County Championship round-up August 10, 2007

Warne and Kirby star in victories

Cricinfo staff

Division One

Shane Warne took four wickets as Hampshire wrapped up an-innings-and-285-run win against Worcestershire at The Rose Bowl . James Bruce also doubled his tally from the first innings and he started the slide early in the day. He removed Stephen Moore, Phil Jaques and Vikram Solanki as Worcestershire collapsed to 38 for 4. Stephen Davies clubbed 28 before becoming Warne's first victim and only Graeme Hick (69) offered meaningful resistance with his team's only half-century of the game. Hick was ninth over - caught off Warne - before Bruce finished the match with Matt Mason's wicket.

Darren Maddy may be feeling slightly uneasy after not making Sussex follow-on at Hove after they fought to 160 for 1 in their second innings chasing 504 to pull of a miraculous victory. Warwickshire batted on for half the day as the Sussex bowlers chipped away. Kumar Sangakkara fell early, but useful 30s from Jonathan Trott, Tim Ambrose and Heath Streak kept Warwickshire well ahead. Mushtaq's toil was rewarded with another seven wickets - giving him 11 in the match from nearly 77 overs - before the Sussex openers opened with 121. Chris Nash (50) was the lone casualty before stumps, removed by Maddy's medium-pace, but the Warwickshire captain couldn't squeeze out any more success despite using eight bowlers. Richard Montgomerie ended on 61 and, although it's a long shot, Sussex have given themselves and outside chance.

Lancashire continued to control the Roses match at Headingley as Stuart Law struck a double century and Paul Horton a career-best 149 to leave Yorkshire 373 behind. Click here for John Ward's full report.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Sussex 12* 5 2 0 4 0 145
Yorkshire 12* 3 1 0 7 0 141
Hampshire 11 4 1 0 6 0 131
Durham 11 4 4 0 3 0 128.5
Warwickshire 12* 2 2 0 7 0 119
Lancashire 11* 2 1 0 6 1 113
Surrey 11 2 4 0 5 0 102
Kent 11 2 4 0 4 1 101
Worcestershire 11 0 5 0 4 2 62

Division Two

Steve Kirby claimed a 10-wicket match haul as Gloucestershire secured a 70-run win against Essex to Southend. The early loss of James Foster - bowled by Kirby for 29 - virtually ended Essex's hopes of chasing down 330. James Middlebrook and Andy Bichel followed quickly before a stand of 46 between Ryan ten Doeschate (58) and Alex Tudor took the requirement down into double figures. However, Vikram Banerjee snared ten Doeschate then grabbed Danish Kaneria second ball. Tony Palladino was the last-man out to complete Kirby's superb performance.

David Sales' 219 led a superb fightback from Northamptonshire as they hauled themselves back into the contest against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay . Northants were struggling on 115 for 6 when played started and soon lost David Lucas. But Graeme White offered Sales solid support with a career-best 65 as the eighth wicket added 145. When Richard Logan fell they were still 149 behind, however Sales opened his shoulders during a final-wicket partnership of 71 with Jason Brown who survived for 52 minutes as Sales reached his double off 238 balls. Glamorgan still held a lead of 78, but stuttered badly in their second innings as Brown scalped two wickets. Without Simon Jones, who has picked up a calf injury, Glamorgan are threatening to squander their earlier advantage.

Leaders Somerset are poised to widen the gap against second-placed Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. They head into the final day needing 62 runs with six wickets in hand, after dismissing the home side for 279. David Hussey's unbeaten 108 is thus likely to be in a losing cause. Nottinghamshire broke through in Somerset's second innings by running out Marcus Trescothick on 40 and Neil Edwards followed on the same score. They took two further wickets before the close, but the match is slipping away.

Leicestershire are still in the driving seat against Derbyshire at Grace Road, dismissing them for 194 and then increasing their first-innings lead to 283 by stumps, with three wickets left. Derbyshire's lower order boosted their side from an overnight 68 for 6 to 194 - Hassan Adnan doing a vital job with 63 - but Leicestershire are still well placed thanks to Tim New's 78. His was an important contribution in the context; keeping his head while his colleagues quickly lost theirs, as they subsided to Graham Wagg and Ant Botha.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Somerset 12* 6 1 0 4 0 176
Nottinghamshire 12* 4 1 0 6 0 159.5
Essex 12 3 3 0 6 0 127
Middlesex 10 4 1 0 5 0 116.5
Derbyshire 12* 2 2 0 7 0 112
Northamptonshire 11* 3 4 0 3 0 109
Gloucestershire 12 2 4 0 6 0 105
Leicestershire 12* 1 4 0 5 1 93
Glamorgan 11* 1 6 0 2 1 66

* - includes points from ongoing matches

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