Three of the County Championship matches being contested in the current round wrapped up on Saturday with Somerset , Middlesex and Nottinghamshire completing emphatic wins on day three.
Matt Renshaw did his Australia Test hopes no harm with a superb century which put Somerset in the driving seat in their County Championship division one match against Warwickshire in Taunton. A fiery Jack Brooks spell would help Somerset complete victory by an innings and 82 runs, with the paceman finishing with figures of 4 for 44. Somerset 458 (Renshaw 129, Abell 70, Banton 57, Lammonby 56, Hannon-Dalby 5-89) beat Warwickshire 209 (Hain 54, Davey 3-30) and 167 (Brooks 4-44) by an innings and 82 runs. Elsewhere in Division One, Kent trail Yorkshire by 162 runs and appear to be in a fight to save the match. Big hundreds from Harry Brook (194) and Dawid Malan (152) put Yorkshire well on top in response to Kent's 291 as they powered to 571 on day three. Ben Compton and Jack Leaning to see Kent recover from 27 for 2 to reach 118 by stumps with no further loss. Kent 291 (Bell-Drummond 109, Cox 68, Robinson 58, Rauf 5-65) and 118 for 2 (Compton 67*, Leaning 31*) trail Yorkshire 571 (Brook 194, Malan 152, Bess 98) by 162 runs Meanwhile, Hampshire set Lancashire 351 to win at the Ageas Bowl off the back of twin centuries from Nick Gubbins. Gubbins stroke-filled 130 helped power Hampshire to 344 and put them in charge after he had pulled the first innings out of the fire for the hosts.
— Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) April 30, 2022
Lancashire 240 (Bailey 59, Salt 55, Barker 5-67) and 9 for 0 need 342 runs to beat Hampshire 246 (Gubbins 101*, Fuller 55, Hasan 5-45) and 344 (Gubbins 130, Brown 72, Anderson 3-36) In Bristol, Gloucestershire and Surrey appear to be heading for a draw with just 12 wickets falling in three days on a docile pitch. On day four Chris Dent (207*) will have the chance to chase his highest First Class score but barring sporting declarations from both sides the match should end in a stalemate. Gloucestershire 443 for 2 (Dent 207*, Harris 124, Hammond 75*) trail Surrey 603 (Smith 234*, Clark 137, Pope 84, Curran 64) by 160 runs In Chelmsford Essex are looking to make a game after Shane Snater's brilliant counter-attacking 79 proved not enough to avoid the follow-on. Paul Walter and Matt Critchley held up Northamptonshire's victory charge and Essex need 48 more runs to make them bat again.
3⃣x Cook cuts
3⃣x Cook fours
The Essex opener moves the score along to 31-0 with a flurry of boundaries after a watchful start.
Cook is on 19*, Browne 8*, plenty more batting to do! pic.twitter.com/QvYInKpTx9
— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) April 30, 2022
Essex 193 (Snater 79*, Sanderson 4-24) and 149 for 3 (Critchley 44*, Walter 40*) trail Northamptonshire 390 (Procter 113, Berg 75, Young 63) by 48 runs Middlesex cantered to a ten wicket victory over Leicester after knocking the Foxes over for 272 in their second dig on day three at Lord's. The hosts opening pair eased them to a third-day victory which helps them keep the heat on Nottinghamshire at the top of the standings. Middlesex 370 (Stoneman 108, Simpson 71, Hollman 45, Mike 4-15) and 52 for 0 (Stoneman 30*, Robson 22*) beat Leicestershire 149 (Helm 3-23, Shaheen 3-54) and 272 (Mike 99*, Mulder 58, Roland-Jones 3-67, Shaheen 3-93) by 10 wickets A fine allround performance from Stuart Broad helped Notts complete victory over a spirited Worcestershire. An unbeaten hundred from Ed Barnard ensured that Nottinghamshire had to bat well to win the match after a first innings blowout from Worcestershire.
Notts have now won six of their last seven County Championship matches at Trent Bridge.
Nottinghamshire 266 (Hameed 53, Duckett 50, Broad 45*) and 233 for 5 (Duckett 78, Clarke 61*) beat Worcestershire 159 (Paterson 8-52) and 339 (Barnard 163*, Cox 55, Fletcher 4-65, Broad 4-72) by five wickets Derbyshire will be hoping for a big final day push when they resume on 170 for 2 sporting a 151 run lead over Glamorgan. Shan Masood was among the brace of wickets that fell as Derbyshire took control of the match with a good start to their second innings. The Pakistan batter fell for 42 leaving him three runs short of breaking the April runs record established by Nick Compton in 2012. Derbyshire 368 (Guest 109, Madsen 70, Masood 60) and 170 for 2 (Madsen 58*, Masood 42, Guest 40*) lead Glamorgan 387 (Labuschagne 130, Lloyd 84, Lakmal 5-82) by 151 runs Chetehswar Pujara's double-ton has left Durham to try and bat out the final day. Opening pair Alex Lees and Sean Dickson gave Durham an excellent chance as they consumed 53.5 overs on day three and will look to continue their resistance when play resumes on the final day. Durham 223 (Trevaskis 88) and 169 for 0 (Dickson 110*, Lees 50*) trail Sussex 538 (Pujara 202, Rizwan 79, Alsop 66, Haines 54, Clark 50, Trevaskis 5-128) by 146 runs
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