Somerset Abell to clinch win
Somerset once again came from behind to beat Middlesex, a fine 86-run seventh-wicket partnership between Steve Davies (44*) and debutant Lewis Goldsworthy (41*) navigating them to victory. It looked, at one point, as if Middlesex might fight back to take the points early on the fourth morning, Tim Murtagh picking up the wickets of Tom Abell (49) and George Bartlett (12), to leave the hosts 123/6. Yet Davies and Goldsworthy knuckled down and ensured the Cidermen would be celebrating.
Glos on that
Gloucestershire love a mad dash fourth innings chase this season, completing their second of the summer, this time at home to Leicestershire. Needing 348 in a little shy of 80 overs, their prospects didn't look good when they were reduced to 52/3. But up stepped Tom Lace (97) and Ian Cockbain (117) to wallop their way to to the win.
White rose flourishes
A thrilling finish at Emerald Headingley ended in a one-run victory for Yorkshire, as they overcame a dogged Northamptonshire. Wayne Parnell led the visitor's tail, having already picked up 10 wickets in the match, with a steadfast 33. But one shot away from taking the points Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson got Parnell to nick behind and secure a excellent win.
We Keaton good tonight
Lancashire maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a third win thanks to an unbeaten 91 from opener Keaton Jennings, who saw them home shortly after lunch, to extend their lead at the top of Group Three. Much of the win, though, was built on a brilliant team effort with the ball to dismantle Sussex for just 154 in their second innings, all five bowlers picking up wickets.
Nottinghamshire end three-year wait for a County Championship win
England international Stuart Broad finished with match figures of 6-70 as he inspired Nottinghamshire to their first win since 2018 - 1,043 days to be precise. And they did it against local rivals Derbyshire, too, in convincing style! They won by 310 runs, after toppling Derbyshire for 105 and 159. Liam Patterson-White took the final wicket, and jubilant celebrations followed.
Craig Overton continues to impress
Yet another five-wicket haul for Craig Overton means he leads the wicket taking standings in the County Championship, with 25. His 5-34 helped reduced Middlesex to 117, to give his side a fighting chance of what had seemed an unlikely recovery going into Day 4. Notably three of his wickets were LBWs, and the other was a caught and bowled - talk about doing it all yourself!
Career-best figures for Kemar Roach
It was a masterclass at The Oval from Kemar Roach, Surrey's experienced head. His 8-40, including his first five-wicket haul for the club on his way to career-best figures, was immensely impressive considering the obvious talents of Hampshire's batting line-up. Indeed, he was responsible for three of the top four, with the help of some excellent Rikki Clarke catching, before cleaning up the tail.
Hogan outdoes birthday boy Stevens
Darren Stevens had been enjoying a pretty great 45th - yes, forty-fifth - birthday. He followed up the dismissal of Test world number three Marnus Labuschagne on the opening day by taking his 30th Kent five-for. But Michael Hogan stole back the limelight, an incredible spell of 5-28 seeing Kent all out for 74, and Glamorgan cantering to a ten wicket victory.
Runs, runs, runs
When Hampshire were all out for 92, you'd have been forgiven for thinking the Kia Oval pitch was a minefield. Step forward Hashim Amla and Ollie Pope to turn on the style. Amla's last century on the ground ended as a 311* in 2012, and he reached 215* by stumps, while Pope hit his second straight home hundred, out for 131 after his magnificent 245 against Leicestershire two weeks ago.
Tricky to bat at Emirates Riverside? Not for Alex Lees and Will Young, who added an opening stand worth 208 against Warwickshire. It's Durham's highest-ever first wicket partnership, breaking that of Graeme Fowler and Wayne Larkins in 1993. Both batsmen reached their hundreds, Young with his first in Durham colours and Lees his fifth for the county.
Jordan Clark will be on cloud nine after his momentous effort with the ball, taking 6 for 21, as Surrey dismissed the unbeaten Hampshire for just 92 runs. Rory Burns and Hashim Amla then made quick worth of piling on the runs, with both reaching their half-centuries by the end of day 1.
Raine on Warwickshire
A week after completing a stunning final-day win over Essex, Warwickshire were up against it at Emirates Riverside, as Durham rushed through the batting line-up, having them 30/8 at one stage, before a late partnership helped them reach 87. Ben Raine took an outrageous 5/9 from his 13 overs, backed up by the rapid pace of Mark Wood (3/28) and Brydon Carse's probing lines (2/15).
Keep on Cooking
Another summer, another century for Sir Alastair Cook. He's up to 68 first-class hundreds now, and shows no signs of slowing down. It was a vintage batting display from the England veteran, mixing late cuts with perfectly-timed drives to the boundary.
£100 for a hundred
As part of the Captain Tom charity challenge, the ECB are donating £100 to the ACE Programme for every century scored in the County Championship and recreational game this weekend. So far that's £300 and counting after tons from Ben Slater, Sir Alastair Cook and Sam Evans.
💯 up for @BennySlats and the first £100 to the @AceProgramme— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) April 29, 2021
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