Warwickshire return to summit with draw

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Warwickshire moved eight points clear at the top of LV= County Championship Division One after their game with Middlesex ended in a predictable draw at Uxbridge.

Jim Troughton's men, last year's runners-up, sat second behind Nottinghamshire heading into this round of fixtures, having lost a game more than the Trent Bridge club.

However, they are now back in the driving seat with five games remaining, including home and away encounters against Notts in the final three weeks of the season.

Today's morning session was washed out and Middlesex subsequently progressed from 104 for three to 181 for six declared, thanks largely to Neil Dexter's unbeaten 84.

Faced with a target of 260 in 40 overs, Warwickshire closed on 78 for one, with Will Porterfield the only wicket to fall.

A thrilling finish appeared to be in prospect in the match between Lancashire and Somerset at Aigburth, only for rain to intervene.

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Tony Palladino returned career-best figures of 7-53 as Derbyshire enhanced their promotion hopes with a sensational fightback against Kent

Chasing 279 for a victory that would have taken them third in Division One, the visitors ended the morning session on 93 for three but were prevented from making further progress as a thunderstorm left the outfield saturated.

The result harms Somerset's title hopes, while defending champions Lancashire will continue to look anxiously over their shoulders, having played more games than their rivals at the foot of the table.

Division Two leaders Derbyshire were on course to land a significant blow in their push for promotion after turning their match with Kent on its head at Derby.

Seamer Tony Palladino finished with career-best figures of 7-53 as Kent, 93 for three overnight, subsided to 161 all out; visiting captain Rob Key was the only batsman to offer any resistance with a valiant 81.

Set 295 to win, Derbyshire ended day three on 168 for two, with Usman Khawaja and Wes Durston unbeaten on 43 and 37 respectively.

Robert Croft finished with eight wickets in the match on his home ground as Glamorgan claimed only their second four-day win of the summer in dramatic circumstances at St Helen's, Swansea.

Gloucestershire were defeated by 26 runs, having failed to hunt down 248 on the final day despite Jack Taylor's 45-ball 63 from number eight.

Ian Cockbain also chipped in with 55 for Gloucestershire, yet it was 42-year-old spinner Croft who emerged as the match-winner as he followed first-innings figures of 4-51 by dismissing the final four batsman in the space of 23 balls.

Victory for Glamorgan represented a reward for their adventurous declaration on 204 for seven, which left their opponents with a minimum of 81 overs in which to reach their target.

Inclement weather forced a draw at Wantage Road and prevented Northamptonshire from exerting further pressure on second-placed Yorkshire.

The White Rose slipped to 74 for three in their second innings and were still 29 runs behind when the teams were taken from the field shortly after lunch.

Unsurprisingly, there was also a stalemate at Chelmsford.

Only 5.5 overs were bowled on day four, with Leicestershire posting 359 all out in reply to Essex's 434 for three declared.

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