Somerset boost County Championship title bid but fellow hopefuls Essex stumble

Somerset enjoyed with??ball and bat to take command of their Specsavers County Championship Division One game against Yorkshire in Taunton.
The visitors dropped from 86-3 to 103 all out together with spinner Roelof van der Merwe carrying three quick wickets, before dinner, a shortage of 96. Somerset vs Yorkshire scorecard
Title hopefuls Somerset closed on to lead by 365. Captain Tom Abell scored 62, although James Hildreth (58) and Tom Banton (43) provided fine assistance before bad light stopped play early.
On a buffer was hit by essex’s name challenge at Edgbaston after a marathon century by Warwickshire batsman Matt Lamb. Warwickshire vs Essex scorecard
The 23-year-old was at the crease for seven hours as he created a bang of 173 to help his side reach 517 and choose the Bears a very long way towards securing the attraction that would transfer them from relegation.
Essex, who reached 31-1 in reply from the near, will have to generate something over the remaining two days to get the victory they will need to maintain pace with Somerset.
As Nottinghamshire to get 124 bowled out to leave them all-rounder Darren Stevens completed with 5-39. Nottinghamshire vs Kent scorecard
Stevens followed up his 88 by carrying his 500th wicket that was first-class to helping establish a first-innings direct of 180 at Trent Bridge about the best way.
Sam Billings struck 100 off 106 balls, together using Zak Crawley incorporating a quick 82, as Kent completed day two on 236-8 along having a lead of 416 runs.
Hampshire captain James Vince hit 91 including 18 fours, at the second innings to put his side in hands against Surrey, off just 59 balls. Hampshire vs Surrey scorecard
The 28-year-old put on 129 for the fourth wicket with Sam Northeast (73) in just 16.3 overs as Hampshire built an outcome of 283, completing the next day on 296-6.
In Division Two, Lancashire all-rounder Josh Bohannon struck a century to help his side in Old Trafford to some guide over Derbyshire. Lancashire vs Derbyshire scorecard
Following a lost morning because of rainfall, the Division two leaders moved on by their overnight score of 20-1 to attain 269-2 – a lead of 25. Bohannon went to complete 150, together with Keaton Jennings the only wicket to fall through the moment.
Sussex built a guide of 113 against Gloucestershire at Bristol on the day of their match. Gloucestershire vs Sussex scorecard
Sussex began the day on 73-0 and openers Phil Salt (64) and Luke Wells (42) extended their stance to 100 before they started to lose wickets regularly, with David Payne carrying 3-58. However, Sussex shut on 313-7 and did figure out how to bring a third batting bonus point.
Glamorgan’s promotion hopes suffered a blow, together with Worcestershire in control at Blackfinch New Road. Worcestershire vs Glamorgan scorecard
The hosts are nicely placed on 153-2 in their second innings since Hamish Rutherford (52) and Daryl Mitchell (52 not out) helped start a lead of 165 runs later Glamorgan fought to 193 all out.
Middlesex want another 175 runs to conquer at Durham after a day of wickets. Middlesex vs Durham scorecard
The hosts inserted another 54 until they were all out for 143 and started on. Durham posted 191 to direct by 195 runs. Middlesex was able to survive the rest of the handful of overs as play had been suspended for light, to close on 21-0.
Three wickets ensured following a century out of Rob Keogh had threatened to put Northamptonshire firmly Leicestershire stayed in the match. Leicestershire vs Northamptonshire scorecard
Adam Rossington, Luke Procter and then Keogh (132) all fell at the last hour as Northamptonshire, was 304-4closed on 325-7, a direct result of just 17 with three wickets in hand.

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