Hampshire keep pressure on leaders Surrey with a seven-wicket win in Yorkshire

Hampshire kept the pressure on Surrey, leaders of the LV= Insurance County Championship, with an impressive seven-wicket win in Yorkshire.

The visitors had to chase 214 on the final day at Scarborough after resuming unbeaten on nine and opening players Felix Organ and Ian Holland broke the tail of the tricky target with a 135 run stand for the first wicket.

Both would miss the centuries as Organ was out for 72 and Holland was sacked for a run less before captain James Vince failed to get the job done at 43 to give second-placed Hampshire an eighth Division One win this season.

Surrey clinched a third consecutive triumph to stay on top, with Kemar Roach’s sensational spell sparking a Warwickshire meltdown.

Roach’s six-over burst of four for 20 sent the Kia Oval visitors up from 270 to four to 310, leaving a 248 target.

Hashim Amla led the charge with an unbeaten 80 in a hundred partnerships with Ollie Pope, who hit 52 after Rory Burns got off to a good start at 61 to help Surrey win with six wickets in hand and 21.2 overs remaining.

Third-placed Lancashire also kept up the heat before Red Ball cricket went on hiatus for the next month due to The Hundred and Royal London Cup.

Tom Bailey posted career-best match numbers at 11-110 to help the hosts at Emirates Old Trafford knock out Kent on 127 and secure a nice 184-run win.

Rob Jones’ 65 not out helped Lancashire declare 436 for nine, making an unattainable 312 chase, and Bailey’s second five for the game ensured it remains a three-horse title race.

A frustrating draw for Essex against Somerset at Chelmsford appears to have all but ended their faint hopes of another county championship.

Substitutes Tom Banton and James Rew hit contrasting first Red Ball years for the away team to help them declare at 605 for six.

It left a 100 lead and a difficult period for Essex to bat, but they brushed off a fifth-ball layoff for first-inning double centurion Nick Browne to make it 30 for one before handshakes ensured that both teams walked away with 12 points.

There was far more excitement at Cheltenham, where Ryan Rickelton’s exhilarating 68 ball from 47 saw Northamptonshire successfully crush a goal of 202 with two wickets remaining.

The defeat left a bitter taste in the mouth for Gloucestershire captain Graeme Van Buuren, who nullified 127 and declared for nine at 363 to create a chance of a positive result.

Zafar Gohar tried in vain to bowl the hosts five to 62 to victory but Rickelton smashed three maximums and received competent support from Will Young (43) before Northamptonshire survived a mini-slump on fatality to go 20-ball to victory .

Nottinghamshire, leaders in Division Two, tightened their stranglehold on the league with an emphatic 256-run win over Sussex with more than a day to go.

After being ejected for 301 to win the visitors at Trent Bridge by 399, Dane Paterson and James Pattinson sacked the opposition for 142 with three wickets.

Dane Paterson helped Nottinghamshire to another crucial win (Simon Marper/PA)

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Title rivals Middlesex were only able to draw at Durham, but home favorite Chris Rushworth celebrated his 600th first class wicket.

Rushworth’s milestone scalp helped throw the away team for 455, but the home team soon wiped out the 34-run deficit before hitting 142 for three when the expected tie was finally confirmed.

Anuj Dal picked up three wickets in seven balls on his way to a best return of five for 40 to bowl Worcestershire for 190 in pursuit of 289 and secure Derbyshire’s 98-run win at New Road.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/hampshire-james-vince-lancashire-essex-ollie-pope-b2133583.html Hampshire keep pressure on leaders Surrey with a seven-wicket win in Yorkshire

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