Worcestershire stun Red Rose
Spinner Moeen Ali returned career-best match figures of 12-96 as Worcestershire secured their first LV= County Championship victory of the season courtesy of a comprehensive 205-run triumph over champions Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Part-time tweaker Steven Croft claimed excellent figures of 6-41 to dismiss Worcestershire for just 139, with Vikram Solanki, who announced he is swapping New Road for the Kia Oval next season, making a vital 50 to ensure the Red Rose required 269 to win.
However, Moeen took 6-29 off 12.1 overs as the hosts sensationally collapsed to 63 all out, number seven Gareth Cross, with 20, the only player to make double figures.
Another slow bowler to excel today was Jeetan Patel, whose 7-75 put Division One leaders Warwickshire in control of their clash with Somerset at Taunton.
Alfonso Thomas’ 6-60 ensured the visitors were dismissed for 400 but not before they added the 13 runs in three overs required to claim maximum batting bonus points.
Patel got to work immediately and, despite 54 from Arul Suppiah and Nick Compton’s unbeaten 74, Somerset conceded a first-innings lead of 146 after being bowled out for 254.
Warwickshire head into the final day 212 runs ahead despite slipping to 66 for three at the close.
Australian seamer Steve Magoffin strengthened Sussex's hopes of victory against winless Durham at Arundel.
Half-centuries from Michael Yardy and Ben Brown boosted the hosts, but four wickets apiece for Chris Rushworth and Callum Thorp ensured Sussex failed to build a lead as they matched Durham’s first-innings 231.
Magoffin then bowled Sussex into a strong position as his 4-14 off 10 overs helped reduce Durham to 80 for seven at the close, captain Paul Collingwood still at the crease with 29.
The wet weather ensured there was no play on day three at Trent Bridge, where Nottinghamshire were 178 for five against Surrey.
Kent were indebted to Geraint Jones' 69 not out as they posted an impressive first-innings total versus Glamorgan at Canterbury.
The home side started the day in fine shape on 310 for four, with Brendan Nash and Darren Stevens sitting pretty on 110 and 120 respectively.
However, Huw Waters quickly got rid of the two centurions, after which Jim Allenby and Dean Cosker claimed a wicket apiece.
But, with Kent seemingly struggling to get to 400, Jones produced a fine 64-ball innings, only for rain to signal an early end with the score on 456 for nine; James Harris claimed 5-118.
Leicestershire produced a fightback of sorts against Gloucestershire, but were still struggling at Cheltenham.
The hosts resumed on 40 for two in response to Leicestershire's 162, but still found themselves in trouble as Wayne White quickly got rid of Jonathan Batty, David Payne and Alex Gidman.
Hamish Marshall struck 37 and James Fuller 57, however, to take Gloucestershire to 229 and a first-innings lead of 67.
Yet Leicestershire looked set to do better second time around with the bat, reaching 142 for five - a lead of 75 - with Ramnaresh Sarwan unbeaten on 30.
The second day of Hampshire's clash with Essex was washed out, as was day three of Derbyshire against Yorkshire.