Tom Poynton retires, bowlers fight back

Craig Overton
Craig Overton took four wickets as Somerset fought back against Nottinghamshire
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Tom Poynton was forced to announce his retirement from professional cricket today, while on the field, the bowlers managed to redress the balance after a day dominated by batsmen yesterday.

Glamorgan forced Derbyshire to follow on, Somerset fought back admirably against Nottinghamshire and Durham will chase 247 to beat Lancashire on the final day of their match tomorrow.

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Southport, day three: Lancashire 204 & 333 v Durham 291

Lancashire were 59 for one in their second innings at the start of play and thanks to runs from Haseeb Hameed (53) and Luke Procter (122), were able to make it to 333 before Durham bowled them out.

Ben Stokes - recalled to the England squad along with James Anderson earlier in the day - took three wickets, as did Scott Borthwick to leave Durham a victory target of 247 on the final day.

Ageas Bowl, Southampton, day two: Surrey 637-7 dec. v Hampshire 73-2

Surrey began the day on 332 for four and continued to pile on the runs. Ben Foakes (141 not out) and Gareth Batty (110 not out) emulated Rory Burns in making centuries while Aaron Finch was dismissed for 86 before Surrey declared on 637 for seven. Gareth Berg and Mason Crane both took three wickets for Hampshire, who closed on 73 for two, making a recovery after openers Jimmy Adams (5) and Will Smith (0) fell cheaply to Mark Footitt.

Trent Bridge, Nottingham, day two: Nottinghamshire 401 v Somerset 244-3

Nottinghamshire began the day on 311 for four but lost their final six wickets for 90 runs as Somerset fought back. Steven Mullaney (165) added four runs in the morning before departing and thereafter a string of players got themselves in,only to get themselves out.

Craig Overton led the way for Somerset with four for 54 while Jack Leach claimed three for 120 and James Allenby two for 44.

Somerset then closed on 242 for three with Marcus Trescothick unbeaten on 117 and his opening partner Johann Myburgh hitting 54.

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Colwyn Bay, day two: Glamorgan 518 v Derbyshire 177 & 78-1

After Aneurin Donald's heroics on day one, Glamorgan began on 481 for eight and moved on to 518 before being bowled out, leaving Craig Meschede unbeaten on 66.

Mescede (3-33) then took the first wicket as Glamorgan dismissed Derbyshire for 177 and enforced the follow-on. Graham Wagg took two for 51 and Andrew Salter two for two for 15 as Harvey Hosein top scored with just 27 for the visitors.

They were doing much better in their second innings as they made it to stumps on 78 for one with Hamish Rutherford not out on 32 and Chesney Hughes on 12.

It was a difficult day for Derby both on and off the field, as Tom Poynton announced his retirement from the professional game - aged just 26 - due to the ankle injury he sustained in a car crash in which his father died in April 2014.

Poynton said: "It's been a really difficult decision to retire from the game I love, but the medical diagnosis and advice means I know that it's the right decision.

"I'm grateful to everyone in the Derbyshire cricket family and further afield who have helped me during my career, both on and off the field.

"I've loved playing for Derbyshire, a Club I've been associated with for over 10 years, and I'm sad to leave.

"I now need to focus on the next stage of my life after cricket. There's a few opportunities that I'm going to pursue and I'm excited about what lies ahead."

Tunbridge Wells, day two: Kent 575 v Sussex 69-1

Kent resumed on 310 for three and thanks to Sam Northeast's fine effort of 190 in 244 balls, made 575 before being bowled out by Sussex.

He struck 13 fours and a six during his innings, receiving support from Darren Stevens (63) and Alex Blake (61) before Danny Briggs' five for 169 helped Sussex bring about an end to the run-scoring.

The visitors closed on 69 for one, losing the wicket of Harry Finch for three before Chris Nash (48 not out) and Luke Wells (7 not out) guided them to stumps with no further loss of wicket.

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