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Live Reporting

Ged Scott and Ben Pheazey

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Kent 37-0 v Notts

    The Sri Lanka paceman is bowling round the wicket now as Compton plays defensively into the on side.

    Compton shoulders arms as Fernando’s fifth ball jags back sharply and misses the stumps by a coat of varnish. Maiden over.

  2. Post update

    Kent 37-0 v Notts

    Brett Hutton is pushing the ball out wide of off stump and Compton is leaving it alone.

    A straight ball is driven down the ground and picked up just inside the ropes. Three runs.

    Crawley gets a single off the last ball to keep the strike.

  3. wicket

    Azad c Miles b Rushworth 1

    Northants 5-1 v Warwickshire

    Early breakthrough for Warwickshire at Edgbaston as Hasan Azad slashes to point and is well taken by Craig Miles.

    Chris Rushworth”s 44th first-class wicket of the season.

  4. Post update

    Kent 32-0 v Notts

    Crawley is keen to get on with it and tries to fetch Fernando to leg from outside off.

    Fernando beats Crawley outside off and the ball is deflected past third slip.

    Kent currently becalmed after a very bright start.

  5. Post update

    Kent 32-0 v Notts

    Not a bad crowd here for a September Sunday morning. Maybe a few more folk will come to the ground via the cathedral later?

    Notts had the better of Kent earlier in the summer at Trent Bridge but this is a much-changed Kent XI, with no less than seven changes.

    Just one from Hutton’s third over.

  6. Post update

    Kent 31-0 v Notts

    Compton is not matching Crawley for fluency just yet as he plays and misses Fernando outside off.

    Extra bounce from Fernando and Compton resists the pull shot.

    That’s more like it! Width outside off and Compton cuts for four.

    The sun is beating down on an already brown strip – and this could be a very good day for batting.

  7. Crawley in the mood?

    Kent 27-0 v Notts

    Crawley nudges a Brett Hutton ball through third man for four.

    Four more clipped with immaculate timing through leg.

    Four more driven in front of square on the off side.

    In the blink of an eye, Crawley has raced to 20. Off 10 balls.

  8. Bears to bowl at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire v Northants

    They have now tossed up in Birmingham. Warwickshire won it and have put Northants in.

    No surprise really, given the way they’ve been batting!

    All done in such haste that even the scoreboard hasn’t switched on yet.

    But they’re definitely out there. Oliver Hannon-Dalby gallops in from the City End to bowl the first ball to left-hander Hasan Azad – with a ludicrously short legside boundary in front of the Eric Hollies Stand to protect.

    The Bears have Rob Yates back to open the batting, while fit-again paceman Craig Miles comes in.

    Bottom club Northants have made two changes.

    Warwickshire: Rhodes (capt), Brathwaite, Yates, Mousley, Hain, Barnard, Burgess (wk), Briggs, Miles, Rushworth, Hannon-Dalby.

    Northamptonshire: Procter(capt), Gay, Azad, Nair, Keogh, Zaib, McManus (wk), Taylor, Kerrigan, White, Sanderson.

  9. Post update

    Kent 11-0 v Notts

    Compton is off the mark with a single first ball and Crawley ends the over with a single flashed through point.

    Unlike the north-west of the country, it’s an absolute scorcher down here in the south-east.

    A reminder that Sam Billings was in the Kent squad but not the XI.

    Asitha Fernando is bowling with some good pace at the other end.

    An appeal as Compton is beaten just outside off but it’s not out.

    Too high. A full length ball is driven down the ground by Compton for four.

  10. Leicestershire put Sussex in at Hove

    Sussex 1-0 v Leicestershire

    Leicestershire have won the toss at Hove and decided to bowl.

    No Ollie Robinson in the Sussex line-up, as had been mooted.

  11. rain-stops-play

    Rain in South Wales

    As well as the two Division One games, the start is also delayed at Sophia Gardens, where Glamorgan play Yorkshire.

  12. interval

    Match starts at Canterbury

    Kent 0-0 v Notts

    Kent are ninth in the table, six points behind Middlesex, in relegation danger – but they do have a weather advantage!

    Middlesex will have to wait for the rain to clear at Old Trafford.

    Ben Compton takes first strike and opens with Zak Crawley.

    Wonder if Zak will get off the mark with glorious cover drive first ball? Isn’t that what he does these days?

    Brett Hutton will bowl.

  13. Lancashire eye the top three

    Lancashire v Middlesex

    Lancashire begin this round with a game in hand over third-placed Hampshire, who received a points deduction for a “below average” pitch at home against Essex in July.

    The gap has narrowed to 19 points – with Lancashire, chasing a second successive top-three finsh. on 134 and Hampshire on 153.

    The Red Rose are at home to Middlesex, currently eighth in the table with only two batting bonus points to date. They may look to strengthen the batting today by adding Stephen Eskinazi to the XI.

    Lancashire loan players Rob Jones (Worcestershire) and Danny Lamb (Somerset) are in the squad for the hosts.

  14. Gloucestershire to bat first as Middleton makes debut

    Gloucestershire v Derbyshire

    A bit cloudy at Bristol – but this game should start on time.

    Gloucestershire have had a somewhat injury-ravaged season and currently sit one point behind today’s opposition Derbyshire on 84 points.

    But Graeme Van Buuren is back as skipper, with Bracey returning to the ranks as keeper.

    Ed Middleton is in the XI for his first ever Championship match.

    Three changes for the visitors since the last round – with Luis Reece, Mark Watt and Worcestershire loan player Pat Brown coming in for Mitch Wagstaff, Zak Chappell and George Scrimshaw.

  15. Post update

    Kent v Notts (10.30 BST)

    Alex Hoad

    BBC Sport at Canterbury

    Plenty of interest in the Kent team news for this match.

    Spinner Aron Nijjar comes in for his debut following his last-ditch loan signong from Essex.

    One player who won’t be making his debut is Ben Lister after all is New Zealand all-rounder Ben Lister, who has been called up by his country as a replacement for the injured Adam Milne, himself once of Kent.

    Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is however set to feature, making him the sixth overseas player to represent the club this summer in all formats

    So far this season Kent have also fielded George Linde, Kane Richardson, Wes Agar, Arshdeep Singh and James Bazley.

    Kent: Leaning(capt), Crawley, Compton, Bell-Drummond, Muyeye, Finch (wk), Evison, Nijjar, Chahal, Gilchrist, Hogan

    Notts: Mullaney (capt), )Slater, Hameed, Montgomery, Clarke, Moores (wk), James, Harrison, Hutton, Fernando, Paterson

  16. Delayed toss in Birmingham and Manchester

    Lancashire v Middlesex

    We might be waiting a while for two of the top flight games to get started.

    At both Edgbaston and Old Trafford.

    Light rain for the moment – with maybe worse to come.

    Sigh.

  17. Today’s Weather

    Canterbury in the September morning sunshine

    Copyright: Alex Hoad – BBC Sport

    The BBC UK weather forecast says “Cloudy and wet in north-west Scotland today. Brighter with showers and thunderstorms elsewhere.”

    Don’t think worrying about the Scottish weather need detain us too much, other than sympathising with them of course – but the “showers and thunderstorms elsewhere” bit of it just might concern us.

    There was rain in the way on the way into Birmingham. And the sky over Edgbaston, whichever way you look, does appear threatening.

    But it’s already apparently cracking the flags in Canterbury.

  18. This week’s fixtures

    Division One

    Canterbury: Kent v Nottinghamshire

    Old Trafford: Lancashire v Middlesex

    Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Northamptonshire

    Division Two

    Cardiff: Glamorgan v Yorkshire

    Bristol: Gloucestershire v Derbyshire

    Hove: Sussex v Leicestershire

  19. The battle to avoid the drop

    With 72 points still on offer for Division One’s bottom two clubs Kent and Northamptonshire, there are still technically seven sides involved in the relegation struggle.

    The odds are that fourth-placed Lancashire (134 pts), fifth-placed Warwickshire (130 pts) and sixth-placed Somerset (128 pts, having played one game more, all ought to be all right.

    With two to go down, seventh-placed Nottinghamshire (114 pts) also have a relatively comfortable cushion, with 27 points separating them eighth-placed Middlesex (87 pts).

    Brathwaire

    Copyright: Getty Images

    The fact that bottom club Northants (61 pts) have won only one four-day game in 11 attempts this season also does not lend itself to any wild, speculative theory that they might suddenly come from nowhere to win their last three matches.

    But ninth-placed Kent (81 pts) play two of their final three games at home, starting against Notts, which gives them hope. And both Northants and Middlesex may feel encouraged that they are hopelessly out-of-form Warwickshire’s next two opponents.

    How different might the table look when the final round of games commence on Tuesday fortnight if the Bears lose their next two?

  20. Good Morning and Welcome

    Welcome back to the County Championship . . . to the week before the week before the final week of the season.

    No title issues on the agenda today, with both Division One leaders Surrey, the reigning champions, and second-placed Essex sitting out this round of fixtures.

    But there are still the key issues of who goes up and who goes down. And that may all become a little bit clearer over the next four days.

    Young Leicestershire paceman Tom Scriven took seven wickets in the match in last week's vicfory over Gloucestershire

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    Image caption: Young Leicestershire paceman Tom Scriven took seven wickets in the match in last week’s vicfory over Gloucestershire

    In the week that Leicestershire have their first limited-overs final in 22 years to prepare for, Saturday’s One-Day Cup final against Hampshire at Trent Bridge, the rejuvenated Foxes are still very much in the Divison Two promotion too.

    If they beat Sussex at Hove this week, that would really put the pressure on second-placed Worcestershire in the battle to see who accompanies almost-promoted Durham back to the top flight.

    Having said that, if the Foxes get anything less than five bonus points over the course of the next two days, then Durham, who are withour a game this week, would be promoted.

    As to who goes down, that is even more complicated . . .