County Championship Review- Another win for Surrey In Division One as Notts go marching on in Division Two


After a short break due to the start of the Vitality Blast competition, it was back to the red ball version of the game with another round of county championship matches.

In Division one, all conquering Surrey continued their impressive start to the season in all forms of the game by completing their fourth win in the championship and maintaining their position at the top of the table.

Surrey completed a tense final day win over Somerset at Taunton by three wickets after the visitors had been set 193 to win after dismissing Somerset for 394.

On the opening day of the game Surrey dismissed the hosts for 180 with the wickets shared by Dan Worrall, Jamie Overton and Gus Atkinson.

A fine century from Rory Burns along with half-centuries from Will Jacks and Jordan Clark saw Surrey bowled out for 382.

Despite a superb unbeaten 110 from Lewis Gregory, the hosts were bowled out for 394 with Worrall taking 3-77, leaving Surrey 193 for victory.

The visitors were indebted to Jacks’s second half-century of the match to guide Surrey home with Jacks finishing unbeaten on 62.

Hampshire kept the pressure on Surrey after another tense final day saw the home side get over the line by two wickets against Yorkshire at the Ageas Bowl.

In a first innings that saw both sides post over 400, Yorkshire were dismissed for 178 in their second innings with three wickets apiece from Keith Barker, Kyle Abbott and Brad Wheal to leave Hampshire requiring 197 to win.

A tense final session saw Hampshire slip to 103-6, but a superb 67 from Liam Dawson saw Hampshire to within eight runs of victory.

It was down to James Fuller and Abbott to guide the hosts over the line to cut the gap to Surrey to three points.

At Canterbury, Kent picked up their first championship win of the season after defeating winless Gloucestershire by eight wickets.

The visitors posted 438 in their first innings with Glenn Phillips hitting 125. Kent replied with two century makers of their own with Jack Leaning making 128 and Jordan Cox 158, with the home side making 564, and Tom Price claiming 5-58.

The visitors were bowled out for 213 in their second innings with Jacob Duffy picking up a fivefor with figures of 5-66.

Kent were left the relatively simple task of scoring 88 to win, which they did for the loss of just three wickets.

At Edgbaston, Lancashire claimed their third championship win of the season after defeating Warwickshire by four wickets.

Warwickshire led by just a single run of first innings, with the home side declaring their second innings on 327-9 with Alex Davies hitting 121

Lancashire were left 329 to win. Thanks to a magnificent unbeaten 175 from opener Luke Wells, the visiting side reached their target for the loss of six wickets.

In Division Two, Nottinghamshire made it five wins out of seven to continue to set the pace at the top of the table after an innings and nine runs victory over Leicestershire at Leicester.

Leicestershire were shot out for 99 in their second innings with Liam Patterson-White taking 4-15 and Dane Paterson 3-30 to stretch Notts lead over second placed Middlesex to ten points.

Middlesex suffered their first loss in the championship after suffering at the hands of Derbyshire by six wickets at Chesterfield.

The visitors had a 22 run lead on first innings before being dismissed for 196 in their second innings with Mark Stoneman top scoring with 67 to leave the hosts 219 for victory.

Opener Shan Masood fell two shy of his century but the hosts still got home comfortably to cut the gap on Middlesex to 17 points.

At Cardiff, Glamorgan beat Sussex by five wickets for their third win of the campaign.

Holding a first innings advantage of 118, Sussex were bowled out for 258 with Oliver Carter top scoring with 83 to leave Glamorgan 141 to win.

Thanks to 45 from Kiran Carlson and an unbeaten 45 from Sam Northeast the hosts reached their target for the loss of five wickets after at one stage slumping to 9-3.

In the only other match in the division at Chester-le-Street, the game between Durham and Worcestershire finished in a high scoring draw with over 1,300 runs scored with just seventeen wickets falling.

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