LV= County Championship Division One, day three
Yorkshire clinched a nine-wicket win over Worcestershire with a day to spare at New Road. Resuming on 284 for seven in reply to 286, Gerard Brophy hit 177 not out and Ryan Sidebottom reached 61 before Yorkshire were dismissed for 368. Worcestershire could muster just 137 in their second innings, Alexei Kervezee top scoring with a brisk 52 as Adil Rashid picked up five for 37 - his second five-wicket haul of the match. Yorkshire then raced to 56 for one to complete the win, garnering 22 points in the process.
Half-centuries from Steve Croft (64), Tom Smith (60) and Gareth Cross (63) enabled Lancashire to post 472 in reply to Sussex's 243 at Liverpool. Monty Panesar took two wickets in two balls on his way to figures of four for 105 and in their second innings, the away side then closed on 151 for three after a couple of wickets from Gary Keedy put them under pressure, trailing still by 78 runs going into the final day.
Hampshire lost both Dominic Cork and Simon Jones to groin injuries - the former expected to recover quickly, the latter expected to be out for a couple of weeks - but the star of the day was Durham's Ben Stokes. He hit five sixes in one over off Liam Dawson as he blasted his way to 135 not out as Durham declared on 310 for three to set Hampshire 490 to win.
Hampshire had been dismissed for 294 in reply to 473 with Stokes returning six for 68, Nic Pothas only making 56 having been unbeaten overnight on 50. Backing up Stokes with the bat were Gordon Muchall, who made 52 and Dale Benkenstein, who was unbeaten on 55.
Hampshire began their run chase solidly, openers Dawson (35) and Jimmy Adams (47) keeping their wickets intact for an unbeaten 87-run partnership.
LV= County Championship Division Two, day three
Glamorgan remain up against it in their game against Leicestershire at Grace Road, closing on 112 for three having been set 338 to win. Leicestershire moved from 78 for five to reach 245 in their second innings thanks to Will Jefferson's 112 and Jigar Naik's 67. Leicestershire then lost Gareth Rees (19), Alviro Petersen (22) and Will Bragg (43) to leave the match in the balance, but Leicestershire are favourites heading into the final day.
Greg Smith's 130 and 60 from Chesney Hughes underpinned a rally from Derbyshire against Gloucestershire in Bristol. Following on, they hit 331 despite David Payne taking five for 76 and Gloucestershire were asked to score 146 to win and at stumps they were 19 for one, losing Chris Dent for for nine.
Kent scored 238 in their second innings against Essex thanks to 63 from Martin van Jaarsveld and 61 from Robert Key before 17-year-old Reece Topley took five for 46 to leave his side a victory target of 285. Billy Godleman hit 58 but the home side appeared to be heading for defeat when they lurched to 198 for six at stumps; but with James Foster still at the crease, unbeaten on 12, the game is far from over.
James Middlebrook hit 103 from number nine in Northamptonshire's batting line-up to help his side hit 376 in reply to Surrey's 322 at The Kia Oval. Middlebrook faced 191 balls and Andrew Hall made 73 in giving their side a first-innings lead. Surrey then closed on 182 for four in their second innings.
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