Chambers leads Essex charge

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Maurice Chambers

Maurice Chambers starred once again as Essex dealt a crushing blow to Notts' title hopes with a 143-run win at Chelmsford

Maurice Chambers again played a starring role as Essex handed out a 143-run defeat to Division One title-chasing Nottinghamshire at Chelmsford to claim only their second LV= County Championship victory of the summer.

Following a six-wicket haul in the first innings, the seamer picked up 4-55 in the second to end with match figures of 10-123.

The 22-year-old destroyed the top-order before Notts, set a victory target of 303, were bowled out for 159.

Chambers’ early demolition of the innings paved the way for Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria to heap more misery on the visitors, claiming four of the last five wickets.

The only real resistance was provided by Mark Wagh and Alistair Brown, who shared in a fifth-wicket partnership of 53.

Rikki Clarke led Warwickshire’s rearguard after Division One leaders Yorkshire enforced the follow-on on the third day at Headingley Carnegie, keeping the hosts’ title push in check.

Clarke had followed up his earlier 46 not out with an unbeaten 51 by the time rain ended play for the day with Warwickshire on 193 for three, 21 runs in front - although Jim Troughton had retired hurt after being struck on the head by Tino Best.

Hampshire moved off the foot of the Division One table after their second win of the season, crushing injury-hit Kent by an innings and 111 runs at the Rose Bowl.

Northamptonshire captain Andrew Hall took a hat-trick as his side claimed an emphatic 10-wicket win over Division Two leaders Glamorgan with a day to spare at Wantage Road.

Hall, who finished with figures of 4-49, dismissed Ben Wright, Glamorgan captain Jamie Dalrymple and Jim Allenby in the afternoon session to claim Northants’ first hat-trick in first-class cricket since 1980.

Australian opener Mark Cosgrove provided some resistance with 115 off 138 balls but the visitors were bowled out for 325 following on, before the hosts cantered to their target of 39.

Monty Panesar claimed three wickets as Sussex had the better of a hard-fought first day in their clash with promotion-rivals Gloucestershire at Arundel.

The left-arm spinner relished the slow turn offered by a dry pitch at the Castle Ground, taking take 3-68 from 29 overs before Gloucestershire, led by former captain Chris Taylor’s 89, recovered from 142 for six to close the first day on 286 for nine.