Resurgent Hampshire triumph again
Bottom-of-the-table Hampshire made it back-to-back LV= County Championship Division One victories after James Tomlinson inspired a Warwickshire batting collapse on day three of their clash at Edgbaston.
Jim Troughton’s men looked to be in control this morning as Hampshire resumed on 163 for four - just 54 ahead - but James Vince’s hundred underpinned a total of 416 to set the hosts 308 to triumph.
Warwickshire sank without trace to 98 all out, with Tomlinson picking up four wickets, and fellow opening bowler Chris Wood claiming another three as Hampshire added to last week’s unexpected success over then leaders Durham with a 209-run thrashing today.
Five of Warwickshire’s top six were dismissed for nought, with Tomlinson and Wood each picking up two wickets in an over to finish with 4-13 and 3-36 respectively.
Warwickshire’s woes were in stark contrast to their opponents, and particularly Vince, who struck 24 fours in his 166-ball 145, while Sean Ervine’s half-century was an ample foil.
Lancashire marched to the top of the table after Tom Smith decimated Worcestershire’s lower order to seal a 98-run victory on the fourth morning at Blackpool.
With the visitors resuming on 203 for five - chasing 329 - the game was finely poised, but Smith took four of the five wickets to fall as Worcestershire were bowled out for a paltry 230.
Veteran spinner Gary Keedy made the initial breakthrough when he had Aneesh Kapil stumped and he finished with figures of 4-58 before Smith took centre stage.
The all-rounder ran through the tail in 7.2 overs to finish with 4-32. Only Gareth Andrew, who was unbeaten on 14, made it to double figures today.
The Red Rose replaced Durham at the top and now have a 13-point advantage as they seek their first outright championship title in 77 years.
Somerset were unable to follow Lancashire’s lead as they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils against Nottinghamshire in their rain-affected clash at Taunton.
The hosts may feel fortunate to escape with a draw, however, as Samit Patel’s century helped Notts to 402 for nine in reply to Somerset’s first-innings 177.
England’s one-day all-rounder Patel, on 70 overnight, progressed to 128 when play began at 2.15pm after rain delayed the start.
Riki Wessels also chipped in with 82 off 75 balls, which included 10 fours and two sixes and, although Charl Willoughby finished with 4-76, Somerset’s bowlers were made to toil as their title bid was dented.
Yorkshire remain in the relegation places after they were forced to settle for a draw against Sussex at Scarborough.
Michael Yardy’s run-a-ball 122 plus a creditable 53 from James Anyon helped Sussex set Yorkshire a victory target of 344 in 54 overs after they declared on 333 for six - but an opening partnership of 174 between Rudolph and Joe Sayers may have left Sussex fretting.
Rudolph raced to his first hundred score since returning to Yorkshire last month but his dismissal for 120 hindered their hopes and they finished on 312 for six - an agonising 32 shy.
In Division Two, David Lucas and James Middlebrook picked up the final two wickets to fall as leaders Northamptonshire completed a 165-run victory over Derbyshire at Chesterfield.
Overnight batsman Jonathan Clare and Tony Palladino had put on 57 for the ninth wicket before Lucas bowled the latter for 28.
Clare reached his half-century but Northants wrapped up the win soon after when Middlebrook had last man Mark Footitt caught by Kyle Coetzer on the deep midwicket boundary as Derbyshire were all out for 328.
Northants’ hopes of promotion were further boosted when nearest rivals Middlesex suffered a 69-run defeat to lowly Kent at Canterbury.
Azhar Mahmood’s unbeaten 92 helped Kent set a target of 272 and it proved too much as, despite Jamie Dalrymple’s 108 not out, Middlesex were bowled out for 202.
Will Bragg’s century and a fine collective performance from Glamorgan’s bowlers helped them to a 108-run success over Leicestershire at Colwyn Bay.
Bragg’s 110 ensured Alviro Petersen’s side set a nominal target of 300 and Will Owen and Jim Allenby collected three wickets apiece, while Dean Cosker and Robert Croft shared the other four scalps as Leicestershire, who appear destined to finish bottom of Division Two, were all out for 191.
Chris Taylor’s hundred ensured Gloucestershire escaped with a draw against Essex at Colchester.
After being set 388 for victory on the final afternoon, Gloucestershire were struggling on 78 for four before Taylor’s 103 not out helped them to 231 for five at the close.