Sur­rey spin­ners keep York­shire on the rack

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York­shire are strug­gling to save their key Di­vi­sion One match against Sur­rey at the Kia Oval. The 2014 and 2015 cham­pi­ons were forced to fol­low on 198 runs be­hind their hosts af­ter be­ing bowled out for 394 af­ter tea on day three. Gary Bal­lance’s men lost reg­u­lar wick­ets to the Sur­rey spin­ners be­fore then reach­ing 59 for one sec­ond time around to trail by 139 runs.

Third-from-bot­tom Mid­dle­sex and Hamp­shire were again be­set by bad weather at Uxbridge, where no play was pos­si­ble un­til af­ter tea. The hosts then did have time to strug­gle from 76 for three to 162 for seven.

Worcestershire ex­posed the frail­ties of Di­vi­sion Two bot­tom club Le­ices­ter­shire at New Road. The hosts had to dig in against slow left-armer Cal­lum Parkin­son, who turned his maiden five-wicket haul into fig­ures of eight for 148 but still could not stop Worcestershire reach­ing 493 all out and a firstin­nings lead of 89 thanks to opener Brett D’oliveira’s 138 and a half­cen­tury too from wick­et­keeper Ben Cox (77).

Worcestershire then put the vis­i­tors in big trou­ble with the new ball sec­ond time around, Le­ices­ter­shire stum­bling to 10 for four and even­tu­ally 111 for seven.

At Bris­tol, three Kent bats­men passed 50 as their team eked out a one-run lead with a to­tal of 386 all out, de­spite Josh Shaw’s five for 118 - be­fore Glouces­ter­shire moved to 67 for none at stumps, with opener Cameron Ban­croft un­beaten again on 25 af­ter his first-in­nings 206 not out.

Glam­or­gan reached a sec­ondin­nings 320 at home to

Northamp­ton­shire, wick­et­keeper Chris Cooke (69) top-scor­ing to help set a tar­get of 217 be­fore the vis­i­tors closed on 42 for one.

Sus­sex are up against it at home to Der­byshire, Harry Pod­more (66no) helped the vis­i­tors to 322 for eight and an over­all lead of 389.

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