Yorkshire show little resistance to Hampshire's fire
Neil Carter ran through Sussex's batsmen to take 6 for 63 as Warwickshire dismissed their opponents for 246 on the second day at Edgbaston. The home side could only add a further 46 runs this morning, Sussex dismissing them for 375, but Sussex's batsmen couldn't cope with Carter - only Murray Goodwin (63) and Matt Prior (52) - who has suffered a hamstring injury and couldn't keep wicket - took the bowling on and they fell from 179 for 5 to 246 all out. Sussex did grab three Warwickshire wickets in their second innings, but already the home side have a lead of 217 runs with two days left to play.
Despite a plucky 105 from Michael Lumb, Yorkshire were bowled out for 311 as Hampshire swept to the most comprehensive 10-wicket victory at Southampton. Chris Tremlett cut inroads into Yorkshire's top-order, removing the nightwatchman Jason Gillespie and Darren Lehmann. However, Anthony McGrath (65) and Lumb (105) steadied Yorkshire somewhat until McGrath fell to Sean Ervine to begin the collapse. The Hampshire catching was outstanding with Chris Benham holding two stunners while James Adams and Dominic Thornely also held hard chances. Lumb received little support from Yorkshire's tail, and Hampshire knocked off the required 14 runs without alarm.
Middlesex's batsmen finally showed their spine on the third day against Durham at Lord's, with Nick Compton smacking a brilliant 190, a career-best, as the home side gained a 202-run lead. Compton hit 31 fours in his 312-ball knock, and there were useful fifties Owais Shah (57) and Scott Styris (84). But Compton fell in the final over of the day - caught at second slip - and Middlesex have just the tail left to set Durham a challenging target on what could be a thrilling last day.
Glen Chapple continued his excellent form with the ball to rout Nottinghamshire for just 114 in their second innings, leaving Lancashire the rather simple task of knocking off another 74 runs for victory tomorrow morning at Trent Bridge. Chris Read (16) was the first man to fall today, as Nottinghamshire offered barely a whimper of resistance as Chapple ended with the superb figures of 6 for 35. This left Lancashire a target of 312 runs, which was by no means a comfortable task on a lively track, but they were given a fine start by Iain Sutcliffe and Mark Chilton. Sutcliffe came good after a poor run of form with a battling century off 266 balls. When Chilton was taken at silly point, Mal Loye played watchful and Lancashire are sensing an impressive comeback victory.
Derbyshire gained a slender 76-run lead over Worcestershire after the visitors amassed 497 in their first innings on the third day at Chesterfield. Steven Davies played a fine hand for his hundred - his third in a 21-match career so far - but Ant Botha picked up 6 for 117 to restrict Worcestershire's lead. In reply Derbyshire reached 222 for 4, with Michael di Venuto falling one short of a hundred, although the crowd had started to celebrate before he was run out. Marcus North remains unbeaten on 79, and Derbyshire could yet set Worcestershire a challenging total on the final day.
Two fine hundreds from Craig Spearman and Hamish Marshall led Gloucestershire to 443 on the third day at Cheltenham, but it wasn't enough to prevent Glamorgan enforcing the follow-on. Aside from the two New Zealanders and 60 from Kadeer Ali, there was precious little else from the home side in their first innings as Robert Croft ended with 6 for 120. Croft continued his excellent day, and match, snaffling a wicket in Gloucestershire's second innings who went to stumps on 30 for 2, still trailing by 174.
Andy Flower continued where he left off yesterday to hit a vital 165 for Essex against Northamptonshire on the third day at Northampton. Flower received good support from his captain Ronnie Irani (41), James Middlebrook (45) and James Foster who made 60. Essex closed on 382 for 6 but still trail by 278 runs.