Woakes and Patel make Sussex suffer
Chris Woakes and Jeetan Patel shared eight wickets as Warwickshire continued to dominate Sussex, who were forced to follow on, on day three of the LV= County Championship Division One game at Edgbaston.
The duo had reduced the visitors to 103 for three overnight in reply to a mammoth 521 all out. Woakes doubled his two wickets yesterday to take 4-67 and Patel added three to claim 4-52. Only Murray Goodwin provided meaningful resistance with a stubborn 94 before becoming Woakes’ final victim.
Sussex openers Ed Joyce and Chris Nash added 55 second time round until Patel snared Nash and Rikki Clarke removed Luke Wells. When bad light brought an early close, Joyce had 42 of 71 for two, with a further 192 required to make the hosts bat again.
The Roses clash at Headingley Carnegie was set for an intriguing final day when Yorkshire need 148 with four wickets remaining.
The hosts fought back from a desperate position yesterday and continued their recovery by reducing second-placed Lancashire to 87 for eight in their second innings.
However, Sajid Mahmood and Karl Hogg rallied with 50 and 52 respectively to build a total of 194 all out in which Tim Bresnan, released from England’s Test squad, took 4-50.
Visiting captain Glen Chapple broke through three times to leave Yorkshire 136 for six at stumps.
Samit Patel responded to fellow spinner Danny Briggs taking six wickets with five himself as Nottinghamshire stayed firmly in their contest with Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
Briggs demolished Notts’ middle and lower order to take 6-65 and help limit the visitors, who resumed on 35 for three in reply to 213, to 183 all out.
However, Patel reduced Hampshire to 70 for five and Andre Adams struck once ahead of Hampshire closing on 86 for six, a lead of 116.
Leaders Durham responded strongly to Somerset on day two at Taunton.
The hosts extended their overnight 409 for seven to 480 all out as Alfonso Thomas and Murali Kartik took their stand to 83 before falling to Mitchell Claydon, who claimed 6-104, for 42 and 43 respectively.
Durham openers Michael Di Venuto and Will Smith began well, putting on 84 until Steve Kirby removed the former for 46 and Gordon Muchall soon after. However, Smith remained to close on 58 with Paul Collingwood in support on 28 in a total of 150 for two, 330 behind.
In Division Two, Gloucestershire wrapped up an innings-and-142-run win over Kent with more than a day to spare to end their long barren run at Cheltenham.
Alex Gidman’s side had not won on the ground in 20 attempts over 10 years, but had few problems in completing a comprehensive victory today.
After being bowled out for 515 this morning, with Chris Taylor adding four to his overnight 192 to equal his highest first-class score, Gloucestershire dismissed Kent for just 168 in their second innings.
David Payne returned 4-60 and veteran seamer Jon Lewis chipped in with 3-31, with tailender Simon Cook’s unbeaten 46 the most significant score.
Leaders Northamptonshire remain on the back foot in their match against Derbyshire at Wantage Road, although the visitors’ push for victory was interrupted by rain on day three.
Mark Turner completed a five-wicket haul, for the concession of just 32 runs, this morning as Andrew Hall’s men were bowled out for 275 in their first innings.
Derbyshire built on their 89-run advantage by progressing to 171 for four in 43 overs, with opener Wayne Madsen contributing 48 and Wes Durston thumping 62 from 74 balls.
However, showers then forced the teams from the field in the evening session, with Derbyshire 260 ahead.
Tom Maynard led a thrilling Surrey fightback at Guildford, after the hosts had been skittled for just 117 by Middlesex in their first innings.
Seamers Tim Murtagh, with 5-30, and Corey Collymore, who claimed 4-28, were the chief destroyers as Surrey initially subsided, with their final five wickets falling for just 10 runs immediately after lunch.
The hosts saw Arul Harinath fall cheaply for a second time after being asked to follow on, but skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown cracked 62 to lead a revival before Maynard took centre stage with an spectacular unbeaten century.
Maynard reached three figures in just 67 balls, put on 170 in 21.3 overs with Zander de Bruyn, who made 82, and ended the day unbeaten on 105 from 76 deliveries as Surrey raced to 306 for six, a lead of 115.