Pothas turns the tables for Hampshire
Day 3 report
Frizzell County Championship Division One
Division One Table
Lancashire 347 for 7 v Kent 602 for 6 dec.
Lancashire made slow but steady progress in chipping away at Kent's huge 602 at a rainy Blackpool. Play did not start until after lunch, but when it did Mark Chilton led the fightback with his fourth hundred of the season. When he was dismissed for 114, Chris Schofield continued the run spree with 66 and Glenn Chapple chipped in with 33. Bad light then began to encircle Stanley Park and despite the best efforts of Alamgir Sheriyar, who switched from his usual left-arm fast to orthodox spin, the umpires called the day to an early halt. Lancashire still require 106 to avoid the follow on.
Middlesex 244 for 8 v Warwickshire 496
Good news for England and Warwickshire: after last Saturday's NatWest Series final, Ashley Giles has picked up the knack of taking wickets again. Giles finished with 4 for 75 as Middlesex were left facing the follow on at Southgate. Five of Middlesex's top six made 29 or more, but none of them passed fifty. One of those was Ed Joyce (29), who along with Addul Razzaq (0) and Paul Weekes (10) were all victims of Giles. David Nash kept battling towards the end with 29 not out and ate up some valuable time, but a couple of those Middlesex top six are going to have to make big scores tomorrow if they can escape with a draw.
Sussex 416 v Leicestershire 320 and 186 for 5
Sussex tightened their grip over Leicestershire at Grace Road thanks to Matt Prior and Mushtaq Ahmed. Prior fell four short of what would have been his fourth first-class century as Sussex moved on from their overnight 340 for 5 to 416 all out, and a lead of 96. Leicestershire used nine bowlers in all and the pick of them was the old warhorse, Philip DeFreitas, who followed up his hundred with 5 for 55. John Maunders and Darren Stevens then made a good start by putting on 70 for the first wicket, but then you-know-who struck for Sussex. Mushtaq removed both openers along with Paul Nixon late in the day to leave Leicestershire 90 ahead, but five wickets down.
Frizzell County Championship Division Two
Division Two Table
Hampshire 185 and 449 v Glamorgan 437 and 33 for 3
What a difference a day can make. Resuming play on a treacherous 114 for 4 and 138 runs behind, Hampshire were facing an innings defeat at the hands of Glamorgan, but Nic Pothas led a remarkable comeback to turn the tables. Pothas smacked 121, including 18 fours and two sixes, and shared a 149-run partnership with Dimitri Mascarenhas, who made 75. And Richard Hindley, on his first-class debut, then helped turn the game Hampshire's way with an unbeaten 68 from 70 balls to take the total to 449. And Glamorgan were in trouble from the off as they lost three quick wickets in their pursuit of 198. Chris Tremlett removed both openers and Hampshire's hopes of an unlikely win were raised even further when James Bruce dismissed nightwatchman Mark Wallace with the final ball of the day to set up an exciting finish tomorrow at The Rose Bowl.
Derbyshire 163 and 51 for 5 v Worcestershire 301
Heavy rain frustrated Worcestershire's hopes of an early win against Derbyshire at New Road. Only 33 balls were bowled in a short afternoon session, but it was still enough for Nantie Hayward to add to Derbyshire's woes with the wicket of Dominic Cork, who was caught by Steve Rhodes, the wicketkeeper, for 7. Resuming the day on 24 for 4, Derbyshire struggled to 51 for 5 and will be hoping the weather can save them from a seventh successive defeat.
Durham 327 v Yorkshire 448 and 103 for 6
Only 28 overs at Chester-le-Street where Shoaib Akhtar kept Durham in the hunt with a burst of 3 for 23. Shoaib had Anthony McGrath (3), Michael Lumb (5) and Yuvraj Singh (0) all caught behind and Steve Harmison also weighed in with two wickets as Yorkshire crumbled to 103 for 6, but still 224 runs in front. Craig White, the first-innings centurion, ended the day on 30 not out.