County Championship round-up August 24, 2007

Warne could miss rest of season

Cricinfo staff

Division One

4th day

Shane Warne could miss the rest of the English season after fracturing a rib while bowling in Hampshire's draw with Lancashire at Old Trafford . He will be out for at least three weeks, a major blow for Hampshire, who are seeking their first Championship title since 1973. The game had draw all over it from the start, but Paul Horton pushed on to a career-best 152 and Luke Sutton hit his second century of the season to guide Lancashire to full batting points.

Rob Key and Martin van Jaarsveld made centuries as Kent and Worcestershire shared the points in an inevitable draw at Canterbury. There was no change for the bottom three, though, as Surrey didn't manage to fit in a ball against Sussex who watched Yorkshire slide past them to the top. They have a game in hand, though.

3rd day

For John Ward's report on the third day at Scarborough, where Yorkshire played gloriously to crush Warwickshire inside three days click here.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Yorkshire 14 4 3 0 7 0 167
Sussex 13 5 2 0 5 1 153
Hampshire 12 4 1 0 7 0 141
Lancashire 12 3 1 0 7 1 139
Durham 12 4 4 0 4 0 136.5
Warwickshire 14 2 3 0 9 0 131
Kent 13 2 4 0 6 1 117
Surrey 13 2 4 0 6 1 113
Worcestershire 13 1 5 0 5 2 83

Division Two

3rd day

Derbyshire held their nerve to bowl out Glamorgan at Cardiff just when the home side were looking good for their second win of the season. Heading into the final session, Glamorgan needed 60 with six wickets in hand, but added just 18 of those before being blown away by Ant Botha's five-for and three wickets for Tom Lungley.

Nottinghamshire will hope that their last six pairings can triumph where Glamorgan failed, in easing the last 104 runs they require to beat Northamptonshire at Trent Bridge. A team effort took Northants to 229 in their second innings, leaving Nottinghamshire to chase 232. The visitors were boosted by removing Stephen Fleming for 50 shortly before stumps.

Jerome Taylor blew through Essex's defences with five wickets, and he was well supported by David Masters (4 for 40) as the home side crumbled to Leicestershire at Colchester. Varun Chopra was caught at slip off the first ball of the day off Masters, who will be an Essex player next season, and resilient fifties for Ryan ten Doeschate and James Middlebrook were the only consolation for them. Leicestershire then reached 52 for 2 and a final-day run-chase may be negotiated between the two captains.

A draw is likely at Lord's where Middlesex reached 305 for 7 before declaring, although a late Gloucestershire collapse to 97 for 5 keeps the game interesting. Andrew Strauss made 75 and Ed Smith 69 before Middlesex lost 4 for 1 in the middle order. Chaminda Vaas and Murali Kartik added 64 to hasten the declaration, then Kartik impressive with the ball with two wickets leaving Gloucestershire 208 behind.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Somerset 13 7 1 0 5 0 202
Nottinghamshire 13* 4 2 0 6 0 164.5
Middlesex 12* 4 1 0 6 0 131.5
Derbyshire 13 3 3 0 7 0 130
Essex 13* 3 3 0 6 0 127
Northamptonshire 13* 3 4 0 5 0 127
Gloucestershire 13* 2 4 0 6 0 107
Leicestershire 13* 2 4 0 5 1 106
Glamorgan 13 1 7 0 4 1 80

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