Hampshire and Middlesex power home
Hampshire crushed Nottinghamshire by 299 runs to take top spot in Division One. John Crawley completed his second hundred of the match as Hampshire extended their lead to a mammoth 505 before Shane Warne declared. Notts made a steady start as Darren Bicknell and Jason Gallian added 70, but Warne had mBicknell taken at slip and held onto Gallian off his own bowling to put Hampshire on course. Notts were only two down at tea, but the final session brought a clatter as James Bruce, nipping the ball around at decent pace, claimed his first career five-wicket haul. As is so often the case, Warne had the final say when he trapped Charlie Shreck lbw to bring the curtain down on a dominant Hampshire display.
Middlesex charged to an impressive eight-wicket win against Yorkshire to take the honours in the Division One basement battle. The match sped to a finish as 17 wickets tumbled in the day, on a pitch that had previously been full of runs. Ed Joyce added just one to his overnight score, but Middlesex were handed a vital lead through a feisty lower-order partnership of 78 between Johann Louw and Chris Peploe - pushing the advantage to 60. It took Yorkshire five wickets to move ahead as Chris Silverwood again struck with the new ball. Peploe and James Dalrymple then shared seven wickets as the batting put up little resistance.
Durham are being made to work harder than expected to nail Warwickshire after Tony Frost struck 96, setting Durham a tricky 160 to win. When Warwickshire subsided to 177 for 8 it appeared a formality for Durham, but Frost and Heath Streak added 113 for the ninth wicket. Ottis Gibson eventually broke through, and finished with three wickets, while Gareth Breese claimed four with his offspin. Durham suffered two early blows but Breese and Gary Pratt eased them to the close and whittled the runs required to fewer than 100.
Glamorgan sealed their first Championship win of the season, downing Derbyshire by six wickets. Robert Croft and Dean Cosker wrapped up the Derbyshire resistance for the addition of 76 runs during the morning session, leaving them to chase 140. They made a rocky start, losing four top-order scalps for 78, as Derbyshire put in a spirited effort. However, Michael Powell and Mark Wallace steadied the nerves and combined in a sensible stand of 62 as Glamorgan enjoyed that winning feeling - at long last.
Gareth Batty claimed his first five-wicket haul of the season as Worcestershire ended just two wickets short of a crushing victory against Somerset. Cameron White slammed a defiant first-innings century but Roger Sillence grabbed a career-best 7 for 96 as Somerset followed-on. Second time around they fared no better, as Batty went through the top order. Peter Trego biffed 67 off 72 balls but it shouldn't take long for Worcestershire on the fourth morning
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