County cricket: Surrey v Somerset, Essex v Kent, and more on day four – live

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Good morning from a cold, wet, windy south London, the sort of day when any gap between trouser hem and socks, collar and neck, is calamitous.

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The Met office are downbeat: A narrow band of squally heavy rain clearing England and Wales by late morning. Blustery showers, with hail and thunder already in the north spreading to all parts during the afternoon. Feeling colder than of late, with gusty winds.

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But play is possible, in parts. It shouldn’t need too big a window for Surrey to polish off Somerset; Sussex to gobble Leicestershire, Yorkshire to run through Gloucestershire, Glamorgan to polish off Derbyshire, Warwickshire winkle out Durham, or even Worcestershire to sew up Notts after last night’s impression of falling masonry. But first of all, coffee.

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DIVISION ONE

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Chelmsford: Essex 530-7d and 257-4 v Kent 413

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The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 367 and 39-2 v Lancashire 484

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Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 399 and 151-7 v Worcestershire 355

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The Oval: Surrey 428 v Somerset 285 and 204-6

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Edgbaston: Warwickshire 698-3d v Durham 517 and 12-2

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DIVISION TWO

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Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 237 &amp;361-7dec v Derbyshire 198 and 40-1

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Bristol: Gloucestershire 263 and 97-4 v Yorkshire 326 &amp; 434-6dec

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Grace Road: Leicestershire 338 and 86-1 v Sussex 694-9dec

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Northampton: Northamptonshire 552-6d v Middlesex 553-2

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Surrey closed in on victory as Somerset faltered to the county champions’ spinners – not the usual turn of events in April. Dan Lawrence grabbed three with his flat-footed whirlygigs from the Vauxhall End, and there were two for Cameron Steel. Surrey had added 70 in the morning, with Kasey Aldridge picking up the second five-fer of his career. Despite fifties from Tom Lammonby and Lewis Goldsworthy, Somerset finished the day just 61 runs ahead with only four wickets in the bank.

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Jordan Cox rolling-pinned 116 from 89 balls against his old county as Essex built up a stout second innings lead; Ben Compton had been last man out for 165 as Kent limped past the follow-on target.

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Nottinghamshire once again suffered calamitous subsidence, losing six for 19 in the evening session – this after mislaying six for 34 in their first match. Ben Duckett had skipped to 63 before being the first of Nathan Smith’s four wickets in seven balls. Earlier, Smith had shepherded Worcestershire’s lower order with 58.

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Despite knocking up 517, Durham failed to avoid the follow-on against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, and lost two second-innings wickets in the evening gloom. Lancashire were on top against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl thanks to 172 from Keaton Jennings and 99 from George Bell, run out itching for the golden single.

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In a round notable for hundreds by captains, Sussex’s John Simpson flashed an unbeaten 205 against Leicestershire which, alongside 134 from Danny Lamb, allowed him to declare on 694 for nine. Chris Cooke’s 126 put Glamorgan in the box seat against Derbyshire at Sophia Gardens.

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Idiosyncratic fifties by Joe Root and Harry Brook, alongside 113 from Adam Lyth, helped Yorkshire plunder the Gloucestershire attack before pulling the rug away from their second innings.

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Nathan Fernandes became the youngest man since 1862 to make a century on first-class debut for Middlesex. He was joined in three figures by Max Holden (211 not out) and Leus du Plooy (196 not out), the two plundering Northants for an unbeaten 350 for the third wicket.

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The covers are firmly tethered at The Oval and no sign of life. The scoreboard shines through the gloom.

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Sunday’s round-up

Surrey closed in on victory as Somerset faltered to the county champions’ spinners – not the usual turn of events in April. Dan Lawrence grabbed three with his flat-footed whirlygigs from the Vauxhall End, and there were two for Cameron Steel. Surrey had added 70 in the morning, with Kasey Aldridge picking up the second five-fer of his career. Despite fifties from Tom Lammonby and Lewis Goldsworthy, Somerset finished the day just 61 runs ahead with only four wickets in the bank.

Jordan Cox rolling-pinned 116 from 89 balls against his old county as Essex built up a stout second innings lead; Ben Compton had been last man out for 165 as Kent limped past the follow-on target.

Nottinghamshire once again suffered calamitous subsidence, losing six for 19 in the evening session – this after mislaying six for 34 in their first match. Ben Duckett had skipped to 63 before being the first of Nathan Smith’s four wickets in seven balls. Earlier, Smith had shepherded Worcestershire’s lower order with 58.

Despite knocking up 517, Durham failed to avoid the follow-on against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, and lost two second-innings wickets in the evening gloom. Lancashire were on top against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl thanks to 172 from Keaton Jennings and 99 from George Bell, run out itching for the golden single.

In a round notable for hundreds by captains, Sussex’s John Simpson flashed an unbeaten 205 against Leicestershire which, alongside 134 from Danny Lamb, allowed him to declare on 694 for nine. Chris Cooke’s 126 put Glamorgan in the box seat against Derbyshire at Sophia Gardens.

Idiosyncratic fifties by Joe Root and Harry Brook, alongside 113 from Adam Lyth, helped Yorkshire plunder the Gloucestershire attack before pulling the rug away from their second innings.

Nathan Fernandes became the youngest man since 1862 to make a century on first-class debut for Middlesex. He was joined in three figures by Max Holden (211 not out) and Leus du Plooy (196 not out), the two plundering Northants for an unbeaten 350 for the third wicket.

Scores on the doors

DIVISION ONE

Chelmsford: Essex 530-7d and 257-4 v Kent 413

The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 367 and 39-2 v Lancashire 484

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 399 and 151-7 v Worcestershire 355

The Oval: Surrey 428 v Somerset 285 and 204-6

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 698-3d v Durham 517 and 12-2

DIVISION TWO

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 237 &361-7dec v Derbyshire 198 and 40-1

Bristol: Gloucestershire 263 and 97-4 v Yorkshire 326 & 434-6dec

Grace Road: Leicestershire 338 and 86-1 v Sussex 694-9dec

Northampton: Northamptonshire 552-6d v Middlesex 553-2

Preamble

Good morning from a cold, wet, windy south London, the sort of day when any gap between trouser hem and socks, collar and neck, is calamitous.

The Met office are downbeat: A narrow band of squally heavy rain clearing England and Wales by late morning. Blustery showers, with hail and thunder already in the north spreading to all parts during the afternoon. Feeling colder than of late, with gusty winds.

But play is possible, in parts. It shouldn’t need too big a window for Surrey to polish off Somerset; Sussex to gobble Leicestershire, Yorkshire to run through Gloucestershire, Glamorgan to polish off Derbyshire, Warwickshire winkle out Durham, or even Worcestershire to sew up Notts after last night’s impression of falling masonry. But first of all, coffee.

The Guardian