Nottinghamshire vs Surrey, Trent Bridge
After a dominant first day, the Surrey batsmen continued to put the Notts under the pump. Resuming on 223-1, Rory Burns (153) added another feather to his already celebrated season with his third Championship century of 2018. Rikki Clarke (111) then counter-attacked, stroking a century with Sam Curran (70) providing good support lower down the order as Surrey were finally bowled out for 592, with a lead of 382 runs.
Morne Morkel then got into the act, carrying his first innings form forward, nipping Jake Libby early to reduce the Notts to 57-1. With a trail of 325 still to be erased, the rest of the order would have to bat out of their skins to ensure that Surrey don’t widen the gap at the top of the table any further.
Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 210 & 57/1 (Mullaney 19*; Morkel 1-10) trail Surrey 592 (Burns 153, Clarke 111; Root 3-37) by 325 runs
Worcestershire vs Somerset, New Road
Somerset’s final-wicket pair could only add another 13 runs to their overnight tally before Jack Leach fell to Ed Barnard, as he got his second wicket of the innings. But the new ball pair of Craig Overton (2/29) and Josh Davey (4/68) struck early, before the other Overton (4/61) soon took over with the wicket of the dangerous Moeen Ali to reduce Worcestershire to 82 for five.
Thanks to substantial lower-order contributions from Luke Wood (65*) and Dillon Pennington (36), the hosts were able to get to a decent target of 257. The Somerset openers then piled on the lead, staying unbeaten to stumps.
With a lead of 127, Somerset, ranked third on the table, need this win desperately to close the gap in points with first-placed Surrey, who are threatening to run away with their game in this round.
Brief scores: Somerset 337 & 47/0 (Trescothick 33*, Byron 12*) lead Worcestershire 257 (Wood 65*, Dillon Pennington 37; J Overton 4-61, Davey 4-68) by 127 runs
Lancashire vs Yorkshire, Old Trafford
Yorkshire inch closer to the boasting rights in the battle of the Roses, needing only four wickets to seal a much-needed win. After a maniac 20-wicket first day, Lancashire’s bowlers continued the trend to keep plucking wickets, reducing the visitors to 21-3 in their second outing. But Jonny Bairstow went on a rampage, smashing an out of the blue 67-ball 82 to lift his side to 239. Seamer Graham Onions was the chief wicket-taker with three in his kitty.
Chasing a huge target of 323, given how low-scoring the match has been thus far, Lancashire’s top-order got starts, with the top three, Alex Davies (32) Keaton Jennings (30) and Haseeb Hameed (31) getting into their thirties, but just not carrying on to get a big one and anchor the chase. But the vital blow was struck right at the close of play when Joe Root came to roll his arm over and got the dangerous Jos Buttler for 59.
With Liam Livingstone nursing an injury, Lancashire would now have to bank only on three batsmen to chase down an unlikely remaining target of 129.
Brief scores: Yorkshire 192 & 239 (Bairstow 82, Brook 55; Onions 3-44) lead Lancashire 109 & 194/6 (Buttler 59, Tom Bailey 38*; Patterson 2-34) by 129 runs
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