Finch shines as Tykes dominate

  • Last Updated: June 23 2014, 19:34 BST

Aaron Finch wrote his legacy to Yorkshire with a century at Edgbaston that could lead to another big victory over Warwickshire for the Division One leaders in the LV= County Championship.

Aaorn Finch: In great form
Aaorn Finch: In great form

Aaron Finch wrote his legacy to Yorkshire with a century at Edgbaston that could lead to another big victory over Warwickshire for the Division One leaders in the LV= County Championship.

The 27-year-old Australian made an eye-catching 110 from 146 balls and shared in a partnership of 123 in 30 overs with long-serving county loyalist Richard Pyrah as Yorkshire opened up a lead of 194 when dismissed for 422.

Yorkshire's 194-run lead is not quite as big as the 200-plus margins which led to victories by an innings in two of the last three meetings but enough for the title contenders to be dictating terms over the last two days.

Nottinghamshire continued to set the pace on the second day of their match against Somerset at Trent Bridge as they forged a first innings advantage of 293 after being bowled out for 461 in 102.2 overs.

Phil Jaques fell early in the day for 113, having added just two to his overnight score but a stand of 161 between Samit Patel and Riki Wessels took the game away from the visitors. Patel eventually fell for 94 with Wessels making 76.

Batting again, Somerset reached 106 for three by stumps, still trailing by 187 runs, with Chris Jones undefeated on 59.

Lancashire's batsmen broke more records and their bowlers made significant inroads into Northamptonshire's batting as Glen Chapple's side strengthened their grip on the match at Old Trafford.

Replying to the home side's 650 for six declared, the eighth biggest total in Lancashire's history, Northants were 113 for seven in their first innings at close of play and now seem to have merely a mathematical chance of avoiding the follow-on target of 501.

This was another depressing day for Stephen Peters' side, who were worn down by the relentless batting of double-centurion Ashwell Prince, who made a career-best 257 not out, and then torn apart by the attacking strokeplay of Jos Buttler and Tom Smith.

Elsewhere in Division One, career-best figures of seven for 67 for Ben Stokes put Durham on course for a second successive County Championship win, while Sussex's slide into relegation trouble looked set to continue.

Sussex collapsed from 56 without loss to 205 all out, despite an unbeaten 66 from Luke Wright, then saw Keaton Jennings put an indifferent run of form behind him. He reached 46 not out as Durham stretched their lead to 237 with nine wickets standing.

In Division Two, Surrey captain Gary Wilson impressed with an unbeaten 160 to put his side in a strong position on day two of their match against struggling Leicestershire at the Kia Oval.

The Irishman batted for eight minutes short of six hours to compile his third first-class hundred. Together with Chris Tremlett, whose 90 was also a career best, he added 192 for Surrey's eighth wicket, a new county record against Leicestershire.

Wilson then inflicted further punishment on a toiling attack by putting on an unbroken 82 with last man Jade Dernbach before Surrey declared 30 minutes before tea on 522 for nine.

That left Leicestershire needing 373 just to avoid the follow on but 75 by in-form opener Gus Robson helped them reach 125 for three at stumps.

Ben Wright hit a sparkling 125-ball century to give Glamorgan a chance of pulling off an unlikely victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Replying to the home side's 391, the Welsh county posted 569 for seven by the end of day three, claiming maximum batting points. Wright contributed 123 and Jacques Rudolph, unbeaten on 108 overnight, eventually fell for 139.

While Adam Riley and Darren Stevens set up Kent for their second County Championship victory of the season by demolishing Derbyshire's batting and forcing them to follow on at Canterbury.

Off-spinner Riley, touted as an England Test possible against India later this summer, took four for 30 as Derbyshire plunged to 115 all out in reply to Kent's first innings of 333.

At stumps Derbyshire were 32 for three in their second innings, still 186 runs behind.