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11.48am BST

Graham Hardcastle reports form Taunton

Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid have safely navigated the first 45 minutes of play to take Yorkshire to 210-5, a lead of 163. The second new ball has just been taken by Alfonso Thomas. Bairstow is 50 not out, his second fifty of the match. A crucial sixth-wicket partnership between Bairstow and Rashid stands at 93.

11.37am BST

Will Macpherson writes

So, we’re 35 minutes in and Kent have two crucial breakthroughs. First, Rory Burns, defending deep in his crease with soft hands to Darren Stevens, found the ball spinning back at him and, as he tried to kick it away, slowly rolling up to the stumps and dislodging the bails. Burns couldn’t believe his misfortune and dragged himself very slowly from the crease.

11.03am BST

Will Macpherson sends his first update of the day

Good morning all from a delightful morning in South East London. Absolutely idyllic. The bell has been rung and their players are on their way out.

10.36am BST

Graham Hardcastle sets up the day from Taunton

Good morning and welcome to the county blog, where myself and Will Macpherson will guide you through day four at Taunton and Beckenham.

10.36am BST

Morning all,

Today we have Will Macpherson at Beckenham for Kent v Surrey and Graham Hardcastle at Taunton for Somerset v Yorkshire. Here are the reports from yesterday:

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County cricket – live!

All the action with Lizzy Ammon at Hove for Sussex v Warwickshire and Graham Hardcastle at Taunton for Somerset v Yorkshire

5.18pm BST

Graham Hardcastle sends his final report of the day from Taunton

We have 16 overs left in the day, and Yorkshire are 141-5, leading by 94, with Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid trying to rebuild following three wickets in a seven-over spell for Craig Overton. They have put on 24 for the fifth wicket, and have plenty to do to ease the tension in the visiting dressing room.

4.35pm BST

Graham Hardcastle reports from Taunton
Game on again. Yorkshire have lost two wickets in eight balls in the early stages of the evening session and are now 114-4, leading by 67. Craig Overton had Jack Leaning caught at deep backward square-leg and Andrew Gale caught at second slip with successive deliveries at the end of the 39th over and the start of the 41st.

The door is now firmly ajar for Somerset, who are attacking Jonny Bairstow and Glenn Maxwell, a man still searching for his first Yorkshire run after a two-ball duck in the first innings.

4.04pm BST

We have a result in Hove

It’s all over. Chris Jordan has won the match for Sussex on his first match for them this season. He’s deposited Rankin over long off into the stands for six to give Sussex a one wicket victory over Warwickshire.

4.01pm BST

Graham Hardcastle writes from Taunton

Somerset have their second wicket, that of Will Rhodes neatly caught at first slip by a diving Jim Allenby off the part-time spin of Johann Myburgh with the score on 82. Yorkshire, now 49 ahead, are 96-2 from 36 overs at tea.

3.59pm BST

Lizzy Ammon reports from Hove

Scenes, as they say, here at Hove. The fifty partnership between Brown and Cachopa ended when the latter had a bit of a brain fade and carted Jeetan Patel’s first delivery down to long on where the tallest man on the park – Boyd Rankin – was standing. Brown and Jordan then put on a further 55 before Brown mistimed a pull to Patel off Boyd Rankin. He sunk down on his haunches mortified.

2.55pm BST

Lizzy Ammon reports

There’s a 50-run partnership between Ben Brown and Craig Cachopa who have played really positively and put the pressure back on to Warwickshire. They’ve taken the score to 98/5 with the runs required down below 100 now.

2.46pm BST

Graham Hardcastle reports from Somerset v Yorkshire

Yorkshire are into the lead at Taunton having lost only Alex Lees for one, caught behind off Peter Trego in the second over of the innings. They are now 52-1 in the 15th thanks to a solid second-wicket stand between emerging pair Jack Leaning and opener Will Rhodes.

2.17pm BST

Graham Hardcastle reports from Taunton

Wow. We have just witnessed a quite remarkable half hour before lunch thanks to the Overton twins, Jamie and Craig, who have handed Somerset a 47-run lead on first innings and made mincemeat of Yorkshire’s bowling attack during a tenth-wicket stand of 76 in just 35 balls.

2.15pm BST

More from Lizzy at Hove

Things are not going well for Sussex. Ed Joyce, having been dropped by Trott on 0, was given LBW first ball after lunch. Then Luke Wright got an absolutely unplayable ball from Rikki Clarke; it popped up fiercely off a length and all Wright could do was glove it straight to the hands of second slip. They are 48/5 needing another 142 and Warwickshire firmly in the box seat. The pitch hasn’t got any better although the overheads are a bit more friendly today.

2.14pm BST

Lizzy Ammon’s lunchtime report

It’s lunch here at Hove and Sussex’s chase, as suspected, is not easy. They’ve lost three wickets. Those of Luke Wells, Chris Nash and Harry Finch. Wells started well but was dropped by Laurie Evans in the gully and then quickly edged to the slips for 19. Harry Finch managed to make just one before having his bails trimmed by Chris Wright.

12.44pm BST

Graham Hardcastle reports from Taunton

You have to feel for Tom Cooper, Somerset’s Australian Dutchman. The search goes on for his first hundred in county cricket after falling for 99 as Somerset edge towards parity on first innings. Cooper was caught behind down leg off Liam Plunkett, and followed the same way as Alex Barrow just a couple of overs earlier against Steve Patterson. Somerset are now 427-9 replying to 438. The same thing happened to me in a second XI club cup final on 49 going back ten years or so. But I strongly suspect Cooper feels a heck of a lot worse now than I did that day.

12.00pm BST

Graham Hardcastle writes from Taunton

Somerset are now 50 behind at 378-6 having lost two wickets this morning, one to Liam Plunkett and one to Steve Patterson. Plunkett bowled Alfonso Thomas four balls into the day and Patterson got Jim Allenby the same way for 31. Australian-born Dutch international Tom Cooper, 88 not out, is closing in on his first century in county cricket.

11.54am BST

Lizzy Ammon writes from Sussex v Warwickshire

Warwickshire are all out for exactly 200, a lead of 189. It was a heroic effort from Westwood but he only managed to score two runs before being bowled by Magoffin and then Chris Jordan bowled Boyd Rankin with a full straight ball.

11.16am BST

Lizzy Ammon reports

Ian Westwood has come out to bat. They’ve strapped him up, poured some painkillers down his throat and he’s come out to bat after Rikki Clarke was caught in the slips by Harry Finch for 34. But it’s very clear he shouldn’t be out there, he’s just been hit in the ribs by a short ball. He is in pain. He isn’t right. He’s braving it out but that doesn’t seem very sensible to me. Fair play for bravery but not sure how sensible it is.

11.10am BST

Lizzy Ammon reports from Hove

Good morning from Hove for what will almost certainly be the final day of this match. 27 wickets have fallen in five sessions in this match which has been totally dominated by the ball on a suspect pitch. They’ve relaid one side of the square here and it doesn’t appear that it’s gone entirely to plan. A second XI match was abandoned earlier this season because it was deemed dangerous. Two weeks ago the pitch for the Middlesex match was deemed “below average” and some felt that Sussex were lucky to get away with it not being marked poor. The umpires have rated this one below average so far and if they move that to a poor marking there will be a report to Lord’s by umpires, captains and the cricket liaison officer Tony Pigott.

11.08am BST

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10.31am BST

Graham Hardcastle sets up the day

Good morning and welcome to the county blog, where we have Lizzy Ammon at Hove for what is almost certain to be the final day and myself at Taunton.

10.26am BST

Morning all,

Today we have Lizzy Ammon at Hove for Sussex v Warwickshire and Graham Hardcastle at Taunton for Somerset v Yorkshire. Here are the reports from yesterday:

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Somerset frustrate Yorkshire after Tim Bresnan completes rare century

• Yorkshire 438; Somerset 309-4
• Andrew Gale delighted as England overlook Jason Gillespie

A surprised but delighted Andrew Gale believes the England and Wales Cricket Board have “missed a trick” by overlooking his Yorkshire coach, Jason Gillespie, for the vacant England job.

The Yorkshire captain was told the 40-year-old Australian would be staying at Headingley shortly after the warm-ups ahead of a second day that Somerset had much the better of thanks to a strong response to the champions’ first-innings score of 438.

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