Worcestershire hammer Northants, Trescothick steers Somerset ahead
Rain interrupted proceedings significantly in the Specsavers County Championship today, but in what play that was possible, Worcestershire thrashed Northamptonshire and Somerset got their noses back ahead against Middlesex.
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Taunton, day three: Somerset 236ao & 348-6 v Middlesex 381
Resuming on 361 for eight, Middlesex were bowled out for 381 as Somerset finally broke through the ninth-wicket stand between James Harris (78) and James Fuller (93). They put on 162 together and both fell to catches by Jim Allenby off the bowling of Tim Groenewald (2-97).
Due to a delayed start, lunch was taken later than usual at 1.30pm, by which time Somerset were 69 for three. Harry Podmore struck twice to remove Johann Myburgh for 12 and Chris Rogers for a duck while James Hildreth went just before the break, caught by James Franklin off Ollie Rayner.
Shortly before tea, Somerset moved back into the lead as Marcus Trescothick completed his 121st first-class half-century. As rain moved in, at tea they were 214 for four, Allenby the only wicket to fall in the afternoon session when he was caught by Fuller off Podmore for 38.
The rain cleared and after tea, Trescothick passed Sir Viv Richard's record of centuries for Somerset with his 184-ball effort, his 62nd first-class ton in all.
Trescothick edged Harris behind and fell for 124, bringing his partnership of 181 with Peter Trego to a close in the evening session. After Craig Overton fell to the same combination of Harris and John Simpson that saw off Trescothick, Trego completed his century.
He was not out on 115 alongside Alex Barrow on seven as Somerset closed on 348 for six, and ahead by 203, setting things up nicely for the final day - weather permitting.
Edgbaston, day three: Hampshire 531 v Warwickshire 131-3
It was a frustrating day at Edgbaston, where there were a number of inspections and plenty of delays. No play was possible before lunch and further inspections followed in the afternoon, after which no action was possible before the tea break and play was abandoned for the day shortly after 4pm.
Play has been abandoned for the day #YouBears— Warwickshire CCC (@WarwickshireCCC) July 12, 2016
The Oval, day two: Surrey 164-5 v Yorkshire
It was a similar story at The Oval, where the weather had wiped out all but 33 overs on the opening day. However, they did at least get the day started and Surrey moved from 95 for two to 164 for five, bad light and rain arriving just on the stroke of lunch.
Aaron Finch made 52 and Zafar Ansari 40 before Steve Davies (29 not out) and Ben Foakes (14 not out) joined forces for Surrey. No play in the afternoon session led to an early tea and another inspection at 3.30pm.
Little request from us all..if you could come back at some point that would be much appreciated pic.twitter.com/fWbXLdH2fT— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) July 12, 2016
After that inspection, play was called off for the day, with just 16.4 overs bowled in the day and only 49.4 in the match so far.
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Northampton, day three: Worcestershire 277ao & 324-8 dec. beat Northamptonshire 148ao & 142 by 311 runs
Starting the day 310 runs ahead, Worcestershire batted on and declared on 324 for eight to set Northamptonshire 451 to win. Tom Fell and Ross Whiteley both made 45 and George Rhodes was not out on 31 in 26 balls when the declaration came.
The home side were 16 for one at lunch, losing the wicket of captain Ben Duckett to Brett d'Oliveira for 10, but just two overs were possible in the afternoon before rain arrived to force the players back into the pavilion.
Soon after it cleared up, Rob Keogh was bowled by Matt Henry for nine, Adam Rossington caught behind off Joe Leach for three and Rob Newton also caught by Ben Cox off Henry for 11 as Northamptonshire limped to tea on 40 for four - still some 413 runs behind.
Tea Northants 40-4. Henry 7-2-18-2, Leach 7-1-14-1, D'Oliveira 1-0-8-1— Worcestershire CCC (@WorcsCCC) July 12, 2016
After tea, Northamptonshire continued to close in on victory and reduced their hosts to 81 for seven as Henry struck again to remove Richard Levi (6) and David Murphy (0) and Leach once more to dismiss Steven Crook for 33.
When Seekkuge Prasanna fell hooking Henry to Rhodes for 31, they were 115 for eight and soon after Rhodes grabbed his maiden first-class wicket when Ben Sanderson (12) was caught by wicket-keeper Cox to leave Worcestershire just one wicket from victory.
High fives and hugs for Rhodes after his first Championship wicket. Hopefully the first of many— Worcestershire CCC (@WorcsCCC) July 12, 2016
It didn't take long to come, as Monty Panesar was run out for five to hand victory to Worcestershire by 311 runs - their biggest ever victory over Northamptonshire, and good enough for 21 points that puts them just one point behind leaders Essex, who have played one game less.
A great recovery from being 54-5 on the first morning.— Worcestershire CCC (@WorcsCCC) July 12, 2016
Henry finished with five for 36, Leach two for 49, d'Oliveira one for 18 and Rhodes one for four.
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