Yorkshire extend lead at top
A review of Friday's action in the LV= County Championship as Yorkshire boosted their title hopes.
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Yorkshire strengthened their position at the top of the LV= County Championship Division One table with an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Following on 257 runs adrift, the home side were dismissed for 266 in mid-afternoon, leaving Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees needing just 10 runs for the win.
Lyth wasted no time in clinching the victory, by hitting three boundaries in just five deliveries off the opening over from Luke Fletcher.
Derbyshire boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a 56-run victory that dented Middlesex's title hopes at the County Ground.
The visitors went into the fourth day needing another 272 with eight wickets standing but despite a season's best 71 from Gareth Berg and an unbeaten 46 by Ollie Rayner, they were bowled out for 240.
Mark Footitt took four for 65 and off-spinner Peter Burgoyne three for 66 to give Derbyshire successive victories to lift their hopes of staying in the top flight.
Warwickshire's chances of retaining the title took what could prove to be a terminal blow when bad light halted their victory chase against Somerset at Edgbaston.
After being set a target of 189, they made a flying start with a stand of 101 by Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood but Somerset hit back before the weather closed in, with the home side left on 123 for three and needing 66 from 18 overs.
The fielding side's problems in picking up the flight of the red ball were a consideration in the decision by umpires Rob Bailey and Stephen Gale. The champions now trail leaders Yorkshire by 51 points but for Somerset relegation became a real threat as they dropped into the bottom two.
Surrey look certain to remain rooted to the foot the table after Durham took control of their match at Chester-le-Street, despite Chris Tremlett taking eight for 96.
In the absence of three frontline seamers, Durham's youngsters reduced Surrey to 97 for six in reply to 421 before bad light halted play at tea on day three.
Left-armer Jamie Harrison and 20-year-old debutant Usman Arshad took two wickets each.
In Division Two, a dazzling century by Simon Katich helped power promotion-chasing Lancashire to the brink of a first-innings lead against Worcestershire.
The Australian left-hander, who celebrated his 38th birthday on Wednesday, smacked an undefeated 104 off 89 balls in the visitors' total of 271 for five off 66 overs in reply to the hosts' 287.
He was confidently backed up by Luis Reece and Ashwell Prince, who both scored impressive half-centuries.
Ryan ten Doeschate's first Championship century of the summer and a fighting 95 from skipper James Foster enabled Essex to win back some credibility in a draw against second-placed Northamptonshire at Colchester.
Their efforts helped Essex post a total of 396 in response to the visitors' 531, who then responded with 54 for none declared in their second innings as the match petered out to a draw.
Gloucestershire were on the brink of defeat against Kent at Canterbury after a pair of declarations in a bid to force a result.
The visitors called off their first innings at 80 for no wicket and Kent settled for four without loss from 3.1 overs, leaving Gloucestershire to chase 399 for victory.
They ended the day on 307 for nine despite 152 not out from Gareth Roderick, with Charlie Shreck taking four for 65.
Glamorgan were in a dominant position with a day remaining against Leicestershire, having reached 598 for nine before declaring their first innings following some hitting from Michael Hogan (27 from 13 balls).
That gave them a lead of 305 and Leicestershire were 134 for two by the close, Ned Eckersley leading the resistance with an unbeaten 54.