Riley paves way for Kent win
A review of Wednesday's action in the LV= County Championship.
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Kent completed their first win of the campaign as they beat pre-season favourites Surrey by eight wickets in Division Two on a day that saw the other five LV= County Championship fixtures end in draws.
Rob Key's side were made to wait a little longer than they may have expected to secure the win on the final day after rain and a 33-run stand from Surrey's last-wicket pair of Jade Dernbach and Matt Dunn.
Spinner Adam Riley prised out Dernbach, to claim his ninth wicket of the match, and while the rain swept in soon after Kent nonetheless reeled in a target of 54 in 9.3 overs.
That continued a poor start to the season for Surrey, who are now winless after their opening four games.
In Division One, Phil Jaques impressed with his maiden century for Nottinghamshire but it was not enough to force a win as the clash with Somerset petered out into a draw.
The 35-year-old opener, who joined Nottinghamshire over the winter, finished unbeaten on 150 as the visitors made 322 for four declared in their second innings on a day that saw just two wickets fall following a rain-affected start in Taunton.
Samit Patel added a half-century to his first-innings 132, while Riki Wessels (40 not out) saw out proceedings alongside Jaques in an unbroken 106-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Their efforts had helped Nottinghamshire build a lead of 360 on the final day, but the chance of a positive result had long since gone as bat largely dominated ball again at the County Ground, with the players shaking hands on a draw that leaves both teams with 12 points.
Keaton Jennings' unbeaten half-century helped Durham to secure a battling draw after Yorkshire forced the follow-on but ran out of time in their pursuit of a victory at Chester-le-Street.
Yorkshire's attack claimed just six of the 12 wickets they needed to secure their second win of the season as Durham ended on 100 for four, 101 runs behind before the teams shook hands.
Jennings ended on 54 from 166 balls, including seven fours, as he remained solid for Durham during a vital knock.
Rain was the only winner as Lancashire and Sussex were forced to settle for a draw at Old Trafford.
With the forecast not encouraging, the visitors declared on their overnight total of 216 for five, setting Lancashire a notional target of 324 runs for victory in the clash.
But only just over half an hour of play was possible and, after several aborted attempts at a restart, the match was finally abandoned as a draw.
Sussex ended the match with 10 points and Lancashire eight, leaving Sussex second in the table, a point behind leaders Warwickshire.
In Division Two, Glamorgan batsman Will Bragg produced a Herculean effort to thwart Worcestershire's victory bid on the final day in Cardiff.
Bragg's unbeaten 91 underpinned a Glamorgan second innings total of 229 for seven as the Welsh county batted all day for a draw after being 14 for two when he arrived at the crease.
Bragg found excellent support from skipper Mark Wallace (47) and Stewart Walters (30) during a knock that lasted 343 minutes and 285 balls, putting on 97 for the seventh wicket with Wallace and compiling a fifth-wicket stand of 52 with Walters as Glamorgan took eight points and Worcestershire nine.
An unbeaten 41 from captain James Foster helped Essex bat out the final day of their tie with Leicestershire and secure a draw at Chelmsford.
The home side resumed their second innings on 101 for one, still 51 behind the visitors' first-innings score of 433, but reached 271 for five before declaring.
With a lead of 119 and time running out, that prompted handshakes all round and meant Essex claimed eight points and Leicestershire 11.