Abbott leading the way for Hampshire
KYLE ABBOTT starred with both bat and ball for Hampshire during a rain-affected third day of their Specsavers County Championship Division One match with Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl.
Abbott scored an impressive half-century in the morning before striking three times either side of a prolonged break to leave his team needing seven wickets on the final day.
Worcestershire were set a victory target of 324 and require a further 265 after closing on 59-3.
Haseeb Hameed was dismissed for 19, but Lancashire all but wiped out Nottinghamshire’s first-innings advantage on a raininterrupted day of their County Championship opener.
The 21-year-old opening batsman is targeting an England recall, but has made minimal impact in this fixture, contributing just 22 runs across two innings.
Lancashire ended day three, in which only 53.2 overs were bowled because of the inclem- ent weather, on 58-2 to trail by six runs after Nottinghamshire had earlier been skittled for 222.
Tim Murtagh and James Harris grabbed four wickets apiece as Middlesex launched their Division Two campaign with victory over Northamptonshire inside two and a half days.
Murtagh returned figures of 4-36 and Harris 4-39 to clean up Northants’ second innings for 142 and secure a 160-run success for their side at Lord’s.
Gloucestershire’s bid to complete a win over Kent inside five sessions was scuppered when rain stopped play in Canterbury with the visitors 47 runs short of their target with nine wickets in hand.
Olly Stone’s home County Championship debut for Warwickshire saw him produce a six-wicket haul against Sussex at Edgbaston.
In reply to the home side’s 299, Sussex closed a rain-affected third day on 194-6 with Stone returning figures of 13-1-52-6.