Rashid's best underpins Yorkshire win
Adil Rashid spun Yorkshire to the first win of the 2011 LV= County Championship with 11 match wickets in a nine-wicket Division One triumph over Worcestershire at New Road.
The leg-spinner claimed his second five-wicket haul of the game to dismiss the hosts for 137 in their second innings and secure career-best figures of 11-114.
Chasing 56 for victory inside three days, Yorkshire lost only Joe Sayers in completing the task. Such a result had appeared improbable yesterday when the White Rose slumped to 155 for seven.
However, Gerard Brophy and Ryan Sidebottom engineered their recovery in a 149-run stand for the eighth wicket that extended into today. Sidebottom was eventually dismissed for a career-best 61 while Brophy finished unbeaten on 177.
Sidebottom and Steven Patterson then made the early inroads in Worcestershire’s batting before Rashid, whose first three overs today cost 27, took over with 5-37.
Ben Stokes was the star of the show for Durham as they set themselves the target of taking 10 wickets on the final day for victory at Hampshire.
The teenager produced a career-best 6-68 before putting the hosts to the sword with the bat on the way to an unbeaten 135 that was full of muscular strokeplay.
Most notably he hit Liam Dawson’s part-time left-arm spin for five consecutive sixes to start an over, but missed out on completing a perfect over when he could only take one from the last ball.
After some generous bowling Durham declared on 310 for three, setting Hampshire a notional target of 490, although the hosts were unscathed as they reached the close at 87 for none.
Sussex were battling hard to avoid defeat against Lancashire as they were 151 for three in Liverpool - trailing by 78 runs with a day to play.
Lancashire built a 229-run first-innings advantage after middle-order batsmen Steven Croft, Tom Smith and Gareth Cross struck half-centuries to build on the good work of Karl Brown and Mark Chilton, who made 114 and 87 respectively on day two.
Gary Keedy had managed two wickets as Sussex reached stumps with Murray Goodwin 32 not out and Joe Gatting unbeaten on 27.
In Division Two, Gloucestershire were in sight of victory as they headed into the final day against Derbyshire at Bristol needing 127 more runs with nine wickets in hand.
Their charge had been held up by a battling 130 from Greg Smith who provided some cheer for Derbyshire as they reached 331 after being asked to follow on.
Gloucestershire’s 20-year-old seamer David Payne was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5-76. Chris Dent fell from the final ball of the day, but even at 19 for one Gloucestershire are well on their way to victory.
Essex’s match with Kent at Chelmsford was poised for a tight finish with the hosts requiring 87 with four wickets in hand.
Essex had looked on course to chase down their target of 285 when a half-century from Billy Godleman helped them to 123 for two.
But after Godleman was trapped lbw by Robbie Joseph, Darren Stevens claimed three crucial wickets to set up a tense finish with Essex 198 for six.
Will Jefferson hit a century to give Leicestershire a slight advantage against Glamorgan at Grace Road.
Jefferson finished with 112 to help rescue a score of 245 after Dean Cosker, who took 4-50, had reduced the hosts to 43 for five.
That left Glamorgan chasing 338 and they had wiped off 112 of those runs by stumps for the loss of three wickets.
A draw looked the most likely result from Northamptonshire’s trip to Surrey with the hosts 182 for four in their second innings.
That represented a lead of 128 runs after a century from Northants tailender James Middlebrook edged the visitors into a 54-run first-innings lead.