Clarke to the fore against former club

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Rikki Clarke returned figures of 4-46 to help LV= County Championship leaders Warwickshire enforce the follow-on against Surrey on day three at Edgbaston.

After Chris Woakes picked up two early wickets en route to 3-49, Clarke removed Steven Davies, Rory Burns - Surrey’s top scorer with 75 - and Chris Jordan in quick succession as the visitors slumped to 167 for seven either side of two interruptions for rain, having been 109 for one overnight.

Lower-order resistance from Gareth Batty, Jon Lewis and Stuart Meaker, who also fell to Clarke, lifted Surrey to 286 all out, yet they still conceded a first-innings deficit of 285.

Warwickshire duly invited their opponents to bat again, but were unable to make another breakthrough in the 18 overs that remained.

Surrey closed on 38 without loss, trailing by 247, with openers Burns and Zafar Ansari unbeaten on 12 and 19.

At Trent Bridge, second-placed Nottinghamshire were held up by the inclement weather and an unbroken century partnership between Chris Nash and Ed Joyce as they looked to claim victory over Sussex.

James Taylor - today named in England’s squad for the second Investec Test against South Africa - took his score on to 163 not out before Notts declared 349 ahead on 520 for four.

Rikki Clarke

Rikki Clarke picked up four wickets to help LV= County Championship leaders Warwickshire secure a first-innings lead of 285 against Surrey

Openers Nash and Joyce both passed 50 for Sussex prior to a rain delay, however, and ended the day having contributed 79 and 63 to a total of 146 without loss, which left their side 203 in arrears.

Durham finally recorded their first four-day victory of the season by triumphing in a low-scoring encounter with Middlesex at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Middlesex resumed on 58 for five, requiring a further 60 to win a game in which only one batsman - visiting captain Chris Rogers - passed 50. They could only muster 102 all out and were therefore beaten by 15 runs.

Graham Onions removed John Simpson and Toby Roland-Jones, who struck 34, to take Division One’s bottom club closer to a long-awaited success, while Chris Rushworth accounted for Gareth Berg.

All-rounder Ben Stokes then finished the job, bowling Ollie Rayner before having Tim Murtagh caught behind.

Adam Lyth carried his bat to record 248 not out as Yorkshire positioned themselves well heading into the final day of the Division Two clash against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The 24-year-old opener surpassed his previous career-best of 142 by the close yesterday evening and found willing allies in Azeem Rafiq and Steven Patterson today as the White Rose posted 486. Claude Henderson cleaned up the tail to finish as the pick of Leicestershire’s attack with 4-126.

After beginning their second innings 166 runs in arrears, the hosts reached 57 for two at the close as Anthony McGrath trapped Greg Smith lbw for 26 and Michael Thornley was bowled by Steve Harmison.

Showers ensured only 33.4 overs were possible at the Ageas Bowl, which prevented Kent from further pressing home their advantage over promotion rivals Hampshire.

An evening collapse last night undermined the huge stand from centurions Rob Key and Sam Northeast at the top of the innings that placed Kent in command.

Yet there were no such problems today as Darren Stevens and Geraint Jones made 40 and 36 respectively after Key’s men had resumed one behind on 291 for five.

England spinner James Tredwell added 21 not out to see Kent to the close on 438 for eight - a first-innings lead of 146.

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