Hampshire hold on for draw
A review of Tuesday's action in the LV= County Championship, as Hampshire held on for a draw against Surrey.
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Hampshire remain well placed for promotion from LV= County Championship Division Two after their batsmen negotiated the final day at The Oval to secure a draw against third-placed Surrey.
A last-wicket stand of 60 between Danny Briggs and James Tomlinson took their side past the follow-on target before they were bowled out for 354.
The hosts went in again for eight overs before the players shook hands at 4.50pm on a draw with Surrey 13 for none in their second innings.
Hampshire's lead over third-placed Surrey is 16 points and they have also played a game fewer than their rivals.
Elsewhere in the country, where all other games were on their third day, Chris Woakes bowled Warwickshire back into their Division One match against Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston with a season's best five for 35.
The England seamer followed up his crucial 91 in Warwickshire's first innings by undermining Nottinghamshire's top order then returning to mop up the tail.
Nottinghamshire were dismissed for 225 in their second innings, with Phil Jaques holding things together with 79 in his final innings of the season, which left Warwickshire to chase 289 in just under four sessions.
They had reached 61 for two in 22 overs before the close with Jonathan Trott ending the day unbeaten on 19 from 40 balls.
Elsewhere in Division One, Craig Overton was agonisingly dismissed one short of a maiden first-class century as Somerset moved into a strong position on the third day of the match with Lancashire at Taunton.
The 20-year-old all-rounder left the field with a hand clutching his face, clearly distraught, after being caught one-handed at slip by Paul Horton off Simon Kerrigan having hit nine fours and two sixes in his 135-ball innings. Overton shared a stand of 140 with Alfonso Thomas before Somerset were bowled out for 484, a first-innings lead of 218.
Marcus Trescothick had earlier fallen for 128 and Alviro Petersen for 73 as Lancashire fought back at the start of the day. But the late innings runs from Overton, Thomas (54) and Lewis Gregory (26) left the visitors with a tough task to save the game on a dry, wearing pitch.
Lancashire closed on 59 without loss, Horton having been forced to retire hurt on one after ducking into a Thomas bouncer.
Steven Crook hit a memorable run-a-ball maiden first-class hundred to lead a Northamptonshire fightback against his former club Middlesex in the Division One match at Lord's.
The 131 came in his 95th first-class innings and the 31-year-old all-rounder was joined in a determined seventh-wicket stand of 144 by Andrew Hall, who scored a more circumspect but no less valuable 75, as bottom-of-the-table Northants recovered from 168 for six to reach 384 and avoid the follow-on.
In 11 overs' batting on a sunlit evening, however, Middlesex stretched their overall lead to 134 by reaching 30 for the loss of Chris Rogers for 18 in their second innings and will still be looking to force a fifth Championship victory of the season on Wednesday's final day.
Moeen Ali treated Worcestershire fans to a glimpse of his international quality when making 80 from 87 balls on what is likely to be a fleeting return to New Road for the Division Two clash with Glamorgan.
One of only two England players to be released this week, he made the most of his time with the county as Worcestershire aimed for a victory which would put them clear of Hampshire at the top of Division Two.
Having dismissed Glamorgan for 297 - after Saeed Ajmal's fifth return of five or more wickets this season - they raced to a declaration at 299 for seven.
This set the visitors a target of 355, with one over before the close which was safely negotiated by nightwatchman Andrew Salter.
Elsewhere in Division Two, Essex are in a strong position to complete their second first-class win of the season having reduced Gloucestershire to 194 for four in their second innings - still needing a further 123 runs to make the home side bat again at Chelmsford.
Conceding a first-innings deficit of 317 runs after Essex made 541 to Gloucestershire's opening effort of 224, the visitors were dealt a double blow when they lost Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall to left-arm 20 year-old paceman Reece Topley after the pair had composed a third wicket partnership of 95.
Ian Cockbain and Will Gidman - unbeaten at the close on 42 and 26 respectively - at least offer some hope for the visitors.