Durham win thriller against Lancashire
Durham held their nerve to beat Lancashire by two wickets after an entertaining final day of their Spesavers County Championship match in Southport while the other four ongoing games could well all end up as draws.
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Southport, day four: Durham 291 & 247-8 beat Lancashire 204 & 333 by two wickets
The day began with Durham faced with a victory target of 247 to beat Lancashire and they made steady progress to reach lunch at 97 for two. Mark Stoneman (1) and Scott Borthwick (28) fell but Keaton Jennings (82) and Jack Burnham (52) stood firm until Lancashire fought back to take five wickets in the afternoon session and leave the game in the balance.
Ben Stokes made 36 and going into the final session, Durham needed 50 runs to win and the home side three wickets. Stokes almost completed the job alongside all-rounder Adam Hickey but fell to become Tom Smith's fifth wicket with four more required.
Chris Rushworth finished things off by driving Kyle Jarvis through the covers for a boundary to finish not out on four with Hickey unbeaten on 21.
Ageas Bowl, Southampton, day three: Surrey 637-7 dec. v Hampshire 398-9
Resuming on 73 for two in reply to Surrey's huge total, Hampshire made solid progress but were checked by Surrey's bowlers. At lunch, they were 186 for five losing three wickets in the morning and at tea they were 311 for seven.
Adam Wheater (59) and Sean Ervine (52) hit half-centuries before Lewis McManus completed his maiden first-class century after tea.
McManus finished the day not out on 117 in 232 balls alongside Ben Wheal (9 not out) as Hampshire managed to bat through the day. Still 239 runs behind, they have more work to do if they are to avoid the follow-on, however.
Trent Bridge, Nottingham, day three: Nottinghamshire 401 & 58-2 v Somerset 437
Somerset moved into the lead against Nottinghamshire with Marcus Trescothick the last man to be dismissed after hitting 218 in 355 balls. James Allenby also made 63 as they got ahead before tea, but were bowled out soon after the break. Imran Tahir finished with figures of seven for 112.
Nottinghamshire reached stumps at 58 for two, losing the wickets of first innings centurion Steven Mullaney (11) and Michael Lumb (0), closing 22 runs ahead going into the final day. Jake Libby is not out on 24 and Brendan Taylor has 22.
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Colwyn Bay, day three: Glamorgan 518 v Derbyshire 177 & 413-6
Following on and resuming on 78 for one, still 263 runs adrift of Glamorgan, Derbyshire showed plenty of resolve on day three.
They only lost the wicket of Hamish Rutherford (45) in the morning session and headed to lunch on 162 for two. Chesney Hughes then completed his century, going on to make 122 before he was the only man to fall in the afternoon session, which ended with Derbyshire on 297 for three.
Wayne Madsen was dismissed for 90 in the final session as Derbyshire closed in on parity and then moved ahead to close on 413 for six. Billy Godleman's unbeaten 66 helped them lead by 72.
Tunbridge Wells, day three: Kent 575 v Sussex 333
Chris Nash (55) completed his half-century before being trapped in front by Kagiso Rabada as Sussex moved from 69 for one to 157 for three at lunch, Luke Wells also falling for 22.
Ross Taylor (142 not out) and Luke Wright (60) added 114 together for the fourth wicket but Rabada struck quickly to have Wright caught by Callum Jackson and Ben Brown trapped in front for five.
Taylor completed his century after tea but while he stood firm at one end, Kent took the final three wickets with the last one heralding the close of play. Danny Briggs (8), Steve Magoffin (1) and Stuart Whittingham (0) fell to James Tredwell (2-91) and Imran Qayyum (1-45) as Kent secured a lead of 242.
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