• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Roses rout at Headingley

    Yorkshire seal victory as Notts and Durham fight back to leave both matches finely poised going in to Day Four...


    Yorkshire didn't waste much time in wrapping up victory on Day Three of the Roses clash at Headingley. The White Rose completed a dominant 10-wicket win shortly after lunch to move them within two points of leaders Essex. Youngster Ben Coad continues to excel claiming match figures of 8/59.


    It seemed like we were heading for a draw at Hove as Worcestershire's openers guided the Pears to 215/0 in reply to Sussex's 579/8d. What happened next was a stunning collapse as Worcestershire lost all 10 wickets for just 97 runs, leading Sussex to enforce the follow-on and take control of the match.


    After missing Day Two due to a family emergency, Jonathan Trott arrived back at The Ageas Bowl to find Warwickshire reeling at 49/6. He walked to the crease this morning needing to bat long, and that is exactly what he did. The Warwickshire Wall scored a superb 101 from 213 balls to steer his side to 254 all out and give them hope of salvaging a draw.


    Nottinghamshire's batsmen fought back hard as they closed on 313/6 with a lead of 179. Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney led the resistance in the morning before the Derbyshire bowlers began to chip away at the Notts lineup. The afternoon session also saw as good a catch at short leg as you're likely to see, courtesy of Alex Hughes. The match is finely poised heading in to Day Four with all three results still possible.


    A maiden first-class hundred for Cameron Steel inspired a Durham fightback as they recovered from 98/4 to close the day on 380/7, a lead of 214. Paul Collingwood joined Steel and the pair put on 143 crucial runs in the afternoon session. One of the most bizarre moments of the day came when Collingwood was bowled and began to walk off before realising the bails had failed to dislodge, not out. Durham go in to day four needing nine wickets for victory as Northants require a further 161 runs. Game on!

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