Kerrigan puts Warwickshire in a spin
Simon Kerrigan returned exceptional figures of 5-7 from seven overs as Lancashire moved to the top of LV= County Championship Division One with an impressive 147-run victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
The Red Rose county, who went into this week’s match having won two of their opening three championship matches, skittled their opponents for just 97 on day three.
Slow left-armer Kerrigan was the undoubted star of the show as the final seven wickets fell for just 11 runs, but veterans Gary Keedy and Glen Chapple provided able support with respective figures of 3-2 - from 26 balls - and 2-17.
Chapple moved past 800 first-class wickets in the progress, becoming only the fifth current county bowler to reach the landmark.
Things had not looked quite so rosy for Lancashire earlier in the day when they were dismissed for 189 in their second innings, leaving Warwickshire a target of 245.
Chris Woakes finished as the pick of the home attack with 4-40 and Boyd Rankin chipped in with 3-58, but their efforts would prove in vain.
Somerset continued their revival with an 91-run triumph over Worcestershire, who remain without a win this year, at Taunton.
The visitors looked to have given themselves a decent chance when they dismissed Somerset for just 185 this morning, thanks largely to five wickets from Damien Wright, who finished with 6-56.
However, Gemaal Hussain then claimed 6-33 as Worcestershire crumbled to 165 all out in pursuit of 257, with Vikram Solanki’s 39 the only notable contribution.
Nottinghamshire appear almost certain to lose their 100% record but also look to have done enough to avoid defeat against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.
Neil Edwards and Alex Hales - who was forced to retire hurt after being struck by an Ajmal Shahzad bouncer but later resumed his innings - each passed 50 for the reigning champions before a counter-attacking ninth-wicket stand of 114 in 16.2 overs between Ben Phillips and Andre Adams lifted Notts past the 385 they needed to avoid the follow-on.
Adams struck seven fours and three sixes in a 47-ball 54, while Phillips also hit three maximums and finished unbeaten on 71 in a total of 428.
That gave Yorkshire a first-innings lead of 106, which they subsequently extended by reaching 17 without loss by the close.
James Vince was the stand-out performer at the Rose Bowl as the match between Hampshire and Sussex meandered towards a draw.
The former England Under-19 batsman compiled a sparkling 157 to help his side to 480 in their first innings - a lead of 42 - despite Naved Arif’s 4-70.
Johann Myburgh and skipper Dominic Cork added 80 and 50 respectively, but, with the pitch providing little assistance to the bowlers, a positive result appears unlikely heading into the final day.
In Division Two, Surrey picked up their first championship win of the season as Jade Dernbach’s five-for helped them to a crushing 216-run win over Leicestershire at the Kia Oval.
Mark Ramprakash fell nine runs short of a century and Zander de Bruyn added a patient 69 from 145 deliveries as the hosts set Leicestershire an unlikely 423 to win by declaring on 311 for six.
That never seemed likely and only James Taylor put up any form of resistance with a stoic 52 before he was last man out to Dernbach, who bowled brilliantly en route to figures of 5-41.
Darren Stevens’ wonderful century is almost certain to be in vain as Kent lead Northamptonshire by 42 runs with just three wickets in hand at Canterbury.
Andrew Hall completed a hundred of his own to help Northamptonshire to 493 all out, leaving Rob Key’s men needing 213 to make their opponents bat again.
That looked doubtful after the top-order collectively floundered and they slipped to 163 for seven, but Stevens struck 101 from 100 deliveries and put on an unbroken 92 for the eighth wicket with Adam Ball as Kent closed on 255 for seven.
Ian Cockbain and Chris Taylor both scored vital half-centuries to ensure Gloucestershire avoided a collapse in their second innings against Middlesex at Bristol.
After Ollie Rayner’s 54 helped the unbeaten Division Two leaders to 406 all out, opener Cockbain compiled a career-best 72 for Gloucestershire.
Will Gidman and Taylor then shared 90 for the sixth wicket, with the latter adding to his century in the first innings with an unbeaten 60 as the hosts closed on 218 for five - a lead of 170.