Tykes lifted by able Kane

  • Last Updated: August 17 2014, 20:04 BST

A review of the action in the LV= County Championship as Kane Williamson once again starred for Yorkshire.

Williamson: In-form for Yorkshire
Williamson: In-form for Yorkshire

A century from Kane Williamson gave Yorkshire a fighting chance of claiming an unlikely victory over Sussex as they looked to strengthen their grip at the top of LV= County Championship Division One.

Williamson began day three on an unbeaten 90, with the hosts on 258 for five at Scarborough, and the New Zealander quickly passed the hundred mark while a seventh-wicket partnership of 157 with Tim Bresnan (61) helped push Yorkshire to 493 all out in their opening innings.

Williamson was the ninth wicket to fall for 189 but Yorkshire still held a lead of 125 - and then promptly reduced Sussex to 98 for four by the close of play, with Ryan Sidebottom claiming two wickets.

Second-placed Nottinghamshire have been set a target of 211 for victory in their fixture at Northamptonshire.

Notts added just four runs to their overnight total to be dismissed for 388, before Luke Fletcher finished with figures of four for 76 as Northants were skittled for 338.

Fifties from Rob Keogh, Adam Rossington and Andrew Hall gave the hosts' second innings a respectable look.

Somerset will chase a mammoth 403 for victory on day four of their clash against Warwickshire after Varun Chopra's century put the visitors firmly in control at Taunton.

Warwickshire declared on 322 in their second innings, thanks to Chopra's knock of 117 plus half-centuries from Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke, with the hosts one without loss at close in reply.

Ashwell Prince completed a century as Lancashire dodged the showers to post 421 in their first innings against Durham.

Prince scored 106 while John Hastings claimed four wickets for Durham before the visitors reached 59 for one at stumps to trail by 22 runs.

Division Two leaders Worcestershire suffered their first loss of the season as Gloucestershire walked away from New Road with a comfortable seven-wicket victory.

The hosts began the day on 154 for two and a stunning 179 from Richard Oliver - plus his third-wicket stand of 212 with Alexei Kervezee (78) - formed the backbone of their second innings as they were eventually dismissed for 360.

However, Gloucestershire had few problems chasing down a target of 177, with opener Chris Dent (51) laying the foundations before Alex Gidman (45 not out) and Hamish Marshall (14no) saw them over the line.

Surrey lead by 324 runs going into the final day of their clash with Leicestershire at Grace Road as they continued to build on their strong first-innings display.

The hosts resumed on 303 for seven, with Niall O'Brien adding 27 runs to his overnight score of 62 while Rob Taylor smashed 54 off 88 balls to set winless Leicestershire up for a first-innings total of 373 - a deficit of 107.

Surrey's batsmen responded with Rory Burns posting 102 as the promotion hopefuls reached 217 for four at close to hold a commanding advantage.

Kent are battling to avoid a heavy loss at home to Hampshire, needing another 406 runs with eight wickets remaining at Canterbury.

Hampshire moved on from their overnight total of 57 without loss to declare on 311 for five in their second innings and a lead of 500 runs.

Michael Carberry (81), Jimmy Adams (97) and Will Smith (74no) did the damage with the bat, with Kent opener Daniel Bell-Drummond unbeaten on 43 at the close and carrying his side's hopes if they are to avoid defeat.

Essex are just two wickets away from wrapping up victory over Glamorgan at Swansea, with the home side closing on 237 for eight on day three - still 111 runs short of their victory target.

The visitors posted 222 in their second innings, despite Michael Hogan taking four wickets for Glamorgan.