Wessels carries Notts

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Riki Wessels

Riki Wessels signals his intent during a boundary-laden 84, which helped Nottinghamshire to 245 all out, setting Durham 321 to win

Riki Wessels’ rapid 84 kept Nottinghamshire in control of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Durham at Trent Bridge, the only game in its second day.

Wessels came in with Notts teetering at 17 for two in their second knock, having earned a 75-run first-innings advantage.

He faced only 68 deliveries, smashing 14 fours and a six before becoming one of three victims for Mark Wood. Mitch Claydon claimed 5-54, but Andre Adams’ unbeaten 53 took the hosts to 245 all out.

Luke Fletcher struck a late blow by trapping Will Smith in front for nought as second-placed Durham closed on 20 for one, needing another 301 for victory.

The visitors had begun the day on 44 for three. Dale Benkenstein made 49 and Ian Blackwell 52, but three wickets today for both Adams and Graeme White limited them to 195 all out.

A solid batting display against Warwickshire at Headingley Carnegie boosted Yorkshire’s chances of avoiding relegation, particularly given no play was possible between the bottom two – Hampshire and Worcestershire – at the Rose Bowl.

Gary Ballance top-scored with 57 of Yorkshire’s 297 all out after opener Joe Sayers, one of four wickets for Keith Barker, fell three short of a half-century. There was no time for the visitors to begin their reply.

Division Two’s top two sides traded early blows on a truncated day at Wantage Road.

Opener Rob Newton hit an unbeaten 66 for leaders Northamptonshire, who closed on 145 for three – Steven Crook struck twice – from the 40 overs possible against Middlesex.

With third-placed Gloucestershire not in action this week, promotion outsiders Essex and Derbyshire were frustrated by no play at Chelmsford.

Bottom side Leicestershire endured another miserable day, this time versus Surrey at Grace Road.

Championship debutant Rob Taylor’s 70 was the only significant resistance in the hosts’ 167 all out, of which Tim Linley picked up 3-22 from 14 overs. In reply, opener Steven Davies reached 54 not out in a close-of-play total of 122 for three.

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