Start of play scores
Canterbury: Kent 226 (Amir 4-48; Cook 5-42) v Essex 32-1.
The Oval: Surrey 109-2 v Hampshire 367 (Vince 47; Abbot 72; Clarke 7-74).
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 419 (Rhodes 82, Yates 141 ) v Somerset 167-5 (Davies 89 not out)
Scarborough: Yorkshire 232 (Tattersall 92; Luke Wood 5-67 and 177-2 (Lyth 81) v Nottinghamshire 184 (Olivier 4-60 )
Derby: Derbyshire 200 (Higgins 5-54 ) v Gloucestershire 396-7
Chester-le-Street: Durham 544-9 dec (Alex Lees 181 ) v Leicestershire 155-4
Colwyn Bay: Glamorgan 257 (Hemphrey 56, Patel 54, Carey 51) v Lancashire 545 (Vilas 266)
County Ground: Worcestershire 186 (Moeen 42, Leach 53 Hutton 6-57) and 42-4 v Northants 376
Hove: Sussex 309 (Wells 62, Carey 56; Roland-Jones 5-56) v Middlesex 75 (Robinson 8-34 and 149-4
Some news: STEVE SMITH is out of the third Test.
Quickly, round the grounds: Sussex are on top at Hove – the deficit is only 85 but I can’t see Middlesex’s batting clawing out of this one. Much, all, rests on Sam Robson. The sun is shining at last at Canterbury, where Essex are desperate to build on their lead at the top of the Championship as Somerset struggle in Birmingham. There much, all, rests on Steve Davies. Surrey need to batten down the hatches at The Oval after the Sam Curran at No.3 experiment failed to take off. And Nottinghamshire could lose today against Yorkshire, who have a lead of 225 with eight wickets still in hand.
All hail Dane Vilas, who tore up the record book at Colwyn Bay – a Lancashire lead of 287 should almost seal their promotion to the top tier. Leicestershire still have a way to go to escape danger at Chester-le-Street, but Hassan Azad, owner of a new two-year contract, is unbeaten on 53. Worcestershire’s batting is a walking disaster – cross all fingers and toes for Moeen Ali ; and Gloucestershrie are on top at the County Ground.