Win lifts Durham out of relegation zone
Durham boosted their LV= County Championship survival hopes with victory over fellow strugglers Surrey by an innings and 38 runs at the Emirates Durham ICG.
The hosts, bottom of Division One going into the game, moved out of the relegation places and above Surrey, who were docked a point for a slow over-rate and remain just above the drop zone.
Surrey began the on 69 for five and had failed to add to their overnight total when Chris Rushworth trapped nightwatchman Tim Linley lbw for nought.
Graham Onions ended Rory Burns’ resistance, having the opening batsman caught behind for 39, before Callum Thorp and the somewhat expensive Scott Borthwick mopped up the tail to dismiss the visitors for 143 before lunch on day three.
Leaders Warwickshire need 181 more to beat Worcestershire with 10 wickets left after 17 fell on day three at Edgbaston.
Replying to the visitors’ 246, Warwickshire resumed their first innings on a precarious 19 for three and owed much to Rikki Clarke’s 61 in reaching 132 all out as Chris Russell took 4-43.
The hosts kept themselves in the match by dismissing their opponents for 145, with Jeetan Patel claiming 4-42. Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood then closed on 46 and 32 in a total of 79.
Somerset and Nottinghamshire tried to make up for time lost on the first two days at Taunton, but the two title-chasers will struggle to reach a non-contrived positive result.
Notts captain Chris Read lifted his side from 48 for three overnight to 156 all out with 52 as Gemaal Hussain returned 4-29 and skipper Marcus Trescothick held five slip catches.
Having lost Trescothick to the second ball of thier reply, Somerset rode on James Hildreth’s unbeaten 63 to close on 187 for six.
Hampshire’s promotion hopes suffered as Ian Cockbain’s century comfortably held them to a draw with Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Cockbain resumed today with 15 of his side’s second-innings 102 for four, 97 ahead of the visitors. Once Sean Ervine had Dan Housego caught behind for 37, Cockbain dominated a stand of 87 with Richard Coughtrie, who was the first of two lbws in as many balls for James Tomlinson.
Simon Katich eventually bowled Cockbain for 127 shortly before the hosts were all out for 277, and Hampshire were nought without loss from two overs when the sides shook hands.
Essex put Kent under the cosh on day two at Canterbury, building a handy first-innings lead before making three breakthroughs.
However, it was not all straightforward for the visitors who, from 14 for no wicket in response to 226, slipped to 76 for five with two wickets for Matt Coles and Charlie Shreck.
Captain James Foster and Adam Wheater rebuilt courtesy of an alliance worth 126 and Graham Napier added 43 before Shreck’s 5-51 helped end the innings on 273.
Essex needed only 7.3 overs to leave their opponents in deep trouble, the last wicket heralding stumps with Kent 38 behind on nine for three.