Wonderful Woakes wrecks Hampshire
Warwickshire, inspired by Chris Woakes’ seven-wicket haul, made up for lost time by dominating the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Hampshire at Edgbaston.
On Clydesdale Bank 40 duty yesterday while their title rivals got the latest round of championship matches under way, a rampant Warwickshire bowled Hampshire out for a meagre 141 today.
Woakes returned career-best figures of 7-20 from 14.4 devastating overs, before Warwickshire, who sit fouth in the table - 17 points behind leaders Durham with two games in hand - closed within 45 of Hampshire on 96 for four.
Second-placed Lancashire, another side keen to capitalise on Durham’s inactivity this week, strengthened their hold over Worcestershire at Blackpool.
Although Gareth Andrew and Ben Scott, with 61 and 65 not out respectively, helped Worcestershire convert their overnight 77 for five into a total of 202 - Glen Chapple finished with 4-47 - they nonetheless conceded a first-innings deficit of 80.
That had been extended to 247 by the close of the second day, with Lancashire’s second-innings 167 for three featuring an unbeaten 55 from Karl Brown.
Joe Root’s maiden first-class century helped Yorkshire make sizeable inroads into Sussex’s total of 398 at Scarborough.
The 20-year-old ended the second day with 111 to his name, having steered Yorkshire to 251 for four alongside Gary Ballance, who was 45 not out.
Earlier, Michael Yardy added just four to his overnight 126 as Sussex, resuming on 335 for five, fell narrowly short of a fifth batting bonus point.
Third-placed Somerset’s hopes of enhancing their title prospects were undermined by further rain at Taunton, where the second day against Nottinghamshire was washed out without a ball being bowled.
The hosts are due to resume on 20 for two, having been limited to eight overs’ play yesterday.
Division Two leaders Northamptonshire took firm control against third-placed Derbyshire after building a lead of 362 at Chesterfield.
Veteran seamer Chaminda Vaas took 5-65 and was ably supported by Lee Daggett, who finished with 3-64, as the hosts were bowled out for 190.
Alex Wakely and David Sales struck 83 and 65 respectively to guide Northants to a commanding 285 for six at the close.
Sam Robson fell five runs short of a century as Middlesex, just seven points behind Northants going into the game, overhauled Kent’s first-innings total at Canterbury in one of three Division Two games to be affected by the rain.
Robson helped his side to 204 for two in response to Kent’s 242 and his dismissal prompted a mini-collapse, with Matt Coles taking three wickets as Middlesex slipped to 238 for seven.
Dawid Malan’s unbeaten half-century helped the visitors to 258 without further loss by the close.
David Masters took his haul of championship wickets for the season to 71 to put Essex on the front foot against Gloucestershire at Colchester.
After Essex were all out for 363, Masters took 4-50, including brothers Alex and Will Gidman in successive balls, although Kane Williamson’s 83 helped Gloucestershire labour to 176 for six - still 187 adrift.
England Lions seamer James Harris claimed three wickets as Glamorgan reduced Leicestershire to 140 for four at Colwyn Bay.
Lower-order contributions helped Glamorgan to 392, while Harris snared Will Jefferson, Matthew Boyce and Greg Smith as Leicestershire slipped to 80 for four.
Wayne White plundered four fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 44, while James Taylor was more sedate in his 34 not out and they shared an unbroken stand of 60 to give rock-bottom Leicestershire hope.