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Somerset sink Durham in three days

ESPN staff
May 24, 2012
Gareth Batty took six wickets to trouble Warwickshire © Getty Images

Sixteen wickets fell in the day at Taunton as Somerset claimed victory in their County Championship clash with Durham.

Somerset declared the moment they reached 400 and set about the Durham batting line-up. Only Paul Collingwood and Ian Blackwell passed 30 as George Dockrell's 6 for 29 shot them out for 167.

Durham made hard work of hunting down their victory target but Arul Suppiah's 73 helped them claim a five-wicket success.

Lancashire's bowlers fired after tea on day two against Middlesex to put their side in the driving seat as they chase a first County Championship win of the season at Liverpool.

Defending a healthy first-innings total of 392, Kyle Hogg, Glen Chapple, Ajmal Shahzad and Simon Kerrigan all struck to reduce the visitors to 95 for five inside 29 overs on a slow pitch.

Shahzad, playing his first Championship home match since signing on loan from Yorkshire earlier this month, removed Joe Denly and England's Eoin Morgan in a fiery six-over burst at the start of the evening session.

Middlesex were at least boosted during the last hour of the day by an unbroken 60-run stand between Neil Dexter and wicketkeeper John Simpson as they closed on 155 for five from 47 overs.

Gareth Batty took six for 73, his best figures for Surrey, and Jason Roy hit a brilliant 71 as the hosts forced their way back into the Championship contest at the Oval against Division One leaders Warwickshire.

Surrey ended day two 120 runs ahead with six second-innings wickets remaining - a position they can only have dreamed of at lunch when Warwickshire were 182 for four.

Kent scored 300 runs in the day to grind home their first-innings advantage over Leicestershire and reach 404 for six, an overall lead of 263 runs at the mid-point of the game.

Resuming on their superior overnight position of 104 for two - in response to Leicestershire's modest 141 all out - Kent spent two sessions doggedly enforcing their lead. Centurion Michael Powell and James Tredwell cracked on in the final hour to add an unbroken 92 for the seventh wicket against a weary Foxes attack.

Will Bragg and new Australian signing Marcus North both recorded important half-centuries as bottom-placed Glamorgan gained a narrow first-innings lead over Hampshire on the second day at the Ageas Bowl.

Aided by some belligerent late blows by tail-ender Dean Cosker, Glamorgan were all out for 327 in the 93rd over, gleaning an 11-run innings advantage over Hampshire in the Division Two contest.

Wes Durston struck his second century of the season as Derbyshire totalled 323 to gain a first-innings lead of 141 against Essex at Chelmsford. At the close, Essex had reached 46 for two in their second innings, still 95 runs short of clearing the arrears.

Northamptonshire captain Andrew Hall and David Willey each took two wickets as the hosts continued to boss their match against Gloucestershire.

Scotland international Kyle Coetzer made 96 off 236 balls, including 12 fours, as Northants added 109 to their overnight total before finally being bowled out for 411. In reply, Gloucestershire struggled to the close on 156 for six, still 255 runs behind their opponents and needing another 106 to avoid the follow-on, with Willey taking two for 32 and Hall two for 33.

In the evening's CB40 encounter, Sussex chased down 240 to beat Yorkshire by four wickets. Andrew Gale, who was later taken to hospital after being struck on the helmet by a short ball, made 42 to help Yorkshire to 2398 for 9. Ryan Sidebottom removed Ed Joyce for a duck, but Chris Nash (44), Luke Wright (103) and Joe Gatting (45) saw Sussex home with over six overs to spare.

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