County Championship: Hampshire rout Somerset with rounds won in three days | Cricket News

Mohammad Abbas captured four wickets and James Fuller three as Hampshire rolled Somerset for 35 at the Ageas Bowl to claim an innings victory in three days in the first round of County Championship matches

Last update: 22/04/09 21:47

Hampshire celebrate a wicket for Liam Dawson (left) en route to their innings win over Somerset

Hampshire cruised to victory in their opening game of the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One as they beat Somerset by one run and 113 runs in three days.

Somerset trailed by 223 after resuming on 25 unbeaten and were beaten for 135 in their second leg at the Ageas Bowl as the home side claimed 23 runs.

Hants vs Somerset scoreboard

Hampshire, whose tally of 428 first innings had given them a sizable lead, tore Somerset’s batting lineup through Mohammad Abbas (four for 22) and James Fuller (three for 23).

Ben Compton landed his first first-class century in England as Kent closed on EssexThe total of Mammoth’s first innings in the clash.

Essex vs Kent scoreboard

Compton, the South African-born grandson of former England great Denis Compton, scored a patient 129 at Chelmsford as Kent finished day three on 405 for five – 109 points behind the hosts 514.

Jordan Cox weighed in with the game’s fifth century as he reached the end unbeaten on 100 and, once Kent had revised the follow-up target with just four wickets, a draw became inevitable with a day to go.

Matt Lamb’s First Class Second Century Supported Warwickshirethe response against Surrey as the first round clash between the two title contenders heads to a draw in Edgbaston.

Warwicks vs Surrey scoreboard

Defending champions Warwickshire closed on 293 for seven in response to Surrey’s 428 for eight.

At 41 for four early on the third morning, Warwickshire were in deep trouble but Lamb (106) and Sam Hain (78) added 157 to block the visitors’ charge.

Ryan Higgins hit an undefeated 134 to relaunch Gloucestershirehopes to pick up a first-round victory against Northamptonshire.

Northants vs. Gloucs scoreboard

Higgins came to the crease with his team languishing on 21 for four and still 44 behind, but he teamed up with Chris Dent (54) and then Tom Lace (73) as his team reached the end with an unlikely 261 lead and four wickets in hand.

Division Two

The sleeves of a Steven Mullaney captain helped Nottinghamshire turn their match against sussex on his head on the third day at Hove.

Sussex vs Notts scoreboard

Mullaney, who had come to the wicket with Nottinghamshire on 52 for four in response to Sussex’s 375, scored a career-best 192 – including a stand 144 with Joey Evison, whose unbeaten 109 was his first top-class hundred.

The visitors declared 534-for-nine, a 159 lead after adding 320 on the day, and had time to give their tired opposition 15 overs, which were 29-for-one at the close.

At Lord’s, Tom Helm’s two wickets in successive balls sparked a derbyshire collapse to strengthen middlesexhopes for a victory on the third day.

Middx vs Derbys Scoreboard

The visitors were 304 for six by mid-afternoon chasing Middlesex’s first leg total of 401 and Helm trapped Anuj Dal lbw for 52 before Sam Conners was sent on his way for a next ball from golden duck.

When fellow dressmaker Toby Roland-Jones then took two wickets from three on the next course, including Alex Thomson for 45, Middlesex had taken four for none from nine deliveries, leaving Derbyshire on 304 all.

Middlesex closed 201 for three in their second run as Max Holden hit a quick 68 not knocked out, sharing an unbroken fourth wicket of 141 with Robbie White (79 not knocked out) to leave the hosts 298 points clear with a day to do.

Fly-half Ed Pollock smashed a first-class first century to put Worcestershire in full control of their match against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Leics vs Worcs scoreboard

Pollock ran in triple figures on 113 deliveries as the visitors closed on 234 for five, a 369 lead.

Alex Lees scored an unbeaten 163 and was well supported by David Bedingham (74 not out) and Scott Borthwick (64) as Durham established a 114 first-inning lead on Day 3 of their game against Glamorgan in Cardiff.

Glamorgan vs Durham scoreboard

The visitors closed on 348-3, meeting Glamorgan’s total of 234.

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