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August 1, 2007
Bottom-placed Glamorgan are on the verge of defeat after Middlesex - and specifically Murali Kartik, who bagged eight wickets - came close to bowling them out twice in one day. Middlesex pressed on to 361 and then knocked over the visitors for 106, before having them teetering at 120 for 6, still 135 adrift. It was a day to remember for Kartik though, who took six wickets in the first innings at Lord's and two in the second.
Lowly Gloucestershire eased into a first-innings lead of 91 against Derbyshire at Bristol courtesy of centuries from Grant Hodnett and Alex Gidman. While Gidman fell on Nelson, Hodnett was unbeaten on 133 as Gloucestershire closed at 403 for 7. Craig Spearman also contributed 52 for the home side, with Graham Wagg grabbing three wickets for the visitors.
Durham continued to boss proceedings at The Riverside, piling up 378 for 6 against Warwickshire to take a first-innings lead of 139, with four wickets still remaining. The two sides are neck-and-neck in third and fourth at the moment, but Durham are in much the commanding position, with Ben Harmison not out on 84. Dale Benkenstein made 45, while Kyle Coetzer weighed in with his third first-class ton. He was eventually removed for 142.
A full report of Lancashire's second day against second-placed Sussex can be read here.
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