A four-wicket haul each from Jamie Porter and David Masters dismissed Leicestershire for 175 in their second innings as Essex completed a convincing innings victory at Grace Road. Here is all you want to know on day three of the latest round of the County Championship.
Warwickshire resumed day three at 315 for seven with the overnight batsmen Tim Ambrose (38 not out) and Keith Barker (26 not out).
However, most part of the day was ruined with bad light as only eight overs of play were possible in which the pair added 29 more runs without losing a wicket to stretch their lead over Durham by 137 runs with three wickets remaining.
The lower middle order continued to frustrate Hampshire as Somerset completely dominated day three adding 277 runs losing just two wickets in the day. All the four batsmen, Jim Allenby (56), Lewis Gregory (61), Rob van der Merwe (91 not out) and Craig Overton (97 not out) went past the 50-run mark for Somerset.
Both van der Merwe and Overton added an unbeaten 164-run stand for the eighth wicket to take the total of 534 for seven at stumps on day three, thereby ensuring a lead of 196 runs for Somerset over Hampshire.
A valiant 96 from Sam Curran allowed Lancashire to post 480 in their first innings after being 354 for six at the end of day two.
Sam added a vital 70-run stand with his brother Tom Curran for the seventh wicket as Surrey went on to take a lead of 193 in the first innings. Arron Lilley (5-130) was the pick of the Lancashire bowlers.
In their second innings, Mark Footitt (5-49) dented the Lancashire top-order with a five-wicket haul restricting them to 203 for eight at stumps on day three despite fifties from Luke Procter (76) and Alviro Petersen (56). Lanacshire managed a slender lead of 10 runs with two wickets in hand at the end of the day.
Yorkshire resumed their second innings on the overnight score of 200 for four. Gary Ballance (101 not out) completed his century while Tim Bresnan (35 not out) chipped in with a useful contribution as Yorkshire declared at 263 for four after 73.2 overs.
Chasing a target of 452 runs, Nottinghamshire lost Steven Mullaney (2) in the second over. Jake Libby (9) and Tom Moores (41 not out) offered a brief resistance but a double strike from Bresnan (2-15) in the 16th over, left Nottinghamshire struggling at 61 for three after 23 overs at stumps on day three.
Glamorgan began on their overnight score of 50 for one. Jacques Rudolph (47) fell early in the day but William Bragg (41 not out) and David Lloyd (37 not out) shared an unbeaten 72-run stand to take Glamorgan to 149 for two in 45.3 overs before bad light stopped the proceedings and eventually resulted in curtailing the rest of the day’s play.
Kent carried on from the overnight score of 346 for four. Sam Billings (171) completed his century early in the day and proceeded to add 258 runs along with Darren Stevens (140). Stevens fell in the 94th over but Billings, Will Gidman (58 not out) and James Tredwell (22 not out) pushed the score to 533 for six in 119.4 overs before declaring.
Stevens (3-11) followed his century with a three-wicket haul as Gloucestershire were rattled early in their second innings and were left at 34 for four after 16.3 overs at stumps on day three.
Essex resumed on the overnight score of 368 for eight. 55 more runs were added and Dan Lawrence (154) completed his 150 before Essex were bowled out for 423 runs after facing a little over 14 overs. Facing a deficit of 185 runs, Leicestershire lost wickets at regular intervals as Jamie Porter (4-49) and David Masters (4-39) shared eight wickets between them to rattle the opposition.
Neil Dexter (44) top scored with 44 for Leicestershire as they were bowled out for 175 runs in 49.3 overs, giving Essex a win by an innings and 10 runs.
Worcestershire resumed their first innings on the overnight score of 153 for one. Only 17.2 overs were possible on a rain-affected day. In the play that was possible, Daryl Mitchell (102) completed his first century in nearly 13 months. Worcestershire lost Tom Fell (66) and Joe Clarke (6), ending up with a score of 195 for three in 57.2 overs on a rain-marred third day.
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