Lewry spell puts Sussex in control
A run-filled day at Swansea saw 561 runs racked up but a late clatter of Glamorgan wickets still leaves them in trouble, 59 short of saving the follow-on. David Hemp finish the day unbeaten on 125 - off 122 balls - and his stand of 172 with Matthew Elliott was guiding Glamorgan towards safety. However, Jason Lewry claimed four wickets, including Sourav Ganguly for a third-ball duck, as Glamorgan fell from 209 for 2 to 270 for 7. Runs were scored at a great rate of knots all day, as Sussex strived to get to a total they were happy declaring with. Murray Goodwin passed 600 runs for the season as he notched up 158 and Matt Prior blasted 30 from 18 balls to hasten the innings to a close. Richard Montgomerie well and truly left his lean run behind as he batted throughout the innings, facing 346 balls in over seven-and-a-half hours batting. If Sussex are able to force the follow-on tomorrow they will fancy their chances of dismissing Glamorgan - who have lost five out of five this season - for a second time, despite the batting friendly surface.
Kent 204 (Stevens 35, Hardinges 5-51) and 78 for 3 beat Gloucestershire 183 and 98 (Stevens 3 for 19) by 7 wickets
Kent had few problems completing a seven-wicket win at Maidstone, which partly made up for the eight-point deduction that was handed to them, at the start of the day, for a poor pitch. Kent are considering an appeal, but the lively pitch certainly produced an interesting match. Gloucestershire's last three wickets could only add 19 runs as Andrew Hall and Simom Cook made short work of the tail. Kent's pursuit of 78 started shakily as David Fulton fell to Steve Kirby in the first over. The fiery Kirby struck two more blows as Kent struggled to 35 for 3, but Darren Stevens sealed the win with a rapid, unbeaten, 23 in partnership with Matthew Walker.
Nottinghamshire 222 for 5 (Read 59*, Hussey 42) trail Hampshire 277 (McMillan 52, Warne 46 Harris 6-83) by 55 runs
Nottinghamshire's middle order led a fightback on the third day at Trent Bridge after Hampshire threatened to take control. Chris Read and Mark Ealham have so far added 73 for the sixth wicket after the top order slumped to 64 for 4. David Hussey started the recovery with 42 - adding 75 with Read - following a double strike from Craig McMillan, Hampshire's new overseas signing. McMillan, with his skiddy medium-pace, was the fifth bowler introduced by Shane Warne and the move paid dividends as he trapped Jason Gallian lbw and bowled Anurag Singh. Warne, himself, only bowled seven overs as he entrusted the bulk of the work to his seamers. Earlier in the day Warne fell for 46, as the Hampshire tail edged their first innings total to 277. Chris Tremlett made a useful 24 but with just a day left Warne will have to use some of his inventive captaincy to conjure up the chance of a result.
Warwickshire 209 (Loudon 58, Akram 5-51) and 18 for 1 need 424 more runs to beat Surrey 340 (Brown 84*, Clinton 84, Brown 3-63) and 310 for 7 (Murtagh 74*, Bicknell 58, Tahir 3-28)
Surrey amassed a huge lead at Whitgift School and will feel well placed to push for their third win of the season, weather permitting, on the final day. However, it was not the frontline batsmen who pushed the lead to match winning proportions, they all flattered to deceive, but the bowling allrounders in Martin Bicknell and Tim Murtagh. Although Surrey were not in trouble when Alistair Brown fell to make the score 150 for 5, the lead was already approaching 300, they needed one more stand to cement their position. Bicknell and Murtagh obliged, adding 93, before some merry strokeplay from the other bowlers set up the declaration. Murtagh reached his career-best and those runs made up for Rikki Clarke's inability to bat. Although bad light only allowed Surrey to have 6.2 overs at Warwickshire, they still managed a breaktrough when Ian Westwood fell to Jimmy Ormond.