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3.06pm Match drawn. Yorkshire finish with 12 points from draw number six of the season and return to fifth place in the table.

2.36pm It is also raining up in Manchester, where England are supposed to be in ODI action against South Africa. England are one down in a three-match series, so they need to get on to have a chance of series win.

2.25pm Wouldn’t be surprised at all if this latest band of rain has put the tin lid on this fixture. It is raining hard now and the covers are back in place.

2.19pm It is raining again here at Taunton. The ground staff are putting the covers back on.

1.57pm We have a start time of 2.35pm planned here at Taunton.

There will be a minimum of 50 overs remaining in the match.

1.07pm The covers remain in place, with no immediate prospect of play here at Taunton.

1pm The first result of the round is in. Surrey have beaten Essex by six wickets at the Oval to strengthen their position at the top of Division One.

Somerset have also just announced the signing of former Warwickshire batter Andy Umeed, who has signed a contract at Taunton until the end of 2023.

Umeed played second XI cricket for Yorkshire earlier this season.

12.53pm The rain has stopped, but the ground staff are not taking the covers off. They are seemingly expecting some more rain shortly.

Lunch Report Morning rain has pushed Yorkshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton towards a draw.

There has been no play possible before lunch – to be taken early at 12.30pm – due to the wet weather, which arrived moments before the players took to the field at 11am.

There was a brief dry spell but not enough of one to allow the ground staff to remove the covers.

If and when play does resume, it is likely Somerset will declare their second innings immediately on 225-6, a lead of 373, in order to try and force a now unlikely victory.

Should Yorkshire secure a sixth draw of the season, they will claim a 12-point haul to consolidate their mid-table position ahead of Monday’s clash with second-placed Hampshire at Scarborough.

12.10pm An early lunch will be taken at 12.30pm. The rain has eased significantly, maybe even stopped.

11.49am The rain is coming down quite heavily now. Has the feeling of no play before lunch at the moment.

11.24am And it’s raining again. Covers coming back on. We will lose eight overs every half an hour we’re off the field.

11.19am The covers are coming off here at Taunton.

11.10am The rain is still falling here, and we can surely knock the idea of Somerset batting again on the head. Surely they will declare when play is possible.

We lose overs immediately on the final day.

10.57am Heavy rain has hit us as the players begin to emerge from the pavilion. The start of day four at Taunton will be delayed.

9.20am Let’s have a look around the grounds before we get going. All games are into day four, aside from Leicestershire v Glamorgan, which heads into day three today.

Division One

Gloucestershire 201 and 191-4 v Hampshire 457, Cheltenham
Northamptonshire 235 and 174 v Lancashire 132 and 192-5, Wantage Road
Surrey 319 and 85-2 v Essex 271 and 208, Oval
Warwickshire 225 and 28-2 v Kent 165 and 384-9 dec, Edgbaston

Division Two

Derbyshire 318 and 79-0 v Nottinghamshire 618-8 dec, County Ground
Middlesex 485 v Sussex 523, Lord’s
Leicestershire 584 v Glamorgan 111-2, Grace Road

9.07am If you want to recap yesterday’s action from Taunton, you can do so via our Match Report and reaction piece with Tom Kohler-Cadmore via the links below.

Match Report.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

Good morning from Taunton, where it is dry and overcast for now.

We are set for a fascinating final day of this ninth round Championship match with all results possible, the Yorkshire win being the outsider of those, owing to the threat of rain alongside an already stiff target.

Somerset will begin the day on 225-6 in their second innings, lead of 373.

We are expecting them to continue batting this morning, but only long enough for George Bartlett to get the 12 runs he requires for a century. They may push the lead up to 400 as well. But it would be a shock if it was anything higher than that.

The pitch remains good and should hold no fears for Yorkshire, who are aiming to avoid a third straight defeat.

As usual, there will be a live stream available shortly before we get going at 11am.

Enjoy the day.

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