Durham win opens up title race
Durham blew the LV= County Championship Division One title race wide open after beating leaders Yorkshire by seven wickets at Scarborough.
Scott Borthwick was the key man for the north-east side, first taking three wickets - as did Chris Rushworth and Ben Stokes - as Yorkshire collapsed from 283 for one on Saturday morning to 419 all out.
Young all-rounder Borthwick then struck 12 fours and a six in an 85-ball 65, while Will Smith also contributed 27 at just over a run a ball to ease Durham to a victory total of 121.
Durham's seventh championship win of the season moves them just 6.5 points behind Yorkshire, while they also have a game in hand over their title rivals.
Battling half-centuries from captain Ed Joyce and Rory Hamilton-Brown earned Sussex a draw against defending champions Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Resuming on 148 for three, only 65 ahead, Joyce (68) and Hamilton-Brown (75) put on 106 for the fifth wicket to lead Sussex to relative safety.
However, caution appeared to overrule ambition as Sussex declined to set the champions a target and simply batted out time until the captains shook hands at 4.50pm. By then the south coast side had meandered along to 394 for nine, a lead of 311.
Tim Linley, Gareth Batty and Chris Tremlett all took two wickets as Surrey took control against Derbyshire on day three at the Kia Oval.
The visiting side found the going tough in London and only Wayne Madsen made a score of note with a painstaking 59 off 168 balls, but it is Surrey who will be the happier of the two sides after Derbyshire closed on 231 for seven - a lead of just 161 heading into the final day.
Lancashire were given a scare before eventually extending their lead at the top of Division Two to 33 points after a 122-run win over Hampshire at Southport.
Jimmy Adams' side resumed on Saturday morning on 137 for seven after being set a seemingly notional 496 for victory, yet Adam Wheater (140) and Matt Coles (68) advanced the score to 320 before another wicket fell.
While Hampshire never got close to an unlikely win, they continued to fight before they were all out for 373, with Simon Kerrigan finishing with four for 97.
Unbeaten half-centuries from Matthew Pardoe and Moeen Ali inspired Worcestershire to a nine-wicket triumph over Leicestershire at Grace Road.
After Jack Shantry's four for 53 restricted Leicestershire to 248 all out - despite Ned Eckersley's 119, his second century of the match - Pardoe (76 not out) and Moeen (63no) helped Worcestershire easily chase down their target of 185.
Gareth Roderick's 136 helped Gloucestershire draw with Essex at Bristol. Set a target of 432, the players shook hands with the hosts on 355 for six.