Surrey spinners keep Yorkshire on the rack
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.