Wells keeps Surrey at bay
Sussex number three Luke Wells struck an unbeaten 96 to deny Surrey an LV= County Championship Division One victory inside three days at the Kia Oval.
Rory Hamilton-Brown’s side could only add 23 to their overnight 250 for eight as Naveed Arif Gondal and James Anyon dismissed Stuart Meaker and Jon Lewis, who made 24 and 27 respectively.
Chasing 392, Sussex were soon reduced to 40 for three with Meaker, who finished the day with 3-75, dismissing experienced duo Ed Joyce and Murray Goodwin.
Jade Dernbach and Gareth Batty also claimed two victims apiece to take Surrey to the brink of their first win back in the top flight. But Wells denied Surrey with a defiant 224-ball innings that helped Sussex to reach 240 for eight by the time bad light ended the day’s play.
Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell struck a century, but three late wickets tilted the game back in Nottinghamshire’s favour at Trent Bridge.
Notts were dismissed for 403 after adding 48 this morning. David Lucas removed Graeme White, while Alan Richardson trapped Riki Wessels in front for 113 and bowled Andre Adams to complete fine figures of 5-95 from 32 overs.
Worcestershire, in pursuit of a mammoth 392, were reduced to 61 for two when Michael Klinger and Vikram Solanki departed for 22 apiece, but Mitchell and Moeen Ali frustrated the Nottinghamshire bowlers with an excellent third-wicket partnership.
The pair added 174 until Moeen, who made 94, became Adams’ second victim, which led to three wickets falling in as many overs before the close.
After Ben Phillips bowled Alexei Kervezee, Luke Fletcher rearranged the furniture of Mitchell and Ben Scott in successive deliveries to leave Worcestershire lingering on 258 for six.
Nick Compton fell agonisingly short of a well-deserved century as Somerset took control against Middlesex at Taunton.
After Somerset had begun the day on 202 for two, Compton and Craig Kieswetter extended their third-wicket partnership to 152 before the latter was caught by Dawid Malan off Corey Collymore for 83.
Compton went on to 99 before falling to Toby Roland-Jones and Collymore then struck with successive deliveries to remove Vernon Philander and George Dockrell as Somerset were bowled out for 350.
Middlesex, 104 runs behind on first innings, were dealt an early blow as Steve Kirby trapped Joe Denly in front for nine but Sam Robson, with an unbeaten 24, and Chris Rogers, five not out, ensured the visitors reached 38 for one before bad light brought an end to the third day.
Essex made the perfect start to the summer as they thumped Division Two rivals Gloucestershire by an innings and 38 runs at Chelmsford.
Alex Gidman’s side began day three on 55 for five in their second innings, requiring a further 129 runs to make Essex bat again.
Ian Cockbain and Will Gidman provided initial hope by adding 41 this morning, but the former was then caught behind off David Masters and the hosts wasted little time in reducing Gloucestershire to 106 for nine as Graham Napier completed a five-wicket haul.
A 10th-wicket stand of 40 between Ed Young and Ian Saxelby delayed the inevitable, but Tymal Mills then finished the job before lunch.
Robbie Joseph returned remarkable match figures of 12-111 on his Leicestershire debut to help the Grace Road county record a 52-run home win over Glamorgan.
Joseph once again picked up six wickets as the Welsh county, who resumed on 21 for one in pursuit of 236, were dismissed for 183.
Glamorgan had initially slipped to 46 for five this morning, but Mark Wallace and Graham Wagg, who struck 47 and 33, made Leicestershire work for their win.
The Foxes will now hope they can improve on their efforts last year, which saw them begin the campaign with a victory over Glamorgan but fail to win another match en route to the wooden spoon.
Derbyshire moved into a dominant position against Northamptonshire following an unbroken opening stand of 213 between Martin Guptill and Paul Borrington.
After Northants had added just 23 to their overnight score of 241 for seven to trail by 22, Guptill and Borrington batted out the remainder of the day to lay the platform for a Derbyshire declaration on day four.
New Zealand opener Guptill was unbeaten on 131 at stumps, with the patient Borrington having reached 66.
England batsman Jonny Bairstow also reached three figures at Headingley Carnegie, but Yorkshire still faced a battle to avoid the follow-on against Kent.
Bairstow, dropped on 24 by Ben Harmison at second slip, hit 13 fours and two sixes on his way to 107 from 147 balls.
His innings, together with solid contributions from Andrew Gale, Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid, who managed 44, 45 and 40 not out respectively, helped Yorkshire close 221 behind on 316 for six, with a further 72 needed to make Kent bat again.
Former Durham seamer Mark Davies returned 3-44 for the visitors and was also the unlucky bowler when Bairstow was put down.