Hoggard rescues Yorkshire
Warwickshire 320 for 5 (Trott 128) v Gloucestershire 254
Jonathan Trott made his first hundred of the season and Ian Bell continued his fine form with a classy 79, as Warwickshire eased into a promising position on the second day at Gloucester. By the close they led by 66 runs with five wickets remaining, after cashing in on an attack lacking the services of Jon Lewis, who is away on England duty. The innings didn't start so promisingly, as both openers, Nick Knight and Michael Powell, fell cheaply, but Trott and Bell made amends with a third-wicket stand of 151. Alex Loudon chipped in with 47 to take Warwickshire into the lead, although their day was spoiled slightly when both he and Trott fell in quick succession late in the day, to the spin pairing of Upul Chandana and Ian Fisher.
Lancashire 379 and 291 for 5 (Chilton 112, Sutcliffe 52) lead Yorkshire 335 (Jaques 97, White 71, Lumb 68, Anderson 4-97) by 335 runs
Matthew Hoggard struck an unbeaten 64 as Yorkshire clung on for the draw at Headingley. With nearly three hours' play remaining, Yorkshire had just two wickets left, but they stood firm, losing just one wicket in the process as they snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat. When the final over of the compulsory last 15 finished the Yorkshire players roared with delight ... only to realise that as Lancashire had got through their overs so quickly, there was time for one more. When that was safely negotiated, the celebrations started again. Lancashire added 46 in the morning: Mark Chilton allowing Stuart Law to make his fifty before declaring with Yorkshire left to chase an unlikely 382. and nearly three sessions to defend. And they were soon in trouble at 24 for 3, James Anderson striking twice. He finished with 7 for 166. But just as the visitors were turning the screw, Ian Harvey and Craig White set about saving the match for Yorkshire, with a stand of 76. After they fell within four runs of each other, Ian Dawood went soon after and Lancashire were scenting victory. But Phil Jaques and Richard Dawson threatened to ruin Lancashire's party with a seventh-wicket stand of 68. And another late partnership - of 45 between Dawson and Matthew Hoggard for the ninth wicket - boosted Yorkshire and they clung on, with Deon Kruis also unbeaten on 13.
Worcestershire 423 and 138 for 2 (Moore 66*) defeated Somerset 408 and 152 (Mason 5-34) by eight wickets
Worcestershire made quick work of finishing off matters against Somerset on the final day at Bath. Somerset lost Andrew Caddick early, with just one run added to their overnight total of 151 for 9, and Stephen Moore hunted down the runs in fine style, with an unbeaten 66 from 75 balls. Neither was Ben Smith hanging around - he rattled up 41 not out from 39 balls. Worcestershire did lose two wickets in pursuit of victory - Simon Davies made 1 and Graeme Hick 17, each falling to Caddick - but the result was a formality.
Durham 505 beat Essex 106 and 380 (Adams 103, Davies 5-86) by an innings and 19 runs
Essex put up a much better fight than they had shown in their first innings, but they were still powerless to prevent Durham from storming to their fifth victory of the season. Having followed on a massive 399 runs in arrears, Essex resumed on a ropey 12 for 1 overnight, and when Alistair Cook fell for the addition of just two runs, it seemed as though they might struggle to surpass their first-innings 106. Dale Steyn, however, had other plans. Sent in as a nightwatchman, he displayed an unheralded stickability and glued the top-order together with a career-best 82 - had he made just another three runs, he would have doubled his career tally. But he and Andy Flower both fell with the score on 146, whereupon James Foster came in to shore up the remainder of the innings with a deadpan 78. At 202 for 7, Essex were already dead in the water, so Andre Adams decided to have some fun, belting 103 - his second first-class century - from just 78 balls. Essex came close to avoiding an innings defeat, but the gulf between first and second in this division is yawning.