Gale hands Yorkshire big lead
A review of Monday's LV= County Championship action as Andrew Gale helped Yorkshire to a big lead over Middlesex.
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Yorkshire had Andrew Gale to thank after his unbeaten century helped the White Rose to a 421-run lead at the close on day three of their LV= County Championship Division One encounter against Middlesex at Scarborough's North Marine Road.
Resuming their second innings on 29 for one, Alex Lees (67) and Kane Williamson (62) built the foundations of a solid innings before Gale (126no) and Jack Leaning (76) picked up where they left off. Gale and Adil Rashid (five not out) saw Yorkshire reach 400 for five at stumps going into the final day.
Tim Murtagh (three for 64) was the pick of the Middlesex bowlers, removing Lees and Williamson on a day of hard toil for Chris Rogers' side.
Luke Wright and Craig Cachopa led Sussex's charge on the opening day of their Division One encounter against Warwickshire at Horsham.
After opener Chris Nash compiled a neat 58 from 90 balls, Wright (89) and Cachopa (84) ensured the home side would compile a decent first innings total, which reached 314 for seven at the close of play with Ben Brown (one) and James Tredwell (nought) at the crease.
Keith Barker (three for 57) and Chris Woakes (two for 74) were the pick of Warwickshire's bowlers - accounting for five of the seven wickets to fall during the day.
Captain Daryl Mitchell helped Division Two leaders Worcestershire to a respectable total on the opening day of their encounter against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
Mitchell anchored his side's innings by batting for the whole day for an unbeaten 102 as the home side reached 299 for seven at the close.
Richard Oliver and Ben Cox chipped in with scores of 62 and 56 respectively, while Craig Miles gave the Worcestershire batsman the most trouble as he took four for 53.
Derbyshire are poised to secure just their third win of the County Championship season on Tuesday after restricting Division Two rivals Glamorgan to 175 in their second innings at the County Ground - meaning the home side require just 60 more runs for victory inside three days.
Mark Footitt led to Glamorgan's demise by taking six for 48 as the visitors could only set Derbyshire 73 to win. After Billy Godleman was dismissed for a first-ball duck, Ben Slater and Wayne Madsen led them to 13 without further loss at stumps.
Birthday boy Jason Roy and Gary Wilson kept Surrey afloat on the second day of their Division Two match against Kent at Guildford.
Roy, who turned 24 on Monday, struck 84 from 115 balls while Wilson was unbeaten on 80 from 140 balls with Gareth Batty (24no) at the close of play as the home side are 303 for six in reply to Kent's first innings effort of 408 all out.
Earlier in the day, Sam Billings was unbeaten on 82 when Kent's innings came to a close, with Stuart Meaker's four for 106 the best return of the Surrey bowlers.