County Championship round-up May 26, 2007

Durham down local rivals

Cricinfo staff

Division One

4th day

Durham overcame some early jitters to complete a six-wicket with over Yorkshire at Chester-le-Street. Graham Onions took two balls to end Yorkshire's second innings and completed his five-wicket haul, leaving a target of 131. But Darren Gough and Tim Bresnan reduced Durham to 35 for 3 before an aggressive half-century from Michael Di Venuto put them back on course. An unbroken stand of 54 between Dale Benkenstein and Phil Mustard completed the job as Durham sealed a full hand of 22 points.

Sean Ervine and Dimitri Mascarenhas defied Kent as Hampshire battled strongly to secure a draw at Canterbury. Five dropped catches - three from Martin van Jaarsveld - didn't help Kent's cause. The sixth-wicket pair put on an unbeaten 89, with Ervine reaching his 18th first-class fifty. Jimmy Adams and Michael Brown set a solid platform with an opening stand of 58, before both were removed by Yasir Arafat, who went on to grab four wickets, dismissing John Crawley for 38 and Michael Carberry for 6. But Andrew Hall was the only other striker, with one wicket, as Ervine (56*) and Mascarenhas (33*) did the rest.

2nd day

Sussex picked up their second win of the season with a thumping innings-and-109-run victory over Worcestershire at New Road - in spite of a majestic 108 from Graeme Hick. Worcestershire were reduced to 50 for 4 - Robin Martin-Jenkins removing Steven Moore, Vikram Solanki and Ben Smith all falling in a hurry. Hick was Hick, stroking 15 fours and two sixes, but it was always going to be a lone fight - in spite of a fighting partnership with Gareth Batty (64). Mushtaq Ahmed and Rana Naved each picked up three wickets to dismiss Worcestershire for 303 and condemning them to their fourth defeat in five games.

Division Two

Andy Caddick tore through Gloucestershire's lower-order to take 6 for 111 and set Somerset up for a convincing eight-wicket win at Taunton. Resuming on 389 for 4 with Marcus North on 101, Gloucestershire slipped to 465 all out leaving Somerset 172 to win. Marcus Trescothick couldn't open with Justin Langer due to tendonitis in his foot, but Somerset raced to their target in just 32 overs. Langer carved six fours in his bristling 41 before James Hildreth saw his side home with a solid 51.

Northamptonshire completed a six-wicket victory against Derbyshire at Northampton, 11 overs into the final day. David Sales went early to leave then tottering in 23 for 4 chasing 79, but Rob White settled any nerves with a 34-ball 43. Stephen Peters remained firm at the other end as Northamptonshire take 21 points for their four day's work.

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