Durham close on four wins in a row

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Phil Hughes continued his fine season with a century, yet Durham looked set to emerge victorious against Worcestershire in Division One of the LV= County Championship.

The hosts added 19 to yesterday’s 215 for nine to take a first-innings lead of 114, but Hughes then took centre stage in striking an outstanding 149-ball 104.

It seemed at that stage Worcestershire would leave Durham - chasing a fourth successive victory - with a tricky chase, only for Callum Thorp and Scott Borthwick to claim 5-59 and 3-76 respectively.

The visitors were eventually dismissed for 264 at the Emirates Durham ICG, with the hosts - pursuing 151 - subsequently reaching three for one following the departure of Will Smith.

Leaders Warwickshire’s clash with Middlesex was intriguingly poised despite Ian Westwood’s century at Edgbaston.

Resuming on 21 without loss in response to 287, the hosts initially made an impressive start as the first wicket fell on 175, Varun Chopra departing for 56.

That heralded a change in fortunes as, led by Toby Roland-Jones, Middlesex reduced Warwickshire, for whom Westwood struck 120 and Jim Troughton 50, to 293 for eight before rain brought a slightly early end to proceedings.

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Marcus Trescothick hit his 50th first-class hundred, but Monty Panesar’s seven wickets meant Somerset’s match against Sussex was in the balance.

Opening batsman Trescothick, who made 14 tons in his 76 Tests, moved from 89 of 175 for three overnight to 123 before being caught behind off Chris Nash.

By then Jos Buttler and Alex Barrow had fallen to Panesar, who added Peter Trego, Sajid Mahmood and Steve Kirby to dismiss Somerset for 247.

Sussex’s batsman failed to follow up their spinner’s good work, however, as they closed on 161 for six - 86 behind.

Dan Redfern struck a half-century, yet Division Two leaders Derbyshire stuttered in response to Northamptonshire’s 400 at Wantage Road.

James Middlebrook tagged on 21 to his overnight 50 and David Willey was unbeaten on a 62-ball 60 while three Tony Palladino wickets today earned him figures of 5-82 in Northants' innings.

In reply, Derbyshire dodged the showers to reach 163 for five, 237 runs behind, with Redfern falling for 70 just before the close.

Matthew Hoggard impressed as bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire dealt a severe blow to Hampshire’s promotion hopes.

The hosts topped up yesterday’s 334 for eight to 356 with Shiv Thakor ending on 85 not out and James Tomlinson taking both remaining wickets en route to 5-69.

Hoggard then starred with the new ball by removing openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams en route to 4-27, while Alex Wyatt and Wayne White chipped in with three wickets apiece as Hampshire were dismissed for just 181.

Leicestershire subsequently reached 68 for two, 243 runs ahead, with Ramanaresh Sarwan looking imperious on 29.

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