Wonderful Wood chops down Notts
Mark Wood’s maiden five-wicket haul helped Durham claim their third successive LV= County Championship victory courtesy of a dramatic 16-run triumph over title-chasing Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The visitors added 24 to their overnight 301 for seven this morning before declaring, but saw Riki Wessels and Alex Hales put on 168 for the opening wicket in 42.1 overs.
Wessels and Hales struck 98 and 101 respectively to send Notts - without a number of key players due to England commitments - on their way, only for Scott Borthwick and Wood to return figures of 3-94 and 5-78 and dismiss the hosts for 349, leaving Steven Mullaney stranded on 60.
The success helps Durham move further away from the relegation zone, while severely dashing Notts’ title bid.
Gareth Batty starred with the ball as Surrey enhanced their survival hopes with a dramatic eight-run triumph over London rivals Middlesex at the Kia Oval.
Chasing 253 to win, Middlesex looked to be heading for a heavy defeat when they slipped to 101 for seven.
However, Steven Crook blasted 67 in an eighth-wicket stand of 96 with Adam Rossington and last pair Toby Roland-Jones and Tim Murtagh added 48 to give their side a real chance of upsetting the odds.
Captain Batty eventually dismissed Roland-Jones to complete figures of 6-85 and dismiss Middlesex for 245.
Worcestershire’s relegation battle with Lancashire at New Road petered out into a tame draw.
Gareth Andrew took 4-42 and Moeen Ali returned 3-46 to dismiss the Red Rose, who resumed on 10 without loss, for 216 and earn Worcestershire maximum bowling bonus points.
Openers Daryl Mitchell and Matthew Pardoe took the hosts to 33 without loss before the captain's shook hands.
Usman Khawaja struck an unbeaten century to deny Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie and keep Derbyshire in pole position to win Division Two.
After Derbyshire were dismissed for a first-innings 238 - three runs short of their follow-on target, Tim Bresnan struck twice to reduce the leaders to 18 for two.
Wes Durston was once again charged with leading the recovery, hitting 39 in a third-wicket stand of 90 with Khawaja.
Despite Durston, Dan Redfern and Ross Whiteley departing, Khawaja remained unbeaten on 110 to take Derbyshire to 190 for five when time ran out.
Jimmy Adams’ 149 led Hampshire to a remarkable eight-wicket win over Northamptonshire at the Ageas Bowl that strengthens their promotion push.
Alex Wakely fell four runs short of a century and David Willey added an unbeaten 31 as Northants declared on 245 for eight to set Hampshire 326 to win.
Captain Adams shared stands of 150 and 127 with Neil McKenzie and Simon Katich, who compiled 76 and 61 not out to help Hampshire reach their target.
Glamorgan all-rounder Jim Allenby compiled an unbeaten hundred to deny Essex a chance of victory at Colchester.
Essex declared on 520 for nine and then reduced the visitors to 64 for four thanks to three wickets for India spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Ben Wright, who made 83, and Allenby steadied the ship, though, with a fifth-wicket stand of 180 that staved off a possible defeat.
Allenby was unbeaten on 103 in Glamorgan’s 260 for six when the game was concluded as a draw.
Half-centuries from Alex Blake and Geraint Jones ensured Kent claimed three batting bonus points in their rain-hit draw versus Gloucestershire at Bristol.
After resuming on 29 for one, Kent declared on 300 for nine as Blake hit 73 and Jones ended 65 not out.
Only one ball was bowled in Gloucestershire's first innings before proceedings were brought to a close.