Stokes pushes recall claims

  • Last Updated: June 24 2014, 21:30 BST

Ben Stokes did his chances of an England recall no harm as his career-best match figures of 10 for 121 took Durham to within one wicket of victory over Sussex in the LV= County Championship Division One.

Ben Stokes: Pushing for England recall
Ben Stokes: Pushing for England recall

Ben Stokes did his chances of an England recall no harm as his career-best match figures of 10 for 121 took Durham to within one wicket of victory over Sussex in the LV= County Championship Division One.

Durham declared on 359 for six after Keaton Jennings' 103 - his first century of the season - and Scott Borthwick's 95 helped the hosts set Sussex a daunting target of 492 at Chester-le-Street.

The visitors were unable to meet the challenge and collapsed to 173 for nine as Stokes added three more wickets to his first-innings haul of seven.

The all-rounder finished the day with figures of three for 54 while John Hastings also bowled well, taking four for 47, leaving Durham on the brink of their second win of the campaign.

Lancashire are also close to victory, needing just two more wickets to beat Northamptonshire at Old Trafford.

Northants, who are bottom of the table, were bowled out for 180 in their first innings thanks to five wickets from Glen Chapple (five for 51) and four from Tom Smith (four for 26).

Replying to Lancashire's first-innings declaration of 650, Northants followed on, needing 470 to make their opponents bat again.

There was some merit at least in ensuring the match went to the fourth day as Stephen Peters (41) and Andrew Hall (36 not out) led the resistance.

Smith was again in form with the ball, however, and his three for 56 helped Lancashire restrict Northants to 231 for eight by the close of play.

Nottinghamshire ended the third day on the brink of victory despite a spirited century from Somerset's Peter Trego at Trent Bridge.

The home side began play 106 for three, needing another 187 just to make Notts bat again and the game looked all but over when Somerset slipped to 253 for eight.

Trego had other ideas however and his brilliant 107 not out gave the hosts hope as he, together with George Dockrell (26) and Jamie Overton (50), led Somerset to 402 all out.

It was still a meagre total to defend however and Notts recovered from two early wickets to finish just 44 runs short of victory with seven wickets still to spare.

Samit Patel hit 41 for the hosts while Phil Jaques (21) and Ajmal Shahzad (nought) were left unbeaten as Notts closed on 66 for three.

Leicestershire face an uphill battle to avoid defeat after a dominant bowling display from Surrey forced them to follow on in Division Two.

Surrey had declared on 522 for nine in their first innings and three wickets from Chris Tremlett and two each for Matt Dunn and Gareth Batty helped limit Leicestershire's reply to 271.

The visitors followed on and despite Angus Robson's 81, ended the day 141 for two, trailing by 110 runs.

Will Tavare produced a back-to-the-wall innings reminiscent of his famous uncle to help Gloucestershire salvage a draw from their match against Glamorgan at Bristol.

Having seen the visitors claim a first innings lead of 224 before declaring at 615 for seven on the final morning, Tavare opened Gloucestershire's second innings and faced 167 balls in a fighting knock of 41, occupying more than three and a half hours to help his side to 165 for five before the teams shook hands.

Finally, Darren Stevens' six for 64 helped Kent claimed a 10-wicket victory over Derbyshire at Canterbury.