Durham leave Worcestershire in their wake
Durham look to have secured their Division One status for next year with their fourth straight LV= County Championship win.
The Emirates Durham ICG hosts chased 151 to beat Worcestershire, who remain bottom of the table but moved level on points with Lancashire, with six wickets and more than four sessions to spare.
Durham resumed on three for one, having lost Will Smith to Chris Russell yesterday, and three Alan Richardson wickets briefly put the result in doubt. The veteran seamer bowled Keaton Jennings before trapping Ben Stokes and Mark Stoneman in front - the latter for 22.
However, Dale Benkenstein and captain Paul Collingwood combined for an unbroken 119-run stand, reaching 62 and 53 respectively.
Centuries from skipper Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan, the latter’s unbeaten, saw Middlesex fight back strongly versus leaders Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
After Chris Wright quickly removed Sam Robson and Joe Denly, Rogers and Malan put on 203 until the former fell for 109 to Boyd Rankin - who then cheaply snared Neil Dexter and Adam Rossington.
Malan and Gareth Berg had shared an alliance of 99 when bad light ended proceedings with the visitors 351 for five - 305 ahead. Malan was on 138 and Berg 53.
This morning Keith Barker and Wright added 22 and 12 respectively to their overnight scores of one before falling to Tim Murtagh as the hosts took a first-innings advantage of 46.
Monty Panesar’s 13 wickets set second-placed Sussex 164 to beat Somerset at Taunton, and they were well placed to do so at 31 without loss by stumps.
Panesar, who returned 7-60 in the first innings, claimed 6-77 to reduce the hosts from 84 for no wicket to 195 all out. Marcus Trescothick was his opening victim, for 38, and Trescothick’s top-order partner Arul Suppiah provided the only other meaningful resistance with 59.
Ben Brown earlier advanced his overnight 20 to 52 before becoming the first of three wickets today for Abdur Rehman, who took 5-70, while Amjad Khan ended unbeaten on 57.
Division Two leaders Derbyshire gained an unlikely first-innings lead over Northamptonshire thanks to a stunning unbroken ninth-wicket partnership of 259 between captain Wayne Madsen and Tom Poynton at Wantage Road.
Once the visitors resumed on 163 for five in reply to Northants’ 400, David Willey had Ross Whiteley caught behind for nought, James Middlebrook trapped David Wainwright lbw and Lee Daggett removed Jonathan Clare in the same fashion as Whiteley for 28.
However, Madsen and Poynton turned the innings on its head en route to 223 and 105 respectively of 512 for eight.
Bottom side Leicestershire were on course for their second championship win of the season in what would be an unexpected result against second-placed Hampshire at Grace Road.
Having gained a first-innings lead of 175, the hosts extended yesterday’s 68 for two to 265 for eight declared thanks to fourties from earlier half-centurions Ramnaresh Sarwan, Josh Cobb and Shiv Thakor while Sean Ervine took 3-37.
Matthew Hoggard then accounted for openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams as the visitors slipped to 77 for four at the close, needing an improbable 364 further runs for victory.