Warwickshire boosted their survival hopes in the county championship’s top division with a crushing nine wicket victory over Worcestershire at New Road. Naqaash Tahir and Boyd Rankin cleaned up the remainder of the Worcestershire batsmen to leave a target of just 46 for the Bears to win. They did this with just the blemish of losing Neil Carter before reaching the target.
Durham sealed an emphatic victory against Sussex beating them by nine wickets. Michael di Venuto’s massive double century had set up the win from the outset and Sussex had no response having to follow on and setting a meagre total of just 76 for Durham to win. They did so quite simply, with just the loss of Mark Stoneman.
Bad light curtailed the day’s play in the game between Glamorgan and Gloucestershire as the match fizzled out into a draw. Glamorgan had done all they could to force a result having declared fifty runs behind Gloucestershire’s first innings score, but stubborn batting couple with bad light meant that a draw was the inevitable result.
With just nine wickets being taken in the whole match, Leicestershire and Surrey settled for an inevitable draw. Mark Ramprakash was able to record 274 before being bowled by Nathan Buck, and Stuart Walters also notched up his century. The home side eventually declared on 608 for four, and Leicestershire were able to reach 23 for none before the match was called as a draw.
Arul Suppiah hit a century to force a draw in Somerset’s match against Nottinghamshire. Suppiah hit 151 and Marcus Trescothick 99 to help their side reach 344 for two before both teams called time on the match.
Yorkshire fought back valiantly to force a draw in the Roses match against Lancashire. Jaques Rudolph and Andrew Gale both hit centuries as Yorkshire finished the day on 354 for four when the game was called as a draw.
Middlesex succumbed to a defeat at the hands of Northamptonshire. Johannes Van Der Wath put in a brilliant all round performance, scoring 85 to set Middlesex 221 to win, and he then took three wickets to go with his four in the first innings to bowl out Middlesex for just 186, just 35 runs short of their target.
Kent knocked off 317 against Derbyshire to claim a three wicket win. Rob Key and Joe Denly both hit centuries to set up the victory and they got home with three wickets to spare late on in the day.
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