Essex, Northamptonshire and Kent complete comprehensive wins on day three
On the third day of the County Championship, Essex, Northamptonshire and Kent completed handsome wins in Division Two against Worcestershire, Glamorgan and Sussex respectively.
Elsewhere, the clash between Gloucestershire and Derbyshire is set up for a thrilling finale on the final day in Division Two. In Division One, Nottinghamshire and Durham are set up for an interesting showdown on the final day, so are Warwickshire and Middlesex.
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Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street: Day Three - Durham 244 & 385-8 dec v Nottinghamshire 313 & 17-1
Durham restarted their second innings on the overnight score of 83 for three. Keaton Jennings (171) and Graham Onions (65) shared an excellent 162-run stand and scored laid an excellent platform for Durham to set a target.
Onions went past his fifty but fell in the 74th over. After completing his century, despite losing wickets at the other end, Jennings played a solid knock and guided Durham to 385 for eight in 117 overs, at which point of time, they declared.
Given a target of 317 runs, Nottinghamshire lost Jake Libby (5) off the last ball of the day and were positioned at 17 for one in 7.2 overs at stumps on day three.
The Rose Bowl, Southampton: Day Three - Yorkshire 281 &143-2 v Hampshire 222
Yorkshire resumed their second innings on 69 for one. Adam Lyth (56) after completing his fifty but Gary Ballance (46 not out) and Andrew Gale (19 not out) took Yorkshire to 134 for two in 40 overs before the game was stopped by bad light.
An early lunch was taken and rain delayed the resumption of play. When the game resumed, only two overs were possible before bad light took its effect once more. No further play was possible and Yorkshire ended the third day with a score of 143 for two in 42 overs and an overall lead of 202 runs.
Old Trafford, Manchester: Day Three - Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 422-9
Lancashire resumed the first innings at 138 for two. Alviro Petersen (155) and Liam Livingstone (57) went on to post a 117 run stand for the third wicket.
Livingstone fell after his fifty but Petersen went on to score a crucial hundred and shared 157-run stand with Steven Croft (58), who also made a fifty.
However, Petersen and Croft fell in successive overs and later on Lewis Gregory (3-74) struck thrice in quick succession as Lancashire succumbed to 422 for nine at the end of the third day’s play, still trailing Somerset by 131 runs.
Edgbaston, Birmingham: Day Three - Middlesex 242 & 267-7 dec v Warwickshire 172 & 74-3
Middlesex resumed on the overnight score of 63 for naught. Nick Gubbins (46) was dismissed early in the day but Sam Robson (74) and Stevie Eskinazi (53) scored fluent fifties. The rest of the middle order got off to starts but failed to convert.
Eventually after scoring 267 for seven from 86 overs, Middlesex declared, setting Warwickshire a target of 338 runs. In the 32 overs Warwickshire faced, they lost Varun Chopra (9), Ian Westwood (28) and Jonathan Trott (8) in regular intervals and were reduced to 74 for three at stumps on day three.
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County Ground, Derby: Day Three - Derbyshire 242 &360 v Gloucestershire 331& 10-0
Derbyshire started day three on 16 for two. Callum Parkinson (12) and Wayne Madsen (0) failed to make it count and fell early in the day. However, Alex Hughes (140) dropped anchor at one end and scored at a good pace as he went on to post a splendid century.
He received good support from Neil Broom (42) and Matt Critchley (32). Once Hughes fell, Harvey Hosein (52 not out) and Tom Milnes (56) scored brisk fifties as Derbyshire managed to score 360 in 95.2 overs before being bowled out.
Chasing a target of 272 runs for a win, Gloucestershire saw the five remaining overs safely and took the score to 10 for naught, still needing 262 runs to win.
County Ground, Chelmsford: Day Three - Essex 601-5 dec beat Worcestershire 230 & 210 by an innings and 161 runs
Essex resumed their innings on the overnight score of 512 for four. Tom Westley (254) fell early in the day but Ryan ten Doeschate (109 not out) completed his century and added 68 runs along with James Foster (37 not out), taking Essex to 601 for five in 138 overs before declaring.
Worcestershire started steadily with a 44-run opening stand but they lost their momentum as Graham Napier (5-59) ran through the side with a five-wicket haul. Ben Cox (35) was the top scorer as Worcestershire were bowled out for 210 runs in 57.1 overs and succumbed to a defeat by an innings and 161 runs.
County Ground, Northampton: Day Three - Northamptonshire 269 & 305-7 dec beat Glamorgan 124 & 132 by 318 runs
Glamorgan started the third day on their overnight score of zero for naught. Facing a target of 451 runs, Glamorgan succumbed to the pressure and lost wickets at regular intervals.
The highest partnership Glamorgan shared was a 30-run stand between Nicholas Selman (30 not out) and Aneurin Donald (22) for the fifth wicket.
Rob Keogh (4-73) and Graeme White (6-44) shared all the 10 wickets between them and bowled Glamorgan out for 132 runs in 62.5 overs, taking Northamptonshire to a win by 318 runs.
County Ground, Hove: Day Three - Kent 496 beat Sussex 180 & 189 by an innings and 127 runs
Sussex began their second innings on the overnight score of 42 for two. The entire middle order of Sussex got off to starts but failed to convert them.
Craig Cachopa (34) top-scored for the team. With Matt Coles (3-72), Hardus Viljoen (3-34) and Mitchell Claydon (3-41) sharing nine wickets equally, Sussex were bundled out for 189 runs in 41.5 overs as Kent romped home to a 127-run victory. It was Kent’s first championship win in Hove since 1992.
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