Joy of six for Harris

Lv County Championship

South Africans Paul Harris and Jonathan Trott kept Warwickshire in the hunt for victory against Durham as 11 wickets fell on a topsy-turvy day at Chester-le-Street.

Resuming day two of their Liverpool Victoria County Championship clash on 53 for three, the hosts’ first innings was concluded for 284, 30 behind title-chasing Warwickshire as left-arm spinner Harris picked up 6-94.

The visitors struggled to extend their lead, though, reduced to 25 for four after a three-wicket burst from Australian Mick Lewis, but Trott moved the score to 65 without further loss with his innings of 49.

Nottinghamshire’s fight against relegation was led by Mark Ealham on day two against former county Kent at Trent Bridge, although the former England all-rounder fell eight runs short of a century.

David Hussey was dismissed for 164, failing to add significantly to his overnight score, while West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo returned figures of 6-112 as the outgoing champions were dismissed for 496 in their first innings.

Kent reached 115 for two in reply by stumps, Ryan Sidebottom having Rob Key caught behind for 20 then trapping Martin van Jaarsveld leg before soon after. Opener David Fulton was unbeaten on 57 at the close.

Leicestershire’s veteran wicket-keeper Paul Nixon made the highest score of his career against Northamptonshire on a rain-affected day at Wantage Road.

HD Ackerman was dismissed for 216 after resuming day two on 188, while Nixon was unbeaten on 144 when brought an end to play.

Northamptonshire will start day three on 515 for eight in their first innings, should skipper Ackerman decide to carry on batting.

Wes Durston and debutant Sam Spurway edged Somerset over the 400-run mark in their first innings against Gloucestershire in Taunton.

The pair were at the crease on 315 for six for the start of day two and youngster Spurway reached 46 before he was caught behind off James Averis.

Durston struck an unbeaten 60 as Somerset were dismissed for 409, then Gloucestershire negotiated an Andrew Caddick over before stumps.