In the first division, a hundred from Ed Smith on the third day at Canterbury put Kent in an excellent position against Northants. Smith started the day on 79 not out, and passed 150 before he was trapped lbw by Johann Louw. Needing to score an almost impossible 582 to win Northants finished on 281 for 3, with Jeffrey Cook contributing 114.
In Division Two, Glamorgan pulled off a remarkable victory on the final day at Chelmsford, beating Essex by four wickets, to move a step closer to promotion. After scoring more than 600 in their first innings, Essex began the day on 101 for 4, but collapsed to 165 all out. Robert Croft and Michael Lewis engineered the slump with four wickets each, and David Hemp then struck an unbeaten 83 to guide Glamorgan home. No side has ever scored more runs and gone on to lose a Championship game.
Jamie Cox flayed Nottinghamshire's attack for 35 fours and a six on his way to a career-best 250. He added 207 for the third wicket with James Hildreth, who scored 108, and Somerset eventually declared on 654 for 8. In reply, Jason Gallian and Darren Bicknell both struck half-centuries, but Nottinghamshire need another 183 runs just to avoid an innings defeat.
County Championship Division One
Northamptonshire 151 and 281 for 3 (Cook 114) need another 301 runs to beat Kent 414 for 8 dec and 318 for 5 dec (Smith 156) at Canterbury
Day 1 report: Key century leads Kent run-feast - The Times
Worcestershire 416 and 156 for 1 (Moore 83*, Hick 56*) drew with Warwickshire 460 and 254 for 8 dec at Worcester
Day 1 report: Price holds up Warwickshire's run to title - The Independent
Day 2 report: Ali takes chance to learn from master - The Times
Day 3 report: Warwickshire happy to keep hold of Inverarity - The Times
Day 4 report: Warwickshire forced to wait - The Daily Telegraph
Surrey 369 and 185 (Keedy 6-95) beat Lancashire 278 (Chapple 67, Doshi 5-125) and 129 (Doshi 6-57) by 147 runs at Old Trafford
Day 1 report: Lancashire toil as Brown stands firm - The Daily Telegraph
Day 2 report: Doshi's high five - The Daily Telegraph
County Championship Division Two
Nottinghamshire 337 and 134 for 1 (Bicknell 68*) trail Somerset 654 for 8 dec (Cox 250, Wood 113, Hildreth 108) by 183 runs at Trent Bridge
Day 1 report: Ealham keeps Notts on course - The Times
Glamorgan 587 and 223 for 6 (Hemp 83*) beat Essex 642 and 165 (Flower 48, Croft 4-52, Lewis 4-39) by four wickets at Chelmsford
Day 1 report: Irani follows Flower's lead to maintain promotion hopes - The Times
Day 2 report: Foster flays Glamorgan - The Daily Telegraph
Hampshire 321 and 329 beat Leicestershire 282 and 282 (Hodge 74, Taylor 3-53, Warne 3-62) at Grace Road
Day 1 report: Pothas century sustains Hampshire - The Times
Day 2 report: Stevens delivers - The Daily Telegraph
Day 3 report: Hampshire so close - The Daily Telegraph
Durham 325 and 375 for 9 dec (Breese 68) beat Yorkshire 200 and 290 (Dawood 75, Breese 5-110) by 210 runs at Scarborough
Day 1 report: Lawson's leg-up for Yorkshire - The Daily Telegraph
Day 2 report: Yorkshire batsmen blown away by Breese - The Times
Day 3 report: Durham delight - The Daily Telegraph
National League Division One
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