Gregory hits Sussex hopes
LV= County Championship Division One leaders Sussex hit big trouble on day three at home to Somerset.
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Seeking a third victory in as many fixtures, Sussex faltered badly - despite an unbeaten 79 from opener Luke Wells - and found themselves following on 230 runs behind after being bowled out for 142.
Lewis Gregory did most of the damage with five for 49, and then Peter Trego made much shorter work of Wells second time round.
At stumps, Sussex were 162 for six - thanks to a 76 not out from their prolific captain Ed Joyce - but still in obvious danger of a wide-margin defeat if bad weather stays away from Hove on the final day.
Chris Wright took his match haul to seven wickets as Warwickshire completed a 98-run victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Wright was responsible for three of the remaining seven wickets needed by the Bears on the third morning for their first win of the season, at the third attempt.
For Nottinghamshire, who take just three points to Warwickshire's 21, there was at least no further deduction after a pitch panel judged the surface to be merely 'below average'.
Wright finished with four for 70 as the hosts were bowled out for 201.
England Test hopefuls Gary Ballance and Sam Robson were among the notable contributors in a back-to-front match between Yorkshire and Middlesex at Lord's.
After paltry first innings for both teams, Yorkshire racked up 416 second time round - thanks largely to Ballance, who hit 15 fours and six sixes in his 130 and shared a last-wicket stand of 66 with Jack Brooks.
Middlesex were therefore set an improbable 472 to win, yet with a day to go had raced to 230 for one in only 51 overs - following an opening stand of 181 between Robson (77) and Australia Test opener Chris Rogers (122no), who was making his 67th first-class hundred.
The tussle between promoted pair Lancashire and Nottinghamshire has been an intriguing one throughout, and is still in the balance.
After a delayed start, Jos Buttler (74) and Tom Smith (54) could extend their overnight stand for the sixth wicket by only 10 runs to 124 - and Lancashire lost their last five for 30 to be all out for 284 and set their hosts 240 to win.
Young seamer Olly Stone finished with a career-best four for 65, and then Northamptonshire reached 145 for five at the close - James Middlebrook making an unbeaten 78 to defy James Anderson, who took his match haul to eight for 80.
In Division Two, there was no third century in as many matches for England captain Alastair Cook at Bristol.
David Masters (six for 48) and Graham Napier (four for 62) hustled Gloucestershire out for 134.
Opener Chris Dent was last out for 61; then Cook could muster only one scoring shot at the top of the order for Essex, but Ben Foakes - with a career-best 132 not out - and captain James Foster (91) shared a stand of 218 as 71 for five was turned into 305 for eight at stumps.
Alexei Kervezee (110) and Moeen Ali (99) wrested the initiative for Worcestershire against Derbyshire at New Road, as the hosts replied to 219 all out with 432 for nine.
Moeen's disappointment at missing a century can be tempered by an eye-catching score nonetheless, with England set to name their one-day international squad on Thursday, and Kervezee's fifth first-class hundred was followed by an unbeaten 71 from Gareth Andrew at number eight.
Whether there will be enough time for Worcestershire to convert advantage into victory, in a match curtailed by rain, is another matter.
Glamorgan saved the follow-on against Leicestershire, but could still find themselves in an awkward spot if the rain stays away from Grace Road on the final day.
Graham Wagg's belligerent 57 down the order ensured the hosts must go in again as Glamorgan posted 359 all out in reply to 500, after openers Gareth Rees (72) and Jacques Rudolph (65) failed to add significantly to their unbroken overnight stand.
Leicestershire pressed on to 77 for one in their second innings before bad light brought an early close.
The rain-ravaged match between Hampshire and Surrey at the Ageas Bowl suffered another washout, with the hosts still stuck on 289 for three.