Leaders in command against Surrey

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LV= County Championship Division One leaders Warwickshire made a fine start in their clash with Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Having opted to bat first, Surrey were never able to get going as several batsmen failed to build on decent starts; Tom Maynard top-scored with 39, with the hosts dismissed for 223.

Chris Wright claimed 3-42, while Keith Barker and Chris Woakes took two wickets apiece, after which Warwickshire reached 106 for one, Varun Chopra hitting an unbeaten 59.

Ashwell Prince’s century put County Champions Lancashire in command at Aigburth, where Middlesex skipper Chris Rogers was rueing his decision to bowl.

Rodgers admitted at the toss he was unsure what the best course of action was, and appeared to choose wrongly as the Red Rose reached 276 for four on the opening day.

South African Prince led the way by striking 121 not out, while Steven Croft chipped in with 78.

Somerset’s clash with Durham at Taunton was evenly poised after day two.

The visitors added 31 to their overnight 353 for eight before being dismissed, Peter Trego and Alfonso Thomas claiming the final two wickets.

Nick Compton and James Hildreth looked set to put Somerset in position for a huge lead as they struck 64 and 53 respectively in the reply.

Ashwell Prince

Ashwell Prince struck a masterful 121 not out as Lancashire took control of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Middlesex

But Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter departed quickly after the former to leave the score 209 for six. In the end, the visitors were thankful for Trego’s unbeaten 67 - and Craig Overton’s 50 - as they reached 357 for eight, 27 runs behind.

David Wainwright claimed his third Derbyshire five-wicket haul as the Division Two leaders dominated Essex at Chelmsford.

The former Yorkshire left-arm spinner, fresh from claiming 5-51 in last week’s win over Glamorgan, returned the same figures today from 22.2 overs as Essex were dismissed for 182, with only Mark Pettini - who made 56 - offering any real resistance.

Despite losing Paul Borrington cheaply in their reply, the visitors advanced to 37 for one, with Martin Guptill and Wayne Madsen unbeaten on 19 and 15 respectively - though the former was dropped by Alviro Petersen.

Matt Coles and Brendan Nash continued their fine starts to the season as Leicestershire were outplayed by Kent at Canterbury.

Struggling at 66 for six, Leicestershire were reliant on a fourth-wicket stand of 56 between Wayne White, who top-scored with 38, and Ned Eckersley as they were eventually skittled for 151, with England Lions seamer Coles taking 5-41.

Kent recovered from Matthew Hoggard’s double strike; Rob Key and Nash were unbeaten on 23 and 50 respectively as Kent closed 37 runs behind on 104 for two.

Sean Ervine’s century propelled Hampshire to 316 all out after an early collapse against Glamorgan.

With Hampshire slumping to 96 for five, Ervine and Michael Bates joined forces to frustrate the visitors with a stand of 69 before the latter departed for 41.

Hampshire looked to be collecting only one bonus batting point at 231 for nine, but Ervine and David Balcombe, who made 39, put on 85 for the last wicket to earn their side two more.

Ervine was left stranded on 109, while John Glover and Will Owen claimed four wickets each for Glamorgan, who survived four overs to finish 13 without loss.

James Middlebrook struck a century as Northamptonshire piled on the runs against Gloucestershire at Wantage Road.

Middlebrook, promoted up the order due to Northants’ injury crisis, enjoyed fruitful stands of 79 and 134 with Stephen Peters and Kyle Coetzer en route to 121 from 204 balls.

The Gidman brothers, Alex and Will, shared three wickets, but Coetzer remained unbeaten on 81 in Northants’ 302 for four.

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