Edgbaston thriller too close to call
The engrossing LV= County Championship opener at Edgbaston was heading for an appropriately tight conclusion, with Adam Lyth battling hard to the close as Yorkshire chased 291 against Warwickshire.
The visitors were able to contain Warwickshire’s second innings on day three, thanks largely to five wickets from 6ft 8in rookie pace bowler Oliver Hannon-Dalby.
Hannon-Dalby removed England batsman Jonathan Trott for 88 and took 4-19 in 29 balls, before Jim Troughton reignited the home side.
The left-hander made 78 as Warwickshire – trailing by 57 after the first innings – reached 347 on a pitch that has given bowlers some encouragement throughout.
At the close, Lyth was 34 not out as Yorkshire closed on 57 for one, 234 away from the victory target.
In the other Division One match, Tom Westley confirmed his rich promise by guiding Essex out of immediate trouble in their clash against Hampshire at Chelmsford.
Although they only trailed by nine runs on first innings, the home side lost Billy Godleman and John Maunders in the first couple of overs before the arrears were cleared.
But 21-year-old Westley played the leading role with captain Mark Pettini to start a recovery which ended with Essex reaching the close on 131 for four. He will resume the final day on 69 while Essex have a lead of 122.
In Division Two, Middlesex finished 111 runs short of their target, handing Worcestershire their first championship win since August 2008.
Andrew Strauss, who resumed on 10 overnight, fell for 15 after making only a single in his first innings.
The England captain’s rapid exit started a steady decline by Middlesex who, despite a battling 69 from Dawid Malan, were all out for 169 in their pursuit of a victory target of 281.
All-rounder Robin Martin-Jenkins continued to play a major role as Sussex headed confidently towards victory against Glamorgan in their first match back in Division Two.
Glamorgan were reduced to 51 for three in their second innings after Sussex had set the home side an unlikely 405 to win in a minimum of 122 overs.
Martin-Jenkins followed up his 3-65 in the first innings with an unbeaten 33 from 41 balls and then claimed two more wickets in Glamorgan’s second innings.
Chris Rogers moved to within a single of inking his name into Derbyshire batting folklore as he continued to single-handedly play his side into the ascendancy over Surrey at the Brit Oval.
The Australia left-hander will go into the final day needing one run to become the first Derbyshire batsman in history to score single and double hundreds in the same game as the visitors compiled 161 for three at the close, a healthy lead of 260.
Leicestershire finished bottom of Division Two last season, but they are on the brink of victory in their first game of the new campaign at Grace Road.
They need just 51 more runs on the final day to beat Northamptonshire after enforcing the follow-on and bowling the visitors out for 269, leaving a victory target of 65.
Leicestershire closed on 14 for one as new captain Matthew Hoggard decided against claiming the extra 30 minutes.