Notts, Surrey and Somerset wrap up wins
Nottinghamshire, Surrey and Somerset all got their LV= County Championship seasons off to a winning start today as all three Division One fixtures ended in positive results.
Luke Fletcher and Andre Adams picked up two wickets apiece to finish with respective figures of 4-53 and 4-90 as Notts, the 2010 County Champions, defeated Worcestershire by 92 runs at Trent Bridge.
The visitors, chasing 392 for victory, resumed on 258 for six in their second innings, having lost four wickets in the closing stages of day three.
Although James Cameron progressed to 27 not out, the tail were unable to cope with Notts’ seam attack and a home win was secured in little more than an hour on the final morning.
Surrey, on their return to Division One, gained an 86-run home victory over Sussex after finally ending the resistance of Luke Wells.
The young left-hander, 96 not out overnight, brought up his fourth first-class century but then departed to Jon Lewis for 108 as Sussex were dismissed for 255.
Lewis finished with 3-40 on his Surrey debut, having also accounted for James Anyon in the fifth over of the day.
George Dockrell was Somerset’s hero as they recorded a six-wicket triumph over Middlesex at Taunton.
The visitors appeared set to earn a draw when they moved into the lead for the loss of only one second-innings wicket.
However, Middlesex then collapsed from 105 for one to 175 all out either side of lunch as Ireland spinner Dockrell returned outstanding figures of 6-27 from 20.1 overs.
That left Somerset with a modest victory target of 72 and, although Gareth Berg claimed three quick wickets, James Hildreth got his side over the line with an unbeaten 23-ball 37.
Another spinner prospered at Derby, David Wainwright returning career-best figures of 6-33 on his Derbyshire debut to secure a 202-run win over Northamptonshire.
Derbyshire declared on 314 for three this morning, openers Martin Guptill and Paul Borrington having been dismissed for 137 and 98 respectively.
Northants, faced with a notional target of 337, were unable to resist Wainwright as they subsided to 134 all out in 66.2 overs. Wes Durston claimed the final wicket in fading light to spark joyous celebrations.
Yorkshire were grateful to 76 from England Lions opener Joe Root and the assistance of bad light as they secured a draw against Kent at Headingley Carnegie.
The White Rose were made to follow on 173 behind this morning after losing their final four wickets to Charlie Shreck. Richard Pyrah bravely opted to bat with a cast on his broken left hand but fell for a first-ball duck as Yorkshire were dismissed for 364.
Root then came to the rescue, however, sharing 115 for the first wicket with Joe Sayers. Although Kent hit back with four quick wickets in the afternoon, Adam Riley and Shreck claiming two each, play was called off as the gloom gathered in Leeds.
The visitors took 10 points to Yorkshire’s nine.