Tough day in Durham title scrap
A review of Tuesday's action in the LV= County Championship as title hopefuls Durham had mixed fortunes against Sussex.
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Durham failed to build the big total they would have hoped for as they looked boost their LV= County Championship Division One title hopes against Sussex at Chester-le Street.
Following last week's win over leaders Yorkshire, Durham came into this match - their game-in-hand - just 5.5 points behind their near rivals.
But they secured just a single batting point as they were dismissed for 245 after winning the toss.
James Anyon took figures of four for 87 for the visitors while Mark Stoneman was dismissed by Lewis Hatchett just four runs short of his century.
In reply Sussex had reached 60 for three at the close.
At the other end of the table Somerset endured a nightmare day one as 15 wickets fell in their relegation battle against Derbyshire at Taunton.
The hosts were dismissed for just 103 with Tom Groenewald taking five for 33 and Tony Palladino providing ample support weighing in with four for 34.
Derbyshire lost early wickets but Richard Johnson (55 not out) and Tom Poynton (53no) put on an unbeaten 93 for the sixth wicket to guide the visitors to 220 for five at the close, a lead of 117 runs.
Middlesex enjoyed a good day at the Kia Oval as they reached 280 for seven at stumps against Surrey.
Chris Rogers (55), Dawid Malan (61) and Neil Dexter (77 not out) all hit half centuries as the visitors moved into a commanding position after winning the toss.
Gary Keedy was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three for 61 from his 25 overs.
Varun Chopra top-scored with 76 as Warwickshire moved into a commanding position against Nottinghamshire.
Jeetan Patel finished 66 not out off just 76 balls with Luke Fletcher and Andre Adams taking four wickets apiece for Nottinghamshire as the Bears were dismissed for 298.
But Alex Hales (nought), Fletcher (two) and Michael Lumb (nought) all fell cheaply in reply as the home side stumbled to 14 for three.
In Division Two, Northamptonshire were building a big total against Hampshire with Rob Keogh hitting an impressive 158 not out.
The right-hander put on an unbeaten 161 for the seventh wicket with Matthew Spriegel (61no) as Northants finished the day on 323 for six.
Reece Topley claimed figures of six for 29 as Essex moved into a commanding position against Worcestershire.
The Pears were dismissed for just 102 as David Masters also took three wickets before Essex went on to establish a lead of 97 runs at the close.
Jaik Mickleburgh (65) and Greg Smith (94) put on 158 for the second wicket as the hosts moved to 199 for four.
Ben Wright was the only man to reach a landmark as 15 wickets fell on the first day of Glamorgan's clash against Kent at the Swalec Stadium.
Wright claimed the lone half-century on a day for the bowlers which saw Kent's Darren Stevens claiming figures of four for 34 in 15 overs including the first three wickets to fall.
He helped reduce Glamorgan, who won the toss, to 158 all out in 60 overs before Kent also struggled to reach 102 for five by the close, trailing by 56 runs.
In the day's remaining game, all-rounder Will Gidman returned career-best bowling figures as Gloucestershire assumed the upper hand against Leicestershire at Bristol.
Extracting bite and movement off the seam, Gidman claimed six for 15 as the visitors were shot out for 117 in 41.2 overs.
Openers Michael Klinger and Chris Dent then raised 163 in 35 overs to help Gloucestershire reach the close on 210 for four, already 93 runs ahead with six first innings wickets in hand.