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Worcestershire head towards vital win

County Championship Division One

Worcs Hants Tea
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Another fine bowling performance from Worcestershire in the afternoon session at New Road has put them in a winning position against fellow Division One strugglers Hampshire.

After Joe Leach took the visitors' final first-innings wicket shortly after lunch, Daryl Mitchell enforced the follow-on with his side holding an imposing lead of 295.

Michael Carberry and Sean Terry took Hants to 74-1, but a quick burst of three wickets in 10 balls has left them perilously placed at tea.

They still need 204 runs just to make Worcestershire bat again with six wickets in left.

Northants 215-8 v Gloucestershire

County Championship Division Two

Captain Alex Wakely's first century of the summer has saved Northants from total collapse on the opening day at Cheltenham.

Inspired bowling by Liam Norwell (5-41) saw them slip from 90-1 to 122-6 in the space of 12 overs.

Wakely, however, reached 104, with 16 boundaries, before he was caught off James Fuller from the last ball before tea.

Yorkshire 213 & 289-7 dec, Warwickshire 69 & 217-8

County Championship Division One

Reigning champions Yorkshire need two more wickets in the final session at Edgbaston to register their sixth win of the season and extend their lead at the top of the table.

Former England seam bowler Ryan Sidebottom took the first four to fall, giving him 10 in the match, but since then they have been shared between Jack Brooks, Steve Patterson and James Middlebrook.

Only youngster Sam Hain has resisted for long and was 78 not out at tea, having already batted for almost three and a half hours.

Somerset collapse against Sussex

County Championship Division One

Somerset v Sussex score
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BBC Radio Bristol's Anthony Gibson

at Taunton:

"At 69-0, with only another 48 overs to survive, Somerset looked odds-on for a comfortable draw.

"Five overs later and they're five wickets down, all to spinners Luke Wells and Ashar Zaidi, the rot having been started by Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick, who perished with a wild slog at his first ball from Wells.

"Somerset's remaining batsmen will need to show a good deal more resolve than their predecessors if they are to deny Sussex the five wickets that they need in the final session."

Lancashire 402-8 dec, Essex 24-1

County Championship Division Two

Steven Croft's 122 helped Lancashire achieve maximum batting points before he declared on the third afternoon at Old Trafford.

The Red Rose skipper hit 16 fours in his 270-minute innings, and shared a sixth-wicket stand of 144 with James Faulkner (68).

When Essex began their reply, Toby Lester marked his Championship debut by bowling Jaik Mickleburgh off the inside edge in his second over.

Glamorgan 410-9 dec, Derbyshire 252

County Championship Division Two

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb

at Chesterfield:

"Glamorgan enforced the follow-on after Derbyshire lost their last five wickets for 83 in the afternoon session.

"Shiv Thakor made 41 and Tom Taylor 30, but Derbyshire fell nine runs short of their target with Ruaidhri Smith's career-best 3-23 providing the best bowling figures for the visitors, who are in search of a county record fifth straight win."

Robson returns to form

County Championship Division One

Nottinghamshire v Middlesex
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BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand

at Trent Bridge:

"Bad light stopped play moments before the scheduled tea interval on the final day, with Middlesex leading by 94 runs.

"Sam Robson, who was dropped on eight, has made a welcome return to form, the first time the England hopeful has passed fifty this summer other than his 178 against Durham in Middlesex's third match of the season.

"Nottinghamshire needed early wickets if they were to force an unlikely victory on a flat pitch in a game that has already lost some time to the weather."

Northants 92-3 v Gloucestershire

County Championship Division Two

Gloucestershire started and finished the morning session well after opting to put Northants in at Cheltenham.

Craig Miles had Stephen Peters caught behind with his second delivery, but Ben Duckett and Alex Wakely then added 90 for the second wicket.

Duckett eventually fell for 53 to Liam Norwell, who also removed Rob Keogh in his next over, but Wakely was still there on 37 not out at lunch.

Can Sussex force win at Taunton?

County Championship Division One

Somerset v Sussex score
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BBC Radio Bristol's Anthony Gibson

at Taunton:

"A career-best 192 from Matt Machan and an unbeaten 140 from Chris Nash were all well and good, but the consensus at Taunton is that Sussex have already batted on too long to give themselves a realistic chance of forcing a win.

"Machan and Nash accumulated steadily against some lacklustre Somerset bowling, with Luke Wright providing the only real excitement of the morning when he hit Abdur Rehman for three sixes in an over, after the left-arm spinner had at last picked up a couple of wickets.

"With a lead of 402, only 70 overs or so remaining and still no declaration, caution is evidently Ed Joyce's captaincy watchword."

Glamorgan 410-9 dec, Derbyshire 169-5

County Championship Division Two

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb

at Chesterfield:

"Glamorgan put the Derbyshire batting under pressure in gloomy conditions, amid frequent stoppages for drizzle and poor light.

"Michael Hogan dismissed home skipper Wayne Madsen for 24 before former Derbyshire all-rounder Graham Wagg had Billy Godleman lbw for 53 and Wes Durston caught at slip for one.

"Alex Hughes and Shiv Thakor stopped the rot and survived until the lunch interval."

Ajmal tears through Hampshire

County Championship Division One

Worcestershire Hants Info
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Worcestershire spinner Saeed Ajmal ripped through Hampshire's middle and lower order with five wickets at New Road as the visitors were reduced to 171-9 at lunch - still trailing by 307 runs.

James Vince's half-century took Hampshire to 118-3, but once he was bowled by Joe Leach it triggered a collapse which saw five wickets fall for just 34.

It remains to be seen if Daryl Mitchell will enforce the follow-on once Hampshire are bowled out, but with a bit of rain around and in a must win game for the two sides at the bottom of Division One, it seems more than likely.

Lancashire 285-5 v Essex

County Championship Division Two

Rain has again refused to relinquish its grip on proceedings at Old Trafford with just 7.2 overs bowled on the third morning.

There was time, however, for Lancashire skipper Steven Croft to reach his second century of the season and he was 100 not out at lunch with James Faulkner unbeaten on 50.

Their sixth-wicket partnership is currently worth 114.

Sidebottom double rocks Warwickshire

County Championship Division One

Warwickshire v Yorkshire
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Ryan Sidebottom took two wickets in three balls to boost Yorkshire's chances of victory at Edgbaston before rain forced an early lunch.

The former England left-armer bowled Jonathan Trott (29) and had Laurie Evans lbw second ball, and currently has match figures of 9-57.

Ian Westwood (35) and Sam Hain (22) have shared an unbroken stand of 45, but Warwickshire are still 331 short of their target of 434.

Middlesex 374 & 14-0, Nottinghamshire 419-9 dec

County Championship Division One

BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Trent Bridge:

"An early lunch is being taken on the final day at Trent Bridge with Middlesex still trailing by 31 runs in their second innings.

"In the six overs of play that were possible during the morning, England Test hopeful Sam Robson, who is averaging only 29 this season, was dropped at second slip off Jake Ball.

"More rain is expected in the evening session and a draw is now the heavy favourite as only a wretched collapse by the visitors on a flat track could result in a victory for Nottinghamshire."

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Somerset v Sussex - day four - BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Somerset

Worcestershire v Hampshire - day three - BBC Hereford and Worcester

Derbyshire v Glamorgan - day three - BBC Radio Derby

Lancashire v Essex - day three - BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Lancashire

Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire - day one - BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Gloucestershire

County Championship Division Two

With just 70 overs having been bowled across the first two days at Old Trafford, Lancashire will continue on 257-5 in their first innings against Essex, while in Chesterfield Derbyshire are 122-2 in reply to Glamorgan's first-innings 410-9.

The match between Gloucestershire and Northants is due to get under way at Cheltenham at 11:00 BST.

County Championship Division One

Division One leaders Yorkshire will hope to press for victory over Warwickshire on the final day, with the Bears set to resume on 43-1, trailing by 391.

Sussex will also be aiming to force a result against Somerset, having closed day three on 311-2, thanks in part to Matt Machan's unbeaten 137, leading their visitors by 245.

A draw looks most likely between Middlesex and Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, with the away side 7-0 in their second innings, 38 runs behind, while Hampshire will resume on 86-3 on the third day, replying to Worcestershire's 478.