Lancashire exposed by Richardson
Alan Richardson ripped through Lancashire’s top order as lowly Worcestershire immeasurably enhanced their LV= County Championship survival chances with a spectacular 10-wicket win inside two days at New Road.
It had all started so brightly for the Division One leaders this morning when Kyle Hogg and Glen Chapple picked up two wickets apiece as Worcestershire were all out for 237, having added just 28 to their overnight score.
However, Lancashire were powerless to stop a rampant Richardson removing every one of their top six batsmen before Kemar Roach cleaned up the tail to dismiss them for a meagre 80, which left Worcestershire chasing just five for victory.
Richardson is now the joint leading wicket-taker in Division One - alongside Nottinghamshire’s Andre Adams on 62 - after his 6-22, while Roach bowled Glen Chapple, Sajid Mahmood and Kyle Hogg to finish with 3-44.
Lancashire were left a batsman light after former Worcestershire opener Stephen Moore travelled to be with his wife when she went into labour.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s second successive century against Yorkshire boosted second-placed Warwickshire, who are looking to take full advantage of Lancashire’s slip-up.
The West Indies batsman struck 193 at Headingley Carnegie last week and he continued to frustrate Yorkshire’s bowlers at Edgbaston this week with an innings of 110 to help Warwickshire to 281 for six.
The White Rose were all out for the same score after Rikki Clarke picked up the final two wickets but that looked to be more than enough when Ajmal Shahzad and Ryan Sidebottom removed Varun Chopra and Will Porterfield respectively as Warwickshire slipped to 27 for two.
However, Westwood contributed a measured half-century, while Chanderpaul and Tim Ambrose, who was unbeaten on 68, put on 135 for the fifth wicket.
Scott Borthwick’s maiden championship five-wicket haul put Durham in a commanding position against Sussex at the PROBIZ County Ground.
The 21-year-old leg-spinner claimed 5-80 and Graham Onions chipped in with 4-67, including the wicket of Sussex captain Michael Yardy, whose stubborn 66 could not prevent his side from being bowled out for 218.
Despite the 154-run first-innings lead, Durham skipper Phil Mustard chose not to enforce the follow-on. Will Smith and first-innings centurion Mark Stoneman took their side to 93 without loss after Michael Di Venuto was forced to retire hurt early on.
Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry shared a record 373-run second-wicket stand for Hampshire against Somerset at Taunton.
Their efforts surpassed Hampshire’s previous best of 320, set by George Brown and Edward Barrett against Gloucestershire at Southampton in 1920, as the visitors closed on 480 for four - a lead of 276.
Adams reached his double hundred shortly before the close and will resume on 204 tomorrow, while Carberry, who scored 300 not out against Yorkshire earlier in the season, was caught behind for 182.
In Division Two, England Lions captain James Taylor and Greg Smith helped Leicestershire avoid an innings defeat against Middlesex at Lord’s.
Following on after being bowled out for 193 last night, Leicestershire slipped to 73 for two but Smith, who made 84, and Taylor put on 132 for the third wicket before the former was bowled by Tim Murtagh.
Toby Roland-Jones struck twice and Middlesex sensed victory when Corey Collymore trapped Wayne White in front and Taylor, who made 85, fell to Murtagh.
However, Robert Taylor made an unbeaten 26 to ensure the clash went into the final day as the visitors reached stumps on 308 for seven, a lead of just five.
Surrey paceman Stuart Meaker claimed 5-37 as Northamptonshire collapsed at Wantage Road, losing their last six wickets for 16 runs.
In response to Surrey’s 269, Northants - without the injured Stephen Peters - were shot out for 194 despite 80 from Rob Newton.
Surrey closed the second day on 115 for three, a healthy 190 ahead, with Steven Davies unbeaten on 41.
Gloucestershire fought back on day two of their clash with Glamorgan at Bristol.
The visitors added another 78 to their overnight 300 for eight with Graham Wagg smashing an unbeaten 70 off 82 balls.
In reply, Gloucestershire openers Chris Dent and Richard Coughtrie, who made 81 and 50 respectively, put on 103 for the first wicket.
Kane Williamson and Chris Taylor added an unbroken 111 for the third wicket to frustrate Glamorgan and carry Gloucestershire to 278 for two by the close - 100 behind. Williamson will resume on 84 and Taylor 42.
Fourteen wickets fell at Canterbury as Essex slipped towards defeat against Kent.
Kent, resuming on 160 for five, were reliant on Geraint Jones’ 54 and James Tredwell, who made 47, as they put on 97 for the fifth wicket.
However, they lost their last three wickets for 17 runs in being bowled out for 260, which translated into a first-innings advantage of 116.
Essex may have overturned that deficit by the close, but at 180 for nine they are just 61 ahead and semeingly on the verge of defeat. James Foster is unbeaten on 44.