Amla hands Notts back-to-back wins

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Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla guides Nottinghamshire towards the 250 they needed for an eight-wicket victory over Somerset

Hashim Amla kept his nerve to steer Nottinghamshire to a two-wicket LV= County Championship Division One victory over Somerset at Trent Bridge.

Requiring 250 runs to win, the hosts were in control on 127 for one, with Mark Wagh and Bilal Shafayat at the crease - but their departures for 70 and 49 respectively sparked a slump.

Charl Willoughby and Alfonso Thomas struck thrice and twice respectively - and at 246 for eight things were getting decidedly edgy for Notts.

However, Amla settled the contest with a boundary which took his contribution to an unbeaten 64 from 73 balls - to inflict a second defeat of the season on Somerset.

Another team recording their second win in as many games at the start of the season were Lancashire, who defeated Essex by eight wickets at Chelmsford.

The match finished with more than four sessions to spare as Essex were bowled out for 173 in their second innings, leaving their opponents requiring just 38 to win.

Sajid Mahmood and James Anderson each picked up three wickets but it was captain Glen Chapple who claimed the most important scalp of the day in the eight-wicket success - England batsman Alastair Cook for 50.

Durham gave themselves a chance of victory with three evening-session wickets against Hampshire.

On an unresponsive Riverside wicket the Durham bowlers toiled admirably to leave the visitors 174 for five and with a lead of 135 runs with a day to play - after an impressive display of swing bowling from Hampshire quick Kabir Ali, who took 5-98, restricted the hosts to a first-innings lead of 39.

James Hockley’s career-best 82 and an unbeaten 65 from England’s new Test spinner James Tredwell batted Kent into a commanding position against Yorkshire going into the final day at Canterbury.

Jade Dernbach

Jade Dernbach snares Adam Shantry caught behind for his third quick wicket, ensuring Surrey took a first-innings lead

The seventh-wicket partners added an impressive 113 in 29 overs to take Kent on to 327 for seven at stumps – an overall lead of 361. Earlier, Martin van Jaarsveld weighed in with 78.

In Division Two, Sussex made it three successive wins by completing a 207-run victory over Gloucestershire inside three days at Bristol.

The home side's dismal batting form continued as they were skittled for 119 in their second innings in just 39.1 overs, having begun the day 12 for one.

Corey Collymore and James Anyon each claimed three wickets as Sussex took their tally from three matches to an impressive 63 as they seek an immediate return to the top flight.

Greg Smith followed a career-best batting performance with four wickets as Glamorgan folded feebly to put hosts Derbyshire in sight of victory.

Smith scored an unbeaten 165 from 329 balls and shared a last-wicket stand of 78 with Steffan Jones that earned Derbyshire a first-innings lead of 91 and took the game away from the visitors.

Only Gareth Rees’ century offered any resistance as Glamorgan collapsed to 211 second time around, leaving Derbyshire a target of 121.

By the close at Derby the hosts were 26 for one, only 95 runs away from a second win of the season.

Scott Newman upstaged England captain Andrew Strauss and smashed his first century for Middlesex as they put themselves into a potential winning position against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

The 30-year-old opener hit 112 from 139 balls, compared to Strauss’ 32, to inspire the visitors to a second innings total of 258 for three declared - a lead of 393.

Surrey took an 85-run lead into the final day of their match with Worcestershire at Whitgift School, with eight second-innings wickets remaining.

Earlier, a burst of three wickets in seven balls by Jade Dernbach just before tea was too late to prevent Worcestershire trimming Surrey’s first-innings lead to 28 through half-centuries from Alexei Kervezee, Ben Smith and Ben Scott.