County Championship round-up August 13, 2009

Nash powers Sussex to win

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  • Ravi Bopara - Watched Matt Walker score 150

    Alastair Cook - Ditto to Bopara. Took a neat catch off Danish Kaneria

    Ian Bell - Finds form at last with 92 against Nottinghamshire

    Jonathan Trott - Registers another hundred to push his claims for a Test debut

    Ryan Sidebottom - Finds wickets harder to come by in the second innings as Warwickshire fight hard in the follow-on

    Graham Onions - Little to do as Durham bat most of the third day at Old Trafford

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Division One

Chris Nash struck the fourth hundred of his career to help guide Sussex to an eight-wicket and relegation-easing victory over Worcestershire, their first win at Hove since 2007. Sussex were set 212 to win, a slightly higher total than they had earlier anticipated having reduced Worcestershire to 110 for 7 in their second innings. However, Matt Mason - yesterday's standout performer with the ball - cracked a chancy 28 while Imran Arif blazed 35, extending Worcestershire's total to 235. Mason then made an early breakthrough to remove Mike Yardy for 6, but Nash and Ed Joyce made amends to put their side on target, stroking 109 for the second wicket. Joyce fell for 53, but Murray Goodwin remained solid with Nash who remained unbeaten on an even hundred, his second of the season.

Adil Rashid underlined his batting ability with an unbeaten career-best century to put Yorkshire on course for victory against Hampshire at Basingstoke. He and Ajmal Shahzad (78) added 192 for the seventh wicket with Shahzad making his maiden half century as Hampshire paid for four dropped catches. Shahzad was missed twice before 30 and Rashid also given two lives in the slips. Rashid went to his hundred from 169 balls as the lead swelled to over 200. Yorkshire then made early inroads with the new ball as Tim Bresnan Jimmy Adams and Michael Lumb in consecutive overs to leave Hampshire 10 for 2. Michael Carberry and James Vince - put down at third slip by Bresnan - saw out the day, but there is a battle ahead for the home side

Click here for John Ward's report from Old Trafford on the second day between Lancashire and Durham.

Division Two

Kent took hold of their match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road, with three of their top four reaching half-centuries to build a lead of 246. The hosts were rolled for 218 earlier in the day, largely due to James Tredwell who picked up four of the remaining five wickets. In picking up 5 for 68, he also passed 50 wickets for the season, though it was a concern to Kent that Tredwell was forced into the attack so early, so toothless were their pace bowlers. The focus was on Rob Key, an outside contender for a place against Australia next week, but he was the one Kentish batsman to fail, spooning a simple catch to point much to his bat-swishing anger. Joe Denly then added 85 with Geraint Jones, though his confidence got the better of him on 59 when he holed out off Nicky Boje to mid-on. Martin van Jaarsveld continued in the same vain, however, smacking 16 off one David Lucas over while Jones's fifty came up off 119 balls. The pair brought up their hundred partnership shortly before stumps, putting Kent firmly in control.

Derbyshire made good their hard work yesterday to move into a very strong position against Leicestershire, who at stumps were 154 for 2 at Grace Road, still trailing by 147 runs. Chris Rogers finished on 163 while Greg Smith, not-out on 74 overnight, fell five short of a hundred. Derbyshire's tail wagged impressively, leading to a declaration on 478 for 8. Steffan Jones then made the breakthrough with the second delivery of Leicestershire's second innings to remove Greg Smith for a duck, but Matthew Boyce ended unbeaten on a gruelling 72 to guide the home side to a more comfortable 154 for 2 at stumps.

Click here for Andrew McGlashan's report from Middlesex against Essex at Lord's.