Moeen and Choudhry terrorise champions
Spinners Moeen Ali and Shaaiq Choudhry returned figures of 6-67 and 4-38 respectively as Worcestershire stunned Lancashire on the second day of the LV= County Championship Division One clash at Old Trafford.
Starting the day 13 without loss in reply to the visitors’ 291 all out, Red Rose openers Paul Horton and Stephen Moore extended their stand to 61.
However, Moeen started his six-wicket haul by removing Moore for 24 before joining forces with Choudhry to reduce the hosts to 119 for nine.
A last-wicket stand of 43 from Kyle Hogg, who was stranded on 21, and Simon Kerrigan saved Lancashire from the follow-on and lifted them to 162, but Worcestershire stretched their lead to 138 by reaching eight without loss before rain heralded the close.
Jim Troughton and Chris Woakes struck centuries as leaders Warwickshire closed on maximum bonus batting points at Taunton.
Varun Chopra compiled 93 at the top of the order and, after Somerset seamer Alfonso Thomas reduced the visitors to 162 for six with 3-54, Troughton and Woakes came to the rescue with a vital seventh-wicket stand of 204.
Despite Woakes falling for 107 five overs before the close, Troughton remained unbeaten on 132 in Warwickshire’s 387 for seven, needing 13 in three overs tomorrow to claim five batting points.
Sussex enjoyed another fine day as they took control of their clash with winless Durham at Arundel.
The visitors were reliant on 50 from Scott Borthwick and Dale Benkenstein’s 43 as they were dismissed for 231.
Callum Thorp struck twice to reduce Sussex to 59 for three, but Murray Goodwin and Michael Yardy took their side to 100 for three with an unbroken stand of 41.
Second-placed Nottinghamshire saw no action at Trent Bridge where Surrey yesterday limited them to 178 for five. Adam Voges and Chris Read were unable to resume their 94-run alliance on 38 and 49 respectively.
Division Two promotion-chasers Kent impressed after choosing to bat on the opening day of their encounter with Glamorgan at Canterbury.
James Harris, who took 4-80, initially undermined the hosts' hopes by having skipper Rob Key and Ben Harmison caught behind.
Yet Sam Northeast led the riposte with 52 and, after the opener and Michael Powell fell for a golden duck, Brendan Nash and Darren Stevens took up the challenge of taking Kent into a commanding position.
The former was unbeaten on 110 and the latter 120 as the hosts reached 310 for four at the close.
Neil McKenzie compiled a century as Hampshire also looked set to post an impressive total against Essex at Chelmsford.
The visitors, having won the toss, lost wickets at regular intervals initially and found themselves 106 for four, Ryan ten Doeschate taking two scalps.
However, McKenzie - well supported by Sean Ervine's 55 - struck a masterful 133 not out to take Hampshire to 302 for six at the close.
Play finally got under way at Cheltenham, where Gloucestershire dismissed Leicestershire for just 162.
After the morning session yielded an all too familiar outcome - it, much like day one, was washed out - Leicestershire chose to bat.
However, that decision did not prove wise as they were skittled despite Ramnaresh Sarwan's 50; Ian Saxelby was the star, claiming 6-48.
Gloucestershire duly reached 40 for two in reply, Nathan Buck and Claude Henderson claiming the wickets of Benny Howell and Dan Housego.
The second day of Derbyshire's top-of-the-table clash with Yorkshire at Chesterfield fell victim of the weather as heavy rain fell through the night and this morning.