There were wins for Warwickshire and Surrey on another day of action in the LV= County Championship. Daniel Grummitt reports.
Hampshire ended the third day against Worcestershire staring at defeat following another batting collapse. The day had started well for the home side as five wickets from Imran Tahir and four from Chris Wood meant that they picked up the last nine Worcestershire wickets for just 69 runs to bowl them out for 204 and restrict their lead to 25. However, Kemar Roach and Alan Richardson removed the top three Hampshire batsmen for just 25 runs and Gareth Andrew sent three more batsmen back to leave the hosts on 84 for six at stumps.
Relegation threatened Yorkshire suffered a disastrous final day against Warwickshire at Headingley which culminated in them losing by an innings and 58 runs. The visitors had started the day on 340 for six, already a lead of 43, but had extended that to 285 by the time they were finally dismissed for 482. Shiv Chanderpaul took his overnight score to 193 and Keith Barker made 85 at number eight as the Warwickshire bowlers racked up the runs against a tiring Yorkshire attack. Things only got worse when the home side batted. They lost stand-in captain Jacques Rudolph fourth ball for nought to the aforementioned Barker, before the on-loan Chris Wright ran through the middle-order on the way to figures of five for 31 to bowl them out for just 127.
Derbyshire ended the third day of their Division Two match against Essex at Chelmsford with a lead of 112 after closing on 187 for four in their second innings. Martin Guptill made 86 and shared a third wicket stand of 95 with Wes Durston (62 not out) on what was a rain-shortened day. Earlier, Essex’s last three wickets had added 34 runs as they were bowled out for 207 with Tim Groenewald (four for 78) ending as the pick of the visitors’ attack.
Will Jefferson made a century but could do little to prevent defeat for Leicestershire as they went down by ten wickets to Surrey at Grace Road. Tim Linley took two early wickets to remove night-watchman Nathan Buck and teenager Shiv Thakor in quick succession to leave the home side on 74 for four. There was then a stand of 119 between Ned Eckersley (24) and Jefferson before both fell to Pragyan Ojha in the space of five overs, before Linley returned to mop up the tail and end with six for 57. This left Surrey needing 111 for victory, which they knocked off inside 17 overs with captain Rory Hamilton-Brown leading the way with an unbeaten 56-ball 75.
Dawid Malan hit a century as Middlesex declared on a whopping 479 for eight on the third day of their match at Wantage Road. He shared stands of 63 with Jamie Dalrymple (40), 83 with John Simpson (24) and 78 with Ollie Rayner (57) before becoming one of James Middlebrook’s five victims. Chris Rogers had earlier added 86 with night-watchman Toby Roland-Jones (28) to see off the new ball. Northamptonshire closed on 22 for none in their second innings.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures (start times in brackets where applicable)
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Hampshire v Worcestershire at The Rose Bowl
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Essex v Derbyshire at Chelmsford
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Middlesex at Wantage Road
Tour Match, Kent v Indians at Canterbury (1430)
Geraint Jones, who has been awarded a benefit for next season, will captain the Spitfires in the absence of the injured Rob Key. Azhar Mahmood is also missing due to injury in what is otherwise a full-strength Kent side.
County News in Brief
It is understood that Sussex have offered Rikki Clarke a three-year contract.
Nottinghamshire are believed to be the latest county to express an interest in signing Harry Gurney.
Somerset have confirmed that Murali Kartik will be fit to take a full part in Finals Day.
Mohammad Amir has received a written warning from the ICC for taking part in a club cricket game in Surrey which breached the terms of his spot-fixing ban.
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