Horton saves Lancashire
Paul Horton struck an unbeaten century as Lancashire batted out the final day to salvage an unlikely draw in their LV= County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
After the weather accounted for 12 overs this morning, the Red Rose, resuming on 122 for three in their follow-on after being dismissed for a first-innings 197 yesterday, lost Steven Croft to Chris Wright for 21.
But Horton shared stands of 61 with Luke Procter, who made 34, and 139 with Gareth Cross to keep the Warwickshire bowlers at bay and help the County Champions avoid a fourth defeat of the season.
Horton and Cross had 137 and 75 to their name in their side’s 343 for five when the captains shook hands.
Rory Hamilton-Brown led from the front as Surrey held on for a draw at the Kia Oval.
Stuart Meaker removed Vernon Philander and the Overton twins this morning to complete career-best figures of 8-52 as Somerset were bowled out for a second-innings 180, leaving Surrey 305 to win.
Despite Philander bowling first-innings centurion Steven Davies cheaply, Jason Roy and Jacques Rudolph hit 41 and 45 respectively to see their side past three figures.
However, three wickets from Ireland spinner George Dockrell and two from Peter Trego triggered a collapse that saw Surrey slump to 148 for six.
Hamilton-Brown struck an unbeaten 70, receiving excellent support from Gareth Batty, who compiled 33, as the hosts closed 66 runs short of their victory target on 239 for seven.
Ed Joyce’s unbeaten century and two wickets from Monty Panesar failed to inspire Sussex to victory at New Road.
Starting the day on 143 without loss, Sussex added another 115 before declaring thanks to Joyce’s 108 and 98 from Chris Nash.
Set 315 to win, Worcestershire were reliant on 67 from Michael Klinger and Vikram Solanki’s 44 not out as they closed on 170 for four, despite 2-42 from Panesar.
In Division Two, Leicestershire and Essex shared the spoils at Grace Road after rain forced an early finish on the final day.
Play did not begin until after lunch but, with Essex offering some lax bowling which yielded 158 runs in 7.3 overs in the hope of creating a positive result, Leicestershire raced to 306 for five before declaring.
That set the visitors a victory target of 270 in 60 overs but their hopes were dashed at 3:45pm when the game was abandoned with Essex on 30 for two.
The contest between Yorkshire and Hampshire ended as a draw with the weather also playing a part in deciding the outcome at Headingley Carnegie .
The elements meant the fourth day’s play did not begin until 12:30pm with Hampshire looking to build on their overnight total of 21 for one.
When the game eventually resumed, Michael Carberry and Simon Katich both hit 61 not out before the visitors declared on 191 for two to signal the end of the match.
It was a similar story at Canterbury as Northamptonshire and Kent’s match ended in a stalemate.
After Kent had declared 138 runs behind, Northants eased to 123 without loss in their second innings, with Stephen Peters and James Middlebrook helping themselves to unbeaten half-centuries.
Another declaration followed, with Northants 261 ahead, but Kent captain Rob Key batted astutely, compiling an unbeaten 54 as the hosts salvaged a draw by finishing on 110 for one.