Gloucestershire, Middlesex and Essex all completed victories in the remaining matches in round 13 of the LV= County Championship, while there was a much-needed win for Warwickshire in the day’s Friends Life t20 fixture.
Middlesex romped to victory over Sussex at Hove to keep their LV= County Championship challenge alive and put a severe dents into the hosts’. They wrapped up the Sussex second innings for 310 with Luke Wright finally out to Corey Collymore (three for 52) for a brilliant 161. That left Middlesex needing just 44 to win, which they knocked off without losing a wicket.
Essex condemned Leicestershire to another heavy defeat in Division Two. Greg Smith ended with a career-best five for 42 as the visitors could manage just 131 in their second innings to lose by an innings and 25 runs at Chelmsford. Number nine Ollie Freckingham top-scored with just 24.
Gloucestershire had little difficulty in overhauling a potentially tricky fourth innings target of 194. Worcestershire’s last two second innings wickets added 41 runs this morning, but home skipper Michael Klinger hit a brisk 92 at the top of the order. He and opening partner Chris Dent (45) added 95 in good time, with Alex Gidman (25) and Hamish Marshall (20 not out) then providing the finishing touches. Gloucestershire won by six wickets, with Moeen Ali and Graeme Cessford the Worcestershire wicket takers.
Warwickshire continued their upturn in form by having the better of a low-scoring Friends Life t20 clash against table-toppers Northamptonshire. The Steelbacks could make only 111 after being put into bat at Edgbaston as the Bears’ bowler all fired. Steffan Piolet took three for 24, while there were two wickets apiece for Chris Woakes and Boyd Rankin and Jeetan Patel got through four overs of off-spin to return figures of one for 13. The home side didn’t have it all their own way in their run chase as David Willey (three for 22) struck twice in his second over. However, William Porterfield made 26 and Rikki Clarke 36 and they eventually won by three wickets with three balls to spare.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (start times in brackets, BST)
North Group, Derbyshire v Durham at Chesterfield (1430)
North, Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Headingley (1440)
Mid/Wales/West, Gloucestershire v Glamorgan at Cheltenham (1430)
Mid/Wales/West, Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton (1430)
Mid/Wales/West, Worcestershire v Northamptonshire at New Road (1430)
South, Hampshire v Kent at Southampton (1430)
South, Sussex v Essex at Hove (1440)
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be a little warmer than today, with temperatures peaking at around 27 degrees Celsius in the south and west and around 22 further north and east under the cloud.
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