Lancashirewill be scenting a final-day victory after Stuart Law put Durham to the sword with a fine century. Law's unbeaten 111 allowed Mark Chilton, who joined him with 57 in a stand of 101, to set Durham 401. Two late wickets - one for Sajid Mahmood and one for Gary Keedy - have made that highly unlikely, especially as Keedy removed the in-form Gordon Muchall, and now the question is whether Durham can hang on for a draw.
Impressive centuries for Nick Knight and Jonathan Trott have left Warwickshire with plenty of time to force a win against Yorkshire. The pair extended their partnership to 249 before Knight was caught off Jason Gillespie. Trott ploughed on and Heath Steak delayed his declaration until the Yorkshire were left facing the daunting prospect of 500. Early strikes by Streak and James Anyon put Warwickshire on their way but Anthony McGrath's unbeaten 73 kept Yorkshire afloat, if only just, heading into the final day.
Mushtaq Ahmed bowled Sussex to a handsome 94-run win over Hampshire at the Rose Bowl with a seven-wicket haul. Mushtaq didn't need a second invitation to twirl away on a pitch that offered encouragement for all bowlers. His dismissal of Michael Carberry, bowled for 39, left Hampshire 144 for 4 and he then raced through the lower order by himself. All his victims were either bowled or lbw. Robin Martin-Jenkins lifted the target beyond 300 with a powerful 91 off 97 balls after Sussex and formed a vital 60-run stand with Luke Wright. In the end his innings was the difference.
Middlesex v Kent at Lord's. For a full report by Andrew McGlashan click here.
Somersetpowered to a 227-run victory against Worcestershire to make up for their opening round defeat to Durban. Worcestershire collapsed dramatically for the second time in the match as Andrew Caddick to his match haul to nine wickets, including Ben Smith first ball. Charl Willoughby helped himself to three, continuing a useful start to his Somerset career, as Worcestershire never threatened to take the match into a fourth day. Zaheer Khan had earlier finished with 6 for 40, and a ten-wicket haul for his Championship debut, but it was only a prelude of what was to come.
Essexare on course for a thumping win over Glamorgan after making them follow-on at Cardiff and grabbing four second-innings scalps. The wickets were shared around in the first innings as numerous Glamorgan batsmen failed to build on promising starts. James Middlebrook, the offspinner, and Tim Phillips, the left-armer, took four between them and were in the wickets again second time around. Michael Powell is unbeaten overnight but it is asking a lot of him and the tail to battle through the final day and a track now taking turn.
Surrey have set Leicestershirea tough 414 to win after Mark Butcher found some form with an unbeaten 85. Scott Newman launched Surrey's second innings in style with an aggressive 75 but another middle-order collapse stunted their progress. However, Butcher and Tim Murtagh put them back on course with a 100-run stand. Azhar Mahmood claimed an early with before HD Ackerman replied with a flurry of boundaries, but Surrey remain clear favourites.