Somerset’s season continues to drift towards cricketing disaster as they were humbled inside three days by new LV= County Championship Division One leaders Sussex. Elsewhere, Durham, Warwickshire and Lancashire will hope to secure victory on the final day of their matches tomorrow.
Sussex moved to the top of Division One and pushed Somerset closer to the relegation zone by wrapping up victory early on day three at Taunton. The visitors took the last three Somerset second innings wickets for the addition of just 12 runs as Steve Magoffin helped himself to two of them to end with figures of four for 36. That left Sussex needing just 91 to win in the fourth innings which, despite the introduction of George Dockrell at the expense of Craig Meschede into the Somerset bowling attack, they managed with ease, winning by nine wickets. Chris Nash did the bulk of the run scoring and ended on 61 not out off just 66 balls.
Durham were held up in their inevitable pursuit of victory by Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Tom Poynton on the third day at Chester-le-Street. Chris Rushworth, Callum Thorp and Ben Stokes helped reduce Derbyshire to 49 for five after they had been set an imposing 472 for victory. However, Chanderpaul and Poynton both passed 50 and added 98 for the fifth-wicket prior to the former’s departure for 76. Poynton remained on 56 at the close, but Derbyshire are on 181 for seven, still requiring a theoretical 291 more to win. Durham had earlier declared their second innings at 331 for nine after resuming on 208 for two. Keaton Jennings completed his second first-class century and was eighth man out for a career-best 123.
Middlesex still trail by 30 runs after being asked to follow-on by county champions Warwickshire and slipping to 147 for five in their second innings. Keith Barker and Boyd Rankin picked up a brace of wickets apiece, with Joe Denly’s 37 the highest score. Earlier, Adam Voges had taken his overnight score to 150 but he received precious little support from what was left of the Middlesex middle-order and they fell 26 runs short of avoiding the follow-on. Barker and Jeetan Patel ended with four wickets each.
Surrey are making a better fist of their second innings than they did their first at The Oval. They reached stumps on 186 for two, with Ricky Ponting unbeaten on 41 in his final first-class innings and Arun Harinath on 69. Nottinghamshire remain in front, however, after taking their first innings total to 410 as Samit Patel completed his century.
In Division Two, Northamptonshire will have their work cut out if they are to avoid defeat on the final day against Lancashire. They closed on 123 for four in their second innings thanks to three wickets from Simon Kerrigan and still trail by nine runs. Lancashire had earlier progressed to 442 in their first innings as Simon Katich made 200 before being dismissed by Graeme White and Glen Chapple made 57 from number 10. The pair put on 128 for the ninth-wicket after early strikes from David Willey (five for 108) had threatened to keep the visitors’ first innings advantage to a minimum.
There is an interesting final day in store in Cardiff, where Hampshire ended on 174 for nine in their second innings to lead by 215 runs. Neil McKenzie made 67 and shared a crucial 101 with Sohail Tanvir (38) to help Hampshire recover from 53 for six. Marcus North took two of the wickets and would double his tally later to end as the surprise pick of the attack with four for 27. Glamorgan had earlier declared behind in their first innings as they aim to keep their promotion challenge alive. Mark Wallace called his men in upon reaching 300, with Gareth Rees (112) and Murray Goodwin (86) having taken their overnight fourth-wicket partnership to 182.
On day one of the Cheltenham Festival there were hundreds for Chris Dent and Alex Gidman as Gloucestershire closed on 348 for three against Kent. The pair added a massive 267 for the third-wicket following a brace of wickets from Calum Haggett. Dent gave Haggett a third late on when on 153, with Gidman finishing not out on 145.
day four, LV=CCD1, Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street
day four, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Warwickshire at Uxbridge
day four, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Nottinghamshire at The Oval
day four, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff
day two, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Kent at Cheltenham
day four, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Lancashire at Wantage Road
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will see any early cloud in the east cleat to leave almost unbroken sunshine across the country. Temperatures will peak at around 23 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
The ECB have revealed the Fans’ Friends Life t20 Best XI as voted for by county fans on line. The team is a composite eleven from the first 10 years of the competition’s history. FLt20 Best XI: Marcus Trescothick, Jonathan Trott, David Sales, David Miller, Darren Stevens, Luke Wright, Geraint Jones, Dominic Cork, Alfonso Thomas, James Tredwell, Jack Shantry.
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