Notts go top in style
Nottinghamshire overcame stubborn Durham resistance before recording a comprehensive innings-and-62-run victory at Trent Bridge that took them top of LV= County Championship Division One.
Durham resumed their second innings this morning on 88 for four, trailing by a daunting 253 runs and charged with batting out the final day.
That they survived until shortly after tea was testament to the determination of 18-year-old Ben Stokes, who led the rearguard with a defiant 106, his maiden first-class century.
However, with him went Durham’s negligible hopes of saving the game. They were bowled out for 279 as Darren Pattinson claimed 4-95 and Paul Franks 3-58.
Nottinghamshire collected a maximum 24 points from a one-sided encounter, comfortably enough to usurp Yorkshire, who are not in action this week, at the summit.
In Division Two, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan wrapped up victories over Leicestershire and Northamptonshire respectively inside the morning session.
Gloucestershire needed just half an hour to claim the last Leicestershire wicket at Bristol courtesy of Anthony Ireland, who finished with 4-85 and match figures of 7-106.
The visitors’ second-innings total of 285 left Gloucestershire chasing just 12 to win, which they achieved with predictable ease despite Will Porterfield falling to Paul Nixon, the 39-year-old wicketkeeper’s maiden first-class wicket.
Glamorgan were not required to bat for a second time after Northants – 126 for four overnight – subsided to 193 all out en route to an innings-and-four-run defeat at the SWALEC Stadium.
James Harris added two wickets to the three he took late yesterday to finish with 5-62, while Jim Allenby claimed 3-12 off 10 overs.
Back in Division One, Essex eschewed the pursuit of an improbable 338 to beat Kent at Chelmsford, shaking hands at 254 for four.
Danish Kaneria, who finished with 4-60, and David Masters shared five wickets to limit Kent to 204 in their second innings this morning after they resumed on 150 for five.
England opener Alastair Cook’s 72 put the hosts in a comfortable position by tea, taken at 150 for three, but first-innings centurion Tom Westley carried out captain Mark Pettini’s instructions as the pair finished 58 and 40 not out respectively.
Hampshire predictably drew with Somerset at the Rose Bowl.
The visitors added 83 to their overnight total to take a 12-run first-innings lead as Jos Buttler converted his overnight 105 into a fine 144, while Damien Wright weighed in with a half-century.
After Charl Willoughby quickly knocked over Hampshire’s top two in their second knock, Liam Dawson and Neil McKenzie dug in and the teams shook hands on a draw.