Warwickshire's lead of 67 on first innings should give them a better than even chance of winning, which they must do if they are to be sure of avoiding relegation for the first time since 2007. For Lancashire the news is not so good
Glamorgan's seamers picked up Leicestershire's last eight second-innings wickets for just 85 runs to put the visitors in a strong position to go on and win their Division Two Specsavers County Championship match
Joe Clarke achieved his career-best score and Joe Leach a first century for three years as Worcestershire's batsmen dominated a rain-truncated second day
by David Hopps9/21/2016 5:26:29 PM
Middlesex v Yorkshire - Specsavers County Championship: Division One
by Dan Mullan (Getty Images Sport) via Getty Images on Wed Sep 21 2016
by David Hopps9/21/2016 5:25:13 PM
Somerset v Nottinghamshire - Specsavers County Championship: Division One
by Michael Steele (Getty Images Sport) via Getty Images on Wed Sep 21 2016
by David Hopps9/21/2016 4:54:20 PM
Jack Brooks CB 6-65 as Middlesex fall for 270
Stalwart Tim Bresnan carries Yorkshire hopes after Toby Roland-Jones wrecks top order
Bresnan 72* in four hours: Yorkshire 235-6 need 115 to stay alive Somerset spinners torment poor Notts: Dom Bess 5-43, Jack Leach 3-42
Somerset lead by 332 at close of second day
Hampshire threaten Great Escape 2: Warks, Lancs under threat at bottom of Division One but rain hits Birmingham
Gloomy for Lancashire: trail Warks by 67 on first innings
Career-best 194 for Worcestershire's Joe Clarke
How It Stands
Middlesex win title if they beat Yorkshire
Somerset gained maximum bowling points, so 300-349 for Yorkshire would mean a Championship tie if both sides won - but the title would then go to Somerset by virtue of fewer defeats (wins being equal).
Yorkshire's first task therefore is to make 350+ in 110 overs which would mean they would win the title if they beat Middlesex
If Yorkshire make 350+, then Somerset's only chance of the title is to win and for it also to be a draw at Lord's
A Hampshire win would mean the loser of Warwickshire v Lancashire would be relegated.
If Hampshire win, Lancs could survive with a draw, Warks would have to win
Welcome back to the County Cricket blog as we reach the climax of the Championship season. George Dobell is at Lord's for the meeting of the top two, Middlesex v Yorkshire, and Paul Edwards is at Taunton to see if Somerset, in third, can surprise both by claiming their first title. But there is relegation interest, too: Will Macpherson watches Hampshire seek the win they need against Durham, which if achieved would put pressure on Warwickshire and Lancashire, who meet at Edgbaston under the watchful eye of Jon Culley. Plus the ECB county network and all adorned by your news and views. And before we get allegations of bias, we routinely carry the county feed from the home team. It's just not Yorkshire's week! Get involved: Use one of our social sign-ins to join the chat. If you use Android mobile, we recommend you use your browser to access the mobile site at espncricinfo.com You can also contact us with words or pictures using #countycricketlive on Twitter or Instagram or email into the blog at email@example.com
by David Hoppsvia null9/21/2016 8:10:37 AM
3rd & 7 37yd
3rd & 7 37yd
Wednesday, not Tuesday! :P Morning all.
by StaggerBreaths9/21/2016 8:18:12 AM
Morning URL hackers. Let's play a fun game of "what did James Hildreth say to the Somerset middle order last night?"
by NemoUKS9/21/2016 8:18:52 AM
Going to have to apologise for last night. I turned up at 5:04 with Somerset 322/4 and left at stumps with Somerset 322/9
by Will Colwell9/21/2016 8:20:36 AM
by StaggerBreaths9/21/2016 8:21:40 AM
I did almost exactly the opposite, left work at 5, got home to discover the close of play scorecard and said some very unkind things
by NemoUKS9/21/2016 8:21:46 AM
@NemoUKS nothing the printed press would publish, some sort of diatribe.
by storrse9/21/2016 8:22:44 AM
That collapse could well cost Somerset the title. It opens the door for Yorkshire a bit and makes it more likely that both Yorkshire and Middlesex would win the Championship with a win and not win it with a draw, massively incentivising the setting up of a result even if the game is heading for a draw.
by kieranhdean9/21/2016 8:23:41 AM
The problem for Yorkshire may well turn out to be the bowling points. To win the title they need to get at least 4 wickets in 28 overs this morning, 300 in the 1st innings (which will not be easy given the batting line up!) and then win the match. For Middlesex bonus points are almost irrelevant now - it seems very unlikely a draw will be good enough for them if Somerset win.
by kieranhdean9/21/2016 8:26:09 AM
A reminder to those who didn't see it last night: the cricket chat continues in the off-season right here: countycricketlive.boards.net Please join us if you're into extra-county cricket as well!
by StaggerBreaths9/21/2016 8:27:04 AM
Leicestershire on form this morning
by NemoUKS9/21/2016 8:29:07 AM
got the runs this morning so got to work from home, don't pity me tho as this = sky sports on in the back ground. FOR THE WIN
by Joe T Williams9/21/2016 8:30:30 AM
Morning all. Spending most of today on a train, so thanks goodness for mobile internet.
by Matt Warwick9/21/2016 8:36:17 AM
How many Leics. tweets have we had/have been deleted thus far?
by StaggerBreaths9/21/2016 8:38:22 AM
A cunning ploy Joe. Or should that be... a running ploy?
by StaggerBreaths9/21/2016 8:39:01 AM
@Staggerbreaths - these retweets that cause irritation. i may have found a way that can block the regulars. might work, might not, can anyone remember the serial offenders? global sporty or somerthing? ipl something?
by David Hopps9/21/2016 8:39:03 AM
The title race getting very close in the fantasy stuff too, Yorkshire Moo's once thousand point lead is now down below 40: docs.google.com
by NemoUKS9/21/2016 8:40:35 AM
We'll need their handles won't they? I can remember some of the names, but not the handles. We'll need to bait them out one final time... Thanks for whatever it is you're doing Hoppsy, really appreciate it. :)
by StaggerBreaths9/21/2016 8:40:56 AM
Lovely day for batting in London. Double ton for gubbins?