Nottinghamshire and Surrey opted against trying to force a positive result on the final day of their rain-affected match at Trent Bridge. The home side had started the day on 178 for five, with Adam Voges and Chris Read going well. They took the score to 229 before Voges was dismissed by Jon Lewis for 59, with Chris Read falling 15 overs later for 98 as one of Stuart Meaker’s five victims as they were all out for 328. In reply, Rory Burns and Jason Roy both breezed past fifty, with the latter hitting 83 from only 50 balls to increase Surrey’s bonus point haul. Andre Adams ended with four for 51 for Nottinghamshire as Surrey closed on 252 for six.
Craig Kieswetter and Somerset ensured that the Championship is now a three-way battle after a thrilling final day at Taunton meant that they beat Warwickshire by one wicket. Kieswetter hit 152 from 170 balls to help Somerset chase down their target of 271, and helped them recover from a Chris Woakes double-strike that had left them on 15 for three. He shared a crucial fourth-wicket stand of 166 with Nick Compton (52), but Keith Barker kept the Bears in the hunt right until the end with six wickets.
Earlier, Gemaal Hussain had taken five for 48 to help bowl Warwickshire out for just 124 after they had been 66 for three overnight.
There was also a dramatic finish on the final day at Arundel as Sussex struggled to chase down a modest target of 94 against Durham. Steve Magoffin had helped wrap up the Durham second innings for 93 to end with figures of six for 22, but his biggest contribution was yet to come. The home side collapsed to 50 for seven as Chris Rushworth (three for 35) and Callum Thorp (four for 38) starred, and it was left to Magoffin and James Anyon to hold their nerve and see their side home with an unbeaten eighth-wicket stand of 21.
In Division Two, Gloucestershire ended their pursuit of 222 on 209 for eight against Leicestershire. They had dismissed the Foxes for 288 earlier in the day as Ramnaresh Sarwan’s 93 helped them set a defendable target. Dan Housego and Alex Gidman both hit half centuries in the Gloucestershire run chase and shared a third-wicket stand of 94, but Claude Henderson and Robbie Joseph took seven wickets between them and the home side ended 13 short.
No play was possible on the final day at Chesterfield, meaning that Yorkshire’s match against Derbyshire was drawn.
Essex closed day three at Chelmsford on 102 for two in pursuit of 360 to win after a pair of enterprising declarations by the two captains. Hampshire’s first innings had ended on 323 in the morning, while Essex declared on 18 for none in theirs. Jimmy Adams then ended Hampshire’s second on 54 for none to leave the home side needing 360 to win in around 150 overs. Opener Billy Godleman ended the day on 37 not out and was joined by stand-in captain Mark Pettini.
Glamorgan closed the penultimate day at Canterbury on 264 for seven in their first innings after Kent had declared theirs closed in its overnight position of 456 for nine. Jim Allenby made 86 and shared stands of 84 with Stewart Walters (53) and 87 with Mark Wallace (46 not out).
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury
Group A, CB40, Gloucestershire v Middlesex at Cheltenham
Group A, CB40, Leicestershire v Lancashire at Grace Road
Group B, CB40, Nottinghamshire v Scotland at Trent Bridge
Group B, CB40, Somerset v Durham at Taunton
Group C, CB40, Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Chesterfield
Group C, CB40, Sussex v Northamptonshire at Arundel
Group C, CB40, Warwickshire v Unicorns at Edgbaston
Weather Forecast: Another fine and sunny day is expected tomorrow, with almost cloudless skies and temperatures climbing up to around 24 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Former Yorkshire cricketer Don Wilson has died at the age of 74. He played almost 500 matches in all forms of cricket, including six Tests for England.
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