Smith and Sami at it again
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Kent 362 and 418 for 3 dec v Nottinghamshire 156 and 29 for 2 at Maidstone
Kent took complete charge of their match at Mote Park, setting Notts an unlikely victory target of 625 and removing two batsmen by the close. As on the first day, Kent's heroes were Ed Smith and Mohammad Sami. Smith hit 113, his third century in successive innings and his fourth in five knocks (the one in the middle was a duck, as were his three innings before the first hundred), and put on 233 with Rob Key, who put England rejection behind him to slap 140. Andrew Symonds rounded it off with an 81-ball century, with 15 fours and a six, before Kent declared. The Mohammad Sami, who had polished off Nottinghamshire's first innings by taking the last fiive wickets to finish with 8 for 64, the best figures of the season so far, chimed in again by trapping Guy Welton lbw and bowling Darren Bicknell.
Dougie Brown during his 61 for Warwickshire against Surrey
Middlesex 620 for 7 dec v Leicestershire 221 for 3 at Southgate
An exciting innings from Virender Sehwag, who cracked 130 from 111 balls, with 20 fours and four sixes, brought Leicestershire back into the match after they had conceded a huge total at the Walker Ground. Sehwag piled on 197 for the first wicket with ex-Middlesex man John Maunders, who made 55, but then three quick wickets from Chad Keegan, including Sehwag caught by Sven Koenig, restored Middlesex's advantage. Earlier Ed Joyce and David Nash had joined Andy Strauss in the ton-up club before Middlesex declared at an imposing 620 for 7.
Essex 340 v Sussex 282 for 8 at Arundel
On a slow pitch at picturesque Arundel Park Sussex crept towards parity with Essex, who were all out early in the morning for 340. Tony Cottey then scored 107 in four-and-a-half hours for Sussex, adding 178 bfor the fourth wicket with Tim Ambrose (88). But three late wickets for Paul Grayson, to make up for his first-over duck yesterday, gave Essex late hope.
Surrey 355 and 282 for 3 v Warwickshire 245 at Edgbaston
Surrey, with a nap hand of 11 Test players in their side, unsurprisingly hold the upper hand after two days in Birmingham, leading by 392 already. Today Azhar Mahmood led the way with four wickets as Warwickshire were shot out for 245, 110 behind, then the Marks Butcher and Ramprakash both scored centuries to put Surrey firmly in charge. Butcher's 118 came from only 116 ball,s with 20 fours and two sixes, while Ramps was almost as attacking - he cracked 18 fours and a six as well. Surrey have so far scored at more than six an over throughout their second innings.
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Derbyshire 89 and 226 for 4 v Gloucestershire 277 at Derby
Michael Di Venuto's third century of the season hauled Derbyshire back into the game after Gloucestershire had claimed a lead of 188. But Di Venuto was twice pardoned by Stephen Pope, Gloucester's wicketkeeper, who put him down at 35 and 39. He survived to put on 106 with Dominic Hewson (39) and an unbeaten 81 with Luke Sutton (38*) before bad light brought an early close. At the start of the day Dominic Cork took two quick wickets to finish with 4 for 75 as Gloucester's tail addded 63 runs.
Durham 327 v Northamptonshire 320 for 8 at Chester-le-Street
It's all square and all to play for at the Riverside, where Northants finished up seven runs behind Durham with just two wickets standing. Durham added only two runs in the morning, then Phil Jaques cracked another cetury for Northants. His 109 included 14 juicy fours, and he put on 92 for the second wicket with Mike Hussey (43). Solid contributions down the order took Northants to within sight of Durham's total.
Glamorgan 349 and 113 for 3 v Somerset 233 at Cardiff
Glamorgan grabbed the upper hand at Sophia Gardens, bowling Somerset out for 233 to claim a lead of 116 - Mike Kasprowicz finished with 4 for 53 - then increasing that by 113. Jimmy Maher is still there with 42 not out, while Matthew Maynard spanked a brisk 32 not out towards the close. The main Somerset resistance came from their captain Mike Burns , who made 50, and England's forgotten one-day man, Ian Blackwell, who smacked 82 from 96 balls, with ten fours and a six. They put on 61, but the next-highest score was Jamie Cox's 24.