Hampshire 342 & 204 beat Gloucestershire 179 & 280 by 87 runs
Lancashire 361 drew with Warwickshire 315 & 184/6
Surrey 401 beat Northants 194 & 202 by an innings and five runs
Essex 403 & 167/0 draw with Yorkshire 465
ABBAS-INSPIRED HAMPSHIRE OVERCOME GLOUCESTERSHIRE IN SOUTHAMPTON
Hampshire pulled out an impressive display of bowling on Day Four of the fifth round of the LV= Insurance County Championship to beat Gloucestershire by 87 runs. With a target set of 368, Gloucestershire were comfortable in pursuit at 131/2 before slipping to 280 all out. Muhammad Abbas picked up 3/62 with James Fuller (2/33) and Liam Dawson (2/53) picking up two-a-piece to round off the win. Earlier in the match, Hampshire had won the toss and elected to bat, posting 342 thanks to top order runs from Felix Organ (107) and James Vince (78). In reply, Abbas took 6/45 to leave Gloucestershire with just 179 on the board - no batter scoring more than Ryan Higgins' 46. Second innings runs for Hampshire came from Aneurin Donald (89), leaving too much a target of 368 for Gloucestershire.
LANCASHIRE AND WARWICKSHIRE SHAKE HANDS IN MANCHESTER
Matt Parkinson continued his wicket-taking start to the LV= Insurance County Championship with six in the match as Lancashire drew with Warwickshire in Manchester. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, putting on 315 thanks to 142 from opener Dom Sibley and 47 from Chris Benjamin as spinner Parkinson took 3/60. For Lancashire, a huge opening stand of 166 from Luke Wells (80) and Keaton Jennings (110) helped the team on their way to 361, before Parkinson took another three to see Warwickshire steady their way to 184/6 on Day Four.
SURREY BEAT NORTHANTS INSIDE THREE DAYS
It was another emphatic victory for Surrey at The Kia Oval as they beat Northamptonshire within three days to remain top of the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One table. Rory Burns (107), Sam Curran (73) and Gus Atkinson (66*) helped Surrey to an imposing 401 runs in the first innings, before Colin de Grandhomme (4/39), Jordan Clark (3/55) and Dan Worrall (2/22) combined to bowl the visitors out for 194 - Luke Proctor (83*) the only batter to put up stiff resistance. Surrey asked Northants to follow on but they could only score 202 - handing Surrey a win by an innings and five runs.
ESSEX AND YORKSHIRE PILE ON THE RUNS IN CHELMSFORD
Essex and Yorkshire shook hands for a draw on Day Four of the LV= Insurance County Championship as Alastair Cook scored back-to-back centuries in the match. Losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Essex notched 403 with former England captain Cook (107) and Paul Walter (141) enjoying a 174-run stand. In reply, Yorkshire posted 465 thanks to a brilliant 123 from Harry Brook, supported by Dawid Malan with 87. The draw came as Essex went unphased in their second innings, with openers Browne (50*) and Cook (102*) happy to see out the final day of play.
BEN STOKES HITS THE HEADLINES FOR DURHAM
Durham's epic match against Worcestershire concluded in a draw at New Road, despite earlier heriocs from Ben Stokes. The England Test captain struck a masterful 161 off 88 balls to record Durham's fastest-ever First-Class century which included 17 sixes - the most in an English first-class innings, to propel Durham to 580/6 in the first innings. Remarkably, Stokes' display was followed up by Durham's second fastest First-Class century from Sean Dickson with 105 off 73.
Sean Dickson is in phenomenal form right now 👏— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) May 8, 2022
He's scored back to back centuries, with the second being the second fastest ever first-class century for Durham, behind Stokes 👀#LVCountyChamp pic.twitter.com/ITQk7YCzQk
GLAMORGAN COMFORTABLE IN CHASE AGAINST LEICESTERSHIRE
Glamorgan eased to a six-wicket win over Leicestershire on Day Four of the LV= Insurance County Championship to pick up their second victory of the season. Winning the toss and opting to bowl first in Cardiff, the hosts bowled Leicestershire out for 320. Marnus Labuschagne, the world's number one Test batter, was the pick of the bowlers with 3/65. In reply, Glamorgan's middle order boasted scores of 84, 91 and 52 from Northeast, Carlson and Cooke to post 437 before Neser (3/60) and Hogan (3/33) starred with the ball to bowl Leicestershire out for 266 in their second innings. Sam Northeast and Chris Cooke took their team to victory as they chased down a target of 150 to win the match, despite an inspired fightback from Leicestershire's Callum Parkinson (3/38).
MIDDLESEX CLAIM LATE WIN AGAINST SUSSEX
Middlesex took their fight against Sussex deep into Day Four to chase down 370 - their highest First-Class chase against Sussex - in one day. The match was set up with Sussex winning the toss and opting to bat first to post 392 thanks to runs from Orr, painfully dismissed on 99, and Alsop with 113. In reply, Middlesex came close to score 358 with Hollman notching 82 and Simpson hitting 71. Second innings runs from Pujara (170), hitting his fourth consecutive century for Sussex, helped set up the chase as the hosts declared on 335/4. In pursuit of 370, Middlesex suffered an early blow as Stoneman fell for one in the second over, but class and composure from Sam Robson (149) and Peter Handscomb (79) set up the chase beautifully before Max Holden (80*) and Martin Andersson (44*) took the team home in the 74th over.