Results galore on thrilling day in LV=CC
Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland-Jones starred as Middlesex secured a dramatic three-wicket LV= County Championship victory against Surrey at Lord’s.
Heading into the day, Surrey - with six wickets in hand - needed just 46 runs to chase down a victory target of 141.
However, their efforts were derailed early on as they lost three wickets for as many runs, with Tom Maynard, Chris Jordan and Gareth Batty falling.
The visitors were 104 for seven at that stage, but skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown rebuilt alongside Jon Lewis in what seemed a crucial 22-run stand.
But Hamilton-Brown departed for 63 and, despite Lewis finishing unbeaten on 21, Middlesex prevailed by bowling Surrey out for 137, Murtagh taking the final wicket of Jade Dernbach.
That completed figures of 4-43 for the seamer, which complemented Roland-Jones' effort of 4-25.
Jeetan Patel’s outstanding 43 not out took Warwickshire to what at one stage looked an unlikely triumph against Somerset at Edgbaston.
The hosts headed into the final day 123 for two in pursuit of 259, but quickly lost Ian Westwood, who was trapped in front by Vernon Philander for 32.
Will Porterfield and Darren Maddy then shared a 45-run alliance, but Peter Trego struck to remove the latter for 23, after which he claimed two wickets in as many balls.
The seamer took the prized scalp of Porterfield for 84 before having Tim Ambrose caught and bowled. Rikki Clarke survived the hat-trick ball, but soon succumbed to Steve Kirby.
Keith Barker was then out hit wicket off Trego, yet Somerset fell victim of Patel’s outstanding performance.
The New Zealand international, supported by skipper Jim Troughton’s unbeaten 15, struck three fours and four sixes in a 36-ball innings that decided an enthralling contest.
Nottinghamshire emerged victorious at the Emirates Durham ICC, but their success was not as comfortable as they would have hoped.
The visitors headed into the day needing just one wicket to beat Durham, who were 203 for nine in pursuit of 368.
Yet number 11 Mitchell Claydon moved to a maiden first-class half-century as he and Graham Onions added 50 runs to the hosts’ total today.
England international Samit Patel eventually dismissed the former for 55 as Durham fell to a 114-run defeat.
In Division Two, fans were treated to another thrilling finale as Will Gidman led Gloucestershire to a dramatic victory over Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
Having entered the day on 129 for five, the visitors were dismissed for 174 as David Balcombe finished with 3-48 to follow up his first-innings 8-71.
That left Hampshire requiring 290 for victory, but they lost wickets at regular intervals at the beginning of their chase; none of their top-six reached 20.
With the hosts looking doomed on 76 for six, Michael Bates and Chris Wood put on 118 to drag their side back into the encounter. The latter fell for 65, but the former and Hamza Riazuddin shared a 54-run partnership to leave all results possible.
Yet Gidman was to make the decisive contribution as, with Hampshire needing a further 43, he bowled both in the same over, after which David Payne dismissed Balcombe to seal a 33-run win.