Wright move for Warwickshire
On-loan seamer Chris Wright’s five-wicket haul catapulted Warwickshire back into the LV= County Championship title race as they thumped lowly Yorkshire by an innings and 58 runs at Headingley Carnegie.
Wright, who joined Jim Troughton’s side from Essex earlier this week, endeared himself to Warwickshire fans with 5-31 as Yorkshire slumped to 127 all out on the third day.
Keith Barker also picked up four wickets and the White Rose, who will face Warwickshire again and Somerset in their final two championship games, will need a dramatic upturn in fortunes if they are to remain in Division One.
Yorkshire’s woes were in stark contrast to their opponents, who were earlier bowled out for 482. Shivnarine Chanderpaul fell seven runs short of a double century, while Barker’s 85 and 40 from Neil Carter ensured the hosts were made to toil in the field.
Joe Root took the final three wickets but Warwickshire took a 185-run first-innings lead, which proved more than enough as they moved above Durham and into second place, just three points behind Lancashire.
Imran Tahir and Chris Wood shared nine wickets to lead a *Hampshire * fightback in their encounter with fellow strugglers Worcestershire at the Rose Bowl, yet it was the visitors who ended day three firmly on top.
Worcestershire had reached 135 for one in response to the hosts’ paltry 179, but they were indebted to Vikram Solanki’s unbeaten 79 as they collapsed to 204, with Tahir and Wood claiming 5-29 and 4-35 respectively.
However, Hampshire’s batting woes then continued as Gareth Andrew picked up three wickets to reduce Dominic Cork’s side to 84 for six - a lead of just 59.
In Division Two, Tim Linley took six wickets to inspire Surrey to a 10-wicket triumph over Leicestershire at Grace Road.
The 29-year-old seamer was Leicestershire’s chief scourge and although Will Jefferson contributed a belligerent 121 at the top of the order, the hosts were all out for 286 to leave Surrey a victory target of 111.
Captain Rory Hamilton-Brown wasted no time, blasting 12 fours and a six in his 75 from 56 balls as Surrey eased to victory in just 16.3 overs.
A century from Dawid Malan put Middlesex firmly in the driving seat against Northamptonshire in the clash between the pacesetters in Division Two at Wantage Road.
Malan struck 17 fours in his well-crafted 113, while knocks of 55 and 57 from Chris Rogers and Ollie Rayner respectively helped Middlesex to 479 for eight declared - a lead of 203.
James Middlebrook’s 5-123 was one of few highlights in the field for leaders Northamptonshire, who reached 22 without loss at the close and face a battle to save the game on the final day tomorrow.
Martin Guptill blasted 86 at the top of the order to thwart Essex’s hopes of dismissing Derbyshire cheaply in their second-innings at Chelmsford.
A total of 17 wickets had fallen on day two to give hope of a result after the first day's play had been washed out by rain but the inclement weather returned to prevent any play this morning.
Essex were all out for 207 for a first-innings lead of 75 before Guptill and Wes Durston, who contributed 62 not out, helped Derbyshire reach 187 for four at the close - a lead of 112.