Red Rose denied as Warwickshire win again
Warwickshire wasted little time on the fourth morning at the Kia Oval in wrapping up a five-wicket win over Surrey that lifts them back to the top of the LV= County Championship table.
Last year’s runners-up had been temporarily displaced by Somerset - who have played a game more - this week, but now hold a 15-point lead at the summit of Division One.
Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke progressed to 89 and 40 respectively this morning as Warwickshire knocked off the 41 runs they needed to complete a successful pursuit of 222 inside nine overs.
Champions Lancashire are still searching for their first championship victory of the season following an outstanding Middlesex rearguard at Aigburth.
The visitors were 29 without loss heading into the day having been set what proved a nominal victory target of 429.
Skipper Chris Rogers struck an unbeaten 138 and was alongside Joe Denly, 61 not out, when the captains shook hands on the draw with Middlesex 265 for one; Sam Robson, who hit 50, was the only man to fall.
Nottinghamshire overhauled Sussex's first-innings total on day two at the PROBIZ County Ground thanks largely to Riki Wessels' unbeaten 184.
The hosts added just four runs to their overnight 305 for nine before Naveed Arif Gondal fell to Samit Patel for 28, the England all-rounder finishing with impressive figures of 4-67.
Wessels and Alex Hales, who struck 80, got the visitors' reply off to a flying start with an opening stand of 171 and, although Chris Nash picked up two late wickets, the former and Adam Voges saw Notts through to 320 for four at stumps, a lead of 11.
Hampshire and Northamptonshire were made to work hard for victories in Division Two.
At one stage, it seemed the former would be beaten as Marcus North’s 69 put Glamorgan - who resumed on 53 for two - in position to chase 263.
Yet the home side held their nerve at the Ageas Bowl, with Kabir Ali and James Tomlinson claiming three wickets apiece to seal a 31-run victory.
At Wantage Road, half-centuries from Benny Howell and Hamish Marshall did not stop Gloucestershire slipping to defeat.
After Northants had declared on their overnight 246 for five with a lead of 389, former Hampshire batsman Howell hit 70 and shared a 101-run stand with opening partner Chris Dent.
That raised hopes of the visitors chasing 271, but James Middlebrook - who struck a century as a makeshift opener in the first innings - claimed 5-63 as Northants sealed an 121-run win.