• County Championship

Notts hit back against Yorkshire

ESPNcricinfo staff
September 8, 2010
Mark Wagh hit 90 to boost Nittinghamshire's hopes of claiming an unlikely win © Getty Images

Leaders Nottinghamshire produced a valiant fightback against Yorkshire but will still face an uphill task to avoid a defeat that will throw the Division One title race wide open.

After Andre Adams completed his third five-wicket haul in consecutive matches to bowl out Yorkshire for 264, half-centuries from Mark Wagh, Paul Franks and Adam Voges helped the hosts to reach 357 for six in their second innings.

Craig Kieswetter hit his highest County Championship score of the season as Somerset moved into a strong position against Lancashire at Taunton. The England one-day international made 84 off 80 balls, with nine fours and a six, to help his side to 350 for 8 - a lead of 91 runs, by the time heavy rain ended play an hour early.

Sussex have won promotion back to Division One at the first time of asking after securing four batting points on the second day of their clash against Northamptonshire at Hove.

Replying to their visitors' 125 all out, Sussex made 381 with opener Chris Nash top-scoring with 164. They then reduced Northants to 48 for 2 in their second innings before bad light and rain ended play early. Northants still need to score a further 209 runs just to make Sussex bat again.

Earlier the hosts had sealed promotion when Ollie Rayner's single took them to 350, although Gloucestershire's subsequent failure to take any batting points at Grace Road against Leicestershire meant they were already assured of a top-two finish.

Chris Wright and Tony Palladino produced their best figures of the season as relegation-haunted Essex carved out a first-innings lead of 91 against Durham at Chelmsford. Wright claimed 5 for 70 and his new-ball colleague Palladino 4 for 57 as the visitors were bowled out for 177.

By the close Essex had moved to 103 for 1 in their second innings, thanks largely to an unbeaten 61 from Alastair Cook, to go into the third day with an overall advantage of 194.

Owais Shah, in his final game for Middlesex, closed in on a farewell century at Lord's despite bad weather cutting short the second day of the Division Two match against Worcestershire. Shah was 70 not out when torrential rain ended play for the day at 4pm, having guided Middlesex to 244 for 5 in reply to Worcestershire's first innings 313.

Bad light and rain meant just 45 overs were bowled on day two of the Division Two clash between Surrey and Glamorgan at The Oval, which ended with the visitors on 72 for 2. Surrey had earlier been bowled out for 380, but their hopes of making significant inroads on the visitors batting line-up was frustrated by the weather.

Leicestershire dominated the second day of the County Championship game against Gloucestershire at Grace Road to keep alive their slim chances of promotion. After dismissing Gloucestershire for 159 Leicestershire moved into a commanding position by reaching 147 for 1 at stumps to lead by 283 runs.

Hampshire's James Tomlinson bagged four for 59 to help skittle Kent for 182 and give his side a slender first-innings lead of 22 runs on a second day cut short by rain and bad light.

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