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by Sandeep Shivam Thursday 8 September 2016
Somerset beat Warwickshire in a low-scoring contest in Taunton while Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire secured 10-wicket wins in their Division Two encounters against Glamorgan and Kent respectively on the third day of the ongoing round of the County Championship.
Elsewhere, Hampshire and Yorkshire progressed steadily while the game between Middlesex and Nottinghamshire is poised for a close finish on the final day.
Nottinghamshire began the day on the overnight score of 24 for naught. After a 62-run opening stand, Jake Libby (18) fell in the 18th over. Steven Mullaney (64) scored a fifty and was the only batsman to do so as the rest of the batting order got starts and failed to convert.
Middlesex took wickets in regular intervals and eventually bowled Nottinghamshire out for 240 runs in 77.4 overs. Chasing a target of 235 runs, Middlesex were rocked by Jake Ball (3-20), who took three wickets to leave the opposition at 48 for three after 21 overs at stumps on day three.
Somerset began the day on the overnight score of 131 for eight, needing 53 more to win. However, Somerset were only able to add 21 more runs and were bowled out for 152 runs in 58 overs. Despite Rikki Clarke’s (55 not out) unbeaten fifty, Somerset succumbed to a 31-run defeat.
Hampshire began the second day with the score at 213 for three. Tom Alsop (117) fell in the very first over but Sean Ervine (158 not out) and Ryan McLaren (100) scored hundreds and along with handy lower-order contributions, Hampshire managed to post 582 for nine before declaring after 154.5 overs.
Surrey were steady in the nine overs they faced towards the end of day three and scored 23 for naught, still trailing by 230 runs at stumps.
Durham began their first innings on the overnight score of 205-4. Once Graham Clarke (25) fell in the 82nd over, Durham lost the momentum in their innings and were eventually bowled out for 265 runs in 94.1 overs. with a 195-run first innings lead, Yorkshire began strongly in the second innings as Adam Lyth (114 not out) and Alex Lees (88) shared a 185-run stand in 44.5 overs.
Lees fell 12 runs short of his hundred. Soon after Lyth completed his century, Yorkshire declared with the score at 225 for two in 50.4 overs. Chasing a target of 421 runs, Durham lost three quick wickets and were reduced to 39 for three in 16 overs at stumps on day three.
Gloucestershire began day three on the overnight score of 347-8. Gloucestershire added just 16 more runs before being bowled out for 363 runs in 130.1 overs. After losing two early wickets in the second innings, Glamorgan steadied the ship with two brief partnerships for the third and fourth wickets.
However, David Payne (4-45) and Jack Taylor (3-70) shared seven wickets as Glamorgan were bundled out for 232 runs in 58.4 overs. William Bragg’s (52) fifty and a last wicket stand of 58 runs were the only saving grace.
Chasing a target of 90 runs, Gloucestershire scored at a brisk pace as Gareth Roderick (56 not out) scored an unbeaten fifty and guided the team to a 10-wicket win along with Chris Dent (35 not out). Gloucestershire took 22 points from the win.
Kent began their second innings at 15 for four. Sam Northeast (1) fell early in the day but Hardus Viljoen (63) scored a fifty and added 84 runs for the sixth wicket along with Sam Billings (39). Once Viljoen fell, Darren Stevens (44) gave some respite with his knock.
However, Rory Kleinveldt (5-53) took a five-fer as Kent were bowled out for 184 runs in 56.4 overs. chasing a target of 31 runs for a win, Northamptonshire needed just 4.3 overs to wrap up a 10-wicket win to take 23 points for the game.
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