Jamie Porter and Sam Cook take four wickets each as Essex skittle Surrey for 67
Warwickshire on top against Kent in tussle for Division Title
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 29/09/18 9:19am
Essex bowlers Jamie Porter and Sam Cook claimed four wickets each to condemn newly-crowned champions Surrey to a day to forget at the Kia Oval in their Specsavers County Championship match.
Only England batsman Ollie Pope made it past 20 as Surrey were skittled out for 67 in just 27 overs.
Murali Vijay (80) and Tom Westley took full advantage as Essex reached stumps 130 ahead, on 197-2, with Westley unbeaten with 93.
Yorkshire made sure of their Division One status for the 2019 season despite being on the receiving end of another century from Worcestershire opener Daryl Mitchell.
The Tykes needed two more points to stay up and that milestone was achieved when Ed Barnard was leg before to Jack Brooks in the paceman's final game before leaving Headingley to join Somerset. SCORECARD
But, they were made to wait until the 84th over as Mitchell completed his fourth Championship century of the campaign, following up his 178 in last month's innings victory at Scarborough with 127 at New Road, as the Pears closed on 319-8.
James Hildreth's third century of the season put Somerset in command against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Hildreth scored 137 as the visitors reached stumps on 353-7, with Harry Gurney was the pick of the home attack, picking up figures of 5-66. SCORECARD
During the course of his innings, Hildreth passed 1,000 Championship runs for the summer and shared in stands of 71 with Marcus Trescothick, 92 with Tom Abell, and 90 with Steven Davies.
England opener Keaton Jennings top-scored as relegation-threatened Lancashire's batsmen attempted to back up the work of their bowlers against Hampshire. SCORECARD
Jennings was bowled for 48, but captain Liam Livingstone was still there on 46 at stumps with the visitors finishing the day on 123-4 at Southampton.
Hampshire had earlier been dismissed for 187 with Sam Northeast's 42 the most significant contribution.
In Division Two, Will Rhodes dominated an unbeaten opening partnership of 148 as second-placed Warwickshire enjoyed the better of their title showdown with leaders Kent. SCORECARD
Rhodes' 102 and 37 from Dominic Sibley guided their side to within 19 runs of the visitors' first innings total of 167 after Keith Barker, Chris Wright and Olly Stone had taken three wickets apiece.
Wickets tumbled at Northampton as Sussex found themselves trailing by 49 runs, five overs into their second innings at the end of day one. SCORECARD
Having taken 4-32 as Northamptonshire dismissed Sussex for just 118, bowler Ben Sanderson scored 36 to help his side to 171 all out, and the visitors had reached four without loss by the close.
Derbyshire opener Luis Reece struck with bat and ball to peg back Gloucestershire at Derby. SCORECARD
Reece's 59 provided the backbone for the home side's modest total of 184, but he then took four Gloucestershire wickets, all of them leg before wicket, to leave the visitors with 100-5 overnight.
Matt Salisbury returned figures of 6-37 as Durham took control of their clash with Middlesex in Paul Collingwood's final game for the county. SCORECARD
The visitors made just 121 after winning the toss and electing to bat with England bowler Mark Wood helping himself to 3-23 and Gareth Harte's 76 not out established a 106-run lead with Durham closing on 227-5.
Glamorgan's Kiran Carlson hit 83 and Craig Meschede 55 to frustrate Leicestershire in Cardiff with the home side closing on 331-8. SCORECARD