Compton keeps Somerset afloat
Warwickshire retained the upper hand in their LV= County Championship Division One match against Somerset at Edgbaston, but an unbeaten 61 from Nick Compton gave the visitors hope of setting a tricky target.
A 10th-wicket stand of 47 between Keith Barker, who fell four runs short of a half-century, and Chris Wright helped Warwickshire, 111 for three overnight, scramble to 243 all out and a lead of 96.
The visitors then saw captain Marcus Trescothick fall cheaply to Barker and, although Compton shared 86 with Arul Suppiah, they closed just 31 in front on 127 for four.
Reigning champions Lancashire were facing a stiff challenge to avoid defeat against Sussex after ending day two 91 behind on 85 for four in their second innings at Aigburth.
Michael Yardy took his score on to 110 as Sussex, who resumed on 137 for three, reached 300 all out, having been aided by four dropped catches in the morning session.
Luke Procter and Glen Chapple shared six scalps for the Red Rose, who then lost three top-order wickets to impressive Australian debutant Steve Magoffin.
Ashwell Prince and Luke Procter were unbeaten on 31 and eight heading into day three, with plenty of work still required to make Sussex bat again.
Michael Lumb took advantage of being dropped on nought to compile his first century for Nottinghamshire as they turned the tables on Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Ben Phillips and Andy Carter each picked up three wickets in the morning session to send Durham spiralling from 55 for three to 129 all out.
That gave Notts a first-innings lead of 32, which they built on courtesy of Lumb’s unbeaten 104 and a breezy 57 from opener Alex Hales.
At stumps, Chris Read’s men were 263 ahead on 231 for four, the captain having reached five not out.
England wicketkeeper Steven Davies struck 62 on his first appearance of the season for Surrey, but Middlesex then seized the advantage at Lord’s by claiming four wickets in the evening session.
Davies shared 85 for the first wicket with fellow left-hander Jacques Rudolph, who contributed 45.
However, Surrey then wobbled and Neil Dexter snared two scalps as they closed on 161 for five, still trailing by 95.
Dawid Malan and Corey Collymore had earlier added 31 to Middlesex’s overnight score of 225 for nine, the former progressing from 62 to 88 before being caught behind off Chris Jordan.
The Division Two game between Glamorgan and Derbyshire at the SWALEC Stadium continued apace, with the visitors on top by stumps.
The Welsh County resumed on 37 for four in reply to 130, but slumped to 95 all out as Jonathan Clare ended with a remarkable 5-17 from eight overs.
Three wickets for Moises Henriques helped peg Derbyshire back to 37 for five, but Ross Whiteley’s 39 and an unbroken partnership of 55 between David Wainwright and Clare proved telling.
That led to a close-of-play 152 for six, a lead of 187, with Wainwright on 30 and Clare 40.
Michael Powell’s first Kent century and four early second-innings wickets put Northamptonshire under the cosh at Wantage Road.
Powell’s unbeaten 128 underpinned the visitors’ 368 all out, which secured a first-innings lead of 236 that looked unlikely when two wickets fell in the day’s first over.
An overnight 127 for three quickly became 127 for five as nightwatchman Mark Davies was run out and Jack Brooks, who returned 5-98, bowled Brendan Nash for 40.
After Chaminda Vaas had Darren Stevens lbw, Powell - who has joined from Glamorgan - and Geraint Jones added 165 for the seventh wicket until David Willey bowled the latter for 53.
Charlie Shreck and Matt Coles each struck twice to leave Northants 50 for four at stumps.
David Balcombe and Chris Dent enjoyed first-class bests as Gloucestershire gained the upper hand over Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
Balcombe took 8-71 but Dent hit 114 in the visitors’ first-innings 314 all out, which Hampshire replied to with 182 for seven at the close
Opening batsman Dent extended his overnight 59 from 60 overs possible yesterday. Balcombe, who claimed four wickets on day one, ended Dent’s stand of 133 with Ian Cockbain, who made 64.
Dent then put on 80 with Ed Young until Balcombe, who dismissed three batsmen for nought today and four in the innings, intervened.
Simon Katich’s 74 led a recovery from 24 for two before he became Ian Saxelby’s third victim after Will Gidman had also taken three wickets.