Hampshire secure six-wicket win to dent Somerset's title ambitions
Surrey only need to draw against Worcestershire to claim their first County Championship title since 2002
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 11/09/18 9:32pm
Kyle Abbott's maiden County Championship 10-wicket match haul set up Hampshire's fourth Division One win of the season and all-but ended Somerset's title charge.
Abbott backed up his five scalps in the first innings by taking 6-40 to bowl Somerset out for 116 and end the match with analysis of 11-71.
Jimmy Adams then confirmed the victory, which eases Hampshire's relegation fears, with an unbeaten 25 as the home side chased down 75 to win by six wickets.
Somerset will have to wait until the conclusion of Surrey's fixture with Worcestershire to find out if they are still in with a chance of lifting the trophy this season.
Rory Burns further strengthened his position as Alastair Cook's likely successor at the top of the England order with an unbeaten century which has put Surrey on the brink of the Division One title. SCORECARD
Burns ended the day unbeaten on 103 as Surrey posted 213-6 in response to Worcestershire's 336, guiding his side to their first batting point.
They need just four more points to seal their first County Championship title for 16 years.
An unbeaten half-century from Gary Ballance gave Yorkshire the slight edge in the battle of the Roses. SCORECARD
After Lancashire posted 252 - a first-innings lead of 43 - Ballance steadied the Yorkshire ship finishing not out on 53, with his side 127-3.
Ben Slater and Kraigg Brathwaite combined to give Nottinghamshire a lead of 60 against Essex at Trent Bridge. SCORECARD
Batting for a second time, 56 runs adrift, the home county's opening pair reproduced last week's heroics with a century stand to help Notts towards 116-1 by the close.
Division Two leaders Warwickshire are in control against Leicestershire, leading by 284 runs after a rain-affected second day. SCORECARD
Sam Hain (72) and Chris Woakes (64 not out) helped Warwickshire to 384-9 after they bowled Leicestershire out for 100 on day one.
Chris Rushworth took 8-51 and then Cameron Steel hit an unbeaten century as Durham forged a 201-run lead over Sussex. SCORECARD
Jack Taylor and Ben Charlesworth shared an unbeaten stand of 143 to put Gloucestershire in command against Glamorgan.
Taylor finished the day on 98 not out and 17-year-old Charlesworth was on 65 as they finished day two on 284-6 - a first-innings lead of 147. SCORECARD
Fifteen wickets fell between Middlesex and Kent as the visitors close in on a fourth successive win at Lord's, with the hosts 104-4 in their second innings, needing another 52 for victory. SCORECARD
Alex Hughes was the chief beneficiary of a rain-shortened day at Wantage Road as he made his way to 74 not out, moving Derbyshire to 118-4 in reply to Northamptonshire's 255. SCORECARD
With only 29 overs possible in the morning session, Hughes moved from his overnight 38 to a fourth 50 in consecutive Division Two matches.
Northants did strike twice in the session, with Tom Lace, for 38, and Gary Wilson, for just three, edging and driving to Ben Curran at point. SCORECARD