Broad fires Nottinghamshire to summit
Stuart Broad ran through Warwickshire's brittle batting with a career-best 8-52 in 13 overs as Nottinghamshire moved top of the LV= County Championship Divison One with a crushing 10-wicket win inside three days at Edgbaston.
The 24-year-old England fast bowler took his first five wickets in 26 balls in a fired-up preparation for the start of the npower Test series with Pakistan next week.
Nottinghamshire's first win in five championship matches piles puts them two points ahead of second-placed Yorkshire while Warwickshire, dismissed for 100 for the second time this season, are in relegation trouble.
Yorkshire were left battling to stave off defeat as Essex opened up a 304-run lead with seven second-innings wickets intact at Chelmsford.
Adil Rashid followed his 5-87 with 52 not out to guide Yorkshire to 324 but a deficit of 75 remained and, though Essex lost Jaik Mickleburgh and Tom Westley early, Alastair Cook (90 not out) and Ravi Bopara (102) put them back in control.
Their partnership ended at 199 when Rashid bowled Bopara, who had claimed his second century of the match, as Essex reached 229 for three by the close.
Superb bowling by James Anderson and Glen Chapple put Lancashire in a strong position against Durham at Emirates Durham ICG, only for rain to restrict play to 21 overs on the third day.
After resuming on 27 for one, Durham struggled to 96 for five and still need 99 more runs to avoid the follow-on on the final day, with Anderson and Chapple having claimed 2-56 and 2-23 respectively.
No play was possible at Taunton, leaving Somerset unable to build on their lead of 161 over Kent with eight second-innings wickets remaining and captain Marcus Trescothick 59 not out.
In Division Two, Surrey wrapped up an innings-and-175-run win over Northamptonshire at the Brit Insurance Oval, moving them up a place to sixth.
Resuming at 174 for eight in reply to Surrey’s 620 for seven declared, Northamptonshire were lifted to 240 by last man Jack Brooks’ quickfire 36, but were forced to follow on.
Openers Stephen Peters and Ben Howgego put on 96 but Stuart Meaker, who took 4-59, backed up Chris Tremlett’s three wickets as the visitors were skittled for 205.
At Uxbridge, leaders Sussex finished 452 all out as Luke Wright (134) added 78 for the last wicket with Corey Collymore and Middlesex reached 127 for two in reply.
England captain Andrew Strauss made just eight, but John Simpson, who finished unbeaten on 58, and Owais Shah put on 82 before the latter fell to Wright for 38.
Derbyshire took the upper hand on day two against Worcestershire thanks to a stand of 113 between Wayne Madsen and Chesney Hughes.
Resuming at 43 without loss in reply to 279, the hosts were in control at 157 for two but Richard Jones removed Madsen and Hughes to give Worcestershire hope as Derbyshire closing on 183 for four.
Glamorgan reached 45 for no wicket in reply to Leicestershire’s 247 in a match which has seen less than 127 overs’ play in three days at Swansea and is heading for a draw.
The day was lifted by Robert Croft, though, who removed Wayne White to make history in becoming the first player to achieve the 1,000-wicket, 10,000-run double in country cricket.