Lancashire closed day three at Liverpool on course to record their first win of the season, as Middlesex closed on 29 for none in pursuit of 429 to win after being bowled out for 230 in their first innings. This had given Lancashire a 162-run lead, which they extended considerably, declaring on 266 for eight in their second innings, as Paul Horton and Karl Brown hit fluent half-centuries and added 130 for the second wicket.
Warwickshire need 41 more runs on the final day at The Oval to regain their place at the top of Division One. They closed on 181 for five against Surrey, with Gareth Batty again proving the main threat in ending with four for 56. The home side had earlier been bowled out for 245 in their second innings as Jeetan Patel took six for 95 on an increasingly spin-friendly pitch.
Sussex won the toss and chose to bat on what was the first day of their match against Nottinghamshire at Hove. Coming off the back of a win last night against Yorkshire, they struggled to 97 for four; but two of the heroes from yesterday evening’s performance, Chris Nash and Luke Wright, starred once again. Nash made 128 before being bowled by Harry Gurney (two for 79), while Wright hit 81 before falling as one of Samit Patel’s three victims, as they closed on 305 for nine.
In Division Two, Leicestershire’s batting folded for the second time in the match against Kent at Canterbury as the visitors were humbled for just 113 to lose by an innings-and-279-runs. Kent had advanced their mammoth first innings total to 533 before being bowled out – mainly thanks to Claude Henderson’s five for 116. The visitors never got going in their second innings, and if it wasn’t for a career-best 27 from Nathan Buck, they wouldn’t have reached three figures as Darren Stevens and James Tredwell shared seven wickets.
An innings of 96 from captain James Foster wasn’t enough to prevent Essex from sliding to a 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Derbyshire. The home side began the day on 46 for two and Mark Pettini and Owais Shah advanced the score to 73, before the former fell to David Wainwright for 27. It was to be the first of three wickets for the former Yorkshire slow left-armer as he, along with Tony Palladino (two for 44), helped bowl Essex out for 234. This left Derbyshire needing 94 to win, which thanks to brisk 66 from Martin Guptill and a more demure 30 from Paul Borrington, they achieved with few alarms.
A ninth-wicket stand of 90 between Ian Saxelby and Hamish Marshall helped Gloucestershire limit their first innings arrears to 143 against Northamptonshire. Marshall notched up his 20th first-class century from 165 balls and ended unbeaten on 117, while Saxelby’s resistance was ended by Con de Lange for 30.
The home side then closed on 246 for five in their second innings to lead by 389 runs going into the final day, with Stephen Peters and Kyle Coetzer both hitting half-centuries.
Glamorgan will go into the final day against Hampshire needing 210 more runs to record their first win of the season, as they reached stumps on 53 for two in their second innings. They had earlier dismissed the home side for 273, with John Glover and Jim Allenby taking three wickets apiece, and Jimmy Adams top-scoring with 72.
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Lancashire v Middlesex at Liverpool
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Warwickshire at The Oval
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Glamorgan at Southampton
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Wantage Road
Weather Forecast: The forecast for tomorrow is for more the same, with wall-to-wall sunshine predicted for the whole of England. Temperatures will be at their highest in the west, where they will reach 25 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Bristol City Council’s planning officer has recommended that Gloucestershire CCC’s revised planning application for redevelopment of their Nevil Road ground be approved by the planning committee. Their previous application was turned down in January.
Lancashire have confirmed that loan signing Ajmal Shahzad will not be able to play against his former county Yorkshire this year as he is still officially contracted to them.
Hampshire have signed Bilal Shafayat, who was contracted to them on a ‘pay-as-you-play’ basis, for the rest of the season.
Glamorgan look like they could be thwarted in their signing of Western Australia fast-bowler Michael Hogan. The 30 year-old had signed a three-year deal to play for the county as a ‘local’ player, but it now appears that this would prevent him from continuing his state career.
Warwickshire have said that young seam-bowler Ricardo Gordon will play no first-team cricket this season after picking up a stress fracture in his back.
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