Sussex go top with Somerset rout
Sussex swiftly wrapped up victory over Somerset on day two at Horsham and moved to the top of LV= County Championship Division One after the visitors suffered their second batting collapse of the contest.
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Somerset had had a dismal first innings yesterday, being skittled for just 76 after winning the toss, opting to take to the crease and subsequently being torn to shreds by the bowling of Steve Magoffin, who took eight wickets.
Then, with the removal of Magoffin this morning having seen the hosts' response concluded at 300, Somerset again found themselves in trouble on the batting front, and they were dismissed for 108 in 35.3 overs as Sussex triumphed by an innings and 116 runs, with the match completed at 2.35pm.
Magoffin added four more victims to finish with career-best match figures of 12 for 31.
Somerset are still without a win in the competition this season.
Middlesex, Division One leaders before Sussex, were bowled out for 196 at Durham, for whom Graham Onions took four more wickets after the one he notched yesterday.
The home side had posted a first innings total of 259, and after going back in today, they reached 37 without loss by the close of play.
In Division Two, day three at Grace Road saw Leicestershire, made to follow on, have their battle to salvage a draw against Glamorgan boosted by bad weather and their best opening stand of the campaign.
With rain interrupting play, Greg Smith and Michael Thornely shared a partnership of 93 to lead the hosts' bid to save the game.
Thornely was out for 43 but Smith, dropped twice, was still there on 62 at the close with Leicestershire at 133 for one.
They are still 167 runs behind, with Glamorgan having declared on 442 for nine yesterday and then restricted their opponents' first innings to 142, but as more rain is forecast for the final day, Leicestershire will harbour hopes of holding out for a draw.
Rain also affected Worcestershire's home contest against Gloucestershire, which was on day two.
The hosts, who had bowled out Gloucestershire for 234 and got to 65 without loss by the close of play yesterday, moved on to 302 for three today, with Moeen Ali top-scoring by accruing an unbeaten 122.
Another match on day two and hit by rain was Essex's encounter with Kent at Chelmsford, where the away side, having resumed this morning on 20 for one in response to 212 all out, recovered from a shaky start to close on 214 for five, with Darren Stevens on 91 not out.
On day one of their clash with Hampshire at Southampton, Lancashire won the toss, chose to bat and were on 252 for nine at stumps, Andrea Agathangelou having recorded an unbeaten knock of 93.
David Balcombe took five wickets for 92.