County Cricket Round-Up: 5th September
LV County Championship Division One
Nottinghamshire pulled out a first innings lead over Yorkshire as they were bowled out for 352 in reply to Yorkshire 256. However, in reply, Yorkshire closed day three on 269 for two, Jacques Rudolph (149) and Joe Sayers (88) sharing a 244-run stand for the first wicket.
Warwickshire sealed victory over Worcestershire by an innings and 18 runs after Worcestershire were unable to build on a promising start to their second innings, bowled out for 271. Steven Davies hit 63 but Chris Woakes completed a fine game by adding four wickets to his first innings haul of five.
Old Trafford and bad weather have been inseparable this week and the match there between Lancashire and Sussex predictably ended in a draw. Lancashire were bowled out for 240 in their first innings in reply to Sussex's 236 - both sides taking home eight points.
LV County Championship Division Two
Robert Key (141 not out) and Martin van Jaarsveld (101 not out) ensured that Kent comfortably saved their match against Derbyshire. Geraint Jones also scored 60 as in reply to Derbyshire's 583 for four declared which included a double-century for Chris Rogers, Kent closed on 333 for two in their second innings.
Leicestershire and Glamorgan drew their match at Grace Road. Leicestershire reached 259 for six in their second innings, James Taylor unbeaten on 96 in a match that was ruined by bad weather.
Gloucestershire sealed an important victory over Surrey, emerging victorious by an innings and one run. First innings centuries from Alex Gidman and Chris Taylor had set up a declaration and then a victory push which was achieved thanks to five wickets shared between Hamish Marshall (four) and Taylor (one), upstaging Sri Lankan Rangana Herath, who only managed two for 116 on debut for Surrey. Herath (52 not out) and Chris Schofield (71) did offer some late resistance with the bat, but it was too little, too late.
NatWest Pro40 Division One
Essex made it two wins out of two with a seven-wicket win over Durham at The Riverside. Phil Mustard smacked 102 in 100 balls as Durham made their way to 276 for six, opening partner Ian Blackwell also making 59 but it wasn't enough to stop Essex winning in style. Alastair Cook scored his second century in a week, unbeaten on 104 in 108 balls and half-centuries from Graham Napier (63) and James Foster (83 not out in just 38 balls) ensured Essex got home with three overs and a ball to spare.