Elements end Compton chase
Nick Compton failed to make history at New Road as rain prevented the Somerset batsman from passing 1,000 first-class runs in the LV= County Championship clash with Worcestershire.
The 28-year-old needed 59 runs to emulate Graham Hick, the last man to reach the milestone before the end of May 24 years ago, but was unbeaten on nine when the elements forced the players off with Somerset 27 for two in reply to Worcestershire’s first-innings 340.
Although Vikram Solanki completed his century, the hosts - starting the day 270 for three - lost seven wickets for just 38 runs to be bowled out for 340 thanks to 5-75 from Peter Trego.
Chris Rogers, Joe Denly and Eoin Morgan excelled with the bat as Middlesex dominated Sussex at Lord’s.
The visitors managed to add 55 to their overnight 228 for eight before Tim Murtagh, who took 5-55, bowled James Anyon for 24 and Gareth Berg accounted for Monty Panesar.
In between Sam Robson and Dawid Malan departing cheaply, Rogers and Denly prospered in a 146-run stand.
After Denly was trapped lbw by Monty Panesar, Rogers and Eoin Morgan reached 93 and 52 not out respectively after an unbroken 77-run stand that propelled Middlesex to 229 for three, 54 runs behind, when bad light intervened.
There was time for Graham Onions to complete his five-wicket haul, but the weather dominated the second day at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Steve Harmison brought an end to Kyle Hogg’s 48-ball 33 and Onions finished with 5-43 after dismissing last man Simon Kerrigan for a duck as Lancashire were dismissed for 170, leaving Paul Horton stranded on 49.
Durham were denied the chance to reduce the Red Rose’s lead of 68 as rain hauled the players off just three balls into their second innings.
Brothers Alex and Will Gidman starred as Gloucestershire turned the screw on Division Two leaders Derbyshire at Bristol.
After being skittled for just 95 yesterday, Derbyshire saw their hosts progress from 182 for five to 294 all out.
Alex Gidman, unbeaten on 72 overnight, moved on to 129 before falling to Tim Groenewald, who claimed 3-66, shortly before lunch.
Wayne Madsen hit 72 in reply, only to fall before the close - at which point Derbyshire were 211 for five, 12 ahead - with Dan Redfern’s unbeaten 64 overshadowed by Will Gidman’s 4-39.
Skipper Mark Wallace struck a century as Glamorgan piled on the runs against Leicestershire at the SWALEC Stadium.
Nightwatchman Dean Cosker fell in the fourth over of the morning after Glamorgan had started day three 31 ahead on 302 for five.
Yet that merely heralded the arrival of Wallace, who - well supported by 61 and 48 respectively from Jim Allenby and James Harris - played with great freedom in making 118.
Leicestershire reached 84 for one by the close and will be 203 behind when they resume on the final day.
Joe Root edged towards a hundred as Yorkshire impressed on a rain-ruined second day against Northamptonshire.
Just 40 overs were possible at Headingley Carnegie but that did not stop Root compiling an unbeaten 98 as the White Rose reached 190 for three in reply to Northants’ 253.