County Championship round-up September 5, 2009

Rudolph century gives Yorkshire the edge

Cricinfo staff

Division One

3rd day

Yorkshire's openers, Jacques Rudolph and Joe Sayers, shared a partnership which helped wipe out Nottinghamshire's lead and put the visitors in a comfortable position at Trent Bridge. Yorkshire had conceded a 96-run first-innings lead but their openers compensated by adding 244 runs. Rudolph made 149 off 237 balls with 22 fours while Sayers' contribution was a patient 86 off 223 deliveries with only nine boundaries. The pair resisted the Nottinghamshire attack until the 75th over when Paul Franks had Rudolph caught by Mark Ealham. Franks then accounted for Sayers as well, bowling him in the 81st over with the total on 254, but Anthony McGrath and Andrew Gale steered Yorkshire to stumps without further damage. Yorkshire now lead by 173 runs and their strong second-innings performance has hindered Nottinghamshire's pursuit of the Durham and the Division One title.

4th day

Click here to read George Dobell's report of Warwickshire's match against Worcestershire at Edgbaston where Worcestershire were beaten by an innings and 18 runs.

Sussex and Lancashire played out a draw on the final day. Click here to read John Ward's report.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Durham 13 7 0 0 6 0 195
Somerset 14 3 1 0 10 0 162
Nottinghamshire 13 3 1 0 9 0 157
Warwickshire 14 2 2 0 10 0 151
Lancashire 14 3 2 0 9 0 146
Sussex 13 2 3 0 8 0 128
Hampshire 13 2 3 0 8 0 127
Yorkshire 13 1 2 0 10 0 127
Worcestershire 13 0 9 0 4 0 70

Division Two

The match between Leicestershire and Glamorgan ended in a dull draw on the final day at Grace Road. Leicestershire began the day on 21 for 0, leading by 85 runs, and extended their total to 259 for 6 before the game was called off. There was some excitement when they lost three wickets for nine runs but the innings was stabilised by James Taylor's unbeaten 96. Wayne White also scored 38 off 36 balls while Jamie Dalrymple's 2 for 62 were the best figures for a Glamorgan bowler. Leicestershire overtook Middlesex in the division by claiming nine points from the game while Glamorgan earned eight.

Gloucestershire took the seven remaining Surrey wickets, dismissing them for 339 in the second innings, in less than two sessions to secure victory by an innings and one run at Bristol. Surrey began the final day on 136 for 3, needing another 204 runs to make Gloucestershire bat again, with Arun Harinath and Tim Linley at the crease. Their hopes of salvaging a draw took a hit when Harinath was caught behind off Steve Kirby for no addition to his overnight score of 44, and when Linley was caught by William Porterfield off Hamish Marshall with the score on 170 for 5. The lower order offered resistance with Chris Schofield making 71 while Rangana Herath and Alex Tudor contributed 52 and 33 respectively but Marshall struck two more blows to take Gloucestershire closer to victory. Just when Surrey were on the verge of avoiding an innings defeat, Kirby broke through Jade Dernbach's defences to complete the victory. It was Surrey's first innings defeat against Gloucestershire since 1975.

"We either perform really well or really badly in this competition and anything can still happen between now and the end of the season," Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman told Sportinglife."If we play like we did when losing to Leicestershire and Middlesex the other week, then we can forget it. But if we continue to play as we have done against Surrey, we are eminently capable of winning three on the bounce. It will be difficult, but promotion is still there for us and we appear to be hitting form at just the right time."

Robert Key and Martin van Jaarsveld scored unbeaten centuries to ensure Kent secured a draw against Derbyshire. Mark Pennell watched the action at Derby.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Kent 13 7 2 0 4 0 181
Northamptonshire 13 5 3 0 5 0 155
Gloucestershire 14 5 6 0 3 0 154
Derbyshire 14 2 2 0 10 0 152
Essex 13 4 3 0 6 0 146
Glamorgan 13 2 2 0 9 0 142
Leicestershire 14 2 2 0 10 0 128
Surrey 14 1 4 0 9 0 128
Middlesex 14 2 6 0 6 0 126

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