Awesome Onions snares 10
Durham seamer Graham Onions delivered a staggering bowling performance and was responsible for all 10 Nottinghamshire wickets on day two of the LV= County Championship match at Trent Bridge.
Onions, who began the day at Lord’s as part of England’s squad for the third and final Investec Test, arrived in the east Midlands in time to take the new ball for Durham, who progressed from 85 for four to 194 all out this morning.
He went on to remove the first eight Nottinghamshire batsmen and, after running out Luke Fletcher, bowled Andy Carter to complete a stunning display that saw Nottinghamshire dismissed for 154.
In finishing with 9-67 from 16.3 overs, Onions, who only required assistance from a fielder for two of his wickets, completed the most impressive figures in the championship this summer and also surpassed his previous career-best of 8-101.
Durham - one of four sides bunched together at the foot of the Division One table - closed on 27 without loss, leading by 67.
Rory Burns and Arun Harinath built on Murali Kartik’s five-wicket haul with an unbroken stand of 73 as Surrey, another relegation-threatened side, fought back against Middlesex at the Kia Oval.
Kartik returned 5-69 to limit the visitors, 99 for one overnight, to 232 all out and a lead of 88.
Surrey lost Zafar Ansari for a duck at the start of their second innings, but Burns and Harinath contributed unbeaten scores of 40 and 39 respectively to carry their team to 86 for one.
The top flight’s two bottom clubs - Worcestershire and Lancashire - were finally able to do battle after yesterday’s washout at New Road.
After choosing to field first, Lancashire initially reduced their hosts to 68 for four, only for Neil Pinner to lead a recovery with 79 not out.
Pinner’s determined rearguard, in only his second first-class match, helped Worcestershire close on 219 for six; another youngster, Joe Leach, contributed 46.
Tim Bresnan followed up Anthony McGrath's fine work as Yorkshire took control of their Division Two top-of-the-table clash with Derbyshire.
Rain ensured only 30.1 overs were possible at Headingley Carnegie yesterday, meaning the White Rose were targeting runs at a healthy rate this morning.
They were set on their way in fine fashion by Adam Lyth, who fell seven runs short of a century before Gary Ballance took up the baton with 79.
McGrath then struck a century and Andrew Hodd - on loan from Sussex - a fifty to take the White Rose to 420 all out; Wes Durston made light work of the tail to finish with 5-34.
England all-rounder Bresnan, who made just one having also travelled from Lord's this morning, got rid of Wayne Madsen to cap a fine day and leave Derbyshire 28 for one.
Openers Tom Westley and Jaik Mickleburgh continued Essex's fine riposte against Glamorgan at Colchester.
Having resumed on 242 for three, the visitors prospered initially as Ben Wright, with 47, played well alongside Stewart Walters, who re-commenced his innings on 129.
Yet Harbhajan Singh showed his class by claiming 4-91 - including the wicket of Walters for 159 - and Glamorgan were eventually dismissed for 438 despite Graham Wagg's 54.
Essex got off to a flying start in response; Westley was unbeaten on 90 and Mickleburgh 72 in a score of 165 without loss.
An impressive lower-order effort stopped Northamptonshire from being dismissed cheaply against Hamphire.
James Middlebrook, who opened for a spell this year while Stephen Peters was injured, took his Division Two season tally beyond 600 in striking 65 - the best effort of the innings.
David Murphy and David Willey then chipped in with 43 and 54 respectively as Northants posted 356 after being asked to bat by Jimmy Adams yesterday.
Hampshire responded well in reaching 125 for two, with Adams unbeaten on 48.
Only 11.2 overs were possible at Bristol, where Kent reached 29 for one against Gloucestershire before a torrential downpour ended play for the day.