Warne smashes maiden century
Kent 135 for 3 (Fulton 64*) trail Hampshire 328 (Warne 107, Katich 56) by 193 runs
Shane Warne shone with the bat, striking his maiden first-class century from just 72 balls, after Hampshire's top order had again slumped. Their collapse to 130 for 7 included another failure for Kevin Pietersen, caught at second slip by Martin van Jaarsveld. Simon Katich (56) offered some resistance but it wasn't until Warne and Tim Burrows, the debutant wicketkeeper, joined forces that Hampshire's fortunes took an upturn. Burrows was a perfect foil for the flamboyant Warne and they added 131. Warne's century is the early leader for the fastest hundred of the season and means he is no longer left with a highest first-class score of 99 against New Zealand at Perth. "Now I've got the first one out of the way, I am hoping there will be a few more around the corner," Warne told PA. "It was an ambition, I've got 5000 first-class runs but wondered if this would happen. I was getting very nervous out there." The Hampshire innings raced along at almost four-and-a-half runs an over and Kent were not much slower. David Fulton led the reply but Sean Ervine bowled Robert Key for 20 to continue a poor day for England batsmen. A wicket apiece for Chris Tremlett and Richard Logan leaves the match evenly balanced.
Surrey 441 for 7 (Brown 122, Newman 117, Clarke 85) v Glamorgan
Surrey put their horror showing against Nottinghamshire behind them and piled up an imposing total on a run-filled day at The Oval. Alistair Brown capitalised on the solid foundation laid by Scott Newman's 117 to strike a dashing century of his own at better than a run-a-ball. Newman's innings was the first time this summer he had managed to convert a solid start into a significant score and showed many of the skills that earned him Academy recognition two winters ago. Rikki Clarke, short of runs so far this summer, was on course for a century until he was caught behind. Glamorgan were hampered by a depleted attack with Darren Thomas able to bowl only three balls before being forced off with a groin injury. Brown and James Benning took advantage and added 114 for the sixth wicket. Benning made his second fifty in two matches and because of Surrey's pace of scoring the loss of two late wickets did not affect the balance of power.
Gloucestershire 0 for 0 trail Middlesex 390 (Joyce 75, Weekes 69) by 390 runs
Middlesex were indebted to their middle-order as they posted a competitive total at Lord's. Plenty of batsmen got a start, including Andrew Strauss, who reached 27 before he fell to a miscued pull off Steve Kirby. Owais Shah (63) and Ed Joyce (75) cracked attractive half-centuries - Joyce's innings continued his prolific start to the season and he has now passed 500 runs in only six innings. But each time a significant stand threatened to develop Gloucestershire struck back. However, Middlesex bat a long way down and this was evident as Paul Weekes and Ben Scott added 119 for the seventh wicket. Jon Lewis returned to mop up the tail and although Middlesex will be disappointed that none of their batsmen converted into three figures they have a useful total to bowl at.
Warwickshire 141 for 5 trail Sussex 412 (Goodwin 108) by 271 runs
Warwickshire's unbeaten County Championship record - dating back to the start of the 2004 season - is under serious threat after Sussex took control of their meeting at Hove. Some stubborn lower-order resistance propelled Sussex passed 400, although progress was slow with James Kirtley facing 164 balls for 30. A more aggressive contribution came from Johann van der Wath, who struck 34 from 52 balls. The tail was able to take advantage of a Warwickshire attack missing Ashley Giles, who sat out play with a muscle injury in his right leg. It is not thought to be serious but he is awaiting the results of a scan. However, he may bat with a runner and his contributions will be needed after Warwickshire struggled to 141 for 5. Once Sussex had broken the opening stand of 75 they chipped away steadily. Mushtaq Ahmed twirled through 17 overs, claiming Nick Knight and Alex Loudon.