Title race gets closer as Middlesex, Yorkshire register comfortable wins

Ryan Sidebottom picked four wickets for Yorkshire.
Ryan Sidebottom picked four wickets for Yorkshire.
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Middlesex continued to remain at the top of the Division One in the County Championship with a five-wicket win over Nottinghamshire.

However, Yorkshire comfortably defeated Durham by 228 runs to cut down Middlesex’s lead to just one point. Elsewhere at The Oval, the match between Surrey and Hampshire ended in a draw.

Specsavers County Championship Division One

Trent Bridge, Nottingham: Day Four - Middlesex 247 & 235-5 beat Nottinghamshire 241& 240 by five wickets

Middlesex resumed the final day with the score at 48 for three, needing 187 more runs to win. Stevie Eskinazi (30) was dismissed early in the day. However, Nick Compton (63), John Simpson (58 not out) and James Franklin (54 not out) scored fluent fifties to guide Middlesex to a comfortable five wicket win by chasing the target of 235 runs in 74 overs. Middlesex took 20 points to take their overall tally to 202 points.

The Oval, London: Day Four - Surrey 329 &248-3 v Hampshire 582-9 dec., Match Drawn

Surrey started their second innings on the score of 23 for naught. After an opening stand of 49 runs, Rory Burns was sent back to the pavilion. Dominic Sibley (44) and Kumar Sangakkara (84 not out) shared a 46-run stand.

After the dismissal of Sibley, Sangakkara, Arun Harinath (57) scored patient fifties while guiding Surrey safely to a draw along with Steven Davies (29 not out). Surrey scored 248 runs from 82.4 overs in their second innings and took nine points from the match while Hampshire had 12 points added to their overall tally.

Headingley, Leeds: Day Four - Yorkshire 460 & 225-2 dec.beat Durham 265 & 192 by 228 runs

Resuming their second innings on the overnight score of 39 for three, Durham were rattled early by Ryan Sidebottom (4-34), who took three quick wickets to leave them reeling at 63 for six. A resistance from the lower order led by a fifty from Ryan Pringle (57 not out) and knocks from Graham Clark (25) and Michael Richardson (33) delayed the inevitable.

However, Sidebottom, Jack Brooks (3-55) and Tim Bresnan (2-44) shared nine wickets to bowl Durham out for 192 runs in 63.2 overs. With this 228-run win, Yorkshire took 23 points and took their overall tally to 201.

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