The same band of blustery showers that wiped out the opening day of the second Test at Headingley played havoc with the day’s county cricket. All matches suffered to some degree, but that didn’t prevent an Alan Richardson inspired Worcestershire from closing in on victory over Gloucestershire.
Durham faced 18 overs in their second innings on the third day at Chester-le-Street and progressed from 37 for none to 89 for one - a lead of 152 runs over Middlesex. Mark Stoneman was the man to fall, for exactly 50 to James Harris, while Keaton Jennings ended on 28 not out.
In Division Two, Gloucestershire look destined for defeat against Worcestershire after reaching stumps on day three on 87 for five in their second innings. Alan Richardson added to his first innings haul of eight wicket by taking three for 34, while there was one apiece for Gareth Andrew and Chris Russell. Worcestershire had earlier taken their first innings lead to 223 by being bowled out for 457. Gareth Andrew hit 66 off 71 balls from number eight and added 108 for the eighth-wicket with Jack Shantry (31). Craig Miles easily ended as the pick of the Gloucestershire attack, with career-best figures of six for 99.
Less than 13 overs were bowled on the final day at Grace Road, with Leicestershire finishing on 182 for two in their second innings after being asked to follow-on by Glamorgan. Greg Smith was the man to fall, leg before to Michael Hogan for 70, with Ned Eckersley ending not out on 43 and Joe Burns on 18.
There was no play on the third day at Chelmsford with Kent on 214 for five in reply to Essex’s 212.
Hampshire lost their captain Jimmy Adams in the eight overs that they faced in their first innings against Lancashire. Kyle Hogg had him leg before for a duck as the home side closed on seven for one. Lancashire’s last-wicket pair of Andrea Agathangelou and Simon Kerrigan had earlier added 43 to their overnight score. Agathangelou completed his maiden Championship century - his fifth in first-class cricket - before being run-out for 121. Kerrigan ended not out with an obdurate 14 off 62 balls.
Oxford MCCU ended on 20 for none in their second innings as they drew their three-day match against Surrey at The Parks. Surrey had earlier earnt a slender first innings lead before being all out for 233. Chris Tremlett followed up his five wickets on day one by hitting 36, while Jack Winslade made 20.
Mohammad Azharullah ran riot as Loughborough MCCU closed on 73 for six in reply to Northamptonshire’s 243 for nine declared. Stu Whittingham helped restrict the visitors and ended with six for 79, although Azharullah did warm up for his stint with the ball by hitting 21. He then finished with figures of four for 40 from 14 overs.
day four, LV=CCD1, Durham v Middlesex at Chester-le-Street
day four, LV=CCD2, Essex v Kent at Chelmsford
day three, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Lancashire at Southampton
day four, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Gloucestershire at New Road
day three, MCCU match, Loughborough MCCU v Northamptonshire at Loughborough (non first-class)
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will, remarkably, be almost exclusively sunny with only very patchy cloud at times. Temperatures will also be much warmer and peak at between 14 and 16 degrees Celsius.
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