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September 15, 2006
Lancashire made up for some of the lost time in their match against Durham at Old Trafford but face the prospect of dropping further vital bonus points. They managed to squeeze out the sixth Durham wicket - a second bowling point - before the 130-over cut-off mark through a fiery burst from Dominic Cork, who removed Gareth Breese and Ottis Gibson in two balls. Durham had managed four crucial batting points to aid their bid to stay out of the relegation slots. After losing Iain Sutcliffe early in their reply, Mal Loye upped Lancashire's tempo with a positive 78 although runs never flowed quickly. Loye and Mark Chilton added 134, but a late collapse of 3 for 9 - include Stuart Law for a 51-ball 50, the most fluent innings of the match - means they face a tough task to claim full batting points. In a huge irony for a match dampened by the rain, sun stopped play with 11 overs remaining when the east-west facing pitch again causing problems. Luke Sutton and Glen Chapple took the umpire's offer, although some Lancashire members were far from happy.
Yorkshire are just about staying alive in their fight against relegation as they built a lead of 170 over Nottinghamshire Headingley . There two young legspinners, Mark Lawson and Adil Rashid, shared seven wickets as Nottinghamshire conceded a first-innings lead of 43. It would have been many more if it wasn't for David Hussey's fine 117 and some useful support from Graeme Swann and Paul Franks after they'd been 118 for 5. Yorkshire built steadily on their lead, although they could have done without the run out of Darren Lehmann who'd sped to 48 off 41 balls.
Kent claimed the honours against Warwickshire at Edgbaston but the home side's batsmen fought back after a poor start. Kent extended their innings to 421 with late flurries from Simon Cook and Min Patel, then reduced Warwickshire to 15 for 3 - Cook claiming two early wickets. Nick Knight, in his final Championship match, and Jonathan Trott steadied proceedings with a stand of 112 but Warwickshire stumbled again to 178 for 6 and the follow-on was a looming. However, Tim Ambrose and Heath Streak added 97 before Cook returned to take two more wickets before the close.
An impressive double century from Chris Rogers, to follow his first innings ton, guided Northamptonshire to a draw against Somerset at Taunton. Somerset entered the final day with high hopes of forcing a victory, but an opening stand of 151 between Rogers and Stephen Peters damped their optimism. Two quick wickets gave Somerset a chance, but Rogers just marched on. His century came off 181 balls and his second ton took another 100 deliveries. He became the first batsmen since Allan Lamb, in 1992, to score a century and a double in the same match. David Sales played aggressively for his 93, clubbing five sixes, as the bowlers toiled on another flat Taunton track. Although Sales missed his ton the match was safe by then.
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