Tykes chasing top spot
A review of Tuesday's action in the LV= County Championship.
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Leaders Derbyshire wasted no time in bowling out Hampshire on day one as they bid to secure promotion from LV= County Championship Division Two.
One point ahead of Yorkshire and six clear of Kent going into the final game of the season, Derbyshire dismissed the visitors for 272 at the County Ground with three wickets apiece for Tony Palladino and David Wainwright.
James Vince made a rapid 114 and put on 136 with Sean Ervine (61) but there was little further resistance.
But Derbyshire were then pegged back by the visitors' attack, reaching the close at 50 for three.
Yorkshire's pursuit of top spot was pegged back after opener Adam Lyth fell for a near run-a-ball 67 against Essex at Chelmsford.
Lyth put on 82 for the second wicket with Phil Jaques (38) but the Tykes slipped to 166 for six before Azeem Rafiq (49 not out) put on 58 with Andrew Hodd and 60 with Ryan Sidebottom, who was dismissed off the last ball of the day for 37 to leave his side 284 for eight.
Graham Napier was the pick of the Essex bowlers with three for 52.
Kent were frustrated by an unbeaten century from Glamorgan's Jim Allenby after appearing to have taken control at the Swalec Stadium with a mid-innings burst of wickets.
Opener Will Bragg made 59 and Stewart Walters 63, but the latter's dismissal was the first of six wickets for 77 runs as James Tredwell took three for 61.
But Allenby reached three figures with a six in the final over of the day and John Glover made a career-best 28no as their unbroken stand of 82 saw the hosts to 334 for eight.
In the one second division match with no bearing on the promotion race, Claude Henderson took three for 32 as Leicestershire bowled out Gloucestershire for 234 at Grace Road.
The Foxes responded with 94 for three, with Greg Smith unbeaten on 47.
In Division One, champions Warwickshire celebrated clinching the title last week by bowling out Nottinghamshire for 155, Chris Wright taking four for 28 as only Paul Franks (44) passed 20.
But the Bears also struggled in their reply, falling to 90 for six before Rikki Clarke and Ian Blackwell put on an unbroken 49 to leave them 16 runs behind with four wickets standing.
Ben Phillips took two early wickets and Andy Carter snared three for 35.
Spinner Abdur Rehman took an astonishing nine for 65 as Somerset made themselves favourites to finish second by bowling out relegated Worcestershire for 212.
Peter Trego spoiled the party by taking the eighth wicket, that of Chris Russell, while Phil Hughes top-scored with 42.
The Cidermen replied with 142 for no wicket, with Arul Suppiah on 73 and Marcus Trescothick 66.
Sussex, the other challengers for second place, were routed for 211 against Durham. Callum Thorp took three for 57, with only Ben Brown (76 not out) and Kirk Wernars (50) digging in for the visitors.
But the in-form Steve Magoffin took three for 29 as Durham slipped to 131 for six in reply, opener Mark Stoneman top-scoring with 52.
The first day between relegated Lancashire and Surrey, who secured survival at the Red Rose's expense with victory over Nottinghamshire last week, was rained off without a ball bowled.