Moeen Ali ended with match figures of 12 for 96 to hand Worcestershire a comprehensive 205-run victory on the third day at Old Trafford. The day had begun with the Pears on nine without loss in their second innings, but they could make only 139 as Steven Croft took six for 41 with his off-breaks. Departing Worcestershire batsman Vikram Solanki made 50 and was one of only four men to reach double figures for the visitors.
This meant that Lancashire required 269 to win, and they never looked like reaching their target once veteran seamer Alan Richardson had dismissed both openers by the end of the seventh over. It was then over to Ali, who bowled the home side out for just 63, with a little help from his fellow spinner Shaaiq Choudhry (two for 16).
For the second day in a row there was no play at Trent Bridge where Nottinghamshire and Surrey were meant to be playing as heavy rain in the midlands saturated the outfield.
Durham slumped to 80 for seven in their second innings after their bowlers had fought back to bowl Sussex out for 231 on day three at Arundel. Michael Yardy and Ben Brown both made half-centuries for the home side and added 69 for the sixth-wicket, but Chris Rushworth and Callum Thorp each ended with four wickets. In reply, Steve Magoffin quickly reduced Durham to 10 for three, before skipper Paul Collingwood led a partial recovery and ended on 29 not out.
Jeetan Patel took seven for 75 to put Warwickshire in a strong position going into the final day against Somerset at Taunton. A second-wicket partnership of 68 between Arul Suppiah (54) and Nick Compton had begun to put the home side into a good position, but Suppiah fell to Patel and Compton found little support from the rest of the middle-order to finish on 73 not out as they were all out for 254. Warwickshire had earlier made 400 in their first innings , with Alfonso Thomas ending with six wickets for Somerset, and closed on 66 for three in their second.
In Division Two, Leicestershire closed on 142 for five in their second innings on the penultimate day against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. Greg Smith and Michael Thornely had put on 66 for the first wicket but both fell in quick succession and only Ramnaresh Sarwan made a significant contribution thereafter. Earlier, James Fuller had made 57 to help Gloucestershire earn a 67-run first innings lead as they were bowled out for 229.
Geraint Jones hit 69 not out for Kent as they closed a truncated second day at Canterbury on 456 for nine against Glamorgan. Jones shared useful stands of 35 with Matt Coles (26) and 40 with Mark Davies (24) before rain brought an early halt to proceedings.
There was no play on day three at Chesterfield, where Derbyshire are taking on Yorkshire, or on day two at Chelmsford, where Essex are entertaining Hampshire.
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Surrey at Trent Bridge
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Durham at Arundel~
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Chesterfield
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Leicestershire at Cheltenham
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow is expected to be the first of several sunny days for England and Wales, with temperatures peaking at between 19 and 21 degrees Celsius and not a raincloud in sight.
County News In Brief:
Darren Pattinson has signed for Australian Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Renegades as a ‘local’ player meaning that if he were to continue playing for Nottinghamshire after this season then he would have to become an overseas player. He is out of contract with the Outlaws at the end of the current season and is not expected to extend his stay.
Northamptonshire have said that batsman Rob White will not have his contract renewed at the end of the current season.
Former Worcestershire batsman Vikram Solanki has signed a two-year deal with Surrey.
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