Dockrell downs Durham
Somerset spinner George Dockrell claimed six wickets in as many overs at Taunton to send Durham spinning to another LV= County Championship defeat.
Ireland international Dockrell, 19, finished with second-innings figures of 6-29 as the visitors - who are rooted to the foot of the Division One table - subsided from 131 for four to 167 all out.
Alex Barrow and Nick Compton fell cheaply in Somerset’s pursuit of 152, but Arul Suppiah struck 73 before victory was completed by five wickets with a day to spare.
A much more experienced slow bowler, Gareth Batty, enjoyed similar success at the Kia Oval, where the match between Surrey and leaders Warwickshire was intriguingly poised heading into day three.
Batty returned 6-73 to restrict Warwickshire, who resumed on 106 for one, to 247 all out and a meagre first-innings lead of 24. Varun Chopra, 59 not out overnight, was the off-spinner’s second victim for 78.
A typically brisk 71 from Jason Roy helped Surrey make a positive start to their second innings before they closed 120 ahead on 144 for four, with Jacques Rudolph and Tom Maynard unbeaten on 17 and 21 respectively.
Defending champions Lancashire put themselves in position to press for a first championship victory of the summer at Aigburth.
After being dismissed for 392, with Ashwell Prince taking his score on to 144, the Red Rose initially reduced Middlesex to 95 for five.
Neil Dexter and John Simpson, not out on 33 and 28, carried their side to 155 without further loss, but they still required 88 more to avoid the follow-on.
A century from Wes Durston and two wickets from Tim Groenewald helped Division Two leaders Derbyshire into a match-winning position against Essex at Chelmsford.
Durston, who compiled 116 off 136 balls, and Wayne Madsen, with 50, shared a third-wicket stand of 77 before Derbyshire lost their way as Tom Craddock claimed 5-96.
However, number nine Tom Poynton ensured Derbyshire reached 323, and a first-innings lead of 141, by smashing his maiden 50 from just 35 balls.
Groenewald then removed openers Alviro Petersen and Tom Westley, but Owais Shah and Mark Pettini guided Essex to 46 for two at the close with 26 and 17 respectively.
Michael Powell compiled an unbeaten hundred as Kent dominated Leicestershire again at Canterbury.
Rob Key shared stands of 131 and 86 with Brendan Nash, who made 76, and Powell before the Kent captain departed for 85 off 252 balls.
Former Glamorgan batsman Powell struck 17 fours in his 133 as Kent closed 263 runs ahead on 404 for six.
Half-centuries from Will Bragg and Marcus North helped Glamorgan pass Hampshire’s first-innings 316 at the Ageas Bowl.
Bragg and North made 73 and 70 respectively, holding the innings together with a third-wicket stand of 96, before both fell victim to David Balcombe, who claimed 4-91.
Dean Cosker’s unbeaten 40 carried Glamorgan into a 11-run lead before they were dismissed for 327.
Hampshire got through a tricky eight-over spell to close on 25 without loss.
David Willey and Andrew Hall took two wickets each as Northamptonshire took complete control against Gloucestershire at Wantage Road.
Gloucestershire fought back well with the ball this morning as Northants slipped from their overnight 320 for four to 345 for eight, with Kyle Coetzer falling four runs short of a century.
Con de Lange’s unbeaten 40 propelled Northants to 411 before their bowlers reduced the visitors to 38 for three thanks to Willey’s double strike.
Chris Dent, with 42, and Hamish Marshall, unbeaten on 49, added 72 for the fourth wicket, but Hall reduced Gloucestershire to 156 for six at the close.