Runs galore at Scarborough
A review of the action in the LV= County Championship where bat dominated ball at Scarborough.
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Bat continued to dominate ball in the top-of-the-table LV= County Championship Division One clash between Yorkshire and Durham at Scarborough.
Durham were 406 for six after day one and turned that it into 573 all out, with Michael Richardson making 102 in 144 balls as he ushered along a willing tail.
That put serious pressure on the hosts, who stumbled slightly to 107 for three, Chris Rushworth, Scott Borthwick and Jamie Harrison each taking a wicket.
But New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson (76no) and returning England international Jonny Bairstow (42no) saw their team to 182 without further loss.
Middlesex, who started the week in third place, fluffed their lines as Somerset's Indian all-rounder Piyush Chawla made hay on the second day at Lord's.
First Somerset added 117 runs for their last two wickets, Chawla making 112 from number nine and Alfonso Thomas reaching 54, to post 449.
Chawla then took three for eight with his leg spin as Middlesex subsided to 102 all out, with Craig Meschede also taking three scalps.
They then reached 52 for two following on, still 291 behind.
Chris Rogers, making his return from Australia's Ashes campaign, made eight and two in a miserable day at the crease.
Bottom club Surrey had a strong first day against Derbyshire at the Kia Oval.
They bowled the visitors out for 219, Tim Linley returning four for 59 and George Edwards adding three wickets as Shivnarine Chanderpaul top-scored with 46.
The Brown Caps then reached eight without loss before the close.
The clash between Warwickshire and Sussex at Edgbaston was tightly poised after two days' play.
Maurice Chambers took both of Warwickshire's remaining wickets to finish with a five-for in a total of 311 all out before Sussex replied with 252 for six.
Early wickets left the Bears 47 for four, including the prolific Varun Chopra for a duck, before Laurie Evans made a fine 137.
In Division Two, leaders Lancashire were well placed against Hampshire at Southport.
The Red Rose took maximum batting points as they closed their first innings on 421, courtesy of a 114-run last-wicket stand between Glen Chapple (63) and last week's chastened England debutant Simon Kerrigan (62no).
Kerrigan then proved his bowling was in decent working order with three wickets as Hampshire were bowled out for 210.
James Vince made over half those runs with 106 in 145 balls, but found little support.
Lancashire then made 39 without loss in eight overs.
Second-placed Northamptonshire established a 221-run lead over Glamorgan at the County Ground.
They started the day 85 for nought and ended 453 all out. Veteran all-rounder Andrew Hall (91) and the in-form David Willey (81) topped the scoring.
At Grace Road, evergreen Worcestershire seamer Alan Richardson took a hat-trick.
Leicestershire added just four runs to their overnight 270 for seven, before Richardson removed Ollie Freckinham, Matthew Hoggard and Alex Wyatt with successive deliveries.
The Pears then moved to 265 for five by stumps, with Thilan Samaraweera stranded on 99 not out.
Gloucestershire will resume on day three at Bristol 199 runs behind Essex with one wicket in hand.
Essex were 400 all out, Greg Smith finally out for 177, but Gloucestershire could only muster 201 for nine.
Graham Napier did the bulk of the damage with four for 62.