appearance – reaches the milestone from 134 balls. 

Gloucestershire have a team hundred, but Adam Rouse soon falls. Reece Topley takes his fourth wicket and James Foster his fifth catch behind the stumps.

George Dockrell has Steven Croft caught behind, leaving Lancashire 112 for four, which brings Jos Buttler to the middle against his former county. It’s tea at Edgbaston and Lord’s.

3.42pm –  The Surrey duo are forced to wait for their landmarks as the falling rain forces tea to be taken in the capital. The players also head off for a snack at New Road, where Fell and Tom Kohler-Cadmore add an unbeaten 78 for the fifth wicket.

3.35pm – There are plenty of wickets in the NatWest T20 Blast game at the Emirates Durham ICG, but they’ve dried up in the red-ball stuff today. Surrey’s Jason Roy and Gary Wilson put on 100 for the sixth wicket at the Kia Oval. Roy is closing in on a ton, with Wilson – who hits Kyle Abbott for three fours in the 86th over – approaching 50.

3.27pm –  The umpires call an early tea at the Essex County Ground, which has seen less than two overs since lunch.

3.11pm –  Fifties and weather updates. That’s pretty much all we’ve had this afternoon and we’ve got some of both for you now. Tom Fell reaches 50 for Worcestershire, while the players are off at Lord’s again. It’s better news at the Essex County Ground where play will resume at 3.30pm.

3.06pm –  Yet another fifty is scored, this time at Taunton where Paul Horton reaches the landmark in 115 deliveries. Nobody has gone on to a hundred yet, though. Who will be first?

2.48pm – Middlesex opener   Chris Rogers can’t complete a third century in four championship games – in the first innings, anyway – as he is bowled by Steven Crook for 86. Rankin now has two wickets in the space of five balls at Edgbaston. Samit Patel returns to the pavilion after lasting just three deliveries.

Play resumes in the game between Surrey and Hampshire.

2.43pm –  They’re off at the Kia Oval now as well. Meanwhile, James Taylor – the hero in the Blast game against Yorkshire Vikings yesterday – can’t add another fifty as he nicks Boyd Rankin behind when on 36.

2.31pm – It was just a brief shower at Lord’s and they’re soon back underway, but they’re off again at the Essex County Ground.

Play has started in the day’s NatWest T20 Blast game between Durham Jets and Derbyshire Falcons. You can follow events either live on Sky Sports 2 or via the official Twitter

2.25pm –  The players head off at Lord’s due to rain, with Middlesex 148 for one. Michael Hogan has a second wicket to his name at New Road. He ends the fifty-partnership between Tom Fell and Alexei Kervezee by having the latter caught behind for 21.

2.20pm –  Lancashire lose an early wicket as play resumes at Taunton after lunch. Alfonso Thomas accounts for Usman Khawaja, leaving the Red Rose 51 for two.

Meanwhile, play will resume at the Essex County Ground in five minutes.

2.08pm –  Finally, Northants have a breakthrough as Gubbins is dismissed by Muhammad Azhar Ullah for a career-best 54. Danny Briggs has a third scalp and it’s an important one, removing Dilshan for 69 to leave Surrey 223 for five.

2pm –  We’re going fifty-crazy this afternoon. A third man has reached the landmark, but while Hales and Tillakaratne Dilshan have managed it plenty of times before, this is Nick Gubbins’ maiden first-class half-century.

1.44pm – Steven Davies won’t be going on to a big score, though. He’s ousted first ball of the second session by Brad Taylor, leaving Surrey 180 for four.

Notts’ Alex Hales completes a half-century, while the resumption at the Essex County Ground is delayed by rain.

1.40pm – Play resumes in the five games that took lunch at 1pm. There are a couple of batsmen who will be looking to go big this afternoon.

1.30pm –  And that’s lunch at Taunton, where Lancashire  won the toss and made 47 for one  in the first session against Somerset .

1.05pm – That’s lunch everywhere but Taunton, where play did not start on time. It’s been a good morning for the batsmen in Division One and the bowlers in the second tier.

Here’s the current state of play:

Division One 

Middlesex are 105 without loss having been put in to bat by Northamptonshire at Lord’s. 

Nottinghamshire , having been inserted by Warwickshire , are 146 for two at Edgbaston. 

Division Two  

Surrey are 180 for three on day two of their meeting with Hampshire at the Kia Oval.

Essex put Gloucestershire in to bat and took six wickets for 56 runs, but the visitors to the Essex County Ground have recovered to 94 for six

Worcestershire have been reduced to 56 for three against Glamorgan  after winning the toss at New Road.

12.59pm – Jonathan Trott makes a telling contribution on his return to the first team at Warwickshire! Given three overs before lunch, the part-time bowler has Jaques caught behind for 77.

Lancashire lose a wicket, too, as Peter Trego removes Alex Davies for eight. The Red Rose are 30 for one.

12.55pm –  Rogers drives James Middlebrook through cover for four to pass 50 – his 102nd first-class half-century. It’s been a very good morning for the hosts, with bottom-club Northants being made to toil. Adam Rouse, fresh from his NatWest T20 Blast heroics , and Tom Smith have settled things down for Gloucestershire, with their seventh-wicket stand currently worth 35.

12.50pm – We are 10 minutes away from lunch and the batsmen are digging in. Chris Rogers will be looking to knock off the two runs needed to complete a fifty before the interval. His Middlesex side are 92 without loss at present.

12.25pm –  And yet another wicket at the Essex County Ground! Topley removes Will Gidman for his third scalp, though – for a change – the edge was taken at second slip and not by the wicketkeeper. Gloucestershire are 56 for six! 

Phil Jaques has a fifty for Notts, who are going along nicely on 93 for one.

12.06pm –  Moeen Ali can’t replicate his England heroics at New Road today as he skies Ruaidhri Smith to Chris Cooke, who ran back from short-leg to complete the catch. Two balls later Smith adds the scalp of Daryl Mitchell, leaving Worcestershire 39 for three. Play starts at Taunton.

12.01pm –  If this was a game of Cricket Captain, I think Gloucestershire would ‘accidently’ be restarting their computer. They are now 37 for four after just 14 overs on day one. Ian Cockbain is the man out, with Masters taking a second wicket and Foster a third catch.

11.52am –  Hampshire strike again at the Kia Oval and it’s Solanki who perishes for 57, bowled by Briggs. Nottinghamshire’s opening stand is ended on 55 as Rikki Clarke ousts Steven Mullaney for 21.

11.45am – There’s good news from Taunton, where play will start in 20 minutes. Lancashire have won the toss and will bat.  Surrey lose their first wicket of the morning and second of the innings, Rory Burns lbw to Danny Briggs for 36.

11.30am –  Another one down for Gloucestershire! Topley has a second scalp as Hamish Marshall is pouched at point. And we have a first wicket of the day away from the Essex County Ground, with in-form Michael Hogan accounting for championship debutant Richard Oliver at New Road.

11.20am –  It looks a very important toss to have won for Essex. They have Gloucestershire two down in the opening four overs. Chris Dent falls victim to Reece Topley, with Foster taking a superb catch behind for his second dismissal.

11.05am –  Not exactly the start Gloucestershire had in mind. David Masters strikes with the third ball of the contest, finding Will Tavare’s edge and James Foster does the rest.

Vikram Solanki started the day unbeaten on 44. Two fours from the first three deliveries he faces this morning sees him raise a fifty.

11am –  We’re still awaiting an update from Taunton, but the other games are getting underway. 

10.35am –  We have news from the middle! Warwickshire, who include Jonathan Trott, elect to field against Nottinghamshire, while Northamptonshire and Essex do likewise at Lord’s and the Essex County Ground respectively. Going against the grain, Worcestershire will bat first at New Road.

10.25am – Some sad news from   Worcestershire, who have announced the passing of academy director and former batsman Damian D’Oliveira at the age of 53 following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer .

10.10am –  While we wait for the tosses to take place, read our previews for the games in Division One and Division Two .

10am – Hello and welcome to another round of LV= County Championship action. We have five games starting today, with the tussle at the Kia Oval going into its second day. 

Here’s what we have to look forward to over the next eight hours.

Division One

Middlesex v Northamptonshire , Lord’s. 

Somerset v Lancashire , Taunton.

Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire , Edgbaston

Division Two

Surrey v Hampshire , Kia Oval. The hosts are 68 for one following a rain-hit first day.

Essex v Gloucestershire , Essex County Ground

Worcestershire v Glamorgan , New Road

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