Lancashire miss out on top spot
Title-chasing Lancashire failed to take advantage of their game in hand on LV= County Championship leaders Durham as they slipped to a 129-run defeat to Nottinghamshire at Southport.
Glen Chapple’s side resumed on eight without loss in their second innings this morning, chasing a target of 258 on a pitch that had proven tricky to score on over the first two days.
Paul Horton and Stephen Moore took their opening stand to 37, but that proved to be the largest partnership of the innings as the Red Rose subsided to 128 all out in 50.1 overs.
Darren Pattinson was the pick of Nottinghamshire’s attack with 5-44, while Andre Adams returned 4-51 to finish with 10 wickets in the match.
As a result of their defeat, Lancashire remain two points behind Durham, with Warwickshire - who travel to Aigburth next week - a further 11 points behind with a game in hand.
Marcus Trescothick completed his second double hundred of the season as Somerset secured a first-innings lead of 103 against struggling Worcestershire at New Road.
The former England opener, who moved beyond 1,500 runs in the championship yesterday, resumed on 106 not out and progressed to 203 from 296 balls, with 30 fours.
His sensational innings, allied with 95 from Nick Compton and quickfire knocks of 67 and 68 by James Hildreth and Craig Kieswetter respectively, helped Somerset to 591 for nine declared, despite the valiant efforts of Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who claimed 5-150 from 51 overs.
Worcestershire trailed by 99 at stumps, having moved on to four without loss in their second innings.
Trescothick’s score was surpassed at Swansea, where Stephen Peters compiled an unbeaten 204 to put Division Two leaders Northamptonshire in total control against Glamorgan.
Peters batted through the second day as Northants marched to 434 for four in reply to their opponents’ 252 all out.
Each member of the visitors’ top six contributed at least 30, with Mal Loye making 61 and skipper Andrew Hall reaching stumps on 56 not out.
Ravi Bopara appears key to Essex’s hopes of victory at Southend-on-Sea, where they lead Leicestershire by 110 runs with six second-innings wickets intact.
Bopara ended day two unbeaten on 55 in a score of 168 for four, with opener Billy Godleman having struck 77 and Nadeem Malik picking up 3-18 from 12 overs.
Leicestershire, who started the day just 44 behind on 100 for three, had earlier been dismissed for 202, with Tom Craddock running through the tail to claim 4-59.
Mark Ramprakash reached three figures for the first time this year as Surrey gained the upper hand against second-placed Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
Ramprakash, who was dropped on four by wicketkeeper Richard Coughtrie, went on to make 141, the 114th century of his distinguished first-class career.
His efforts lifted the visitors to 392 for eight at the close, a lead of 106.
Zander de Bruyn added 60, while Yasir Arafat, who picked up five wickets on day one, chipped in with an unbeaten 54 and will resume tomorrow alongside Tim Linley.