Terrific Trescothick flays Durham

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The LV= County Championship’s leading run-scorer, Marcus Trescothick, exhibited his class once again with a superb innings of 163 as Somerset amassed a healthy first-innings score against table-topping Durham at Taunton.

Trescothick, who has now compiled an incredible 1,373 championship runs this summer, put on 98 for the first wicket with Arul Suppiah, who contributed 52, and added a further 133 with Nick Compton, another half-centurion with 56, as the home side dominated after being put in to bat by Phil Mustard.

However, Durham refused to fold and had reduced their opponents to 409 for seven by stumps, thanks largely to Mitchell Claydon, who returned 4-84.

Ian Blackwell also chipped in with 2-53 for the 2008 and 2009 champions, but Steve Harmison’s 10 wicketless overs cost 65 runs.

Alfonso Thomas and Murali Kartik will resume tomorrow morning on 23 and 25 respectively, having so far added a valuable 49 for the eighth wicket.

Durham’s nearest rivals, Lancashire, were involved in a sensational second day’s play against Roses rivals Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie.

Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick registered his fifth championship hundred of the year to help Somerset into a strong position against leaders Durham. The left-hander eventually departed for 163 in the evening session

After the visitors had added just 24 to their overnight total of 304 for seven, Yorkshire collapsed to a scarcely-believable 45 for eight, with Kyle Hogg claiming the first five wickets to fall.

Hogg was twice on a hat-trick as Lancashire ran riot, yet there was to be a twist in the tale as Richard Pyrah and Ryan Sidebottom joined forces in a remarkable ninth-wicket stand that ensured their side avoided the follow-on.

Pyrah and Sidebottom put on 154 in 30 overs, with the latter making 52 and Pyrah clubbing 117 from just 126 balls, with 12 fours and three sixes, before becoming the last man to fall with the score on 239.

Yorkshire were able to bat Tim Bresnan at 11, in place of Iain Wardlaw, following his release from England’s Test squad and the all-rounder wasted little time in making an impression with the ball thereafter.

Bresnan removed Paul Horton for two and Stephen Moore for a duck - his second of the match - before Ajmal Shahzad accounted for Karl Brown to leave Lancashire on 33 for three at stumps, a lead of 122.

Keith Barker registered the second first-class century of his career as Warwickshire took control of their match against Sussex.

Overnight pair Chris Woakes and Tim Ambrose took their scores to 74 and 73 respectively before Barker, with 118, and Jeetan Patel, who made 65, added 155 in 28 overs.

Their efforts helped Warwickshire, who resumed on 261 for six, post 521 and Sussex then reached 103 for three in reply, with Chris Nash making 52 and Woakes claiming two wickets.

Neil McKenzie was the only batsman to prosper at the Rose Bowl, as 13 wickets fell in the match between Hampshire and Nottinghamshire.

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor struck an unbeaten 192 to put promotion-hopefuls Gloucestershire in the driving seat against lowly Kent at Cheltenham

South African batsman McKenzie was left stranded on 97 not out as the home side were bundled out for 213.

Samit Patel returned exceptional figures of 4-43 from 32 overs, but he found himself batting soon after as Chris Wood struck three times in 10 balls to reduce Notts to 18 for three.

By the close, the defending champions had moved on to 35 for three, with Patel unbeaten on six and Adam Voges alongside on 12.

In Division Two, Rob Newton fell six runs short of a hundred as leaders Northamptonshire struggled against Derbyshire at Wantage Road.

Tony Palladino converted his overnight 32 into a quickfire 60 from 62 balls to haul Derbyshire, who were 39 for five at one stage on the first day, to 364 all out.

A partnership of 139 for the third wicket between Stephen Peters and Rob Newton helped Northants to 155 for two but they lost wickets at regular intervals on their way to 220 for six at the close - still 144 runs shy of Derbyshire’s total.

Jamie Dalrymple struck a magnificent unbeaten century to help Middlesex post a competitive first-innings total against rivals Surrey at Guildford.

Neil Dexter’s men had been reduced to 51 for four at one point yesterday but overnight batsmen Chris Rogers and Dalrymple put on a fifth-wicket partnership of 101 before the former was dismissed for 59.

Nevertheless Dalrymple surged on and went on to make 122 not out, which included 16 fours and two sixes, as Middlesex were all out for 308, while Tim Linley the pick of a wayward Surrey attack with 3-60.

Gloucestershire seized control of their clash with lowly Kent at Cheltenham thanks in the main to Chris Taylor’s superb 192 not out.

On two overnight, the right-hander struck 23 fours and a six as he closed in on a double century, while he needs just five more runs to overhaul his highest first-class score of 196.

Taylor was well supported by captain Alex Gidman’s 79 as the promotion-hopefuls moved on to 486 for seven - a lead of 281 runs.

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