Ambrose stars for Warwickshire
A review of Wednesday's action in the LV= County Championship, including wins for Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
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Wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose was the hero as Warwickshire clinched a nail-biting victory over LV= County Championship leaders Nottinghamshire.
Ambrose's unbeaten 82 anchored a gritty batting display which saw the home side reach their target with three wickets to spare.
He put on 108 for the fifth wicket with Sam Hain, and then added 55 more with Keith Barker to steer Warwickshire to a decisive 289 for seven.
Nottinghamshire remain top of Division One with Yorkshire sitting out the latest round of fixtures, but are only eight points clear.
Battling contributions from Steven Croft and Paul Horton ensured Lancashire emerged from their trip to Somerset with a draw.
Opener Horton, who came in at number seven having had to retire hurt on Tuesday evening following a blow to the head from an Alfonso Thomas bouncer, compiled a gritty 41 not out and Croft added an unbeaten 59 as the pair guided the visitors to 251 for five at Taunton by the time the captains shook hands.
Middlesex too had to be content with a draw as a typically brisk 81 not out from Eoin Morgan provided little relief on a drab day at Lord's.
The England batsman faced only 95 balls, but his efforts could not force a positive result as bottom-of-the-table Northamptonshire took a safety-first approach after being set 304 to win from a minimum of 56 overs following the home side's declaration on 119 for five half an hour after lunch.
Middlesex's hopes were raised when Stephen Peters and James Kettleborough fell to leave the visitors 29 for two, but they had reached 82 for three by the time a handshake ended the contest.
Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal span Worcestershire to the top of Division Two, taking seven for 34 to help skittle out Glamorgan for just 105.
Ajmal's second-innings haul extended his match figures to 12 for 140 and proved the decisive contribution in a 249-run victory which left his side 12 points clear of second-placed Hampshire.
Wicketkeeper James Foster equalled his county's record for the most dismissals in a match for the second time as Essex cruised to a 10-wicket victory over Gloucestershire at Chelmsford.
Foster claimed 10 victims, just as he had done against the same opposition five years ago to match the feat of predecessors David East and Kenneth Gibson.
Despite stern resistance by Adam Rouse, who fell one short of a half-century, and number 11 Matt Taylor, who scored 32, the visitors set their hosts just nine to win, and they got them without mishap from the first nine balls of their second innings to seal a first Championship win since April.