Notts top after one-wicket win
A review of Tuesday's action in the LV= County Championship.
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Nottinghamshire moved clear at the top of the County Championship with a one-wicket victory against Lancashire at Aigburth.
Set a target of 170, Nottinghamshire were reduced to 119-7 before skipper Chris Read's 40 not out saw them over the line in an exciting finale on the third evening.
Lancashire had earlier gone from an overnight 55-2 to 205 all out in their second innings, Usman Khawaja's 53 the top score.
Left-arm seamer Harry Gurney removed Khawaja among figures of 4-22 in nine overs as Lancashire lost their last eight wickets for 106 runs.
Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple (3-59) and fellow seamer Tom Smith (3-38) each claimed three wickets to revive the home side, only for Read and Luke Fletcher to combine in an eighth-wicket stand of 44.
Kabir Ali (2-30) removed Fletcher (18) with seven still needed and, later in the same over with the scores level, Andre Adams (6) was caught on the boundary.
That brought Nottinghamshire No 11 Gurney to the middle and his single off Chapple's bowling clinched victory for the visitors.
Nottinghamshire's fifth win of the season gives them an 11-point lead at the head of Division One, while Lancashire remain in the relegation zone after their fourth defeat.
Lewis Gregory finished with 11 wickets in the match as Somerset went second in the table with a 52-run win over bottom side Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Northants began the final day on 108-5 chasing a target of 404 and produced a lower-order rearguard before being bowled out for 351 in the evening session.
Kyle Coetzer (54), Adam Rossington (62), Andrew Hall (66) and David Willey (53) all hit half-centuries as the home side raised hopes of their first championship win of the season.
Hall and Willey put on 100 for the ninth wicket to reduce Northants' requirement to 53 before Gregory trapped Willey lbw and Craig Overton removed Hall in the next over to finish the game.
At Chester-le-Street, Durham lost by an innings and 188 runs against Warwickshire after their batting collapsed twice on day three.
Resuming on 62-3 in reply to Warwickshire's first-innings 472, Durham were bowled out for 171 and, after being made to follow-on, 113.
John Hastings' 51 from No 8 in the first innings was the only half-century from a home batsman as they managed to lose 17 wickets in the day.
Warwickshire seamer Keith Barker took eight wickets in the match, including 6-46 in the first innings, while spinner Jeetan Patel picked up 5-49 in the second innings.
Teenager Tom Kohler-Cadmore narrowly missed a maiden first-class century at New Road as Division Two leaders Worcestershire moved closer to a second win over Leicestershire in a month.
The 19-year-old was bowled by Dan Redfern for 99 after helping Worcestershire to second-innings declaration at 416-8, which set bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire a target of 458.
Greg Smith opened up with eight fours in an unbeaten 38 but a 27th championship game without a victory is the most likely outcome for Leicestershire, with Angus Robson and Ned Eckersley already out as they reached 56-2 in 21 overs by the close. They will require a further 402 runs on the last day.
Michael Carberry's 48 not out guided second-placed Hampshire into a 44-run lead at 83-1 in their second innings at stumps on day three against Essex at Colchester.
Essex had earlier been limited to a first-innings advantage of 39 after collapsing from 187-2 to 285 all out.
Jesse Ryder (79) and Ravi Bopara (69) put on 115 for the third wicket but the middle and lower order subsided quickly thereafter as Hampshire's bowlers shared the wickets around.
At Cheltenham, skipper Wayne Madsen was in the runs as Derbyshire hit back strongly on day two against Gloucestershire.
Having bowled out Gloucestershire for 356 from an overnight position of 304-6, Derbyshire replied with 216-2, Madsen ending the day unbeaten on 79, having faced 147 balls and hit nine fours.
Opener Ben Slater made 70, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul is still there on 50 not out, with his side trailing by 140 at stumps.
Gloucestershire had earlier been indebted to Will Gidman for his second century in successive championship games. Unbeaten on 88 overnight, the all-rounder was last man out for 125, having faced 216 balls and hit 19 fours.
Tom Taylor finished with 5-58, his first five-wicket haul in the championship.