Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire, Northampton
Northamptonshire suffered a massive collapse on the third day to eventually succumb to a six-wicket loss to Leicestershire at Northampton. Resuming at 165/3, they lost their last seven wickets for the addition of just 53 runs. Ben Raine and Mohammad Abbas were the pick of the bowlers sharing seven wickets between them.
The collapse gave Leicestershire an ideal opportunity to pick up a win as they had to chase down a modest total of 217. Even though Rory Kleinveldt breached through the defence of Harry Dearden very early in the chase, Paul Horton and Lewis Hill struck half-centuries to put the visitors on top. Eventually, they completed a six-wicket win.
Brief scores: Northamptonshire 204 (Ricardo Vasconcelos 49; Zak Chappell 6-44) & 229 (Alex Wakely 74; Ben Raine 4-54) lost to Leicestershire 217 (Neil Dexter 45; Rory Kleinveldt 4-51) & 217/4 (Lewis Hill 85; Saif Zaib 2-24) by six wickets
Durham vs Derbyshire, Chester-le-Street
Matt Salisbury and Chris Rushworth’s twin bursts in quick succession stuttered Derbyshire’s chase in the final session of Day 3. Ben Slater, nonetheless, remained defiant and took the visitors to 69 for 4 at Stumps.
Earlier in the day, Gareth Harte’s century helped Durham post 376 in the second innings. Duanne Olivier’s fifer had left the hosts tottering at 159 for 7, before Nathan Rimmington and Salisbury showed good application to survive in healthy half-century stands with Harte for the eighth and ninth wicket. As a result, the lead which was only 50 at that point swelled to a healthy 267.
Brief Scores: Durham 96 & 376 (Gareth Harte 114, Nathan Rimmington 42; Duanne Olivier 5-105) lead Derbyshire 205 & 69/4 (Ben Slater 41*; Matt Salisbury 2-16, Chris Rushworth 2-22) by 198 runs
Warwickshire vs Glamorgan, Birmingham
Usman Khawaja’s century and Chris Cooke’s 59 helped Glamorgan post 323 in their second innings before Dominic Sibley and Will Rhodes took Warwickshire to 25 at stumps without any loss on Day 3.
Resuming the day on 55 for no loss, Glamorgan lost both their openers early in the day. After losing four top-order wickets in the opening session, their innings was revived by a 115-run stand between Cooke and Khawaja. Henry Brookes and Chris Wright were the chief wicket-takers for Warwickshire, striking thrice each.
Brief Scores: Glamorgan 220 & 323 (Usman Khawaja 125, Chris Cooke 59; Chris Wright 3-59, Henry Brookes 3-70) lead Warwickshire 250 & 25/0 by 269 runs
Gloucestershire vs Kent, Bristol
Kent pacer Matt Henry’s six-wicket haul further derailed Gloucestershire on Day 3 of their fixture in Bristol, as they folded for just 240 despite the fighting efforts of Graeme van Buuren (83) and Kieran Noema-Barnett (73 not out), who added 104 runs for the seventh wicket. Henry broke the stand before running through the tail. Gloucestershire, who made 582 for 9 in the first innings, enforced follow-on.
Much to their relief, Benny Howell and captain Chris Dent started much better in the second innings, crawling to 73 for no wicket at stumps, still trailing by 269 runs.
Brief Scores: Kent 582/9 dec. (Sean Dickson 117, Joe Denly 107; Craig Miles 4-122) lead Gloucestershire 240 & 73 for no-loss (Benny Howell 44*) by 269 runs
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