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County Championship finale - day two as it happened

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By Steve Marshall

1855: Right, that's me done for the day. I'm sure you'll agree that it's building towards an intriguing finish. Come back tomorrow and Stephan Shemilt will guide you through the action.

1850: Ok, I've dusted off the abacus and here's how I reckon we stand tonight:

Division One:
Somerset - 207 pts
Nottinghamshire - 205
Yorkshire - 202
Lancashire - 176
Durham - 168
Hampshire - 154
Warwickshire - 147
Kent - 133
Essex - 126

Division Two:
Sussex - 232 pts
Glamorgan - 197
Worcestershire - 190
Leicestershire - 179
Gloucestershire - 170
Northants - 166
Middlesex - 155
Surrey - 142
Derbyshire - 132

Somerset
1835: Hildreth plays out a maiden over to bring play to a close, with his side 226-4, 60 runs behind Durham. Somerset have certainly had the best of the weather today and they've taken advantage. I would guess they will be the happiest of the three title-chasing sides tonight. Give me a mo and I'll work out the tables.

1832: Trego works Gordon Muchall's first ball away for a single, before Hildreth takes another through square leg off the final ball to keep the strike. Somerset 226-4.

1827: That batting point means that Somerset will top the table by two points tonight. Hildreth pulls Liam Plunkett's second ball for a single, Trego pushes and another before Hildreth ends the over by pulling again for a boundary. Somerset 224-4.

1823: Somerset move nicely along to 218-4 with three overs in the day remaining. Trego is scoring at better than a run a ball.

1815: Somerset are past 200 to pick up their first batting bonus point, but James Hildreth and Peter Trego are hardly playing for stumps after adding 24 in next to no time. Five full overs left after this.

1808: Ok, so that just leaves us action at Chester-le-Street where, of course, we're having four extra overs on each of the first three days so Somerset can catch a flight from Newcastle to London for Saturday's CB 40 final.

1806: That's it for the day at Old Trafford, with Nottinghamshire reaching the close on 89-2. The left-arm spin of Gary Keedy has reeled Notts back in with figures 1-11 in 10 overs.

From Andy Pownall in the TMS inbox: "Re the sun fiasco at Old Trafford - why can't they bowl from just one end?"

Somerset
Wicket falls
1800: A heavy shower forces the players off at Headingley, and that's it for the day, with Kent 216-6. Meanwhile, at Chester-le-Street, Chris Rushworth bowls Craig Kieswetter to leave Somerset 180-4 and the pressure is starting to mount.

Nottinghamshire
1755: Cloud cover at Old Trafford makes the light worse... so of course the players come back out. Four overs left in the day.

Kent
Wicket falls
1752: Sorry Kent fans, the curse of the commentator has struck as Martin van Jaarsveld departs for 89 after edging Moin Ashraf through to Gerard Brophy. Kent are 210-6. Oh, and thanks to those of you who spotted my Trescothick faux pas at 1731. Consider me suitably admonished.

From Tom, in North Devon, in the TMS inbox: "Play suspended up at Old Trafford because of "the wrong type of sun." That's the best yet surely for this season, and we all sit and wonder why county matches, outside of T20, are poorly attended? It's rather being offered to Somerset at the moment with these kind of diabolical decisions and Kent doing their best to frustrate Yorkshire."


1742: To the delight of Kent fans everywhere, the wickets have dried up at Headingley, where Martin van Jaarsveld and Alex Blake have so far added 62 for the sixth wicket. Kent are 204-5, with a batting bonus point in the bag, and this game appears to be back in the balance.

Somerset
Wicket falls
1737: Another wicket goes down for Somerset as Nick Compton is trapped leg before by Harmison. Somerset are suddenly 153-3.

The sun is out
1734: I don't believe this. Lancashire and Nottinghamshire have spent the best part of two days in the pavilion because of rain... and now the players are off because the setting sun is right behind the bowler's arm and the batsmen can't see. No wonder Lancashire are desperate to turn the square 90 degrees.

1731: By the way, Trescothick's half-century took him past 18,000 career first-class runs, while the man who has replaced him, Hildreth, has 1,335 Championship runs this summer.

Somerset
Wicket falls
1727: Brace yourselves Somerset fans, Tresco's out, chasing a wide one from Ben Harmison and edging behind to Phil Mustard for 75. But don't worry too much, it's only James Hildreth walking to the middle...

From Huw, in Leicester, in the TMS inbox: "Interesting breaking news piece on the BBC site regarding Tim Boon resigning at Leicestershire which states we have had "an average Championship season." A drop more rain out west, 400+ on the board at Wantage Road and we could be right in the hunt for promotion come Thursday! Slightly above average for a young side who finished bottom of the pile in 2009 I'd suggest."


From Sam, in Somerset (where else), in the TMS inbox: "Come on then - Lord's, Saturday night, two trophies, cider, the Wurzels. Who's with me?"

Nottinghamshire
Wicket falls
1715: One brings two for Lancashire as Tom Smith angles one across Paul Franks, finds the outside edge and Cross takes his second catch to leave Notts 79-2.

The sun is out
1711: BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Kevin Howells says the sun is back out at Chester-le-Street and they will be back underway very soon.

From BBC WM's Mike Taylor at The Rose Bowl: "That's it for the day in Southampton. No play since 1340, very little rain and light only marginally too bad. No umpires seen out since 1440. Poor stuff for the crowd. Presumably regulations prevent floodlights being used."

It's all over for the day at Northampton too, where Leicestershire have closed on 159-2, Greg Smith exactly 100 not out.

Nottinghamshire
Wicket falls
1700: Gary Keedy gets one to turn just enough to catch the outside edge of Alex Hales' bat and wicketkeeper Gareth Cross does the rest. Notts 75-1.

From Ben Nelson in the TMS inbox: "In reply to Martye's comments on 606 and with all due respect, Sir Marcus hasn't played at the Riverside yet this season and he makes all boundaries and outfields seem particularly feeble. I really think this is finally going to be Somerset's time! Nobody can argue that they've been this best side this season in all forms of the game."

Kent
Wicket falls
1652: Moin Ashraf is making quite an impression in only his second County Championship appearance of the season, castling Geraint Jones to leave Kent 142-5. Martin van Jaarsveld is still there on 63, but it's advantage Yorkshire. Oh, and Warwickshire won't be too upset either.

Bad light stops play
1649: First interruption of the day at Chester-le-Street, where bad light has stopped play. Somerset have made it to 115-1, Trescothick now unbeaten on 62.

Rain delay
1641: That wasn't a very long period of play at Northampton, but, sadly they're off again because of rain.

1636: Given what BBC Hereford and Worcester's Dave Bradley was telling us, it will come as no surprise that play has been abandoned for the day at New Road.

1634: Just had this story come in... Tim Boon is poised to resign as Leicestershire head coach, BBC Radio Leicester understands. Will bring you more when we have it.

Somerset
1631: Somerset are still going very nicely at Chester-le-Street, with 100 now on the board and Trescothick 54 not out, his sixth Championship half-century of the summer.

Kent
Out for a duck
1628: Uh oh Kent fans, this is starting to look a little familiar. Moin Ashraf raps Darren Stevens on the pads first ball and umpire Neil Mallender has no doubts. Stevens thinks he got some bat on it, but it isn't going to cut any ice. Kent 132-4.

Kent
Wicket falls
That's 50
1625: And Kent aren't exactly being slow either, Van Jaarsveld bringing up his half-century - and 1,000 first-class runs for the season - with a six. But, two balls later, Adil Rashid fools Key with a googly and traps him bang in front to end a third-wicket stand of 76. Kent are 129-3.

1620: Notts aren't hanging around at Old Trafford, adding 31 in the four overs bowled so far today to move to 39-0. Saj Mahmood's getting a bit of treatment - he's gone for 27 in three overs so far.

Leicestershire
He's reached 100
1616: Glamorgan fans will now be less than chuffed to learn that Leicestershire are playing again at Northampton, with Greg Smith wasting little time in completing back-to-back Championship centuries.

Kent
1613: Kent are making decent progress at Headingley, where Martin van Jaarsveld and captain Rob key have so far put on 67 for the third wicket to take their side to 113-2. Van Jaarsveld is just six shy of a half-century.

From Anthony in soggy Frome, in the TMS inbox: "To see the word "leaders" applied to Somerset with only two-and-a-half days of the season left is UNBELIEEEEEEEVABLE, so a cuppa and a slice of cake just won't do. We'll save the cider as we're not there yet, but a subdued recognition of the moment with, say, a raindance for Old Trafford and Headingley, (sorry guys, but from a West country perspective you've won it too often, it ought to be our turn now), and a massive chunk of Somerset Apple Cake loaded with Somerset Cream and an urn full of tea should be enough to be going on with. Come on guys, you can do it!"

Just as long as you send a piece to the Mailbox, in Birmingham, that's fine by me. But make it quick as one of my colleagues is just making a brew.

1603: No, no, no, PLEASE don't say that. One over completed at Old Trafford but BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Alison Mitchell says there are a few dark clouds gathering around the ground again. Thankfully, they're quite high so fingers crossed...

From BBC Hereford and Worcester's Dave Bradley at New Road: "The umpires said we would start at 1615 if there was no more rain. But as soon as they walked off it started to pour it down again. Could be no more play today methinks."

Nottinghamshire
1600: Fanfare please because the waiting is finally over at Old Trafford. Kyle Hogg is bowling from the Brian Statham end and raps Paul Franks on the pads second ball, but the dreaded finger stays down.

From a very old man in rainy Bristol, in the TMS inbox: "To Rob, in Alresford, thanks for asking! I am still alive, and in no way mummified. Although bits of me are starting to fall off. Got to go the bloke from record breakers is on the phone..."

Now that's dedication for you. After all, that's what you need to be a record breaker. Cue Roy Castle on trumpet...

1551: While we've got a moment, let me bring you up to date with some transfer news, with Sussex this afternoon confirming the signing of one-time England paceman Amjad Khan.

1549: As it stands then we just have action at Chester-le-Street and Headingley and nothing at all in Division Two, which I'm sure Glamorgan won't be too unhappy about given they haven't got on at all today.

Get involved on 606
From Martye on 606: "No side has managed to get maximum batting points at the Riverside this season. The best total against Durham was Essex's 484 way back at the start of the season, but they only got three batting points on that occasion, so Somerset need to do what no other side has managed if they are to get top marks here. The new drainage system has left the outfield so slow as well. There've been a lot less boundaries this year here too."

Music to the ears of Notts and Yorkshire fans I would think. What won't be, though, is news that play has resumed at Chester-le-Street.

Kent
Yorkshire
1535: It's going to be a long old final session at Headingley, with 42 overs to be bowled. Plenty of time to move that game on apace.


Rain delay
1533: But they're got going to resume at Wantage Road, at least not yet, because it's raining.

1532: The players are heading back out at Headingley.

From Rob, in Alresford, in the TMS inbox: "To very old man in rainy Bristol (see 1456) - this would make you even older than Japan's Sogen Kato, born in 1899, who actually died over 30 years ago but his family kept his mummified body hidden and claimed his pension. Can you confirm you are actually still alive and in no way mummified?"

The sun is out
1522: Hallelujah! Here's the news you've been waiting for at Old Trafford - confirmed by both BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Alison Mitchell - play is going to start at 1600. There will be 33 overs, weather permitting this evening.

1520: Tea now being taken at Chester-le-Street too where leaders Somerset, that's right Somerset, are 52-1. It will come as no surprise that Marcus Trescothick is racing along on 30 not out. A manual refresh would go down very nicely with a cuppa and a slice of cake. Anyone, anyone?

By Stephan Shemilt


1513: The players are making their way off for tea at Headingley, with Kent 51-2. There are 41 overs to be bowled in the final session. With that, I shall depart and leave you in the company of Steve Marshall.

Somerset
Wicket falls
1511: We have a wicket at Chester-le-Street, with Arul Suppiah caught and bowled by Liam Plunkett for 18. Somerset are 48-1.

1509: Tea at Northampton, Leicestershire are 145-2 with Greg Smith unbeaten on 96.

From Horners in the TMS inbox: "With Somerset going top, my mood is as black as the Old Trafford weather. Over the course of the season I have made hefty investments on a well known internet betting exchange in Notts, Yorkshire and Lancashire and had either of the former pair come good I would at least of recovered a significant amount of cash. Somerset winning the title would cost me a bundle."
This text commentator tipped Somerset at 10/1 at the beginning of the season. However, I am no gambler, so did not back it up with the cold, hard cash.

1500: More bad news for Glamorgan as play has been abandoned for the day in Cardiff. Could the Welsh county be beaten to promotion at the death?

1459: Greg Smith is closing in on his second first-class hundred. He's moved on to 90, Leicestershire are 131-2 at Northampton.

Yorkshire
Wicket falls
1456: Not one, but two wickets at Headingley. First Joe Denly is caught in the slips off Oliver Hannon-Dalby, then Ajmal Shahzad has Sam Northeast caught behind. Kent are 46-2.

From a very old man in rainy Bristol, in the TMS inbox: "Come on biblical storm! I've been waiting since 1875 for Somerset to win the County Championship, please let it be this week."

1450: A few of you have spotted that we're having a few problems with our live scorecards. I can tell you that Somerset have moved to 22-0 in reply to Durham's 286 and that Kent are 44-0 after Yorkshire were bowled out for 261.

From BBC Hereford and Worcester's Dave Bradley at New Road: "Still off at New Road, heavy rain across the ground, full covers on, radar pictures not looking good."

From BBC WM's Mike Taylor at The Rose Bowl: "A big cheer during the break as the main scoreboard has crackled into life for the first time in the match. A man on a stepladder has spent hours working on it. Umpires just walked everyone out to the middle, looked up and took them off again without a ball being bowled."

From Scott in Aberystwyth, in the TMS inbox: "Funny you should mention a biblical storm...it's been pouring with rain non-stop here all day. A few of the towns have been closed off due to flooding, and I believe it's the same set of clouds heading inland."

Somerset
Wicket falls
1432: Ben Phillips traps debutant Raul Brathwaite lbw to wrap the Durham innings up at Chester-le-Street. The hosts are 286 all out.

From Mark in Bristol, in the TMS inbox: "Good. No play today at Bristol. Hopefully that will be the case tomorrow and Thursday as well, then this dreadful Gloucestershire summer will be over."
As low as you feel now, try not to wish the cricket season away. You'll be longing for it when you're scraping the ice off the car.

Somerset
Wicket falls
1423: Significant news from Chester-le-Street. Somerset have picked up their third bonus point and have gone top of the County Championship. Durham captain Phil Mustard has chopped on off Charl Willoughby to leave the hosts 284-9. If a biblical storm was to arrive on these shores and wipe out all cricket from now until Thursday night, Somerset would be county champions for the first time.

That's 50
1419: Greg Smith, who got his maiden first-class hundred last week, has gone past 50 for Leicestershire at Northampton. The visitors are 82-2.

From Tref in London, in the TMS inbox: "All this talk of fish has given us blenny to talk about during the rain breaks."

Somerset
Wicket falls
1411: Somerset have another at Chester-le-Street. On this occasion, Liam Plunkett has edged Charl Willoughby to Murali Kartik in the slips. The hosts are 277-8 and the Cidermen are one wicket away from going top of the County Championship. Kent have begun their first innings at Headingley.

1404: Thanks Steve. Unfortunately I arrive with bad news. Play has been abandoned for the day at Bristol, where they have not been able to bowl a ball. They were scheduled to resume at 1410 at New Road, but it's now raining again. If you guys are able to hit manual refresh for me, we'll crack on with the games where we have got some cricket.

By Steve Marshall

1400: Right, all this talk of fish is making me peckish so I'm off for a break. I'll leave you in the hands of a man who has been known to leap like a salmon behind the stumps, Stephan Shemilt.

Yorkshire
Wicket falls
1355: The partnership between Patterson and Ashraf is now worth 52... well is was because James Tredwell finds the edge of Ashraf's bat and Geraint Jones makes no mistake. Yorkshire 261 all out.

From BBC WM's Mike Taylor at The Rose Bowl: "Bad light again at The Rose Bowl. Good to see Simon Jones bowling again. Nippily too, though more than ever it's all power from the shoulder as he jogged up like a man running in roller skates. But, after all his injuries, can you blame him for being careful?"

Warwickshire 29-0 if you're interested. At Wantage Road, James Middlebrook has removed Jacques du Toit caught and bowled. Leicestershire now 68-2.

Somerset
Wicket falls
1345: The new ball works for Somerset. Ben Phillips' first ball with it finds the edge of Scott Borthwick and Marcus Trescothick snaffles the catch at first slip, leaving Durham 256-7. At Headingley, Martin van Jaarsveld has put down Ashraf off Simon Cook.

From Dave, in Redhill, in the TMS inbox: "Where do your readers trawl these puns from?"

Yorkshire
1341: They've got there. Ashraf grabs another single and that bonus point is the bag. His partnership with Patterson is worth 41.

1339: Well done Moin Ashraf. He's off the mark with a streaky four through the vacant fourth slip area. Yorkshire are now 249-9 and tantalisingly close to what could prove a vital second batting point.

From Tom in the TMS inbox: "Ah, fish jokes. I've just tuned in to follow the cricket and found you playing the game a skate and I used to use to whale away the walk when the tuna us were making our way to the playing pitches at school back in the day. We always wondered, and cod never figure out, what is it atrout fish names that make them so punilicious? It's almost like it was done on porpoise."

Rain delay
1333: Rain has returned to New Road and means we're looking at a delayed start after lunch. Elsewhere, Warwickshire and Leicestershire continue to make steady progress. The Bears are 24-0 and the Foxes 50-1, 35 of which have been scored by Greg Smith. He looks like he could be a find.

1331: What is it about late-wicket stands today? Steven Patterson and Moin Ashraf have put on a valuable 23 for the final wicket to take Yorkshire to 232-9. Not that Moin has contributed much other than stout defence - he's still looking to get off the mark after facing 18 balls.

From Herbie in the TMS inbox: "Surely this isn't the plaice for emails about fish. Skate over them for cod's sake. Glad this isn't on the radio mind you. Yesterday I haddock-old and my herring wasn't quite right."

1314: Back underway at Chester-le-Street, The Rose Bowl and Northampton. Lunch at New Road, where Sussex are 225-7, with the stand between Hodd and Beer now worth 77. Meanwhile, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Alison Mitchell has just told listeners that the sun is out at Old Trafford, but that tea will be taken at 1510 ahead of an inspection at 1530. Then, if the rain holds off, it's just a case of hoping that the outfield is dry enough to play.

Get involved on 606
From ToffeeMo on 606: "This fish supper competition is just pollocks..."

Well, you're clearly in the right plaice to join in, there's no trout about it.

From BBC London's Mark Church at Bristol: "News from Bristol... umpires to inspect again at 1400. That annoying wet rain is still about sadly."

1306: For those of you asking, rest assured I'll bring you an 'As it Stands' table at the end of the day. Anything before then is beyond my technical capabilities!

From Rajiv Dattani in the TMS inbox: "Please can you explain the unlikely but highly desirable scenario required to see the Foxes where they belong in Division One next season!"

No problem Rajiv. Realistically, only a maximum 24-point win will do, and then hope Glamorgan pick up no more than three points and Worcestershire no more than 12.

Yorkshire
Wicket falls
1259: Nel traps Oliver Hannon-Dalby lbw to pick up a sixth wicket. Kent have maximum bowling bonus points and Yorkshire are 209-9.

From Gary, exiled Welshman, in the TMS inbox: "Re: Fish Supper competition - should it end in a draw, then could I suggest that they adopt a Dogfish-Ling scoring method - double points to anyone who had a message posted about cricket?"

Yorkshire
Wicket falls
1250: Big breakthrough for Kent as Dewald Nel catches Jonny Bairstow's edge and has him caught at second slip. Nel has five wickets and Yorkshire are now 207-8, with a second batting bonus point looking a long way away.

1246: BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Alison Mitchell has just been talking to Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell, who thinks it will be 1530 before there is any prospect of play at Old Trafford.

1242: I was in the middle of bringing you a lunch round-up when my computer crashed, so apologies for the delay. Anyway, Durham have gone in for their butties on 232-6, while Warwickshire survived five overs at The Rose Bowl to head to the interval on 11-0. In Division Two, Leicestershire lost Matthew Boyce to the last ball for the break and are 27-1. Oh, and good news, we're underway at Headingley.

Somerset
Wicket falls
1222: We have joint leaders at the top of Division One folks as, with double nelson on the board, Trego bangs one in, Ben Harmison mis-times his hook and Arul Suppiah gets under it to take the catch. Durham 222-6.

1218: In the Division Two promotion race, Leicestershire have started solidly enough in reply to Northants' 250, making it to 13-0. Meanwhile, at New Road, Sussex are past 200, with the eighth-wicket stand between Andrew Hodd and Will Beer now worth 55.

From Terry, in Devon, in the TMS inbox: "Re: Emily query. The game was based on a fish supper which would include but not exclusively fish and chips - maybe a fish pie of some kind? Scores on the doors - if this gets in I'm one up heading to mid-session drinks."

Somerset
Wicket falls
1212: Peter Trego raps former team-mate Ian Blackwell on the pads, appeals and umpire Tim Robinson's finger goes up. Durham are 217-5 and Somerset are one wicket away from joining Notts on 205 points.

From Nigel, a short stroll from Trent Bridge, in the TMS inbox: "Anyone know what happens if points are tied at the top of Division One after these matches? Does it go on number of wins? I can see all three ending in draws, Somerset getting six bonus points and Notts scraping four."

I can clear this one up straight away Nigel. If the teams finish level on points, then the team with the most wins will be crowned champions - and that means Notts.

From Robert Marriott in the TMS inbox: "Re: Paul in Wiltshire (1116). I know there are no guarantees with the English weather, but surely the ECB can come up with a schedule that doesn't involve any games in Manchester outside of the first week in August?"

Warwickshire
Wicket falls
1205: That delay has clearly done Warwickshire good as they've wrapped up the Hampshire innings in double-quick time. Imran Tahir traps Briggs leg before to end a stand of 60 with Dawson, who in the following over edges a looping Keith Barker delivery to the wicketkeeper. Hampshire 218 all out, but more importantly for the Bears they have all three bowling bonus points.

From Mike Gibson in the TMS inbox: "Guys there seems to be a reluctance to update Leicestershire's score! We have just bowled out Northants and no mention of it! Come on boys."

Consider my wrists slapped. Northants all out for 250 thanks to two wickets in three balls from Jigar Naik. Maximum bowling points for the Foxes, but they now really need 400 with the bat.

1156: Looks like we're going to get underway at New Road at noon... unless another shower hits.

1153: No sooner had I pressed 'save' then they were trotting back out at The Rose Bowl. The delay was only six minutes.

From BBC WM's Mike Taylor at The Rose Bowl: "Bad light finally intervenes at Southampton. Warwicks getting very frustrated with a ninth-wicket stand worth 52. Two young players, Dawson and Briggs batting very maturely. Warwicks are under pressure here, Hants' score looks competitive in these conditions and they have bowlers who might go well. How fit will Simon Jones be in his first Championship match in two years?"


From BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole at Headingley: "They're taking an early lunch here at Headingley, play due to resume at 1240, as long as there's no more rain of course. My Kirkwood-like senses say it'll be OK for the rest of the day."

1139: Leicestershire's promotion challenge is being held up by a ninth-wicket stand too. David Lucas and Lee Daggett have so far put on 35 to take their side to 239-8.

1135: If you're a Warwickshire fan, an annoying partnership is being put together at The Rose Bowl by Liam Dawson and Danny Briggs. They've so far compiled 43 since Hampshire's eighth wicket fell, taking their side to the brink of 200.

Get involved on 606
From blueMrbluesky on 606: "Can't see there being any play in Manchester today, it's hammering it down."

From BBC Hereford and Worcester's Dave Bradley at New Road: "Hoping to start at 1200 inspection at 1145, lunch at one."

From what I hear from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Kevin Hand there's a chance of play before lunch at Headingley too.

From Rob Stewart in the TMS inbox: "Re: Paul in Wiltshire. The 2008 season finished even later in fact, with the climax not until Saturday, 27 September. After an awful summer, it was a glorious week with strong sunshine burning off early mists by late morning. Sadly, what seemed to have been a great few days to book off work was spoilt by a Notts' capitulation not too dissimilar to that they're steadily working towards this season. Ho-hum."

From Emily, in Aylesbury, in the TMS inbox: "Morning, is it possible to find out what happened with the fish and chip competition that was going on yesterday? I was inspired to stop for fish and chips on the way home from work. I had mayonnaise and tartare sauce. Go Somerset, please don't let it rain."

Come on, let us know? All that talk of food has just reminded me I haven't had my breakfast yet.

1116: Confirmation that there will be no play before lunch at Cardiff. But, remember you can listen to what play is happening in the title race, well at Durham, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or BBC local radio.

From Paul, in damp Wiltshire, in the TMS inbox: "The most exciting finish to a league season in years and its quickly becoming a farce. I know there are no guarantees with the English weather but surely the ECB can come up with a schedule when the season doesn't finish in mid September?"

Believe it or not, the season finished a week later last year... and was played out in brilliant sunshine from what I recall.

From BBC Hereford and Worcester's Dave Bradley at New Road: "Covers are back on as it's raining again, umpires have had a look but no announcement."

Just when things were looking up

Somerset
Wicket falls
1108: Another wicket for Somerset as Ben Phillips finds the edge of Gordon Muchall's bat and Craig Kieswetter holds on. Durham are 160-4.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Kevin Hand at Headingley: "Inspection due at around 1145. Will be touch and go whether we get underway at 12 or take an early lunch. Still some small puddles on the outfield, but the sun is out and the weather looks good to the west."

Guess that's encouraging... for fans of Yorkshire and Kent anyway.

Hampshire
Wicket falls
1059: Warwickshire are on the brink of a third bowling bonus point after Darren Maddy and Rikki Clarke strike to remove Dominic Cork and James Tomlinson respectively. Hampshire now 163-8.

From BBC London's Mark Church at Bristol: "No play before lunch at Bristol. Still very, very gloomy and drizzle getting heavier. Seems to be that annoying wet rain..."

From BBC Hereford and Worcester's Dave Bradley at New Road: "Stopped raining, covers are off, inspection at 1100."

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Alison Mitchell: "Notts' lead has been cut to one point because Somerset have picked up their third wicket and therefore their first bonus point. Dale Benkenstein c Trescothick b Thomas 72."

Leicestershire
Wicket falls
1045: Early breakthrough for Leicestershire at Wantage Road, where Matthew Hoggard has pinned David Murphy leg before. Northants now 196-7.

From BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at Old Trafford: "Neither umpire was brave enough to squelch it out to the middle for the cursory inspection. Instead, as predicted, it's No Play Before Lunch at Old Trafford. Shame for the Glasgow Rangers fans who've decide to come and watch some county cricket before their meaningless little affair across the road this evening!"

Somerset
1040: What do I know, eh? We are underway at Chester-le-Street, The Rose Bowl - where I'm told it is very dark - and Wantage Road. Somerset have a breakthrough, too, with Alfonso Thomas picking up the key wicket of Dale Benkenstein.

From BBC London's Mark Church at Bristol: "Wind and rain at Bristol... a very gloomy picture. Very frustrating especially for Mr Pietersen who was looking good yesterday."

From BBC WM's Mike Taylor at The Rose Bowl: "Prospects not so great here today, not much rain overnight but the light is poor."

1021: I've just added the commentary links to the right hand side of the page - even though I'm not particularly optimistic of us starting on time anywhere - so if you hit manual refresh they should magically appear.

From BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at Old Trafford: "The official line from Old Trafford is that the umpires will 'inspect' at 1015 but as it's continued to throw it down all morning and is still doing so, we are perhaps preparing for a 'no play before lunch' scenario. Brighter prospects are forecast for this afternoon, so we may have some cricket to cover later in the day. Footnote on yesterday - despite the lack of play here, at least Chris Read was the only top three skipper to win a toss and by batting first Notts will be able to set their own tempo when play gets under way - having seen neither of their rivals have a great first day."

Rain delay
1013: We already have confirmation of delayed starts at Cardiff and New Road. Worcestershire began the final round of games nine points behind second-placed Glamorgan in the race for promotion, but cut that to seven by picking up two bowling bonus points against Sussex, while the Welsh side struggled with the bat against Derbyshire.

1009: Well, yesterday was a bit of a damp squib wasn't it? Yorkshire were the only one of the three sides to pick up a bonus point because of the weather, so they are now six behind leaders Nottinghamshire and four behind Somerset. At the other end of the table it's effectively 'as you were' as both Warwickshire and Kent picked up two bonus points. Seven more points for the Bears, though, and they will be safe.

1005: Waterproofs? Check. Umbrella? Check. Wellies? Check. Must be the second day of the County Championship finale. Ready? Let's go.



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see also
Somerset take control in Durham
14 Sep 10 |  Counties
More Old Trafford woe for Notts
14 Sep 10 |  Counties
Ashraf gives Tykes edge over Kent
14 Sep 10 |  Counties
Bears survival bid hit by weather
14 Sep 10 |  Counties
Cardiff rain hits Glamorgan hopes
14 Sep 10 |  Counties
Worcs frustrated by rain and Hodd
14 Sep 10 |  Counties
Smith century puts Leics on top
14 Sep 10 |  Counties
Glos and Surrey suffer a washout
14 Sep 10 |  Counties
County Championship 2010 climax
12 Sep 10 |  Counties
County cricket commentaries
26 Mar 10 |  Counties
Guide to county cricket
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Live cricket on the BBC
26 Oct 11 |  Cricket


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