Durham manoeuvred themselves into a position from which they will find it hard to lose on the third day against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Mark Stoneman hit 114, while Paul Collingwood ended unbeaten on 51 as the visitors closed on 301 for seven – a lead of 341 runs.
Middlesex closed on 45 for one in pursuit of 254 to win following a thrilling third day against Surrey at The Oval. The home side’s second-wicket pair of Arun Harinath and Rory Burns took their partnership to 217 in the first half of the day as both completed responsible centuries. Middlesex then fought back courtesy of Toby Roland-Jones and picked up their last nine wickets for 111 runs to bowl them out for 341. Roland-Jones ended with five for 39 from 24 overs.
Worcestershire declared their first innings on 251 for seven on another rain-affected day against Lancashire at New Road. Glen Chapple ended with four for 60 and took the only wicket to fall – that of Neil Pinner for 82. Lancashire then closed on 10 without loss in their first innings.
In Division Two, Essex declared their first innings at Colchester on 520 for nine in reply to Glamorgan’s 438. Tom Westley more than doubled his overnight score and was finally out as one of five victims for Robert Croft on 185, while Owais Shah also hit a century. Glamorgan then closed their second innings on 16 for none.
No play was possible on the third day at Bristol, where Kent are still on 29 for one in the first innings against Gloucestershire.
Former Durham seamer Luke Evans took four for 38 to help Northamptonshire bowl Hampshire out for 276 on the third day in Southampton. This gave them a handy 80-run first innings lead, which they had increased to 256 by the close thanks to half-centuries from Alex Wakely and Rob Newton.
Yorkshire took control of their match against Derbyshire at Headingley, although they will have their work cut out on the final day if they are to emerge with a win after the visitors closed on 233 for eight – still 38 runs shy of avoiding the follow-on in their first innings. Ryan Sidebottom led the home side’s charge with three for 28, although he was held up by a crucial fifth-wicket stand of 112 between Wes Durston (84) and Ross Whiteley (35). All-rounder David Wainwright ended the day on 45 not out against his old county.
The final day of the second unofficial Test match between the England Lions and Australia A was abandoned at Edgbaston, meaning that the series was drawn.
Day Four, CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Durham at Trent Bridge
Day Four, CCD1, Surrey v Middlesex at The Oval
Day Four, CCD1, Worcestershire v Lancashire at New Road
Day Four, CCD2, Essex v Glamorgan at Colchester
Day Four, CCD2, Gloucestershire v Kent at Bristol
Day Four, CCD2, Hampshire v Northamptonshire at Southampton
Day Four, CCD2, Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Headingley
Weather Forecast: After a showery start, the rain will clear away from most parts, leaving a mostly dry and warm day. There will be a large discrepancy in the temperatures across England and Wales, with the south-east getting close to 30 degrees Celsius and the west seeing temperatures peaking at around 22 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Gloucestershire seamer Ian Saxelby has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Somerset’s injury problems have continued with the news that Marcus Trescothick has been ruled out for Sunday’s CB40 match against Scotland with a recurrence of his foot problem and Lewis Gregory will be forced to play as a specialist batsman die to a side strain. Gemaal Hussain is also out with a hip problem. South African-born seamer Robert Mutch has been called up as cover from their second XI.
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