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County Championship: Harry Brook century sets up Yorkshire win over Northamptonshire

Yorkshire strengthen their position in top two of Group 3 after Harry Brook's ton helps them to win over Northants in the LV= County Championship; Nottinghamshire go top of Group 1 with thumping win over Derbyshire; Surrey bowled out for 72 and slip to 6-2 following-on against Hampshire

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Harry Brook of Yorkshire acknowledges the applause on reaching his century during day three of the LV= Insurance County Championship match between Northamptonshire and Yorkshire at The County Ground on July 06, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)
Image: Harry Brook's century helped set up a 53-run win for Yorkshire over Northants

Harry Brook's third first-class century provided the platform for a Yorkshire victory by 53 runs against Northamptonshire.

Brook, fresh from scoring an unbeaten 91 in the Roses T20 game last weekend, got 113 to help set the hosts a challenging 206 to win on a turning surface.

Northamptonshire's reply got off to the worst possible start as Yorkshire captain Steven Patterson claimed two early wickets either side of lunch to spark a collapse, with four wickets falling for just 11 runs.

Spinner Dom Bess also picked up two victims to extend his match haul to nine and further underline his case for an England recall.

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Tom Taylor gave the home fans a bit of late entertainment with some big hitting, but when he fell for 40, only Luke Procter and Simon Kerrigan provided any resistance as the hosts finished 152 all out.

The win sees Yorkshire further cement their grip near the top of Group 3 of the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Nottinghamshire thrashed neighbours Derbyshire by an innings and 36 runs to go top of Group 1 with one match remaining as they bid to clinch a place in Division 1.

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Luke Fletcher took 5-28 to take his tally to 46 as the competition's leading wicket-taker as bottom-of-the-table Derbyshire were bowled out for 122.

Dane Paterson claimed 3-22 with Matt Critchley recording a modest top score of 36 for the visitors, whose last four wickets fell for one run in 12 balls.

Nottinghamshire had been all out for 307 in reply to Derbyshire's first innings of 149, with seamer Fynn Hudson-Prentice finishing with career-best figures of 5-68.

Ben Duckett's 69 not out overnight remained the top score despite the left-hander having to be replaced mid-innings after England's coronavirus emergency saw him picked in the new squad for the ODI series against Pakistan, which was announced before play began.

Hampshire will hope rain can stay away from the Ageas Bowl on day four of their clash as they push for a crucial victory over Surrey.

Showers over Southampton kept the players off the field until 5pm, but Surrey, who resumed on 42-4, ended a truncated day on 6-2 having followed-on after being bundled out for 72 in response to Hampshire's 488.

The visitors trail by 410 runs after the Hampshire bowlers ran amok with Brad Wheal striking with the last ball of the day to dismiss England opener Rory Burns for a duck after Keith Barker had dismissed Mark Stoneman - leaving nightwatchman Amar Virdi at the crease when play resumes on Wednesday.

Harry Swindells hit a career-best 119 not out as Leicestershire frustrated a depleted Somerset bowling attack on the third day at Taunton.

Setting out on 95-3 in their first innings in reply to 461, the visitors posted 390-7, 22-year-old Swindells leading the way with his second first-class century.

Skipper Colin Ackerman contributed 67, Ben Mike 40 and Ed Barnes a career-best 54 not out before bad light ended play 15 overs early.

The day began with news that Craig Overton, captaining Somerset in a Championship match for the first time, had been called into the revised England squad with 20-year-old debutant seamer Kasey Aldridge taking his place.

A precious unbeaten half century from Lancashire all-rounder Luke Wood set up a potentially match-winning total at Emirates Old Trafford with Kent going into the final day of a rain-affected match trailing by 185 runs after the hosts closed on 259-9.

Wood batted superbly throughout the majority of a third day which saw 51 overs sent down by an increasingly frustrated bowling attack who were unable to take advantage of the home side's precarious position at the start of play.

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Both teams were forced to make changes following the overnight news that England's entire ODI squad was to be replaced with Lancashire's Matt Parkinson and Kent's Zak Crawley both heading south.

Opener Ali Orr made an unbeaten half-century in only his second first-class match to supervise Sussex's recovery on the third day of their match against Glamorgan at Hove.

After they had conceded a first-innings deficit of just 11 runs, Glamorgan seamers Timm van der Gugten and Mick Hogan reduced Sussex to 19-3 when play got underway at 4pm.

But Orr and debutant Oli Carter relieved the pressure in a stand of 43 and Orr then added 49 with skipper Ben Brown (25no) to take Sussex to 111-4, a lead of 122.

Middlesex endured a desperate day as they suffered a collapse of 8-25 on day two at Cheltenham to allow Gloucestershire to rack up a lead of 345 by stumps.

Bottom of Group 2 with only one win and a litany of batting failures so far this season, Middlesex were steady at 76-2 replying to 248 just before lunch.

But in 10.2 overs they tumbled wildly to be bowled out just for 101 before Gloucestershire went to the close 198-6 in their second innings, with James Bracey making 88.

Another day of heavy showers and attritional cricket at Edgbaston shunted the Group 1 tussle between Warwickshire and Durham further towards a draw. Warwickshire vs Durham scorecard

Durham will resume the final morning on 173-5 in their first innings in reply to the home side's 237 all out.

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