That's it from me folks. Steve Marshall will be in the chair from 1000 tomorrow morning to talk you through the final day's play.
OK, here's how I think the tables stand tonight...Division One
Essex 123Division Two
And now we're done at Lord's too. Worcestershire reach 195-7, thanks in no small part to an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 47 between Moeen Ali and Gareth Andrew. Updated tables to follow...
So we have action only at Lord's. Worcestershire are 193-7, that's a lead of 114.
That's the close at The Oval, Glamorgan have reached 273-9 and trail Surrey by 107.
1756:From Dave in Redditch, in the TMS inbox:
Two overs left at The Oval, and Glamorgan are still hanging on. The Welsh county are 272-9, with Jim Allenby 64. His 10th-wicket stand with Huw Waters is now worth 35.
"Just had a look at previous results. Notts beat Lancashire by three wickets last time out, and both Somerset and Yorkshire drew against Durham and Kent respectively. So are Notts going to win? For me, no. I have a feeling Lancashire and Durham will frustrate, and I cannot see Yorkshire making hard work of a weak Kent side, which is unfortunate, as I'm a Kent fan!"
As soon as I say that, they draw stumps at Grace Road. Gloucestershire lose Chris Taylor just before the close to dangle on 78-5 overnight. Just the 410 more to win.
: We're done and dusted for the day in Division One, so we'll concentrate on the action at Grace Road, Lord's and The Oval in Division Two.
That bad light has forced the close at Chelmsford. Durham will need another 428 for victory tomorrow or, more realistically, to bat out the day to avoid defeat.
1742:From Geoff, an excited, yet anxious Ciderboy, in the TMS inbox:
Durham have lost Michael Stoneman to be 31-1 in pursuit of that huge target against Essex. The players are off for bad light though. Jim Allenby is 60 not out in Glamorgan's 266-9 against Surrey at The Oval.
"How is the County Championship decided if two teams are level on points?" If two teams are level on points then it goes down to number of wins, Geoff. That puts Notts in the box seat from that point of view.
Good day for Moeen Ali at Lord's as he follows up his maiden five-for with a half-century. He might be running out of partners, though, as Toby Roland-Jones has removed James Cameron and Ben Cox in successive balls. Could that prove to be a titanic breakthrough for Middlesex? Worcs 160-7, by the way.
The rain has ended play for the day at Canterbury, with Hampshire 294 in front of Kent on 272-6.
Gloucestershire have lost their fourth wicket at Grace Road, with Hamish Marshall heading back to the pavilion for 45. Alex Gidman's side are 71-4, their promotion hopes are all but over.
From LiamBrearley on 606:
Right then, let's be having you, who's going to win the County Championship? Notts are in pole position, but they have lost their last two games. Somerset seem to have the momentum and, in Durham, will be taking on a team that have nothing to play for. Yorkshire are the only one of the three contenders that are playing at home and will be buoyed by their win at Trent Bridge. Who's prepared to stick their neck out? I won't be, I'm far too much of a coward.
"Average age of the Yorkshire team is 24. It's a huge achievement to get anywhere near the top, nevermind win it."
1702:BBC London's Mark Church at
We've had a few complaints over the last few days about some matches not being covered by live audio commentary. All of our commentaries come from the BBC local radio stations, who individually choose who they cover and when.
"Back out at 1700. 19.4 overs left in the day."
1654:From Paul in the TMS inbox:
I may have put the mockers on Worcestershire. Shakib Al Hasan has gone to leave them 102-5 at Lord's. That's a lead of 23.
"As a proud Lancastrian, I take great exception to the suggestion from Exile 226 on 606 (see 1557) that Lancashire might underperform against Notts in order to stop Yorkshire winning the title. There'll be no need. It'll bucket down."From Joe in the TMS inbox:
"Well done you Zummerset boys! Cider me up Shemilt!"If we're starting early I'll have a cider as well.
With the rain at Canterbury, we currently only have action in three games. In the Division Two promotion race, Worcestershire have recovered to 102-4 against Middlesex, while Gloucestershire are 57-3 in pursuit of that unlikely win against Leicestershire. In Division One, Durham are 4-0 chasing 459 to beat already-relegated Essex.
So as far as the County Championship title goes, we have a three-horse race. A maximum-point win for Nottinghamshire over Lancashire at Old Trafford will see them crowned champions, but 21 points or less will let in Somerset, who travel to Durham. Should they both slip up, Yorkshire could take advantage when they host Kent.
1638:BBC London's Mark Church at
It's all over at Taunton, as Somerset reach their target of 48 for the loss of just one wicket. Nick Compton ends 26 not out, with Arul Suppiah unbeaten on 12. They move to within two points of leaders Notts and end Lancashire's title hopes.
"Further inspection at 1645, still hopeful of more cricket today."
Somerset are five from victory at Taunton...
st_brendy on 606:
They're off for rain at Canterbury, with Hampshire 272-6. There is the odd rattle of thunder about, so this could be a lengthy delay. Meanwhile, Essex are all out for 367, leaving Durham just 459 to win.
"Let's see if the BBC regard the relegation battle to be as important as the promotion battle. Will they provide the live text tomorrow?" Yes. Yes we will.
Ah, the curse of the commentator strikes. Michael Bates edges Darren Stevens through to Geraint Jones, who snaffles his 50th victim of the season. Hampshire are 271-6 and lead by 293.
1621:From Simon in the TMS inbox:
Somerset have gone to 24-1, halfway to their target. Hampshire have come through that mini wobble and are back in the business of batting Kent out of the game at 266-5. The lead is 288.
"Re: Dave (see 1605) - Sorry mate, the sun's cracking the pavement here. Blue skies with a 24 degree mini heatwave. Pass a cold one please."
A small hiccup for Somerset at Taunton, as Marcus Trescothick goes. The Cidermen are 8-1, 40 short of victory.
1605:From Dave in the TMS inbox:
Matt Walker has completed a century at Chelmsford, but has fallen for 105. Essex are 329-8, a huge lead over Durham. Worcestershire's promotion hopes look to be fading at Lord's, they have slipped to 62-4. Gloucestershire are staging a fightback against Leicestershire. They've reached 17-3...
"Would it be too much to ask for to get a day and a half of solid rain in Taunton?"
Exile226 on 606:
"Yorkshire will finish second or third because Lancashire are not going to help us out. Put your money on a thumping win for Notts at Old Trafford."
The end is nigh at Taunton. Alfonso Thomas traps Simon Kerrigan lbw to wrap up the Lancashire second innings for 170. Somerset will need 48 for a victory that will put them two points behind of Notts and ends Lancashire's title hopes for another year.
1556:From Graeme in the TMS inbox:
Owais Shah is enjoying his last game for Middlesex at Lord's. He's just trapped Vikram Solanki lbw to leave Worcestershire 53-2.
"In response to Duncan (see 1513), Yorkshire may come to lament Lancashire's pathetic recent efforts against Notts and Somerset. Setting Notts 260 in 64 overs was ridiculous. One would think Lancashire didn't want Yorkshire to win the title."
Somerset's title charge does not look like being derailed by Lancashire. Luke Proctor and Gary Keedy have both fallen to Charl Willoughby. The Red Rose are 157-9, Somerset are heading for victory inside three days.
I can tell you that Yorkshire will begin the final round of matches seven points behind Notts. If Somerset go on to beat Lancashire, they will be two points off the leaders.
And now Sean Ervine has gone first ball, caught by James Tredwell off Stevens. Hampshire are five down. Game on?
Liam Dawson has fallen to Darren Stevens at Canterbury. Hampshire are 225-4, 247 in front.
That's it, it's all over at Trent Bridge. Jonny Bairstow gets the winning single to end 63 not out and take Yorkshire to a five-wicket win. Notts will top the table going into the final round of matches, but have lost their last two. Now we turn our attention to Taunton to see if we have a three or four-horse race.
I'm aware that the Yorkshire scorecard has frozen so I'm keeping you as updated as I can. Three to Adil Rashid leaves them two win.
Tea at Grace Road with Gloucestershire 12-3. Yorkshire are 204-5.
Blue_Lagoon on 606:
Worcestershire go to tea on 49-2 at Lord's. Yorkshire need just seven more to inflict a second successive defeat on the leaders.
"It's sunny in Taunton, the weather isn't going to ruin Somerset's miraculous title charge. Can't see Lancs getting a lead of over 50 and Trescothick will knock them off with his eyes shut."
Four more to Jonny Bairstow takes Yorkshire within two blows of victory. 197-5 at Trent Bridge.
That eighth-wicket stand is getting a little annoying for Somerset, as Lancashire go to tea on 152-7. Gloucestershire have lost two more wickets at Grace Road, and are 5-3. I think they might lose that one.
Wicket at Trent Bridge, but surely it's too late for Notts. Gerard Brophy falls to Andre Adams, but you feel that the leaders need a cricketing miracle.
Tea at both Chelmsford and Canterbury. Essex 303-7, Hampshire 218-3.
1513:From Duncan in the TMS inbox:
Jonny Bairstow brings up a 60-minute half-century at Trent Bridge. Yorkshire cantering to victory now.
"I hope Yorkshire don't live to regret trying to force a result with Somerset earlier in the season."
An eighth-wicket stand of 27 between Luke Proctor and Kyle Hogg is frustrating Somerset. Gloucestershire, in pursuit of 488 to win, are already 2-1.
Strange things you see on your lunch break number 64: A man stood at the bottom of an escalator, thus blocking anyone else from getting off, videoing two blokes who are both carrying small dogs. If you're in the Birmingham area and know what's going on, please enlighten me. Anyway, if you could hit manual refresh we'll get back to the cricket.
One last update before I hand back to Stephan. Hampshire have moved on to 205-3, a lead of 227 over Kent, while Leicestershire have declared their second innings closed on 351-4, setting Gloucestershire a paltry 488 to win. Also the umpires will inspect at The Oval at 1545.
1453:From Neal Harvey in the TMS inbox:
This one's for you Neal. Somerset will have to bat again, but victory is getting ever closer for them. Lancashire are now 130-7, with Saj Mamood the latest to depart.
"Great service but why all the interest in Lancashire? If Somerset win, and it's now likely, and Yorkshire beat Notts, again likely, Somerset will be hot on Notts' heels going into the final round, with every chance of pinching the title for the first time ever."You're quite right Neal, that's a little remiss of us. But if that scenario you describe comes true, the good news (or bad, depending on your point of view) is that we'll be back next week to keep you up to date.From Jim, in sunny Manchester, in the TMS inbox:
"Re: Criztof on 606 (1421). As a proud Yorkshireman currently living in Manchester I am seriously considering going to Old Trafford next week to support Lancashire at home. As long as Lancashire's success will benefit God's Own County I think we will both be forgiven!"
Gerard Brophy isn't keen on hanging around, smacking Paul Franks for three successive boundaries. Yorkshire 136-4 and that winning line is getting closer...
Quick update from Chelmsford where Scott Borthwick has struck twice in quick succession, firstly removing James Foster for 64 to end a stand of 133 with Matt Walker, who is still there on 77. Michael Comber was Borthwick's other victim, with Essex 267-7, a lead of 358.
While my focus was on Hove, there was another significant development at Trent Bridge where Andre Adams got through Gale's defences to leave Yorkshire 95-4. Tykes fans will be a little relieved to learn that they've since moved on to 115-4, with Bairstow starting to get going. The target is also less than 100, and that's one big mental barrier out of the way.
We have our first result, and it will come as no surprise that it's at Hove. Lee Daggett holes out to Corey Collymore off Monty Panesar and Northants are 237 all out to go down by an innings and 19 runs. Meanwhile, at Lord's, Middlesex are all out in the first over after the rain break for 392, Moeen Ali taking the last wicket to complete his first ever five-for.
Are Lancashire's title dreams all over? Peter Trego removes Steven Croft and Gareth Cross in the space of four balls and Lancashire are 109-6, still 14 short of making Somerset bat again.
From Criztof on 606:
In fact Criztof, you may just want to support Yorkshire because they're now 95-3 after Pattinson picks up the dangerous Adam Lyth, caught by Alex Hales. Worryingly, BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle
reckons the ball is starting to stay a little low too. Nail-biting stuff.
"Now that Yorkshire have a good chance of winning I'm paying more attention to the game at Taunton, a game that would benefit Yorkshire most if it ended in a draw. However, that means I have to support Lancashire. Should I? Any advice out there?"
You may have to get used to it Criztof given that Lancashire host Notts next week...
By my calculations, Sussex cannot be crowned champions until we know the result of Glamorgan's game. They might want to use some of their prize money from promotion to repair the Hove press box, though, following an
assault by one of the Northants batsmen.
Sussex need one more wicket to wrap up victory over Northants by an innings as Yasir Arafat removes Jack Brooks to complete a five-wicket haul.
1402:From Francis in the TMS inbox:
Another twist at the top? Pattinson strikes again as Anthony McGrath gloves a catch to Chris Read and leaves the ground clutching his hand in pain. Yorkshire 78-2, with skipper Andrew Gale heading to the middle.
"Is Rudolph out or in, as the scoreboards are still showing no wicket for Yorkshire?"
He's definitely out. Back out at Trent Bridge and Yorkshire are 78-1. Promise.
Better news for Kent fans, though, as Malinga Bandara pins Michael Carberry in front for 56 to claim his second lbw victim of the innings. Hampshire now 138-2.
This was predictable. Rain at The Oval as well.
1353:BBC London's Mark Church at
Rain has now hit at Lord's too. Pesky showers!
"Another wicket... Dean Cosker out to Tremlett for 21. But Glamorgan have avoided the follow-on - 237-9."
BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at
"Just doing the mopping up at TB - play due to start again at five to...!"
Thanks Stephan. I might not bowl no balls, but I've been known to send down a few wides with my medium pace trundlers in my time. Anyway on to business, and two wickets at Lord's where David Wheeldon has run out Gareth Berg before Moeen removes Tim Murtagh. Middlesex 391-9. Oh, and a manual refresh would be mighty fine. Ta.
It's time for me to take a break, so I'll leave you in the hands of a man who would never bowl a no ball, no matter how much you paid him. Here's Steve Marshall
My favourite cricketing cliche is that one wicket brings two. Sussex have got one, two and then a third at Hove. Northants are 188-8. Back on at Canterbury.
A couple of wickets have fallen in Division Two. Sussex have removed James Middlebrook to reignite their hopes of an innings victory at Hove. At Lord's, Neil Dexter is caught and bowled by Moeen Ali for 97.
Rudolph must be livid. As he departs, the umpires decide that the Trent Bridge rain is too heavy to continue and lead the players to the pavilion.
A breakthrough for Notts at Trent Bridge as Jacques Rudolph is caught at gully off the bowling of Darren Pattinson. The Tykes are 70-1. At The Oval, Glamorgan are now eight down.
1319:BBC London's Mark Church at
Rain at Canterbury forces Kent and Hampshire from the field.
"Wicket straight after lunch, Harris lbw to Meaker for nine. Trouble for Glamorgan."
And at Lord's, where Owais Shah falls to Moeen Ali for 117. Shah leaves the home of cricket as a Middlesex batsman for possibly the last time to a standing ovation.
From andyfranks48 on 606:
We're back under way at Trent Bridge, Taunton and Canterbury.
"Sorry clarrie-blue (see 1212) but I think you are misguided. Yorkshire have Rashid, Bresnan and Shahzad, all of whom have featured for England in the last year in one-dayers. I beg to differ."From Tom in the TMS inbox:
"Hampshire could be criticised for giving Hughes practice before the Ashes, but given all the bad press that cricket has had over the last few weeks, it is no bad thing that we could have two fully prepared teams in Australia. KP is going to South Africa after the end of the season and said he didn't want to play for Hampshire anyway - the two situations are not really the same."From Stephen in the TMS inbox:
"Pietersen said he didn't want to play for Hampshire as it was too far from his London home. At least Hughes wants to play. Hampshire have acted properly and decently towards Pietersen and all they got was a few games in all the time he was registered there."
1249:BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at
Lunch is also being taken at all the games in Division Two. Sussex have been held up somewhat by Mal Loye and may have to bat again to defeat Northants. Glamorgan are firmly under the pump at The Oval, while Gloucestershire are suffering further at the hands of Leicestershire. At Lord's, Middlesex continue to build on their lead over Worcestershire.
"Not the morning Notts would have hoped for. The tail didn't wag then the Yorkshire openers profited as the seamers strove too hard for the early breakthrough. It's looking like it will be the slenderest of leads we take to Old Trafford next week."
Lunch round-up anyone? Ok, here's the scores on the doors in Division One. Yorkshire are 65-0 needing 144 more to beat leaders Nottinghamshire. At Taunton, Lancashire's title hopes are hanging by a thread at 62-4, needing 61 more to make Somerset bat again. Hampshire are 97-1 at Canterbury, leading by 119, while at Chelmsford, relegated Essex look well placed to push for victory at 219-5, a lead over Durham of 310.
1235:BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read at
Double blow for Glamorgan before lunch as Stuart Meaker has Tom Maynard caught by Gareth Batty for 61 before Chris Schofield (remember him?) bowls Mark Wallace for a second-ball duck. Glamorgan 185-6 and at this rate they're going have to wait until next week to secure promotion.
"Alfonso Thomas traps Chanderpaul lbw for 20 and celebrates like they've just won the title or perhaps feel that wicket in particular keeps them right in it. Lancashire 54-4 and 13 lbws in the match so far."
Kent have a wicket. Jimmy Adams is trapped lbw by Malinga Bandara for 52. A glimmer of hope for the hosts, who were looking as doomed as a dessert on the plate of Samit Patel. Adams is replaced by a man who is looking for some runs ahead of the Ashes - Phil Hughes. I notice they have escaped any criticism for giving the Aussie some practice ahead of the winter, whereas
Kevin Pietersen is having to head to South Africa.
From clarrie-blue on 606:
Yorkshire move to 51-0 and are looking a good bet for victory inside three days at Trent Bridge. Elsewhere, Middlesex are building a good lead over Worcestershire, and Tom Maynard and Jim Allenby are fighting back for Glamorgan against Surrey.
"Warwickshire have the best bowling attack in the country by a distance, which is why I think they will see Yorkshire off in the CB 40 semi-final at Scarborough on Saturday."
Jimmy Adams makes 50 at Canterbury, his second half-century of the game. Hampshire go to 87-0 and are slowly batting Kent out of the game.
From Gina in the TMS inbox: "Re: hopeforthebest (see 1153) - You can't use the Bell and Trott line. We at Hampshire could say the same about Pietersen for the last four years. We've also been without Dimi Mascarenhas, Nic Pothas, Michael Lumb and Kabir Ali virtually all season too. With them, I am sure we would be better off than we are in the table."
From Nick via text:
"Come on Somerset! I'm working in Manchester next week so I could go to Old Trafford and put the Notts batsmen off in their final match."
BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise at
"Hampshire's lead reaches 100 with a slow, but sure approach that keeps the scoreboard ticking over. Kent's pursuit of safety starts to take on more difficult proportions."
A couple of centuries to tell you about. Owais Shah has reached three figures in his last game for Middlesex at Lord's, while Greg Smith has a ton in Leicestershire's demolition of Gloucestershire.
Yorkshire have raced to 20-0 in their pursuit of 209 in increasingly easy conditions at Trent Bridge. Hampshire have taken their lead over Kent past 100.
From hopeforthebest on 606:
Lancashire have lost another. This time it's Mark Chilton, trapped lbw by Alfonso Thomas for a duck. At 32-3 it's looking like their title hopes are fading.
"Warwickshire may have only 17 batting points but they have 44 out of 45 bowling points and have five wins, compared to the two wins of those below them. They've also been without Bell and Trott for most of the time."
BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at
"Surely it's too much to hope that the seamers will skittle the Tykes for less than the victory target of 209."
They're back on at Chelmsford, where Essex have moved onto 161-5. Northants are 133-5 and are very much on course for defeat by an innings against Sussex. Yorkshire have begun their chase at Trent Bridge.
From Robin in the TMS inbox: "So Stephan, which part of Nottingham are you from?"
Erm...I'm from Stoke-on-Trent.
In contrast to the wicket-taking fun at Taunton and Trent Bridge, Hampshire are making slow, but steady progress at Canterbury. They have reached 56-0 and could be pushing Kent to the brink of Division Two.
I'm struggling to keep up here. Luke Fletcher is bowled by an Ajmal Shahzad slower ball to become the last Nottinghamshire wicket to fall. Yorkshire need 209 for victory.
The wickets keep tumbling, this time Somerset have struck again at Taunton. Tom Smith falls to Charl Willoughby to leave Lancashire 22-2.
Notts are nine down after Ajmal Shahzad disturbs Chris Read's stumps. The wicketkeeper goes for 47 to leave the leaders 409-9.
From Richard in the TMS inbox: "On the subject of amazing achievements, I think that it would be amazing if Glamorgan could secure promotion to the top flight. They were written off by all the experts at the start of this season and most of the money in recent years has been spent on the stadium rather than the playing side of things."
Important wicket for Yorkshire as Steven Mullaney falls to Steve Patterson. The leaders are 405-8, a lead of 200. At Taunton, Lancashire have lost Paul Horton, trapped lbw by Ben Phillips. The Red Rose are 22-1, 101 behind.
Bad light has stopped play at Chelmsford with already-relegated Essex 124-5 against Durham.
From BBC London's Mark Church at
"All happening here. Meaker and Tremlett bowling very well, with Dalrymple going to a good one from Meaker. Glamorgan 109-4."
From Mondraker275 on 606:
"Do we want a team (Warwickshire) that have amassed 17 batting bonus points to stay up?"
No further alarms for Notts. Chris Read and Steven Mullaney have taken them to 393-7, that's a lead of 188. Yorkshire must be getting slightly twitchy about the chase that awaits them.
A couple more scores from Division Two to give you. Leicestershire have moved onto 175-1, miles ahead of Gloucestershire, with Northants 84-3 battling to avoid an innings defeat against Sussex.
From Stuart on 606:
"Come on Shah, get a ton on your last Championship outing for Middlesex. I'd like to point out what a faithful and talented servant he's been, even though he never quite made it for England."
He's moved onto 83, with Middlesex 276-5, 27 behind Worcestershire.
From Bruce in the TMS inbox: "Ross (see 1050), Warwickshire will stay up because they have won more games than the teams fighting relegation. Isn't that what we want our Championship to be about? Kent have plenty of bonus points but can't take 20 wickets and are therefore likely go down."
A quiet start at Canterbury as Hampshire move to 32-0, that's a lead of 54.
Charl Willoughby is run out to leave Somerset 382 all out, a lead of 123. Essex have lost Alastair Cook for 68 and Jaik Mickleburgh for 34 to be 113-3 against Durham.
From pattelymybelly on 606:
"Well done Notts for a great comeback and we are definitely still in this game."
From Ross in the TMS inbox: "As a big Warwickshire fan, I would just like to point out how amazing it would be if the Bears stayed up. The have by far the worst batting record in the league so the credit must go to the bowlers, mainly Woakes, Carter and Imran Tahir."
Yorkshire have their first breakthrough at Trent Bridge. Nightwatchman Darren Pattinson is trapped lbw by Steve Patterson for 27. Notts 373-7, a lead of 168.
Wicket at Taunton as Ben Phillips is trapped lbw by Tom Smith. Somerset 370-9 and now looking unlikely to claim a fifth batting bonus point.
The first wicket of the day goes down, with Ben Wright falling to Chris Tremlett at The Oval. Glamorgan 73-3.
We've resumed in all four of our Division Two games.
It turns out that Brophy did not actually drop Read (see 1024). The umpire mistakenly gave runs when it should have gone down as four byes. The mistake has been amended and Read has lost four from his score.
Under way at Trent Bridge and Canterbury.
From Ian in the TMS inbox: "Will Gerard Brophy's dropped catch off Chris Read late last night be the decisive twist on where the championship is heading?"
The bell has gone at Trent Bridge, so we'll soon find out.
Does anyone else think it's ridiculous that three of the teams in the Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-finals have got nine scheduled days of cricket out of 10? The finalists could have 10 in 12.
BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise at
"Weather set fair at Canterbury for what could be a decisive day's play. With two days to go, there will be a result."
BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at
"Bright, sunny conditions this morning, so we'll be underway on time. Off-park news from here today is that Bilal Shafayat and Matt Wood are being released at the end of the season."
BBC London's Mark Church at
"Good news. Blue sky, sun and still plenty of cricket left in this game."
Right then, where are we? Nottinghamshire's second-day fightback has rekindled their hopes of winning the title with a game to spare, but Somerset and Yorkshire will still have a thing or two to say about that. Kent and Hampshire continue to slug it out at the bottom of Division One, Sussex are up, Essex are down and Glamorgan are still favourites to take the second promotion spot. Everybody got that? Then let's begin...