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Keith Barker led the way as Warwickshire continued their excellent start to the LV= County Championship season with a nine-wicket success over Durham inside three days at Edgbaston.

After the hosts had secured a lead of 104 this morning - thanks principally to Ian Bell’s 120 and an aggressive 30 from Jeetan Patel - Durham were dismissed for 139 in their second innings.

Barker followed up his first-innings 5-33 with another five-wicket haul to complete outstanding match figures of 10-70 and Warwickshire had little trouble in racing to a modest victory target of 36 inside eight overs.

While last year’s runners-up have prospered so far this summer to claim the early lead in Division One, the team that pipped them to the title in September, Lancashire, look set to suffer a third defeat in four games.

The Red Rose ended day three of their match with Nottinghamshire in a woeful position on 39 for five, trailing by 289.

Stuart Broad and Andre Adams, who claimed career-best figures of 7-32 in the first innings, picked up two wickets apiece after Notts had been dismissed for 304.

Broad’s new-ball partner for England, James Anderson, provided one of few positives for Lancashire by returning 5-82 following his recovery from a thumb injury and illness.

Andrew Strauss and Sam Robson struck 49 and 59 respectively as Middlesex reached 148 for two against Worcestershire on a truncated second day at Lord’s.

After play had been washed out completely yesterday, Angus Fraser’s side, who lost the toss, made positive progress in the 40.3 overs possible.

In Division Two, Kane Williamson struck an unbeaten century as Gloucestershire made a remarkable recovery against Derbyshire.

Keith Barker & Warwickshire

Durham had no answer to Keith Barker as the all-rounder completed a maiden 10-wicket haul for LV=CC leaders Warwickshire at Edgbaston

Gloucestershire were made to follow on after they could only add another 34 to their overnight 172 for nine, Paul Muchall providing spinner David Wainwright with his sole wicket.

The visitors, 182 runs behind, suffered a blow in their second innings with the early dismissal of Chris Dent for two.

But Benny Howell and New Zealand international Williamson put on a second-wicket stand of 117 before the former was bowled by Jonathan Clare for 64.

Williamson, with 106, and fellow countryman Hamish Marshall, 32 not out, ensured their side closed on 219 for two, a lead of 37.

Rain and a stubborn unbroken third-wicket partnership from Matthew Boyce and Josh Cobb halted Yorkshire’s victory charge at Scarborough.

Steven Patterson, with figures of 3-27 off 13 overs, reduced Leicestershire to 14 for three with the quick dismissals of Jacques Du Toit and West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan.

But, in between rain delays, Boyce hit an unbeaten 46 and Cobb finished one behind his partner when Leicestershire ended the day on 102 for three, still 229 runs behind.

Tymal Mills and David Masters shared seven wickets as Essex took control at the SWALEC Stadium.

Mills and Masters returned figures of 4-25 and 3-68 to help dismiss Glamorgan for 187, Stewart Walters providing the only real resistance with a 104-ball 69.

Essex openers Billy Godleman and Alastair Cook extended Essex’s lead to 77 at the close by adding five in 1.3 overs of their second innings.

Experienced performers Andrew Hall and David Sales helped Northamptonshire into a dominant position versus Hampshire at Wantage Road.

Skipper Hall took 4-24 off nine overs as Hampshire, starting the day 42 for three, were dismissed for 154, with England Lions batsman James Vince stranded four short of a half-century.

David Balcombe struck twice as Northants were reduced to 113 for four but Sales, with 58, and Hall, unbeaten on 29, ensured their side extended their lead to 240 in a score of 176 for five.

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