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County championship round-up: Surrey step up title pursuit at Northamptonshire while Essex secure thrilling win

In his first championship appearance for three-and-a-half years Tom Curran smashed 115 in 93 balls for Surrey against Northamptonshire; Essex took one-wicket win over Yorkshire; Somerset in control of relegation battle

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Tom Curran of Surrey hits out during the LV= Insurance County Championship match between Northamptonshire and Surrey at The County Ground on September 14, 2022 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)
Image: Tom Curran hits out during the LV= Insurance County Championship match between Northamptonshire and Surrey (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty)

Tom Curran scored a maiden first-class century for Surrey, while Essex edged out Yorkshire.

Surrey stepped up their County Championship title pursuit at Northamptonshire.

All-rounder Tom Curran struck a maiden first-class century. In his first championship appearance for three-and-a-half years Curran smashed 115 in 93 balls on a ground where his father Kevin enjoyed some of his greatest cricketing moments.

Hashim Amla
Image: Hashim Amla scored 133 from 278 balls - his 57th first-class century

Curran was well supported by Hashim Amla, who showed far greater patience in his 133 from 278 balls - the South African's 57th first-class century.

Second-placed Surrey were bowled out for 421, a first-innings lead of 82, before Northamptonshire slipped to 114 for four.

But Luke Procter (55) and Ricardo Vasconcelos (51 not out) helped the hosts end day three on 209 for five, a lead of 127, and frustrate Surrey's bid to make the most of their game in hand on leaders Hampshire.

Essex secure thrilling win over Yorkshire

Essex secured a thrilling one-wicket win over Yorkshire at Headingley, their sixth Division One victory of the campaign.

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Yorkshire were bowled out for 252 in their second innings, as leg-spinner Matt Critchley took three for 69 and seamer Jamie Porter returned figures of four for 64.

That left Essex chasing a modest 162 for victory, but they lost four wickets for 13 runs to crash to 64 for six.

However, Shane Snater's aggressive unbeaten 65 saw Essex pick up a 20-point haul.

Somerset take control of relegation battle

Somerset took total control of their relegation battle with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The visitors closed the third day on 277 for four - 300 ahead - as George Bartlett made an unbeaten 91 and skipper Tom Abell compiled an obdurate 87 from 173 balls.

Bartlett and Lewis Goldsworthy (44 not out) had shared an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 119 by the close to leave ninth-placed Warwickshire facing an uphill battle on the final day.

George Bartlett made an unbeaten 91
Image: George Bartlett made an unbeaten 91

Potts records career-best figures

In Division Two, England seamer Matthew Potts recorded career-best match figures as Durham chased a second win of the season at Leicestershire.

Potts took seven wickets for 49 on day three to finish with match figures of 13 for 101.

Louis Kimber top scored with 75 as Leicestershire were bundled out for 202 second time around.

That left Durham needing just 105 for victory, and the visitors recovered from a tricky start to 51 for two at stumps.

Glamorgan suffer batting collapse

Second-placed Glamorgan are staring at defeat after Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones sparked a dramatic batting collapse at Lord's.

Roland-Jones, Division Two's leading wicket-taker, took two scalps in four balls as the visitors capitulated from 123 without loss to 144 for six.

Tim Murtagh and Ethan Bamber also picked up wickets as Glamorgan limped to 191 for eight - just 15 ahead after Middlesex had carved out a 176-run lead on first innings.

Double century for Libby

Worcestershire opener Jake Libby made a career-best 215 against Sussex at Hove.

Play did not start at Hove until 4.10pm because of rain and 84 overs have been lost in the match so far.

But Libby's maiden double century came in a first-innings total of 438 for five before Worcestershire declared with a lead of 218.

Sussex lost skipper Tim Haines for 13 in the 10 overs they had to negotiate, closing on 39 for one and still 179 behind.

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