Kent, Worcestershire register victories in Division Two

Joe Leach picked 10 wickets in the game for Worcestershire
Joe Leach picked 10 wickets in the game for Worcestershire

Joe Leach and Josh Tongue shared nine wickets between them as Worcestershire managed to edge out Northamptonshire by 20 runs while a dominating bowling performance saw Kent register a massive 169 run win against Derbyshire on day three in the third round of County Championship Division Two.

Worcestershire 188 & 153 (Buck 4-42) beat
Northamptonshire 157 &164 (Leach 5-62) by 20 runs
County Championship Division Two, Worcester, day three

Northamptonshire resumed the day at 102 for six, trailing Worcestershire by 86 runs. With Leach (5-60) and John Hastings (3-60) in action, the visitors could add only 55 runs and were bowled out for 157.

Worcestershire failed to capitalise on the advantage of a slender 26 run stand as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 153. Nathan Buck (4-42) and Azharullah (3-5) were the major wicket takers for Northamptonshire.

Needing 185 for a win, Rob Newton (21), Max Holden (37), Adam Rossington (22) and Richard Levin (22) all got starts but failed to carry on. Leach (5-62) completed a 10-wicket haul in the game and was well supported by Tongue (4-45) as Worcestershire won the game by 20 runs. They claimed 19 points from the result with the visitors taking three points.

Kent 259 & 308 (Stevens 90) beat
Derbyshire 159 & 239 (Wilson 97) by 169 runs
County Championship Division Two, Canterbury, day three

After claiming a 100-run first innings lead, Kent were reeling at 142 for seven at the start of the day. However, Darren Stevens (90) and Adam Rouse (95 not out) piled on match winning knocks as Kent ended their innings at 308 runs, leaving Derbyshire a daunting target of 409 runs for a victory.

Derbyshire could not cope up with the pressure as only Gary Wilson (97) waged a lone fight and were dismissed for 239 runs. James Harris (4-56) picked a four wicket haul while Stevens (3-63) chipped in with nine wickets in the game. The win gave Kent 21 points.

Leicestershire 420 & 200-3 (Eckersley 70no) v
Glamorgan 426 (Ingram 137)
County Championship Division Two, Leicester, day three

Glamorgan started the day at 281 for four. Colin Ingram (137) played a key role as he carried on after reaching his century to help his team claim a crucial six run lead. However, Leicestershire replied back strong reaching 200 for three at stumps, courtesy a fine knock from skipper Ned Eckersley (70 not out).

At stumps on day three, Leicestershire lead by 194 runs with seven wickets in hand.

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