County Championship: Surrey close in on win over Essex as Lancashire battle Northamptonshire | Cricket News

Sussex finished day three in control against Essex; Lancashire fought back in Northamptonshire while Somerset were in a strong position against Yorkshire

Last update: 21/07/22 22:28

Ryan Patel finished the day on 22no for leaders Surrey.

Division 1 leaders Surrey were closing in on victory after day three of their LV=Insurance County Championship clash with Essex.

The hosts closed on 85 for two in their second run at The Oval, needing another 76 to win.

Captain Rory Burns fell for 40 but Ryan Patel didn’t have 22.

Essex had already been knocked out for 208 in their second set with Dan Worrall finishing with five for 66 to record career-best match numbers of 11 for 122.

Second-placed Hampshire were in a dominant position after forcing Gloucestershire to follow at Cheltenham.

Gloucestershire were fired again after being knocked out for 201 in response to the visitors’ 457 despite an unbeaten 58 from captain Graeme Van Buuren and 59 from Ollie Price. Liam Dawson took four for 44.

They then closed on 191 for four in their second set, still trailing 65, but at least with Miles Hammond providing resistance on an undefeated 109.

Josh Bohannan was hoping to lead third-placed Lancashire to victory after the Red Rose battled Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

Lancashire, who conceded a 103 first-innings deficit, knocked out the home side for a second 174 with Will Williams taking five for 41 and Tom Bailey four for 65.

That left them chasing a target of 278 and they were 192 for five at the end with Bohannan 92no.

Somerset were in a strong position against Yorkshire at Taunton as they closed on 225 for six in their second innings, leading by 373. George Bartlett had 88 after Tom Lammonby weighed in at 46.

Yorkshire had previously lost their last four wickets for just nine runs as they were knocked out for 276 in response to Somerset’s opening 424 innings. Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit 100 of 201 balls but Jonathan Tattersall (43) was the only player to offer significant support. .

Warwickshire need a further 297 runs to beat Kent at Edgbaston with eight wickets remaining.

Kent set himself a target of 325 after declaring himself on 384 for nine in his second run. Joe Denly hit 141 of 269 deliveries and Jordan Cox added 79.

Warwickshire were 28 for two at the close.

Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire will need to take 10 wickets on Friday to beat Derbyshire by an innings in Derby.

Derbyshire conceded a huge 300 first-leg deficit as they were knocked out for 318 despite a challenging 109 from Brooke Guest, who put in 140 for the third wicket with Wayne Madsen (74).

The hosts were 79 unbeaten in their second run at the stumps.

Second-placed Middlesex performed well in their battle to save the game against Sussex at Lord’s thanks to a century of John Simpson.

Responding to the visitors’ gigantic first innings 523, Middlesex were knocked out for 485 after 109 from wicketkeeper Simpson. Toby Roland-Jones added 85 after Sam Robson earlier hit 62 and Pieter Malan 64.

Bradley Currie took six for 93 Sussex, who are yet to start their second innings.

Leicestershire were firmly in control of Glamorgan after day two at Grace Road.

Wiaan Mulder (156) added just nine to his tally overnight and Harry Swindells (52) didn’t increase his tally, but Ben Mike (91) and Roman Walker (64) added 115 together to help Leicestershire at 584 in their first innings.

Glamorgan were 111 for two in response with Colin Ingram and Sam Northeast both unbeaten on 46 and 50 respectively.

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