Notts on brink of win
Nottinghamshire will return to the Emirates Durham ICG tomorrow requiring just one wicket for victory in Division One of the LV= County Championship despite 80 from captain Phil Mustard.
Notts could only add 104 to their overnight 231 for four as Mitchell Claydon struck four times in three overs to complete figures of 4-84 and leave Durham with a mammoth victory target of 368.
Their reply started appallingly as Andre Adams struck three times to reduce them to 54 for six, but Mustard and Scott Borthwick brought stability to the innings with a partnership of 58.
The latter eventually departed for 22, bowled by Andy Carter, and the attacking Calum Thorp was stumped by Chris Read off Samit Patel to leave Durham on the brink.
Mustard’s aggressive 103-ball innings, which included 12 fours and two maximums, came to an end in the requested extra half-hour when he became Adams’ fourth victim, but Graham Onions and Claydon added an unbroken 23 to take the game into the final day.
Onions was on 15 and Claydon 18 as Durham closed on 203 for nine, needing another 165 to win.
Defending champions Lancashire lost in their first game of the championship season by 10 wickets to Sussex at Aigburgh.
The Red Rose’s task of avoiding defeat was stiff; they were 91 runs in arrears overnight on 95 for four.
Lancashire initially batted impressively this morning as Ashwell Prince and Luke Procter moved their partnership on to 88, during which Prince was dropped by Steve Magoffin.
But, after England spinner Monty Panesar snared Procter, Australian seamer Magoffin made amends by dismissing Prince for 58, and the hosts then collapsed.
Magoffin completed his five-wicket haul by dismissing Glen Chapple, and Panesar removed Sajid Mahmood for his third scalp before the former wrapped up the innings after lunch for outstanding figures of 7-34.
Sussex needed one run to win and Ed Joyce struck the third ball of the innings for four.
Warwickshire required another 136 runs for victory with eight wickets intact going into the final day against Somerset at Edgbaston.
Starting the day 127 for four, 31 runs ahead, Somerset were reliant on a fifth-wicket partnership of 167 from Nick Compton and Jos Buttler, who made 133 and 93 respectively before both falling to Chris Wright.
Despite late hitting from number nine Adam Dibble, who struck a career-best 43 off 46 balls, Marcus Trescothick’s side were bowled out for 354, leaving Warwickshire a testing 259 to win.
Varun Chopra and Neil Carter, promoted to the top of the order, started positively but, when the pair departed in successive overs to Steve Kirby and George Dockrell respectively, Warwickshire were 43 for two.
However, Will Porterfield struck an unbeaten 57 in an unbroken partnership of 80 with Ian Westwood, who made a defiant 17 not out from 81 balls, to ensure the hosts reached the close on 123 for two.
Rory Hamilton-Brown’s counter-attacking unbeaten fifty made Surrey slight favourites to beat Middlesex at Lord’s.
Chasing 141, the visitors slipped to 22 for three before captain Hamilton-Brown hit 51 from 55 balls to lift his side to 95 for four when bad light ended play.
Surrey this morning lost their last five wickets for 38 runs to concede a first-innings deficit of 34, but Jon Lewis’ five scalps then helped dismiss Middlesex for 106.
Sam Robson and Dawid Malan, with 43 and 13 respectively, were the only Middlesex players to reach double figures today as Lewis claimed 5-41.
Glamorgan lost their last eight wickets for 16 runs to slump to a 130-run defeat to a Jonathan Clare-inspired Derbyshire at the SWALEC Stadium.
Chasing 233 for victory, the Welsh county began well as Gareth Rees eased to 41 until he became the first of six victims for Clare, who also dismissed Rees’ fellow opener Stewart Walters for 30. No other Glamorgan player made double figures.
Tony Palladino also took three wickets and Clare finished with 6-40, and 11-57 in the match, to put Derbyshire top of a fledgling Division Two.
This morning the visitors extended their overnight 152 for six to 197 all out, David Wainwright finishing unbeaten on 51.
Jim Allenby trapped Clare in front for 43, ending a 58-run stand with Wainwright, and Moises Henriques had Palladino caught behind for 21 en route to 4-54.
Matt Coles also took six second-innings wickets as Kent beat Northamptonshire by an innings and 120 runs at Wantage Road.
Northants began today needing 186 to make the visitors bat again with six wickets in hand.
Acting home captain David Sales added 11 to his overnight 31 before Coles bowled him for his third wicket of the innings
Mark Davies then had James Middlebrook caught behind and James Tredwell trapped Chaminda Vaas lbw in consecutive overs.
Niall O’Brien offered some resistance with 25 not out, but Coles had David Willey, Jack Brooks and Lee Daggett caught behind, the latter for 15, for figures of 6-51.
Three wickets for Hamza Riazuddin gave Hampshire hope late on a truncated day against Gloucestershire at the Ageas Bowl.
After the morning session was washed out, the hosts extended their overnight 182 for seven to 199 all out, a first-innings deficit of 115. Will Gidman took two of the last three wickets for figures of 5-48.
Riazuddin’s breakthroughs helped to reduce the visitors to 71 for five, but Ian Cockbain and Gidman saw Gloucestershire to 129 for five, a lead of 244, at stumps.