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Robinson starred for Sussex with a five-for

Robinson starred for Sussex with a five-for

SOUTH GROUP

Sussex vs Hampshire, Hove

Ollie Robinson starred with a five-wicket haul as Sussex made short work of Hampshire, beating them by 94 runs within three days and bagging their first points in the Bob Willis Trophy 2020. Sussex, who had picked up a 23-run lead after Hampshire were skittled for 153 in their first innings, consolidated on their lead, and stretched it to 244. Hampshire in reply did no better than they did in their first try, being bowled out for 150 in just 43.1 overs. Robinson returned figures of 5-28 in 13.1 overs and Jack Carson had three as Sussex bagged 19 points.

Brief scores: Sussex 176 & 221 (Philip Salt 80; Felix Organ 3-41, Mason Crane 3-46) beat Hampshire 153 & 150 (James Fuller 30; Ollie Robinson 5-28, Jack Carson 3-37) by 94 runs.

Essex vs Kent, Chelmsford

Ryan ten Doeschate and the bowlers put Essex in a position of advantage after they had found themselves in a bit of a soup at the end of Day 2. Going to stumps at 179/5, trailing Kent's 387 by 208, ten Doeschate stuck around to accumulate vital 78 runs along with the lower order to take Essex to 298 before they were bowled out. Kent were made to squander their 89-run lead with Essex's bowlers dominating them. All the four bowlers bagged returns with Harmer's 4-35 and Samuel Cook's 3-19 standing out as Kent were skittled for just 112 in 49.1 overs, leaving Essex with 202 to win. Essex had just the one over to face before stumps were drawn. They will have their work cut out for the final day.

Brief scores: Kent 387 & 112 (Jordan Cox 29; Simon Harmer 4-35, Samuel Cook 3-19) lead Essex 298 & 0/0 by 202 runs

Surrey vs Middlesex, London

Middlesex bowled Surrey out for 282 on day 3, picking up a lead of 65 after having declared their first innings at 347. Scott Borthwick was unbeaten on 73 when they day resumed and looked set for a century too, but Martin Andersson denied him of a much-deserved ton for 92. However, Jamie Smith kept Surrey in the game with a handy 80, the last batsman to get into double-digit scores.

Tim Murtagh then ran through the lower order for a five-wicket haul (5-47). Middlesex, thereafter, built on the lead, with contributions from their top order, taking the lead to 249 at stumps. Nick Gubbins was unbeaten on 50 when stumps were drawn with his side at 184/3, with Daniel Moriarty picking up all three wickets.

Brief scores: Middlesex 347/6 decl. & 184/3 (Nick Gubbins 50*; Daniel Moriarty 3-39) lead Surrey 282 (Scott Borthwick 92, Jamie Smith 80; Tim Murtagh 5-47) by 249 runs.

CENTRAL GROUP

Somerset vs Glamorgan, Taunton

Tom Abell's century, studded with 13 fours and two sixes, helped Somerset strengthen their grip over the visitors, who after their 131 all-out in the first innings, never really stood a chance of getting back in this game. James Hildreth (45) and Ben Green (54) gave Abell good support as the hosts declared after setting a massive target of 457 over four and a half sessions. And then once again, it was Craig Overton breaking the back of the top-order with two quick wickets in his first spell to leave Glamorgan clutching at straws.

Brief scores: Somerset 296 and 290/8 decl. (Tom Abell 119, Ben Green 54; Daniel Douthwaite 2-60) lead Glamorgan 131 and 126/5 (Chris Cooke 67; Craig Overton 2-20, Jamie Overton 2-32) by 330 runs

Warwickshire vs Northamptonshire, Edgbaston

It looked a sealed deal for Northamptonshire after they conceded a 227-run lead in their first innings, but thanks to solid fifties from Ben Curran (58), Charlie Thurston (96) and 'keeper Adam Rossington (60), they now find themselves with a very realistic chance of avoiding defeat. Having lost just six wickets through the day and currently at a lead of 90 runs, batting through the first session tomorrow should see them to safety. Tim Bresnan continued his all-round show on his Warwickshire debut, following his century with the bat with three wickets to end up as the pick of the bowlers.

Brief scores: Northamptonshire 142 and 317/6 (Charlie Thurston 96, Adam Rossington 60; Tim Bresnan 3-26) lead Warwickshire 369/8 decl. by 90 runs

Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire, Bristol

On the back of a quickfire 124-run sixth-wicket stand between Brett D'Oliveira (91 off 104) and Ben Cox (45 off 32), Worcestershire were able to inject some much needed momentum into their innings, helping them declare a lot sooner than they'd have planned with a sizeable lead of 161 runs. However, Gloucestershire skipper and opener Chris Dent dropped anchor with a watchful fifty and brought his side close to wiping off the deficit by stumps on day three. Although the pitch doesn't seem to have any apparent demons in it, a couple of quick wickets tomorrow morning could help Worcestershire put the pressure back.

Brief scores: Gloucestershire 267 and 135/3 (Chris Dent 67, George Hankins 38; Charlie Morris 2-23) trail Worcestershire 428/5 decl. (Brett DOliveira 91, Daryl Mitchell 80; David Payne 1-54) by 26 runs

NORTH GROUP

Durham vs Yorkshire, Chester-le-Street

Yorkshire are at throwing distance of a win at Chester-le-Street, needing just another 66 runs to win with seven wickets in hand on the final day, going to stumps at 103/3. Durham, who resumed the day on 106/2, leading by 10, managed to add just 160 runs on day 3 to set Yorkshire a target of 171 after being bowled out for 266. Yorkshire's Adam Lyth and Will Fraine departed early, but Dawid Malan (50*), along with Tom Kohler-Cadmore (24) and Harry Brook (23*), took them to safety with substantial partnerships. Earlier, Alex Lees, who was fighting a lone battle unbeaten on 58 when the play began on Day 3, scored a century before falling for 106 at 221/4. Matthew Fisher's four and Steven Patterson's three ensured Durham couldn't get away.

Brief scores: Durham 103 & 266 (Alex Lees 106; Matthew Fisher 4-54, Steven Patterson 3-62) lead Yorkshire 199 & 103/3 (Dawid Malan 50*; Chris Rushworth 3-38) by 66 runs.

Lancashire vs Leicestershire, Worcester

Ben Slater's career-best 172 and Colin Ackermann's 94 led Leicestershire to 409/8 before they made the declaration, taking a first-innings lead of 87. They then topped it with three early wickets before stumps were drawn as Lancashire ended the day on 93/3, leading by 9 runs. Slater, who resumed the day on 104, shared a partnership of 165 with Ackermann, which was a third-wicket record for Leicestershire against Lancashire, who resumed the day on 183/2. Lancashire, in deficit, were led by Alex Davies, who held the innings together after batsmen at the other end fell cheaply. However, he was sent back too on the brink of stumps for 54 by Callum Parkinson.

Brief scores: Lancashire 322 & 93/3 (Alex Davies 54) lead Leicestershire 409/8 dec (Ben Slater 172, Colin Ackermann 94; Tom Hartley 3-117) by 9 runs

Nottinghamshire vs Derbyshire, Nottingham

Deryshire need 236 runs to win with nine wickets in hand on Day 4. Skipper Billy Godleman, unbeaten on 69 at stumps on Day 3, and Wayne Madsen added 96 for the second wicket and kept them on track in the chase as Derbyshire went to stumps at 129/1.

Samit Patel's highest first-class score since 2017 of 80, amidst lower-order stands, rescued Nottinghamshire from a precarious position of 150/7 at one stage. Samit, along with Joey Evison (31) and Jake Ball (22), were instrumental in stretching the total to 279, and the lead to 365, giving his side the chance of picking up a red-ball win for the first time in over two years. Haseeb Hameed, who steadied the ship yesterday, unbeaten on 30, reached a fifty but couldn't convert it into a big score, falling for 52, while Steven Mullaney was dismissed for 48 as Nottinghamshire lost wickets in a heap. Samit then steadied the ship thereafter but once he fell, it was the end for them.

Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 324 & 279 (Haseeb Hameed 52, Samit Patel 80; Samuel Conners 3-63, Ben Aitchison 3-55) lead Derbyshire 239 & 129/1 (Billy Godleman 69*) by 236 runs.

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