Gurney shines despite rain

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A third day of wet weather hindered the LV= County Championship programme but Harry Gurney took three of Worcestershire’s final four wickets to give Nottinghamshire hope of claiming a Division One victory at New Road.

Gurney finished with 4-40 as Worcestershire were all out for 157; Anil Kapil showed some resistance with a battling 41 before being trapped lbw by Andre Adams, who was the pick of the Notts bowlers with 5-62.

Opening batsman Neil Edwards struck five fours and a six in his 49 not out to help Nottinghamshire close on 88 for two - a lead of 174.

Just 8.1 overs were possible at the PROBIZ County Ground, but Keith Barker’s two wickets left Sussex in trouble against Warwickshire.

Harry Gurney

Harry Gurney finished with 4-40 in his second match for Nottinghamshire to give them hope of claiming a win over Worcestershire at New Road

Barker had Luke Wells and Murray Goodwin lbw before Matt Prior was dismissed for a duck by Chris Wright as Sussex fell to 80 for five - still trailing by 465 runs heading into the final day.

A contrived finish looks to be the only way to force a result in the other six championship matches, but there are still valuable bonus points to play for.

Lancashire seamer Glen Chapple took two wickets to reduce Somerset to 87 for three at Taunton.

After the Red Rose added five runs to their overnight 395 for nine, Vernon Philander completed a five-wicket haul when he snared last man Simon Kerrigan.

Chapple then took the wickets of Somerset openers Lewis Gregory and Arul Suppiah and, although Nick Compton - who ended the day on 30 not out - and James Hildreth put on a useful partnership, the latter was trapped in front by Luke Procter.

For the third successive day, Surrey and Durham were left frustrated after rain at the Kia Oval washed out any hopes of play before lunch.

In Division Two, the same fate befell Gloucestershire and Glamorgan at Bristol, while Essex were unable to add to their score of 54 for six against Northamptonshire at Bristol.

Kent improved their first-innings lead to 103, but there was just 8.5 overs of play against Yorkshire at Canterbury.

Brendan Nash extended his innings to 132 not out, but Tim Bresnan took two wickets in as many balls and Adil Rashid also picked up a scalp as Kent closed on 350 for nine.

Hampshire added 36 to their overnight total without further loss in their clash with Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl.

Michael Carberry moved on to 84 not out and Sean Ervine will resume on 41 after Hampshire reached 217 for four - still trailing by 17 - on a day in which there were only 10 overs bowled.

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