Yorkshire made the fourth highest run chase in their 150-year history on the final day in Chester-le-Street to beat Durham by four wickets. After an arguably generous declaration by Durham captain Paul Collingwood yesterday left them needing to score 319 on day four, Joe Root stepped up with a magnificent 182 to guide them home.
Things had looked against the visitors initially as Adam Lyth and Phil Jaques departed early, but Root shepherded the middle-order admirably. 80 was the result of his third-wicket partnership with his captain Andrew Gale (39), while stands with Jonny Bairstow (26) and Gary Ballance (21) yielded 59 and 72. It was his sixth-wicket stand with Adil Rashid, though, that took Yorkshire to the brink of the win. That was ended at 101 when Root was finally extracted by Callum Thorp, but by then the scores were level. Tim Bresnan hit his first ball for four to seal the win, with Rashid unbeaten on 50 off 81 balls.
Nottinghamshire moved up to fifth after completing a nine-wicket win in Derby. Dan Redfern (61) and David Wainwright (33) made the visitors work hard initially with a combative stand of 79, but Stuart Broad took four wickets in quick succession as Derbyshire were all out for only 229 in their second innings. That left Nottinghamshire needing 43 for victory, a target they knocked off for the loss of Alex Hales in less than six overs.
Surrey easily held on for the draw on the final day against Sussex at The Oval. Graeme Smith couldn’t make his first century as Surrey skipper and was bowled by Monty Panesar for 67, but Gary Wilson followed up his first innings century with 60. Vikram Solanki also completed a good match by adding 83 to his earlier 51 as Surrey ended on 308 for five.
A late double-strike from left-arm spinner Jack Leach kept Somerset on course for victory against Warwickshire. The county champions closed day three at Taunton on 144 for three after being set a mammoth 515 for victory. They had begun well as openers Varun Chopra and William Porterfield added 108, but Porterfield was adjudged caught when on 36, with Leach then removing captain Jim Troughton and night-watchman Ateeq Javid with successive deliveries. Somerset had earlier declared their second innings at 266 for four thanks to an undefeated century from Nick Compton. He shared an unbroken 134 with Craig Kieswetter (59 not out) for the fifth-wicket.
In Division Two, Hampshire moved up to second after wrapping up their first win of the season, against Worcestershire. They bowled the visitors out for 252 in their second innings to win by an innings and 42 runs. Daryl Mitchell was the first man to go this morning, eight short of his century, to bring to an end his sixth-wicket partnership with Michael Johnson at 69. The remaining four wickets fell for the addition of only 40 runs as Johnson became the first of two wickets for David Balcombe when on 44 and Gareth Andrew’s sprightly cameo of 28 was brought to an end by Danny Briggs.
Northamptonshire opened up a 20-point gap at the top of the table by completing victory over Gloucestershire. Gloucestershire’s last wicket pair of Jack Taylor and Liam Norwell added 19 to their overnight 280 for nine to set the visitors just 88 in the fourth innings. Stephen Peters and Kyle Coetzer did both fall prior to reaching double figures, but David Sales hit 29 not out, with contributions also coming from Alex Wakely (20) and Rob Newton (15 not out) as they won by seven wickets.
Lancashire were given a brief hope of victory on day four at Old Trafford before Kent survived comfortably to make it a draw. Sam Northeast and Rob Key both fell with 36 on the board after Lancashire had declared their first innings closed at 395 for seven to give them a lead of 151. However, Brendan Nash hit an unbeaten century and added an unbroken 142 with Mike Powell (39 not out) for the third-wicket as Kent ended on 178 for two. The day had begun with Matthew Coles taking two wickets in two balls in the opening over, but Steven Croft (64 not out) and Glen Chapple (22 not out) ensured there would be no Lancashire first innings collapse.
day four, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton
Weather Forecast: There will be occasionally heavy showers on the final day at Taunton which may yet give Warwickshire the chance of escaping with a draw. It will again be cool with temperatures unlikely to get any higher than 10 degrees Celsius.
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