Lancashire remain on the rack
Lancashire’s hopes of avoiding defeat at Edgbaston remained slim as Warwickshire continued to press home their advantage on day three of their LV= County Championship Division One match.
The defending champions, who have yet to win a four-day fixture in 2012, were made to follow on 360 runs behind after being dismissed for 197 this afternoon, despite Ashwell Prince’s unbeaten 87. Chris Woakes, Jeetan Patel and Chris Wright each claimed three wickets.
Lancashire made a better fist of things second time around, with opener Paul Horton contributing an unbeaten 56 and Karl Brown adding 45.
However, they were still 238 runs in arrears at the close on 122 for three and were facing an uphill task to salvage a draw.
Surrey avoided the follow-on at the Kia Oval and then claimed seven Somerset wickets to set up an intriguing final day at the Kia Oval.
Tom Maynard took his score to 89, Gareth Batty moved to 36 and number 10 Jon Lewis chipped in with a valuable 49-ball 42 as Surrey, who resumed on 286 for six, progressed to 388 all out.
England Lions seamer Stuart Meaker then struck on five occasions to reduce Somerset to 154 for seven. They led by 278, with the ever-reliable Nick Compton having made 50.
Sussex were frustrated by the weather after their openers had put Worcestershire firmly on the back foot at New Road.
The hosts added 28 to their overnight 231 for seven to trail by 56 on first innings.
Ed Joyce and Chris Nash then shared an unbroken stand of 143 in 34 overs before showers forced a premature close at 3pm with Sussex 199 ahead.
Joyce had 70 to his name at stumps, with Nash having scored one less than his partner, albeit from 32 fewer deliveries.
Derbyshire extended their lead at the top of Division Two with a convincing eight-wicket victory over Glamorgan.
Despite losing their last five wickets for 20 this morning to be dismissed for 355 - a lead of 119 - Derbyshire required just 70 to win after David Wainwright returned figures of 5-51 to skittle the visitors for 188.
Derbyshire lost yesterday’s centurions Martin Guptill, who made 30, and Wayne Madsen to Michael Reed, but Paul Borrington and Wes Durston ensured they completed the double over Glamorgan inside 13 overs.
Anthony McGrath compiled an unbeaten century as Yorkshire enjoyed a successful day with the bat against Hampshire at Headingley Carnegie.
Phil Jaques and Gary Ballance created a platform for McGrath to build on with a partnership of 149 until both left-handers fell in quick succession for 93 and 78 respectively.
McGrath, who finished on 106 from 189 balls, enjoyed an eighth-wicket stand of 93 with Ryan Sidebottom to help avoid the follow-on before the White Rose declared on 399 for nine.
Hampshire had to negotiate a tricky 7.2-over spell before the close and took their lead from 28 to 49, despite the loss of Liam Dawson to Adil Rashid.
A partnership of 101 from Michael Powell and Darren Stevens helped Kent enjoy the better of Northamptonshire on a rain-affected day at Canterbury.
After being reduced to 120 for three last night, Kent were soon four down as England Lions seamer Jack Brooks removed Brendan Nash for 11.
But the experienced duo’s 29-over stay brought stability to the Kent innings, until they fell, for 61 and 57 respectively, to Lee Daggett and Andrew Hall.
Geraint Jones was unbeaten on 26 as Kent reduced their arrears to 138 in reaching 280 for six.
Leicestershire head into the final day against Essex with a lead of 111 thanks to an unbeaten half-century from Ramnaresh Sarwan at Grace Road.
Replying to the hosts’ 372, Essex were reliant on Ben Foakes’ 93 on debut to propel them into a first-innings lead of 37 after Wayne White took 5-72 off 30 overs.
Charl Willoughby and David Masters struck early, but 49 from Will Jefferson and Sarwan’s 61 took Leicestershire into the black as they closed on 148 for three.