McKenzie helps Hants off the bottom
Hampshire just did enough to earn their first win of the LV= County Championship season against Division One leaders Nottinghamshire by two wickets at Trent Bridge.
Former South Africa right-hander Neil McKenzie guided Hampshire, who had been rooted to the foot of the table, home late on the final day with an unbeaten 115.
The south-coast county had looked to have made a meal of chasing 281 when number 10 Rangana Herath joined McKenzie with 56 still required.
But McKenzie dominated the ninth-wicket stand, Herath adding just 10, before smashing a six to bring up the winning runs with just seven balls to spare. Defeat for Nottinghamshire was their first after winning their opening four matches.
Reigning champions Durham claimed their second win of the season by six wickets against Kent.
Durham were thrashed by an innings and 62 runs by leaders Nottinghamshire last week, a result which was followed by Will Smith standing down as skipper, but they bounced back in style at Canterbury.
The success was wrapped up 30 minutes before lunch on the final day with man-of-the-match Ben Stokes (42 not out) and Ian Blackwell (53 no) at the crease.
Durham’s win was soured, however, by a calf injury to Blackwell - who finished the game with a runner - while seamer Graham Onions was today ruled out for three months with back and knee problems.
James Hildreth blasted an unbeaten century to lead Somerset to a sensational six-wicket win over the previously undefeated Yorkshire.
Yorkshire had set Somerset 362 from 68 overs after declaring their second innings closed on 333 for four in the morning session.
A 149-run stand for the fourth wicket between Hildreth (102) and Zander de Bruyn (93) then formed the basis of Somerset’s chase before the former got his side home shortly after posting his century from just 68 balls.
Lancashire kept in touch with the leaders after they defeated Warwickshire by 65 runs at Edgbaston.
The visitors began the day needing four wickets to close out the match and while it took them an hour to claim their first breakthrough, when Neil Carter was bowled by Sajid Mahmood for 73, the chase faltered thereafter.
Jonathan Trott was the last man out, in the second over after lunch, when he was caught at deep midwicket for 150. Glen Chapple finished with 4-69 to claim a match-haul of nine wickets.
In Division Two, Glamorgan claimed back-to-back innings victories after they bowled out Gloucestershire for 162 at the SWALEC Stadium.
Glamorgan beat Northamptonshire by an innings and four runs last week and won by the same margin today with 25 overs to spare. Dean Cosker led their charge with 3-32.
Worcestershire claimed their third win of the campaign by eight wickets after they breezed to a victory target of 126 in 15.5 overs against Derbyshire.
Australian opener Phil Jaques narrowly missed registering the quickest century of the season before he was out for 94 from 57 balls.
Northamptonshire wrapped up a three-wicket win over Sussex on the third day of their match at Wantage Road.
Chasing 171, the hosts had crashed to 88 for five before Alex Wakely's 51 and Nicky Boje’s 42 got them over the line.
Mark Ramprakash’s second century of Surrey’s match with Middlesex was not enough to earn them a first win of the season at the Brit Oval.
Ramprakash was unbeaten on 103 when Surrey declared at 207 for three to set Middlesex 374 in 85 overs.
The visitors never threatened the target with England skipper Andrew Strauss instead getting some solid time in the middle before next week’s first npower Test against Bangladesh, making 61 of his side’s 189 for three.