Division One leaders Surrey are close to beating Essex

Division One leaders Surrey were close to victory after day three of the LV= Insurance County Championship clash against Essex.

The hosts closed with 85 for two in their second innings at The Oval and needed another 76 to win.

Captain Rory Burns fell for 40 but Ryan Patel wasn’t out for 22.

Essex was previously knocked out in his second innings for 208, with Dan Worrall finishing five-for-66 to post career-best match numbers of 11-for-122.

Second-placed Hampshire were in a dominant position after forcing Gloucestershire to continue at Cheltenham.

Gloucestershire were sent back into the tournament after being eliminated for 201 in response to the visitors’ 457 despite an unbeaten 58 from captain Graeme Van Buuren and 59 from Ollie Price. Liam Dawson took four for 44.

They then closed in their second innings at 191 for four, still down at 65 but at least with Miles Hammond resisting with a 109 unbeaten.

Josh Bohannan was hoping to lead third-placed Lancashire to victory after the Red Rose held up against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

Lancashire, conceding a first innings deficit of 103, threw out the home side for 174 on the second try, with Will Williams picking up five for 41 and Tom Bailey four for 65.

With that they were chasing a target of 278 and they were 192 for five to finish with Bohannan 92no.

Somerset were in a strong position against Yorkshire at Taunton as they closed 225 to six and led 373 in their second innings. George Bartlett was 88 to clean after Tom Lammonby weighed in at 46.

Yorkshire previously lost their last four wickets for just nine runs when they were thrown out 424 for 276 in response to Somerset’s first-innings. Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit 100 of 201 balls, but Jonathan Tattersall (43) was the only player to provide notable assist.

Warwickshire needs another 297 runs to beat Kent at Edgbaston with eight wickets remaining.

Kent set a goal of 325 after declaring 384 for nine in their second innings. Joe Denly got 141 of 269 deliveries and Jordan Cox added 79.

Warwickshire was 28 for two in the end.

Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire need to take 10 wickets to beat Derbyshire by one innings in the derby on Friday.

Derbyshire conceded a huge first-innings deficit of 300 when they were knocked out for 318 despite a defiant 109 from Brooke Guest, who put up 140 for the third wicket with Wayne Madsen (74).

The hosts were 79 without a loss in their second innings at stumps.

Second-placed Middlesex have fared well in their battle to save the game against Sussex at Lord’s thanks to a century of John Simpson.

In response to the visitors’ mammoth first innings 523, Middlesex was bowled for 485 after 109 by wicketkeeper Simpson. Toby Roland-Jones added 85 after Sam Robson previously hit 62 and Pieter Malan 64.

Bradley Currie took six for 93 Sussex who have yet to start their second innings.

Leicestershire had a firm grip on Glamorgan after day two at Grace Road.

Wiaan Mulder (156) added just nine to his overnight total and Harry Swindells (52) didn’t add to his tally, but Ben Mike (91) and Roman Walker (64) added 115 combined to take Leicestershire to 584 in their first innings help

Glamorgan was 111 to two in reply, with Colin Ingram and Sam Northeast both undefeated at 46 and 50 respectively.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/rory-burns-essex-the-oval-gloucestershire-hampshire-b2128675.html Division One leaders Surrey are close to beating Essex

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