County Championship: Jack Leach takes six-for as Somerset thrash Nottinghamshire
Yorkshire and Kent closing in on victories, Sussex chase at Durham set to go down to the wire
By Sam Drury
Last Updated: 13/04/19 7:24pm
Jack Leach tore through Nottinghamshire as Somerset completed an innings and 14 runs victory inside three days at Trent Bridge.
Making his first County Championship appearance of the season, Leach, who did not bowl in Notts' first innings, struck in his first over and went on to take 6-36 as the hosts were skittled for 126.
Resuming on 25-2, Notts made a steady start before Ben Slater (34) was stumped from the last ball of Leach's first over of the campaign. The left-arm spinner took another two wickets before lunch and four more after the break as the hosts folded.
Jacks Brooks (4-22) finished the job and, after beating Kent last week, Somerset maintain their 100 per cent start to the season and go top of Division One. SCORECARD
Hampshire look to be heading for defeat after being forced to follow on by Yorkshire, with Sam Northeast was dismissed for 99 by Duanne Olivier (3-89) at the Ageas Bowl.
Starting the day 74-3, replying to Yorkshire's 554-7 declared, Hampshire were eventually bowled out for 302 soon after tea despite half-centuries from Northeast and Liam Dawson (57).
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Steven Patterson then took 3-9 in a brilliant spell as the hosts collapsed to 54-5 at the close, needing another 198 to make Yorkshire bat again. SCORECARD
Kent are pushing for victory after enforcing the follow on against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, despite a century from Dom Sibley.
The opener made 132 but no other Warwickshire batsman reached 50 as they were bowled out for 346.
Sibley was unable to follow up his ton in the second innings, falling for five, as the hosts were reduced to 30-3 before clawing their way to 79-4 at the close, Harry Podmore taking 2-15 for Kent. SCORECARD
Captain Ryan ten Doeschate scored 130 as Essex earned a first-innings lead of 53 against defending champions Surrey at The Oval.
Dan Lawrence fell for 93 before Ten Doeschate and Robbie White (39) put on 102 for the sixth wicket, a partnership eventually broken by Morne Morkel (3-97).
Essex were 448 all out but a draw seems the most likely result with Surrey 68-0 at stumps. SCORECARD
In Division Two, Rob Jones (122) scored his second first-class hundred as Lancashire racked up 427 for a first-innings lead of 162 over Middlesex at Lord's.
On a rain-affected third day, Tim Murtagh took 5-69 but Jones' ton and 68 from Dane Vilas, in addition to Haseeb Hameed's century on day two, mean Middlesex will have to battle for a draw on the final day for the second game running.
James Anderson (1-8) then struck early for Lancashire and Middlesex were 68-2, trailing by 94, at stumps. SCORECARD
There is an exciting finish in store at Emirates Riverside, where Sussex will begin day four on 144-3, chasing 212 to win against Durham.
Gareth Harte hit an unbeaten 74 as the hosts rallied from 106-7 to make 189 in their second innings, David Wiese taking 5-43 for Sussex, and set a more challenging target.
Sussex have been up to that challenge so far though and hold the upper hand going into the last day, with Stiaan van Zyl (66no) and Laurie Evans (21no) at the crease and just 68 more required, but a couple of early wickets would bring Durham right back into it. SCORECARD
Leicestershire are 132-4, still trailing by 119, after being asked to follow on by Worcestershire at Grace Road.
Josh Tongue took 4-46 as Leicestershire were bowled out for 302 first time round, giving up a deficit of 251 on first innings, and three quick wickets from Charlie Morris left the hosts 31-3 in the second before Hasan Azad and Colin Ackermann halted the Worcestershire charge.
Azad was dismissed soon before the close but Ackermann will resume on 43 as Leicestershire fight to salvage a draw on day four. SCORECARD
Ricardo Vasconcelos (184) and Rob Newton (105) put on a remarkable 303 for the first wicket as Northamptonshire's game at Glamorgan heads towards a draw.
The pair added 234 of those runs on day two and added another 69 on the third morning before Newton was dismissed shortly after reaching his century. Northants were 522-4 at the close, trailing by 48, with Rob Keogh 73no. SCORECARD
Gareth Roderick fell two short of a hundred for Gloucestershire in their match with Derbyshire in Bristol.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was caught behind for 98 and Ryan Higgins made 74 as the hosts posted 350 in their first innings, a lead of 59. Derbyshire were 97-2 in their second innings, a lead of 38 by the close of play. SCORECARD