Hampshire respond to Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul batted Warwickshire to an imposing total at the Rose Bowl but Jimmy Adams and Liam Dawson gave Hampshire hope in their LV= County Championship clash at the Rose Bowl.
West Indies veteran Chanderpaul reached 171, while a fluid 62 from bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes saw Warwickshire to 493 all out before Adams and Dawson took their side to 57 without loss at stumps.
The pedestrian nature of Warwickshire’s progress ensured they had only 335 on the board by the end of the 110th over. They can now take a maximum of 22 points from the match, although 21 will be enough to guarantee top spot, regardless of events at Lancashire and Durham.
Hampshire’s failure to take more than one bowling point was offset by relegation rivals Worcestershire not reaching 300 in their clash with Durham.
However, they must claim maximum batting points if they are to have a chance of maintaining their top-flight status.
Paul Horton, Stephen Moore and Karl Brown all contributed half-centuries as title-chasing Lancashire hit back against Somerset at Taunton.
James Hildreth batted Somerset into contention with a fluent 186, although he was one of five wickets to fall as the hosts suffered a lower-order collapse from 320 for five to 380 all out.
Gary Keedy had Alfonso Thomas and Murali Kartik caught behind to finish with 4-57 and in response, Horton and Moore got the Red Rose off to a flyer with a partnership of 104 for the first wicket.
The former was caught behind off Kartik for exactly 50 but Moore and Brown put on another century stand although both batsmen fell - with Kartik to the fore both times - before the close as Lancashire ended on 247 for three.
Durham’s faint title hopes suffered a blow after Vikram Solanki’s century helped Worcestershire surpass their first-innings total but a lower-order collapse gave the hosts some comfort at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Worcestershire looked on course to build a substantial first-innings lead after Solanki’s 124 and James Cameron’s 74 saw them to 255 for three but Daryl Mitchell’s men lost their last seven wickets for 33 runs.
If they had reached 300, Worcestershire would have ensured their top-flight status next year.
However, the visitors' dramatic collapse saw them dismissed for just 288 - a lead of 24 - before Durham openers Will Smith and Michael Di Venuto put on an unbroken stand of 51.
In the other Division One game, which has no bearing on the title or relegation, Karl Turner’s maiden championship half-century saw Nottinghamshire make a fine start after Murray Goodwin’s 170 helped Sussex reach 488 at Trent Bridge.
Goodwin resumed on 117 and continued to flay Nottinghamshire’s toiling bowlers, with Amjad Khan’s 65 boosting Sussex even further.
Andre Adams’ seventh five-wicket haul in the championship this season was scant consolation for Nottinghamshire’s bowlers, although Turner’s unbeaten 52, allied with 49 from Alex Hales, saw Notts close on 132 for one.
In Division Two, Dawid Malan fell three runs short of a century but his contribution was vital as leaders Middlesex claimed maximum batting points against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Needing just 12 points to secure promotion before this game, Middlesex are two-thirds of the way there after reaching 401 for eight, with Malan’s 97 underpinning their innings, in response to rock-bottom Leicestershire’s 319.
Wicketkeeper John Simpson also registered 55, while Sam Robson fell four runs short of a half-century after being caught behind off Alex Wyatt.
Surrey's promotion hopes are in their own hands after they took firm control of their clash with Derbyshire at the Kia Oval.
Stuart Meaker registered a half-century as Surrey added 68 runs to their overnight total of 400 for eight, and Tim Linley picked up two wickets in his first two overs to leave Derbyshire reeling.
Opener Peter Borrington’s stubborn 76 not out ensured Surrey would not have things all their own way although Derbyshire appear destined to follow-on after closing on 177 for seven - still 291 in arrears.
Northamptonshire handed the initiative to Surrey by dropping two batting bonus points against Gloucestershire at Wantage Road, but David Willey’s maiden five-wicket haul gave the hosts the advantage.
Resuming on 316 for nine, Northants looked to press on but Surrey-bound seamer Jon Lewis boosted his future club's hopes of promotion by picking up the wicket of James Middlebrook to ensure Andrew Hall’s men were all out for 343.
However, Willey’s 5-29, plus four wickets for Lee Daggett, restricted Gloucestershire to 183 all out. Left-arm seamer Willey was the visitors' tormentor second time around with three wickets as they limped to 84 for five - still needing another 76 runs to make Northants bat again.
Stewart Walters struck an unbeaten 83 and Mark Wallace reached stumps on 41 not out, having passed 1,000 LV= County Championship runs for the season, as Glamorgan reached 258 for four in reply to Kent's 237 in the experimental day/night match at Canterbury.