Durham aiming high

Lv County Championship
Mark Davies

Mark Davies picked up where he left off yesterday to rip through Hampshire

Durham eyed top spot in the LV County Championship as they closed in on victory over Hampshire in a low-scoring encounter at Basingstoke.

Hampshire could manage only 96 in reply to the visitors’ first-innings 156 this morning as Mark Davies continued to rip through their order.

Davies added three more wickets to the five he claimed yesterday without conceding any more runs to finish with career-best figures of 8-24.

But after 16 fell on the first day at May’s Bounty, the wickets continued to tumble and Durham were shot out for 179 second time around, James Tomlinson taking 5-62.

That left Hampshire needing 240, the highest score of the match, to win and they were soon in trouble and limped to 108 for five at the close, needing another 132.

Bilal Shafayat hit 118 as challengers Nottinghamshire responded strongly to champions Sussex’s 339 at Hove.

Shafayat, whose runs came from 198 balls with 16 fours and a six, put on 157 for the first wicket with Will Jefferson (80) as the visitors reached 259 for two.

Earlier, Charlie Shreck took four of the remaining five Sussex wickets to fall for 14 to finish with 4-82.

Jacques Rudolph’s century helped Yorkshire establish a commanding position against Kent at Scarborough.

The left-hander, having put on 176 for the third wicket with Anthony McGrath (52), hit 146 from 221 balls with 21 fours and a six to help his side to 409 for seven, a lead of 182.

Adam Lyth also weighed in with 68 and Adil Rashid was unbeaten on 43 at the close.

Jacques Rudolph

Jacques Rudolph continued his love affair with Scarborough

There was no play for a second consecutive day in the match between Lancashire and Surrey at Blackpool.

In Division Two, Leicestershire crashed to defeat by an innings and 74 runs against Essex at Grace Road.

The home side mustered just 154 for nine in their second innings – one player absent – only passing yesterday’s 107 thanks to 50 not out from Claude Henderson and 41 from Nadeem Malik.

Chris Wright did most of the damage with 6-22 from just 10.3 overs, while earlier James Foster finished unbeaten on 132 as Essex ran up 335. Henderson prevented an even bigger score by taking 5-39.

Jonathan Trott cracked 181 as promotion-chasing Warwickshire declared on 476 for nine against Derbyshire at Edgbaston.

Trott was last out before the declaration after a 363-ball knock that included 18 fours and lower-order partnerships of 110 with Ian Salisbury (64) and 103 with Chris Woakes (45).

Derbyshire were 83 without loss at the close with new captain Chris Rogers continuing his fine form with an unbeaten 51.

Niall O’Brien was left sweating on 99 not out overnight as Northamptonshire closed 74 behind Glamorgan on 213 for four at Wantage Road.

All-rounder Lance Klusener was also unbeaten on 62 as the hosts responded strongly to the bottom side’s 287.

Johan van der Wath needed just three balls in the morning to finish off the Glamorgan innings and claim figures of 5-55 by bowling Adam Shantry.