Magoffin leads Sussex to win
A review of Tuesday's action in the LV= County Championship, including a crushing win for Sussex over Northants.
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Sussex wrapped up a comprehensive innings victory over Northamptonshire with five sessions to spare in the LV= County Championship Division One clash at Hove.
Starting the third day on 80 for three in their second innings and still trailing by 209, struggling Northamptonshire were dismissed for 204 just before lunch to suffer an eighth defeat in 10 Championship matches this season.
Sussex paceman Steve Magoffin picked up three more wickets on Tuesday to finish with match figures of eight for 40 as the hosts claimed victory by an innings and 85 runs to close the gap on the top five.
In the race for the title, second-placed Yorkshire were frustrated by the weather as they sought to put pressure on Durham at Headingley.
Yorkshire, having started day two on 367 for seven, got their fifth batting bonus point with one ball to spare before being dismissed for 426.
But hopes of making significant inroads into Durham's battling line-up were thwarted as the visitors reached 50 for one before heavy rain washed out play in the afternoon with around 53 overs lost.
In the battle between two other sides looking to close in on leaders Nottinghamshire, Dawid Malan's second century in successive Championship matches helped put Middlesex in a good position against Somerset.
Malan added 34 to his overnight 90 before Middlesex were bowled out for 338 at Uxbridge, with 20-year-old Craig Overton finishing with four for 84.
Steven Finn then dismissed both Somerset openers cheaply as the visitors slipped to 28 for three before Nick Compton (58 not out) and James Hildreth (53) helped them recover to 153 for four when bad light brought a premature end to the second day.
A bee inadvertently helped Somerset's cause in that match.
It stung Middlesex star Eoin Morgan, who had held the hard, high catch to dismiss opener Chris Jones and, while he was off the field for treatment, Paul Stirling took over at first slip and promptly dropped Compton, then on 16, off Neil Dexter.
Leicestershire could do with similar fortune in their Division Two match against Kent after again falling foul of Mitchell Claydon at Grace Road.
Claydon, who took five for 77 with the ball on the first day, led a tail-end recovery with a career-best 77 with the bat that took Kent to a total of 302 and a first-innings lead of 85.
Then, former Leicestershire favourite Darren Stevens followed up a half-century of his own with two early wickets to leave the home side on 87 for three at stumps - a lead of just two runs.
Another bowler, Hampshire's James Tomlinson, also had a day to remember as he reached the first half-century of his career batting at number 11 - making 51 - and then took the only Gloucestershire wicket to fall before rain brought a premature end to proceedings mid-way through the afternoon session at Southampton.
Only 32.2 overs were possible in total as Hampshire, second behind Worcestershire in the standings, moved from their overnight 251 for nine to 297 all out and Gloucestershire made a steady response in reaching 94 for one, still 203 behind with two days left to play.
Third-placed Surrey came up against stiff resistance as they pushed for victory over Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay, although they will still fancy their chances of claiming the win on the final day.
Openers Jacques Rudolph (73) and Will Bragg (73) put on 155 together as Glamorgan battled hard in their second innings to avoid a crushing loss after seeing Surrey run up a massive 589 for eight, where visiting skipper Gary Wilson unselfishly declared following a rain break with him on 97 not out.
However, both Rudolph and Bragg fell lbw to Gareth Batty late on as the home side closed on 182 for two, still requiring 175 to avoid an innings defeat.
At Chesterfield, 23-year-old Nick Browne scored an unbeaten career-best 86 to help Essex score 202 for five in response to Derbyshire's 275 all out before a storm prevented any play after tea.