LV County Championship Division One, day four
The much-expected draw between Hampshire and Lancashire at The Rose Bowl eventually materialised. Lancashire declared their second innings on 568 for five, Francois du Plessis unbeaten on 86 and Hampshire batted again, making 229 for three with an unbeaten 136 from Michael Carberry a potentially timely innings given England's problems at the moment.
LV County Championship Division Two, day four
The match between Surrey and Derbyshire also petered out into a draw, but not before Surrey sensed a chance of winning. Surrey declared their second innings on 320 for four, Mark Ramprakash unbeaten on 134 and Usman Afzaal out for 85, to set Derbyshire 349 to win. They lost Chris Rogers to the first ball of the run chase and also saw Garry Park, Wavell Hinds and Dan Redfern depart cheaply before unbeaten innings of 108 from Wayne Madsen and 32 from Frederik Klokker saw them to safety on 232 for five.
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Sussex were too strong for Gloucestershire, thumping them by nine wickets at Horsham. An explosive unbeaten 95 in 62 balls from Luke Wright ensured they reached a target of 190 in just 26.1 overs, the England all-rounder hammering 18 fours and a six. Watching on at the other end was Ed Joyce, who made 68 not out in 77 balls. Three wickets apiece from opening bowlers James Kirtley and Yasir Arafat ensured Gloucestershire were bowled out for 189 despite Hamish Marshall hitting 50 and James Franklin 36.
James Hildreth stroked an unbeaten 62 to guide Somerset to a five-wicket win over Yorkshire. Somerset fell to 142 for five after Yorkshire were bowled out for 208 but Hildreth was up to the task, well-aided by Arul Suppiah, who made 32 not out in as many balls, Somerset getting home with nearly four overs to spare. Zander de Bruyn had earlier taken four for 20 to put Yorkshire on the back foot and their innings was held together by 95 from Jacques Rudolph.
Essex beat Nottinghamshire by 34 runs. Ryan ten Doeschate hit 64 not out in 50 balls and Varun Chopra hit 51 as they posted 224 for eight before bowling Nottinghamshire out for 190, Samit Patel top scoring with 58 as Danish Kaneria picked up three wickets.
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Warwickshire saw off Leicestershire with an efficient nine-wicket win at Edgbaston. Leicestershire were restricted to just 158 for seven, Neil Carter taking three for 22 and new signing Shanthakumaran Sreesanth taking the wicket of Josh Cobb. Top scorer for the Foxes was Chris Thompson, with 39 not out. Carter then completed a fine day at the office with 63 in just 34 balls to power Warwickshire home, leaving Jonathan Trott to finish the job with 73 not out, alongside Jim Troughton, who ended on 19.
Middlesex were beaten by a young Kent side despite an innings of 130 in 94 balls from Owais Shah. Joe Denly, Geraint Jones and Darren Stevens all scored half-centuries as Kent made 258 for four and Shah's heroics got Middlesex close before they were bowled out for 246 to go down by just 12 runs.
Glamorgan's Tom Maynard was another man who struck a century in defeat, his 108 in 62 balls not quite enough to force a win against Northamptonshire. Stephen Peters (69) and Niall O'Brien (82) shared an opening stand of 152 for the Steelbacks, who eventually closed on 268 for seven, Robert Croft returning four for 43. Gareth Rees made 73 but aside from Maynard, no other batsman could make a decent score, Northamptonshire claiming victory by six runs with Glamorgan closing on 262 for eight.
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