County cricket: Surrey v Somerset, Lancs v Gloucs and more – live! | Sport

With just seven overs left, Hasan Ali sheared James Bracey’s middle stump diagonally in two with a blazing yorker, reminiscent of the days of Wasim Akram. It left Gloucestershire going into the final day without their top three, and topped a day of playing second fiddle to Lancashire.

Jimmy Anderson had made the first breakthrough, taking his first wicket of the season, dismissing the dangerous Marcus Harris who went up on his toes but couldn’t avoid a ripper, which he edged behind. Chris Dent then tried to cut Saqib Mahmood and was caught by a swooping Phil Salt.

Gloucestershire had spent most of the day chasing leather as Josh Bohannon whipped the lid off his marker pen and scribbled available on the England team-sheet for the Test series against New Zealand. He galloped past his previous highest score and on past 200, finally out for 231, edging a sweep, gathered gratefully by Bracey. He marched off to a standing ovation, from the crowd, from Gloucestershire, from his teammates, swishing his bat ruefully.

Essex‘s Dan Lawrence, batting at No 7 and with a runner, thumbed his nose at Warwickshire. His brave 44 and a boisterous 60 not out from Simon Harmer at least averted an innings defeat.

At The Oval, a scintillating match that has swung with the wind was halted after Ben Foakes clashed heads with first slip Jamie Overton, while taking a brilliant diving catch. Ollie Pope stood in for him and caught Peter Siddle off the final ball of the day; Surrey taking seven for 73 after tea. There were fifties for Somerset‘s Toms Banton and Abell, and earlier Craig Overton bowling to brother Jamie.

At Northampton, baby-faced George Hill flew to a glorious unbeaten 151 in just his 11th first-class game to put Yorkshire in a dominant position against Northamptonshire. He was helped by more measured runs from Dawid Malan (75) and tempestuous hitting from Harry Brook (77).

Hampshire luxuriated in 652-6 declared, with centuries from Ben Brown and Liam Dawson in a record partnership of 273 for the fifth wicket. Kent then lost early wickets, including Zak Crawley for 29. Their one hope? That the immovable Ben Compton was still there at stumps.

A revitalized Middlesex duly prevailed, an innings win over Glamorgan inked in by midday. Toby Roland-Jones ruined any stonewalling dreams with two wickets in his first eight balls.

Two other Division Two matches ended in innings wins. Nottinghamshire picked apart Durham in a manner befitting their status as promotion candidates. A maiden unbeaten double century for Ben Slater and a frustrating bit of a throwing bat by James Pattinson took Notts to a first-innings lead of 258, Matthew Potts took six for 107. Durham then deflated like a balloon.

Sussex lost 15 wickets in the day, and not even a first-innings century from Cheteshwar Pujara could prevent them from following on and then collapsing again. Joe Leach took two wickets in successive balls for the second time in the match and Brett D’Oliveira grabbed the last two wickets. It was Worcestershire‘s first win of the season.

In the remaining game, Leicestershire are holding on – just. Mattie McKiernan, who spent 12 years at Lancashire without making a senior appearance, made his maiden first-class century, before Derbyshire lost six for 27, with Ed Barnes grabbing his first five-fer. Still, with 531 on the board, life is easy, and Leicestershire finished six down, still 172 behind.


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