Somerset were again second best to Surrey at the Kia Oval to dent their hopes of avoiding relegation from Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.

Having conceded a first-innings deficit of 164, Somerset still trailed by 51 at 113 for four in their second innings when bad light and rain brought an early close with no play after tea.

Edward Byrom made 39 before being bowled by Gareth Batty, with Stuart Meaker trapping both George Bartlett (28) and James Hildreth (11) lbw.

Somerset will be hoping already-relegated Warwickshire can beat fellow strugglers Yorkshire, who made inroads into their victory target of 175 in a low-scoring clash at Headingley.

Yorkshire need 119 more to win after closing on 56 for three, with Steven Patterson earlier taking four for 46 – including the wickets of former England players Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott – as the visitors were bowled out for 251.

Lancashire’s defeat to Middlesex was compounded by an injury to Ashes hopeful Haseeb Hameed, who suffered a fractured finger at Lord’s.

The opener retired hurt after being struck on the glove by James Harris and although he returned to bat in a vain attempt to stave off defeat, England will be anxiously waiting for updates.

Hameed was left unbeaten as Steven Finn, himself on the fringes of the England selection picture, took eight for 79 to bowl Middlesex to a 36-run win which gives their top-flight survival hopes a huge boost.

Fidel Edwards made the most of what little play was available on a rain-affected third day between Hampshire and champions Essex at the Ageas Bowl.

Edwards took two for 15 in six overs – including the wicket of centurion Dan Lawrence (101) – to leave Essex on 247 for five in their second innings, a lead of 69.

Rain also meant that just 25.3 overs were possible on day three at Wantage Road as little progress was made in the key Division Two meeting between Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

Notts advanced to 107 for three, chasing 314 against their promotion rivals, with the match perfectly poised for the final day. Victory for Nottinghamshire would secure their return to the top flight.

Phil Salt gave his Sussex side the chance of a final-day victory against Durham at Chester-le-Street with a classy innings of 72.

The 21-year-old top scored as Sussex totalled 302 in their second innings, setting Durham a victory target of 264. The home side were five without loss from three of the scheduled nine overs when bad light intervened.

A draw looks on the cards at Cardiff after Benny Howell and James Bracey put on a record partnership for Gloucestershire against Glamorgan.

Howell and Bracey claimed career-best scores of 163 and 156 respectively in a 240-run partnership for the second wicket as the visitors reached 399 for eight before declaring.

Glamorgan, who had made 442 in their first innings, ended the third day with a lead of 102 on 63 for one.

Derbyshire’s final home game of the season looks destined to end in a complete wash-out after no play was possible for the third day running in the Division Two match against Kent at Chesterfield.