Middlesex retook top spot in Division One of the LV= County Championship as they completed the anticipated thrashing of Somerset. Elsewhere, Yorkshire hammered defending champions Warwickshire, while Surrey’s bowlers set up an intriguing final day at Trent Bridge.
Yorkshire momentarily leapfrogged up to first in the table after seeing off defending champions Warwickshire inside three days at Edgbaston. They dismissed the Bears for just 140 in their second innings to win by an innings and 139 runs. The visitors began the day by extending their first innings to 407 thanks to a second century in as many games from Adil Rashid and contributions from Ryan Sidebottom (20) and Steven Patterson (11). Jeetan Patel ended with five for 56 for Warwickshire. The home side then suffered a nightmare start to their second innings, losing both openers for golden ducks and they never recovered. Tim Bresnan, Sidebottom and Patterson each ended with three wickets, while there was one for first innings destroyer Liam Plunkett.
A couple of hours after Yorkshire’s win, Middlesex completed the expected victory over Somerset to go top by three points. They had to work hard initially as Peter Trego and Jos Buttler extended their sixth-wicket partnership to 122. Trego was finally dismissed by Tim Murtagh, who ended with six for 49 to give him match figures of 10 for 77. Buttler was ninth man out for 85 having added useful stands of 28 and 50 with Alfonso Thomas (19) and Jack Leach (21). That left Middlesex needing 71 in the fourth innings, which they knocked off inside 13 overs with Sam Robson finishing on 24 not out.
Derbyshire look destined for defeat against Sussex and lead by just 11 runs after closing on 189 for seven in their second innings. Much of their hope now rests with the Derby weather. They lost a string of batsmen who were well set as Sussex’s bowler kept plugging away. James Anyon, Steve Magoffin and Monty Panesar each ended with a brace of wickets, while there was one for Chris Jordan. Sussex had earlier extended their first innings to 401 as Ed Joyce - batting at number 11 after returning home yesterday to deal with a “family matter” - made 25 and added 60 for the last wicket with Michael Yardy, who was finally dismissed for 153.
An interesting final day is in store at Trent Bridge after Surrey closed on 73 for three in pursuit of 259 for victory. Rory Burns did much of the scoring and is unbeaten on 41, while Luke Fletcher struck twice with the new ball. Nottinghamshire had earlier been able to manage just 191 in their second innings as Surrey’s pace trio of Tim Linley (two for 43), Jade Dernbach (three for 60) and Stuart Meaker (four for 64) struck regularly. Samit Patel top-scored with 37.
In Division Two, Glamorgan lead by 189 runs after reaching stumps in Cardiff on 303 for six in their second innings. Stewart Walters made 98 and added 91 with Murray Goodwin (42) for the fourth-wicket and 50 with Mark Wallace for the sixth-wicket. Captain Wallace ended undefeated on 61 and shared a useful unbroken 69 with Graham Wagg (32 not out). Essex had earlier added just two to their overnight score before Graham Napier gave Michael Hogan his sixth wicket when on 43 and they were all out for 345.
Northamptonshire earnt a 121-run first innings lead against Leicestershire but then surrendered part of that advantage by slipping to 94 for five in their second innings. James Middlebrook (43) and David Sales (31) added 63 for the second-wicket but, either side of that, Ollie Freckingham and Alex Wyatt struck. Trent Copeland had earlier ended with seven for 63 as Leicestershire’s innings followed a familiar pattern - that of their middle-order failing, only for Shiv Thakor to undo some of the damage by making an unbeaten half-century.
Day One at Canterbury saw 14 wickets fall as Worcestershire closed on 105 for four in reply to the home side’s 159. Alan Richardson, as usual, led the Worcestershire attack and took five Kent wickets as all but one of their top six failed to reach double figures. Sam Northeast top-scored with 52, while Mark Davies added a handy 40 from number 10. Worcestershire then slipped to 34 for three, but recovered courtesy of a fourth-wicket partnership worth 70 between Moeen Ali (54) and Alexei Kervezee (29 not out).
day four, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Sussex at Derby
day four, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Surrey at Trent Bridge
day four, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff
day two, LV=CCD2, Kent v Worcestershire at Canterbury
day four, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Wantage Road
Weather Forecast: There will be a north/south split to the weather tomorrow, with anywhere north of Birmingham likely to see persistent rain for much of the day. It will be particularly heavy in the far north of England. Further south, it will turn increasingly brighter, with temperatures peaking at around 15 degrees Celsius.
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