Ponting says farewell in style
A review of Thursday's LV= County Championship action as Ricky Ponting ended his career with a century for Surrey.
- Related Content
Ricky Ponting signed off his first-class career in style with a brilliant century to help Surrey stave off defeat in their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Nottinghamshire at the Oval.
The former Australia captain, playing his final innings at this level of the game, moved from his overnight 41 to 169 not out to guide Surrey to 395 for eight declared in their second innings - a lead of 183 - when the teams shook hands on a draw.
During this match, Ponting, who is set to retire from all forms of cricket in October, lifted his first-class run tally to 24,150 runs at an average of 55.90 in 289 appearances.
Also, by reaching three figures, the 38-year-old went past Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Mark Waugh in the all-time list of first-class hundred makers to join Darren Lehmann on 82.
In the same division, Durham boosted their title hopes after thrashing bottom side Derbyshire by 279 runs at Chester-le-Street to claim their fifth win of the season and keep the pressure on leaders Sussex.
Durham needed only 16 balls to claim the three Derbyshire wickets they needed this morning as the visitors were dismissed for 192, Chris Rushworth (four for 39) and Ben Stokes (four for 62) doing most of the damage.
Defending champions Warwickshire earned a much-welcomed win in their quest to move clear of the relegation places as they beat Middlesex by five wickets at Uxbridge.
After dismissing Middlesex for 286 Warwickshire looked in some trouble in their pursuit of a victory target of 110 as they slumped to 54 for four, but Tim Ambrose (47) helped see them over the winning line.
In Division Two, Lancashire sent out a statement of intent as they seek an immediate return to the elite as they moved to the top of the table after comfortably seeing off previous leaders Northamptonshire by eight wickets at Wantage Road.
Simon Kerrigan returned magnificent figures of seven for 63 as Northants, having started the final day on 123 for four, were bowled out for 241 with James Middlebrook top-scoring with 75 off 171 balls, giving Lancashire a target of 110.
The 2011 county champions then wrapped up the win thanks to Andrea Agathangelou's unbeaten 57 off 75 deliveries to move a point clear of their opponents with a game in hand.
Hampshire were also celebrating victory - only their second of the season in the Championship - after seeing off Glamorgan by 43 runs in a close-fought game in Cardiff.
James Tomlinson finished with figures of five for 44 while Danny Briggs took three for 33 as Glamorgan, having been set 221 to win, were bowled out for 177.
At Cheltenham, Alex Gidman's career-best 211 and Hamish Marshall's 106 guided Gloucestershire to an imposing 562 for five declared on the second day of their match with Kent.
But Gloucestershire's attack also found bowling on the placid College Ground pitch an equally arduous task as Kent reached 165 for two at stumps, thanks largely to an unbeaten 79 from Sam Northeast and 57 from Robert Key.