Brown and Moore respond to Stokes

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Karl Brown and Steven Moore gave Lancashire hope of chasing down 200 against Durham in the battle of LV= County Championship Division One’s bottom two at the Emirates Durham ICG.

The home side began the day 68 runs behind at the start of their second innings on a bowler-friendly track, but Ben Stokes’ 121 and a dogged 50 from Paul Collingwood meant they were eventually dismissed for 267.

The visitors’ run chase got off to the worst possible start with Graham Onions trapping Paul Horton first ball for his sixth wicket of the match, but Brown and Moore guided Lancashire to 56 for one at the close, with another 144 required.

Nick Compton became the first player this season to reach 1,000 runs as he responded to the disappointment of rain ruining his chances of accomplishing the feat by the end of May with a century in Somerset’s clash with Worcestershire.

Left 50 short of becoming the first player since Graeme Hick in 1988 to reach the goal overnight, Compton made 108 with useful support coming from Jos Buttler, who struck 85.

Bad light forced an early finish with the visitors 277 for seven at New Road, 63 behind with only a day remaining.

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes strikes a sparkling century, but Lancashire look in good shape to secure a first victory of the season against Durham

Sussex are unlikely to close in on the top two as they face a tough task to rescue anything from their game with Middlesex on the final day at Lord’s.

The hosts resumed 13 runs behind with seven second-innings wickets remaining and, although Chris Rogers fell two short of a second successive ton, half-centuries from Eoin Morgan, Ollie Rayner and Toby Roland-Jones saw them make 491, a first-innings lead of 208.

Left with a battle to try and salvage a draw, Sussex lost opener Ed Joyce to Steven Finn for eight as they finished 34 for one, still 174 in arrears.

In Division Two Gloucestershire inflicted a first championship defeat of the season on Derbyshire courtesy of a seven-wicket victory at Bristol.

The visitors faced a battle this morning, having resumed on 211 for five, and their plight worsened as David Wainwright departed early. Dan Redfern and Jonathan Clare rebuilt impressively, only for the former to fall just after a rain break.

That proved a decisive moment as the last three wickets went for 46 - Clare was unbeaten on 43 - to leave Gloucestershire, for whom David Payne claimed 4-89, needing 85 to win.

Clare claimed two wickets, but, in the end, the hosts got home comfortably.

Leicestershire’s outstanding rearguard dashed Glamorgan’s victory hopes on the final day at the SWALEC Stadium.

The visitors resumed on 84 for one - trailing by 203 - but Michael Thornely and Ned Eckersley proceeded to bat through the morning session.

Both moved on to centuries in the afternoon, with the former eventually falling for 131. It mattered little as the captains shook hands on a draw with Leicestershire 316 for two; Eckersley ended on 137 and Ramnaresh Sarwan 25.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow shone as Yorkshire moved into a dominant position against Northamptonshire at Headingley Carnegie.

Root needed just two runs to reach three figures and duly managed it this morning before Bairstow - given permission to play by England - brought up a fifty.

They eventually fell for 125 and 68 respectively, but the White Rose built a commanding 163-run lead by posting 416, after which Mitchell Starc accounted for makeshift opener James Middlebrook as Northants closed on 43 for one.

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