Keedy spins Surrey towards defeat
Frizzell County Championship Division One
Surrey 337 and 137 for 8 v Lancashire 341 at Old Trafford (Day 3 of 4)
Four wickets in 12 balls from Gary Keedy pulled the rug from under Surrey's second innings and put Lancashire on course for a victory which would keep their title hopes alive. Although 62 overs were lost to bad light and rain, there was no shortage of drama. Peter Martin made the early inroads, dismissing Jon Batty and Ian Ward, and then Glen Chapple trapped Rikki Clarke leg-before. Lancashire thought they had Surrey 26 for 4 when Ali Brown was given out caught behind by umpire Barrie Leadbeater. Brown stood his ground, indicating the ball had hit his helmet rather than his bat and Leadbeater changed his mind. Brown went on to top-score with 61, adding 70 for the fourth wicket with Graham Thorpe, before Keedy struck.
Warwickshire 290 and 198 v Middlesex 286 and 115 for 2 at Edgbaston (Day 3 of 4)
Middlesex were within sight of a win which would almost guarantee their first division status when bad light ended play shortly after tea. Warwickshire resumed on 113 for 6, and Jim Troughton and Keith Piper took their stand to 81 before they were dismissed in consecutive overs, and the last four wickets fell for 18 runs. Bloomfield's 4 for 57 was his best in the Championship for two years, and Chad Keegan ended with match figures of 7 for 143. Set 202 to win, Middlesex soon lost Robin Weston, but after weathering a difficult opening period Ben Hutton and Andrew Strauss took control. Strauss reached his tenth fifty of the season before he fell leg-before attempting to sweep Mark Wagh.
Nottinghamshire 290 v Leicestershire 376 for 4 at Trent Bridge (Day 3 of 4)
No play Thursday due to rain.
Frizzell County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan 466 and 336 for 6 dec drew with Yorkshire 422 and 193 for 7 at Colwyn Bay
A determined 127 not out from Anthony McGrath earned Yorkshire a draw against Glamorgan after they slumped to 124 for 6 chasing an improbable target of 381. McGrath's first hundred of the season came of 202 balls, but Yorkshire's other batsmen did little to impress. India's Yuvraj Singh completed a thoroughly unremarkable stay when he was out for 6, taking his first class average to a wretched 13.50. Glamorgan added 66 runs in 17 overs at the start of the day, with David Hemp and Michael Powell making 85.
Somerset 705 for 9 dec v Hampshire 395 and 4 for 0 at Taunton (Day 3 of 4)
Ian Blackwell improved his first-class best for the second time in three games as Somerset cut loose to record the highest total in their history. Resuming on 338 for 4, Blackwell smashed 189 including 32 fours and two sixes. He scored 95 runs in the morning session, adding 144 for the fifth wicket with Tom Webley (59), and then 116 for the sixth with Aaron Laraman (52). Even when Blackwell finally holed out at long-off there was no respite as Rob Turner (67*) took Somerset past 700 for the first time. The declaration came at tea, but Hampshire faced only eight balls before bad light ended play.