County Cricket Round-Up: 4th September
LV County Championship Division One
The third day of play at The Riverside was washed out, meaning Somerset will resume the final day on 41 without loss in their second innings.
Warwickshire were bowled out for 443 by Worcestershire on day two at Edgbaston, Ian Westwood making 133 and Jonathan Trott 93. Richard Jones picked up six wickets and the away side were 11 without loss at stumps.
Robin Martin-Jenkins returned five wickets as Sussex finished off Lancashire's innings, dismissing them for 236. Mal Loye (58) and Francois du Plessis (54) top scored as Martin-Jenkins ended with five for 43. In reply, Sussex were 11 without loss.
Yorkshire were invited to bat by Nottinghamshire on day one at Trent Bridge and after a good start, faltered to reach the end of the day on 220 for eight. Joe Sayers (53) and Jacques Rudolph (42) laid a good foundation before three wickets from Charlie Shreck put Nottinghamshire on top.
LV County Championship Division Two
A partnership worth 120 between Wayne White (68) and Claude Henderson (71 not out) rescued Leicestershire, who closed day two against Glamorgan on 269 for eight having been in desperate trouble at 95 for seven. James Harris and Garnett Kruger both picked up three wickets to put Glamorgan in charge before the Leicestershire fightback began.
Geraint Jones (108) could only add one run to his overnight score and Kent were bowled out for 281 by Derbyshire. Steffan Jones returned five for 35 and Tom Lungley three for 56 and it was the team that lie third in the table that were best placed at stumps, Chris Rogers (116 not out) and Wayne Madsen (65 not out) having put no on 186 for the first wicket in reply.
Wickets tumbled at Northampton, where MIddlesex are taking on Northamptonshire. The visitors were bowled out for 253, John Simpson the last man to fall for 87 as Lee Daggett and Johannes van der Wath claimed three wickets apiece but the home side could only manage 239 in reply. Nicky Boje made 51 as Gareth Berg completed figures of five for 68 but the match was still in the balance as Middlesex stumbled to 17 for three at the close.
Surrey collapsed from 96 for one overnight to be all out for 183 against Gloucestershire. James Franklin and Steve Kirby both picked up three-wicket hauls to help Gloucestershire fight back on day two and they will start day three on 224 for three in reply, thanks to unbeaten half-centuries from Hamish Marshall (72) and Alex Gidman (64).
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Centuries from Alastair Cook (104) and Varun Chopra (101 not out) both delighted the home ground at Chelmsford and led Essex to a seven-wicket win over Hampshire. The Hawks' score of 246 for five was set up by innings of 93 from James Vince and 69 not out from Liam Dawson, the pair putting on 140 for the fifth wicket. However, they were trumped by Cook and Chopra, who shared a 192-run partnership for the third wicket as Essex got home with seven balls.
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