Kieswetter inspires super Somerset
Craig Kieswetter followed up Gemaal Hussain and Alfonso Thomas' fine work as Somerset pulled off an astonishing victory against LV= County Championship Division One leaders Warwickshire.
Warwickshire, 66 for three overnight, set the hosts a victory target of 271 after Hussain and Thomas, with 5-48 and 3-48 respectively, bowled them out for 124.
Somerset were quickly reduced to 15 for three, yet that merely heralded the arrival of Kieswetter.
Well supported by Nick Compton's 52, England's ODI wicketkeeper duly produced an astounding century; he struck 14 fours and seven sixes en route to 152.
His departure sparked real tension, with Keith Barker claiming quick wickets to complete brilliant figures of 6-40, yet Peter Trego held his nerve with 14 not out to seal a one-wicket success.
Durham were denied their first championship victory of the season after Steve Magoffin guided Sussex to a two-wicket triumph at Arundel.
The Australian seamer completed figures of 6-22 off 12.4 overs as the visitors could only add another 13 to their 80 for seven.
Chasing 94 to win, Sussex slumped to 73 for eight but Magoffin, with an unbeaten 23, and James Anyon saw their side home.
Chris Read fell two short of a deserved century, but second-placed Nottinghamshire collected some vital bonus points against Surrey at Trent Bridge.
After rain had washed out the second and third days, Nottinghamshire - resuming on 178 for five - were reliant on Read and Adam Voges' sixth-wicket stand of 145 to get them their first bonus batting point.
Notts eventually posted 325, claiming three bonus points before adding another two with the ball by virtue of reducing Surrey to 252 for six; Jason Roy struck a typically enterprising 83.
Surrey, meanwhile, secured five of their own.
In Division Two, Gloucestershire had to settle for a draw against Leicestershire in a tense finale at Cheltenham.
Ramnaresh Sarawn recorded his second half-century of the match in the morning, before falling seven shy of three figures as he top scored in Leicestershire’s 288.
The hosts needed 222 to triumph in 53 overs and they scented victory when Alex Gidman bludgeoned 62 off 55 deliveries.
However, Leicestershire struck four times in six overs to alter Gloucestershire’s mindset as they instead battled to 209 for eight, ensuring a share of the spoils.
Jim Allenby steadied the ship for Glamorgan on day three of their contest with Kent.
Rob Key’s side declared on their overnight total of 456 for nine and made early inroads into the visitors’ top order to leave them 83 for four.
But Allenby notched 86 and Stewart Walters 53 to frustrate Kent’s attack. Brendan Nash eventually snared Allenby although Mark Wallace remains unbeaten on 44.
Essex and Hampshire will be confident of recording a victory tomorrow after both sides batted twice on the third day at Chelmsford.
Hampshire added just 20 to their overnight score of 303 for six with Harbhajan Singh claiming his first wicket for Essex while Neil McKenzie eventually bowed out for 139.
The hosts then made a surprising decision to declare on 18 without loss which prompted Hampshire to do likewise after their unbeaten openers had raced to 54.
That meant Essex needed 360 to win and they ended the day on 102 for two with Jaik Mickleburgh and Tom Westley the wickets to fall.
A wet outfield at Chesterfield ensured Yorkshire and Derbyshire had to settle for a draw.