The battle for the LV= County Championship became a four-way one thanks to Sussex’s dispatching of Worcestershire at Hove and Somerset and Warwickshire’s continuing struggles at Aigburth and Uxbridge. In Division Two, Kent look to be having the best of their promotion tussle at Derby. We round-up all of today’s county action below.
Somerset will go into the final day at Aigburth on 22 for one, needing a further 257 to beat Lancashire. The home side had slipped to seven for three and 50 for six in their second innings, but Ashwell Prince hit a century and shared a potentially match-winning seventh-wicket stand of 98 with Kyle Hogg (38) as they were eventually all out for 242.
Warwickshire could make only 324 in their first innings, in spite of an Ian Westwood century, and closed day three 182 runs behind Middlesex at Uxbridge. Tim Murtagh ended with four for 77 for the home side, who then reached 104 for three in their second innings, with Neil Dexter unbeaten on 45.
Sussex wrapped up a comprehensive innings-and-117-run victory over Worcestershire late on the third day at Hove. They bowled the visitors out for just 141 in their second innings, with Monty Panesar doing most of the damage, taking four for 23 from 23 overs. Earlier, James Anyon had ended unbeaten on 56 to allow Sussex to declare their first innings on 430 for eight.
In Division Two, Ian Saxelby hit 21 not out and took two Glamorgan second innings wickets to just about keep Gloucestershire in the match at Swansea. The visitors conceded a 43-run first innings lead by being bowled out for 165 with Robert Croft ending with four for 51. Stewart Walters then made 56 to help extend that lead to 210 by stumps as Glamorgan closed on 167 for five.
Michael Thornely hit a determined century and Shiv Thakor a more fluent half-century as Leicestershire responded admirably to Essex’s first innings total of 434 for three declared on the third day at Chelmsford. Thornely added 178 with Matt Boyce (77) for the fourth-wicket before both fell to David Masters (six for 47), but Thakor ended unbeaten on 53 and took the visitors to stumps on 336 for nine.
Northamptonshire took control of their match against Yorkshire on the penultimate day at Wantage Road by being bowled out for 352 in reply to the visitors’ first innings total of 249. Adil Rashid ended with five for 105 for Yorkshire, but it wasn’t enough as Stephen Peters hit 107 and all-rounder David Willey struck 76 from number nine. Yorkshire had shaved five runs off the home side’s lead in the four overs that they faced in their second innings before the close and ended 98 runs adrift.
Rob Key ended on 63 not out as Kent closed day two 226 runs ahead of Derbyshire. They had earlier been bowled out for 265 in their first innings, but it was Charlie Shreck’s haul of five for 41 in the home side’s first innings that looks to have put them in a winning position. The Cornishman removed Derbyshire’s top three, before returning to mop up the tale, and found valuable support from the other three Kent seamers as the home side were all out for just 132.
Ian Blackwell reminded the Durham selectors what they had been missing by following up his second day half-century with seven wickets on the third to help his side record a narrow 19-run win over Australia A. Chasing 224 to win and resuming on 56 without loss, the tourists would have been confident of victory, especially by the time the openers had advanced the score to 99. However, Ruel Brathwaite removed Ed Cowan for 40 and followed up with the wicket of Michael Klinger for a duck in the very next over; and it was then over to Blackwell. He ended with seven for 52 from 20 overs and helped to take the last eight Australian wickets for just 94 runs.
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Lancashire v Somerset at Aigburth
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Warwickshire at Uxbridge
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Derbyshire v Kent at Derby
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Essex v Leicestershire at Chelmsford
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Gloucestershire at Swansea
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Yorkshire at Wantage Road
Weather Forecast: There will be plenty of showers around tomorrow with some of them quite heavy, especially in the morning. In between times, there will be more sunshine and temperatures will peak at between 19 and 21 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Steven Davies has signed a new three-year deal with Surrey which will see him remain at the club until at least the end of the 2015 season.
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