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Cricket news - Essex go top of Group 1 table with crushing win over Derbyshire

Simon Harmer picked 12 wickets in his team's victory

Simon Harmer picked 12 wickets in his team's victory

Despite an improved batting performance by Derbyshire's top order, they were bundled out for 251 in their second essay to hand Essex their second win of the season - by an innings and 15 runs, helping them to the top of the Group 1 points table. Simon Harmer picked three wickets in the second innings to return with match figures of 12 for 202. James Porter and Samuel Cook too bagged three wickets apiece as Derbyshire's lower-order failed to put up a resistance, losing the last six wickets for 58 runs.

Chris Rushworth (4-52) and Mark Wood (3-47) paved the way for Worcestershire's collapse on Day 4 as Durham secured a massive 258-run win. After the 79-run opening stand came to an end early in the day, after the opening duo had gone to stumps on 60 for no loss on Day 3, the rest of the batting order struggled to stand up against the hosts' pace attack at Chester-le-Street.Daryl Mitchell scored a half-century but couldn't do enough to help his team's chances as they slid to their first loss in six games. Brydon Carse also returned a brace in a day dominated by the bowlers.

Group 2

"It's never nice when you spend three days watching the rain," reflected Tom Abell at the end of a frustrating County Championship game against Surrey in Taunton. No play was possible in the final day meaning the fixture saw only 68 overs of action over the duration of four days. In that period the visitors Surrey scored 206 runs for 4 wickets, which gave them nine points. Somerset meanwile remain second in the Group 2 standings, behind derby rivals Gloucestershire who handed Somerset their only defeat so far in the first leg.

Group 3

In the 43 overs of play squeezed in around the rain stoppages, Kent's two overnight batsmen made merry, Jack Leaning getting to his fourth First Class century, and Oliver Robinson falling 15 runs short of his, before both sides settled for a draw ahead of a scheduled close of play. Sussex, though, would be pretty disappointed with the result given their 111-run lead in the first innings, and a lot of it had to do with Jofra Archer experiencing a recurrence of his elbow injury that restricted him to bowling just five overs in the second innings.

Persistent rain ruined what was a delicately poised final day, with just 13 overs of play being possible. It was enough time though for Glamorgan's Kiran Carlson to continue his golden run of form, blazing away to an 84-ball 88 including 13 fours. With 12 points, this draw now puts Yorkshire at the top of the Group 3 points table.