RESULT: Durham 380 (Collingwood 109*; Gregory 5/59) and 150/3 beat Somerset 299 (Myburgh 118; Collingwood 5/57) and 230 (Rushworth 6/92) by seven wickets, at Taunton
Chris Rushworth’s six-wicket haul led Durham to a rampant victory within three days as Somerset suffered defeat at Taunton.
Resuming the day on 54 for four, still 27 runs behind Durham’s first innings effort, Somerset began woefully with Alex Barrow falling in Rushworth’s first over of the day to give the fast bowler his fourth wicket after uncharacteristically going wicketless in the first innings.
The slide continued, until Peter Trego and Abdur Rehman led a slight recovery with a 99-run partnership for the ninth wicket as the hosts looked to up the lead to a challenging total.
Jamie Overton also contributed with the bat at 11, as Durham were set 150 to win, a target they met with few alarms as Scott Borthwick registered his second half-century of the match in a seven-wicket victory.
Man of the Match: Chris Rushworth
Stumps, Day Three: Hampshire 231 and 181/4 require another 197 runs to beat Sussex 444 and 164, at the Ageas Bowl
James Tomlinson’s four wickets have given Hampshire a chance of a victory that seemed close to impossible 24 hours ago after the hosts fought back on Day Three against Sussex at the Ageas Bowl.
Harbouring a lead of 213 runs from the first innings, Sussex declined the option of making Hampshire follow-on – a decision which looked skeptical once they were bowled out for 164. The situation could have been far worse for the Sharks at 71 for six, but Luke Wright made 61 from 87 balls, his second fifty in the match, to give Hampshire a target of 378 runs.
The chase started positively with Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry (79) making it to 76 unscathed, but two wickets in two overs from Ajmal Shahzad, plus one each from Tymal Mills and Michael Yardy, have left the hosts with 197 runs still to ascertain with six wickets in hand.
Stumps, Day Three: Gloucestershire 296 and 35/0 require another 419 runs to beat Northamptonshire 333 and 416/8d (Willey 104*), at Wantage Road
David Willey pummeled an unbeaten century, his first in first-class cricket, from just 83 balls as Northamptonshire set Gloucestershire an improbable target of 454 runs after the third day at Wantage Road.
Willey struck seven fours and six maximums in an excellent display of batting as the hosts recovered from 281 for seven to declare on 416/8. Willey was not alone in his efforts, however, with Rob Keogh (81) and Josh Cobb (58) hitting half-centuries, the latter making his first meaningful score since his move from Leicestershire, whilst Rory Kleinveldt joined in the aggressive scoring with 48 from 52 balls.
Gloucestershire made it to stumps unscathed on 35 for no wicket, and whilst the chase could be an option come the morning, securing a draw will be the first priority from Day Four at Northampton.
Stumps, Day Three: Glamorgan 513/9d and 47/3 lead Leicestershire 435 (Eckersley 147) by 125 runs, at Grace Road
Glamorgan secured a first-innings lead after Day Three at Grace Road, but three late wickets may perhaps give Leicestershire hope of avoiding defeat.
A draw seems the most likely outcome from this match, despite all three results being possible, due to the batting-friendly nature of the match and the warm overhead conditions in the Midlands.
Angus Robson fell early for the hosts, but Ned Eckersley became the third centurion of the match, making 147 before Craig Meschede, who also dismissed Robson, secured his second wicket of the morning.
That became three just two balls later as Tom Wells fell for a duck as Leicestershire’s middle/late order, Niall O’Brien (70 not out) aside, weren’t able to contribute enough to give Leicestershire a first innings lead.
Charlie Shreck took two late wickets as the visitors stumbled to 47/3 by the close, but with a lead of 125, Glamorgan still call the shots with one day remaining.