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Cricket news - County Division 1 - Edwards leaves Essex staring at huge defeat

Edwards picked up a five-fer in the first innings.

Hampshire vs Essex, Southampton

A Fidel Edwards fifer left Essex staring down the barrel at the Rose Bowl, as they were bundled out for five runs fewer than what Sam Northeast managed in the home team's mammoth total of 525/8. Edwards began wreaking havoc late on Day 2 and carried forward in the same vein on Day 3 as dismantled the middle-order, not allowing partnerships to blossom despite Alastair Cook's best efforts - which included a half-century. Kyle Abbott and Keith Barker chipped in with two wickets each to leave Essex with the daunting task of following on.

Essex had an even worse start to their second innings, with Cook falling for just eight runs and the visitors struggling at 17 for 2. Abbott made it 27 for 3 with the wicket of Daniel Lawrence, after which a semblence of revival came about. Tom Westley and Ravi Bopara added 67 runs before Edwards picked up his sixth wicket of the fixture, dismissing the former.

Bopara forged another partnership with captain Ryan ten Doeschate, during the course of which he went past 50. The pair remained undefeated at stumps, dragging their side to 132 for 4, still trailing Hampshire by 229 runs.

Brief Scores: Hampshire 525/8 decl. (Sam Northeast 169, Rilee Rossouw 76; Matthew Quinn 3-104) lead Essex 164 (Alastair Cook 50, Ravi Bopara 37*; Fidel Edwards 5-51) & 132/4 (Ravi Bopara 60*; Kyle Abbott 2-38) by 229 runs

Somerset vs Kent, Taunton

Wickets continued to fall by the bucketload in Taunton, with 15 wickets falling on Day 3. Kent's slender lead after they were bowled out for for 209 in reply to Somerset's 171 could prove to be decisive as they reduced the home side to 171/7 by Stumps.

Resuming on 84/2, Kent continued to lose wickets at regular intervals in the morning session. Sean Dickson was the top scorer with 43, while Daniel Bell-Drummond chipped in with 33 to help them gain a vital lead of 38. Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton took three wickets apiece for Somerset.

Their 2nd innings followed the same pattern as their first. They lost their top three before they crossed the 20-run mark, and it was only thanks to 30s from Tom Abell, Steven Davies and George Bartlett that they managed to close in on their first innings total. A fine unbeaten stand of 70 between Bartlett and Craig Overton took Somerset to 171/7 at stumps, but they are still far from safety. Mitchell Claydon continued his fine form in the game with three wickets to add to his five from the first innings.

Brief Scores: Somerset 171 & 171/7 (Steven Davies 39, Mitchell Claydon 3-30) lead Kent 209 (Sean Dickson 43, Daniel Bell-Drummond 33, Lewis Gregory 3-26) by 133 runs

Nottinghamshire vs Yorkshire, Nottingham

Joe Clarke headed towards making it two hundreds in the match as hosts Nottinghamshire opened up a massive advantage over Yorkshire on the third day of their Division One encounter at Trent Bridge. Yorkshire, resuming the day on 206 for 5, were bowled out for 291 conceding a 117-run first-innings lead, which the hosts stretched to 446 with an exhilirating display of batting.

Clarke finished the day unbeaten on 97 off 125 following on from his first-innings 112 while Steven Mullaney (52) and Ben Duckett (61) scored quickfire half-centuries. Chris Nash, who made 75 off 152, was the most circumspect of the Notinghamshire's batsmen. Yorkshire's bowlers were put to the sword by this combined batting assault with only captain Steven Patterson coming away with an economy under 4.

Earlier in the day, Yorkshire squandered a good opportunity to close in on Nottinghamshire's total in their first innings with England captain Joe Root unable to make his start count into a big hundred. He was seventh out for 73 with the final three wickets falling for the addition of 38 runs. Stuart Broad, Luke Fletcher and Samit Patel picked up three wickets each.

Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 408 & 329/5 (Joe Clarke 97*, Chris Nash 75; Matthew Waite 2-71) lead Yorkshire 291 (Adam Lyth 81, Joe Root 73; Stuart Broad 3-56, Luke Fletcher 3-64) by 446 runs

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