Lyth leaves Lancs in trouble
A review of Tuesday's action in the LV= County Championship, including Yorkshire taking full control against Lancashire.
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Yorkshire's Adam Lyth and Adil Rashid built a record sixth-wicket stand to leave Lancashire with a mountain to climb in the LV= County Championship Division One Roses match.
Lyth (251) and Rashid (159 not out) combined to pile on 296 - a sixth-wicket first-class record for Yorkshire - before skipper Andrew Gale eventually declared on 610 for six with a first-innings lead of 332 at Old Trafford.
Lancashire were 144 for two at the close of the third day, with Usman Khawaja unbeaten on 69, and they will have to conjure something special to overhaul their 188-run deficit to dent their rivals' title bid and alleviate their own relegation fears.
At Taunton Ben Duckett's maiden first class century gave Northamptonshire a rare victory opportunity against Somerset.
When the 19-year-old wicketkeeper walked to the crease, the Division One strugglers were 194 for six and still 120 behind on first innings. By the time they declared on 448 for nine, it was with a lead of 134 and the England Under-19 player unbeaten on 144.
At stumps the hosts had reached 38 without loss in their second innings from nine overs to trail by 96 runs.
Neil Dexter also performed heroics for Middlesex to dig them out of trouble against Warwickshire at Lord's.
After dismissing three of Warwickshire's top four batsmen on the first day, Dexter held firm with the bat to help captain Chris Rogers shunt the match towards a draw.
The home side were wobbling on 65 for three - still 148 short of the follow-on figure - before Rogers (85) and Dexter (70) repaired the damage. Middlesex closed the third day on 310 for six, trailing by 52 runs, and close to a stalemate that would give them vital points in their battle to avoid the drop.
Rounding off the Division One action, title-chasing Nottinghamshire stuttered after Paul Collingwood's century set them a victory target of 375.
Collingwood (100) arrived at the crease with Durham on 75 for four, but his first championship century for two years steered them to 309 as he was the last man out.
In reply, the visitors slipped to 66 for three, before Riki Wessels kept them afloat with an unbeaten 77 as they reached 197 for four at stumps, still needing 178 with six wickets left.
In Division two, Jimmy Adams (231) and Michael Carberry (110) took advantage of Leicestershire's inexperienced bowling attack to help Hampshire to a lead of 194 with a day to go.
A draw was looking likely at the St Lawrence Ground after Sam Northeast (102) and Gareth Rees (73no) starred for both Kent and Glamorgan respectively, with Glamorgan leading by 92 on 150 for three at the close.
It was also finely poised at the County Ground after Worcestershire battled to 385 to take a 29-run first innings lead, before Derbyshire reached 145 for two in their second innings at stumps.