Trott puts Sussex under the cosh
Jonathan Trott struck 178 as Warwickshire piled the agony on Sussex in the LV= County Championship Division One clash at the PROBIZ County Ground.
The England batsman added to his overnight 132 as the visitors, who lost nightwatchman Chris Wright for 15, impressed once again.
Trott, batting for the first time this season, was ousted by part-time spinner Chris Nash, but Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke chipped in with fluent half-centuries.
Those allowed Warwickshire to reach 545, the best championship total this year, after which Sussex were reduced to 57 for two - still 488 runs behind.
Andre Adams’ brilliant spell put Nottinghamshire on top in their clash with Worcestershire at New Road.
After the opening session was washed out, the home side resumed on five without loss in reply to Notts’ disappointing 243.
But, by the end of play, that total looked more than substantial enough as Adams turned the game on its head; he removed Daryl Mitchell, Michael Klinger, Moeen Ali and Alexei Kervezee en route to figures of 4-23 from 10.3 overs.
Worcestershire, as a result, closed on 72 for six, 171 runs in arrears.
Lancashire did not fully capitalise on an outstanding platform as Somerset hit back impressively on a rain-ruined second day at Taunton.
The home side started fantastically this morning, Vernon Philander removing Gareth Cross and Steven Croft - who did not add to his overnight 113 - either side of Peter Trego dismissing Luke Procter.
A further two wickets meant the Red Rose - who resumed on 363 for four - were 395 for nine, with Philander having claimed 4-70, when the heavens opened at 12:25pm BST.
That was to prove the score at the close because no further play possible as the inclement weather continued.
Surrey’s match against Durham at the Kia Oval had still not begun as rain ensured no action for the second successive day.
Brendan Nash scored his first century for Kent, who comfortably went past Yorkshire’s 247 on a full day at Canterbury.
The hosts resumed on five without loss and Scott Newman scored 31 of their first 35 runs before he was caught behind off Ajmal Shahzad, who trapped Sam Northeast in front for 26 with 101 on the board.
Ben Harmison had dominated the second-wicket stand, but was soon lbw to Steven Patterson for 43. Ryan Sidebottom then cheaply removed Michael Powell and Tim Bresnan Darren Stevens.
Nash found an ally in Geraint Jones, the duo adding 77 until Sidebottom accounted for the latter three short of a fifty. But Nash went to three figures during an unbroken alliance of 81 with James Tredwell. They closed on 114 and 28 respectively in a total of 16 for six.
Michael Carberry and Simon Katich shared a partnership worth 124 as Hampshire bore down on Leicestershire’s first-innings 234 at the Ageas Bowl.
The visitors this morning added 75 for their last four wickets with Ned Eckersley making 34 and Wayne White 21. The latter was one of two wickets today for left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, who returned 5-29.
Alex Wyatt snared Sean Terry for nought on the batsman’s championship debut and had Dawson caught behind to leave the hosts 25 for two.
However, Carberry and Katich rebuilt smoothly until Nadeem Malik had the latter caught behind for 54. Wyatt quickly sent James Vince on his way, but Carberry - batting with a runner - ended unbeaten with 73 of 181 for four.
Essex’s game with Northamptonshire at Chelmsford finally began and the hosts found themselves in deep trouble mainly due to Jack Brooks’ four wickets
Northants won the toss and quickly reduced their opponents to 40 for six, but Mark Pettini’s 16 not out led the hosts to 54 without further loss.
For a second day there was no play between Gloucestershire and Glamorgan at Bristol.