- County round-up
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Nottinghamshire will need to score more than 340 runs on the final day if they are to beat Durham and maintain the pressure on County Championship leaders Warwickshire.
Opener Mark Stoneman was the star for the visitors, hitting his first century of the season, as Durham closed their second innings on 301 for seven, 341 ahead, to raise hopes of a third straight win that would go a long way to ending their own fears of relegation. Stoneman made 114 from 147 balls, with 14 fours and a six, while skipper Paul Collingwood was unbeaten on 51 at the close.
Seamer Luke Fletcher carried the most threat for Notts, finishing with three for 47, and it will need a Herculean effort from the hosts to claim victory from their current position.
Worcestershire's lower-order batsmen made the most of a window in the weather late in the third day of their clash with relegation rivals Lancashire at New Road.
The match was at standstill for more than five hours before Gareth Andrew and Ben Scott came out to add 27 runs and lever their side up to 251 for seven. Scott (14 not out) twice drove Kyle Hogg for four and when Andrew (12 not out) clipped the same bowler backward of square to register a second bonus point, Daryl Mitchell called his side in.
With 27 balls still available before the 110-over cut-off, his declaration denied Lancashire an opportunity to try for the two wickets they needed for a third bowling point but Paul Horton and his new opening partner, Luke Procter, negotiated seven overs to the close.
A combination of excellent seam bowling from Toby Roland-Jones and injudicious shot selection from Surrey's batsmen ensured Middlesex's victory target was limited to 254. By the close of an intriguing day they had reached 45 for 1 in pursuit.
Tom Westley and Owais Shah both hit centuries as Essex declared on 520-9 in reply to Glamorgan's 438 all out on the third day of their Division Two match at Colchester.
Derbyshire amassed a respectable 233 for 8 in pursuit of Yorkshire's 420 in a rain-ravaged battle at Headingley.
Alex Wakely and Rob Newton each scored half-centuries as Northamptonshire tightened their grip on Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. Newton struck a rapid 59 and Wakely was 61 not out at the close as Northants reached 176 for five in their second innings from 45 overs, a lead of 256 runs.
More bad weather prevented any play on the third day of the already rain-ruined match between Gloucestershire and Kent at Bristol.