Voges ton makes Sussex toil
Adam Voges hit his first hundred for Nottinghamshire as Sussex were made to toil at Horsham with the visitors building a lead of 120. Play didn't start until mid-afternoon due to rain - and Sussex will be confident of a draw - but Voges and Samit Patel put Nottinghamshire on the front foot. They added 168 for the fourth wicket as Voges reached three figures after twice falling in the 90s earlier in the season. This time that fate belonged to Patel as he top-edged a pull to midwicket for 91.
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Centuries from Jimmy Adams (107) and Sean Ervine (114) were poorly supported by the rest of the Hampshire batsmen at The Rose Bowl, as four wickets each for Kyle Hogg and Oliver Newby helped Lancashire reduce the home side to 337. However, after rolling over Tom Burrows, David Griffiths and Imran Tahir without scoring, Lancashire struggled to take the final wicket, as brave support from James Tomlinson helped to rack up a 50 partnership with Ervine. Ervine launched two sixes, including a reverse sweep off Gary Keedy, but finally fell to Hogg as he was caught at long on by Tom Smith. The visitors got off to a sturdy start to their first innings, with Smith ending the second day on 44 not out. Hampshire's only wicket coming from David Griffiths, who dismissed Paul Horton for 34, with a short delivery which was hooked and caught low down by Imran Tahir.
Middlesex secured their first Championship match of the season with a day to spare, as Murali Kartik took 4 for 53 in the second innings to beat Kent at Canterbury by 47 runs. Having lost the wickets of Robert Key and Geraint Jones on Thursday, Kent were left with an uphill struggle this morning, having to chase 335 and lost Joe Denly early on the third morning. Martin van Jaarsveld put up a fight with 54 before edging Gareth Berg into the slips and Kartik's relentless 29-over spell pinned the home side down. However, Middlesex's may just have had a nervous moment or two, as No. 11 Amjad Khan produced a season's best 62 not out, which included nine boundaries. He added an entertaining final-wicket stand of 86 with Simon Cook until Tim Murtagh ended the fun as Cook edged to skipper Eoin Morgan in the slips for 27. The win handed Middlesex their first victory on Kent soil since success at Dartford in 1983.
A career-best, unbeaten 156 by Stephen Adshead helped put Gloucestershire on course for victory against Essex at Garon's Park. Adshead built a lead of 198 as the last two wickets added 144 with Ian Saxelby (20) and Jon Lewis (32) providing valuable support. Essex had hopes of restricting the advantage when Danish Kaneria trapped James Franklin lbw shortly after the New Zealander had reached his hundred, but the home attack became toothless. After his valuable innings, Lewis then struck with the new ball and when Matt Walker was caught at slip off Steve Kirby Essex were 31 for 3. They avoided further loss before the close, but will need a huge effort to survive the final day.
An extraordinary performance from the Glamorgan lower order put them in control against Leicestershire at Colwyn Bay as Adam Shantry hit a century from No. 10 and added 253 for the ninth wicket with Robert Croft who struck 121. Shantry became the first Glamorgan batsman to hit a hundred from such a low position for 80 years and reached his ton from 192 balls. Even when he fell to Harry Gurney the problems didn't stop for Leicestershire as Croft reached his hundred from 238 deliveries in a final-wicket stand of 73 with David Harrison. The visitors then lost two before the close as the spinners made an impact with Jamie Dalrymple beating Greg Smith with one that spun sharply. They still trail by 176 with a battled ahead.
Derbyshire staged a strong fightback against Surrey at Whitgift School, firstly led by Tim Groenewald's career-best 6 for 50 then Chris Rogers' unbeaten 80 as they moved to 169 for 2. Surrey lost their last seven wickets for 54 after Usman Afzaal was caught at deep square leg. Groenewald operated at a lively pace in overcast conditions and dispatched the tail to complete a spell of 5 for 10. The sky had cleared when Derbyshire began their reply and although fell early, Rogers held firm during the final session. Garry Park was the other wicket to fall when he edged to slip, but Derbyshire will be confident of a first-innings lead.