Trott makes low-key return
A review of Monday's action in the LV= County Championship.
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Jonathan Trott made a low-key return to the crease as England Test hopeful Chris Woakes shone for Warwickshire against LV= County Championship Division One contenders Nottinghamshire.
Trott, making his first championship appearance since April having taken an extended break from the game, made 23 in 31 balls on day two before becoming the first of Andre Adams' four victims as Warwickshire were dismissed for 343, a deficit of 63.
Woakes, England's 12th man in both Tests this summer, played the key innings of 91 before being bowled by Harry Gurney.
Nottinghamshire then added one run in two overs possible before stumps.
Marcus Trescothick became the leading first-class run-maker at his beloved Taunton as he hit an unbeaten century for Somerset against Lancashire.
The 38-year-old former England opener needed just three runs to overtake Lionel Palairet's mark of 7,288 and finished 107 not out as Somerset reached 193 for two in reply to the Red Rose's 266.
South African Alviro Petersen offered steady support with 57no as Glen Chapple and Simon Kerrigan took one scalp each.
At Lord's, Dawid Malan finished 154no to see Middlesex to 488 for nine declared - Matt Spriegel chipping in with three late wickets for bottom club Northamptonshire.
Middlesex then teased out three wickets as the visitors made 89 in 26 overs prior to the close.
James Kettleborough was 42no, including seven boundaries, on his Championship debut.
Two wickets late on day three for Gareth Batty gave Surrey a glimmer of hope that they could force victory over Division Two promotion rivals Hampshire at The Oval.
Batty removed Jimmy Adams for 79 after he helped Will Smith put on 129 for their second wicket and then had James Vince trapped in front for seven.
Hampshire finished the third day on 167 for three - 307 runs behind - after Surrey had declared 30 minutes before lunch on 474 for eight.
Despite his efforts, it looks like a slow pitch is going to be the winner unless Adams and his opposite number Gary Wilson can set up a second-innings run chase on the final day with the aid of a couple of imaginative declarations.
A limping Jacques Rudolph cruelly missed a third consecutive Championship century as Glamorgan battled to hold off Worcestershire at New Road.
Facing the home side's total of 352 - after a career-best 85 by 19 year-old Tom Kohler-Cadmore - Rudolph became a victim of his incapacity when he was run out for 88 as the Welsh county closed day two on 222 for six, still 130 behind.
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder scored his first Championship century and Ravi Bopara finished on 98no as Essex took control after two days of their match with Gloucestershire at Chelmsford.
Ryder cracked 133 in 164 balls - hitting 15 fours and four sixes - as he and Bopara put on 197 for the third wicket.
Essex were 425 for three by stumps, sitting on a 201-run lead.