Lancashire Inch Closer To First Title Since 2011

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Lancashire inch closer to first title since 2011. Captain Dane Vilas came to the rescue though with a cool 47 not out to see his side home.

Lancashire Inch Closer To First Title Since 2011Captain Dane Vilas came to the rescue though with a cool 47 not out to see his side home.

Division 1

Lancashire's one-wicket victory over Hampshire in Liverpool has put them within touching distance of a first County Championship title since 2011. Chasing 196 for victory, Lancashire were cruising at 151 for 4 but then lost five wickets for just 43 runs to put their title hopes in the balance. Captain Dane Vilas came to the rescue though with a cool 47 not out to see his side home. Unless Warwickshire can beat Somerset on the final day at Edgbaston, Lancashire will be champions.

Warwickshire are going to have to pull something out of the bag to stop Vilas's team. Somerset's lower order frustrated the home side at Edgbaston on the third day, with 118 runs coming from the final three wickets thanks to Lewis Gregory's 68 and Jack Leach's 49. That gave Somerset an 18-run lead but that was quickly extinguished and by the close, Warwickshire had made 179 for 1 from just 36 overs, including 42 not out from just 29 balls from captain Will Rhodes. Their lead is 157. Tomorrow's plan is score quick runs then bowl Somerset out.

Adam Lyth scored 153 in Yorkshire's second innings to help them set Nottinghamshire a victory target of 174 in the fourth innings of the game. After following on, Yorkshire made 396 second time round with Lyth ably supported by Harry Brook and Jordan Thompson. Nottinghamshire had reached 42 for 1 by the close – Haseeb Hameed was the man dismissed – and need 132 more for the win.

Division 2

It was another day of batsmen feasting on a flat pitch at the Oval. By the close, Surrey were 387 for 2 in their first innings in response to Glamorgan's 672 for 6 declared. Opener Jamie Smith made 132 for Surrey while Hashim Amla and Ollie Pope remain unbeaten on 87 and 95 respectively at the close. Glamorgan used nine bowlers in all but only one of them, Eddie Byron, was successful, picking up the two wickets to fall.

Essex and Gloucestershire sealed their victories on the second day.

Division 3

Derbyshire sealed a nine-wicket victory on the third day in Hove. After Sussex were bowled out for exactly 300 in their first innings, Derbyshire asked them to follow on and bundled the hosts out the second time round for just 187, with four visiting bowlers picking up two wickets apiece. That left Derbyshire just 23 runs required to win in their second innings which they reached for the loss of one wicket.

Worcestershire also wrapped up a victory on day three. After being eventually bowled out for 422 in their first innings, giving them a lead of 200, the home side then dismissed Leicestershire for just 211 in their second innings. Joe Leach and Dillon Pennington took three wickets each while only George Rhodes, who made 90, and Ben Mike, who scored 58, made any impression for the visitors to New Road. Worcestershire took no time at all to get the 12 runs they required for victory.

It could be an interesting final day at Canterbury with Kent requiring 98 more runs for victory against Middlesex with five wickets in hand. Set 373 runs to win, the home side stumbled to 103 for 4 but a century from wicket-keeper batsman Ollie Robinson and an unbeaten 76 from Tawanda Muyeye has kept them in the hunt. The wicket of Robinson from the final ball of day three, caught behind off Tim Murtagh, could prove crucial, however.

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