Prince ton leaves Somerset stiff chase

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While South Africa’s batsmen again prospered in the Investec series with England, one of their countrymen shone in the LV= County Championship to boost Division One strugglers Lancashire against Somerset at Aigburth.

Ashwell Prince, who was dropped from the Proteas’ Test side at the start of this year, struck 129 to rescue the Red Rose from the depths of 50 for six and set the visitors 279 for victory. They were 22 for one at stumps on day three after Glen Chapple again cheaply removed Arul Suppiah.

Having dismissed their opponents for 149 for a first-innings lead of 36, Lancashire today began their second knock terribly. They slumped to seven for three and were in further trouble when Alfonso Thomas, who dropped Prince on six, picked up two wickets and affected a run-out.

However, Kyle Hogg contributed 38 to a 98-run stand with Prince, who went on to three figures in adding 94 with the tail before being last out to Peter Trego.

Title-chasers Warwickshire conceded a 78-run first-innings lead at Uxbridge, but limited Middlesex to 104 for three by the close.

The second-placed side, level on points with leaders Nottinghamshire at the start of this game in hand, were well set overnight on 178 for two in reply to 402 all out.

Captain Jim Troughton could not add to his 60 yesterday, yet opening batsman Ian Westwood moved from 89 to 111 before becoming Tim Murtagh’s third victim. Murtagh added Tim Ambrose for 40 en route to 4-77.

The home openers and Dawid Malan made starts but could not go on. However, Neil Dexter was unbeaten on 45 alongside Eoin Morgan.

Sussex thrashed struggling Worcestershire by an innings and 117 runs at the PROBIZ County Ground to go ahead of Somerset into third.

Responding to the visitors’ paltry 162, tailenders Steve Magoffin, James Anyon and Amjad Khan helped top up an overnight 325 for seven.

Ashwell Prince

Ashwell Prince's 129 aided a recovery from 50 for six to 242 all out, setting Somerset - who were 22 for one at stumps, 279 for victory

Magoffin added 12 to his 29 yesterday before being Alan Richardson’s fifth wicket but Anyon, four overnight, made 56 not out and Amjad was unbeaten on 27 when Ed Joyce declared at 420 for eight.

Monty Panesar then strangled Worcestershire, who were dismissed for 141. Opener Daryl Mitchell was the spinner's third victim, for 48, en route to figures of 23-13-23-4.

Charlie Shreck's 5-41 put Kent in charge against Division Two leaders Derbyshire on day two at the County Ground.

The visitors added 27 to their overnight 238 for eight, Matt Coles falling for 57 and Mark Davies for 29.

Shreck then ripped through the top order to reduce the hosts to 44 for three - and wickets continued to fall on a regular basis. Shreck claimed his first five-wicket haul of the season when he removed Tony Palladino for 10, and Derbyshire were dismissed for 132.

They fought back in the final session as Palladino claimed two victims, but Kent remain in command, 226 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand.

Stephen Peters’ century helped Northamptonshire secure a first-innings lead of 103 on the third day against second-placed Yorkshire at Wantage Road.

Peters extended his overnight 74 to 107 and David Willey smashed a career-best 76 as Northants posted 352, with Adil Rashid returning 5-105. The White Rose batted out the final five overs of the day without loss.

Bottom side Glamorgan remained in control versus Gloucestershire thanks to a half-century from Stewart Walters at Swansea.

Gloucestershire started the day well with Hamish Marshall, who was batting at number nine due to illness, hitting 31 as part of a 42-run partnership with Jack Taylor. The visitors, who had been 83 for seven, managed to reach 165 as Robert Croft returned 4-51.

Glamorgan built on their 43-run lead by reaching 167 for five; Walters struck 56 and Marcus North chipped in with 42.

Michael Thornely's second first-class century sparked a Leicestershire fightback against Essex at Chelmsford.

Starting the day 32 for two in reply to 434 for three declared, the visitors lost Ramnaresh Sarwan on 63 but a 178-run partnership between Thornely and Matthew Boyce moved their side past 200 before the latter fell for 77.

Thornely soon followed for 115, which included eight fours and four sixes, as Leicestershire closed the day on 336 for nine, thanks also to an unbeaten 53 from Shiv Thakor. David Masters had 6-47 against his former club.

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