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Smith puts Lancashire on top

All-rounder Tom Smith's five wickets helped put Lancashire in the box seat on the third day of their meeting against Yorkshire in Division One.

Smith returned figures of five for 49 as Lancashire bowled their rivals out for 243 - with Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale left stranded on 95 not out - and claimed a first-innings lead of 82 at Headingley.

Yorkshire responded to reduce Lancashire to 48 for three in their second innings - 130 ahead - but, with bad light ending play early, time could be running out to force a result.

Gale took full advantage of a let-off on 25. He appeared to have been caught behind after attempting a glance off Glen Chapple's bowling and was clearly unhappy to see umpire Peter Willey's finger raised.

He started to walk back to the pavilion when Willey decided to consult with square leg umpire Ian Gould and the decision was reversed.

Gordon Muchall made an unbeaten 158 for Durham at Nottingham, but, due to the rain, it was unlikely to be in a winning cause, with his side closing on 335 for four in their first innings, 42 runs behind.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes made 61 on his return from a wrist injury, while his international colleague Stuart Broad, who is playing in his first match in nearly two months as he continues to manage patella tendonitis in his right knee, got further bowling time under his belt for Nottinghamshire, but remained wicketless.

William Porterfield made 118 and Ian Westwood 99 as Warwickshire battled back against Somerset, but a draw was also likely at Edgbaston,

The pair put on 163 for the second wicket as the hosts closed a rain-affected day on 294 for five, 117 runs short of their opponents' first-innings total of 411, with the loss of three late wickets for four runs slowing their progress.

The weather proved even more of an obstacle for Division One leaders Middlesex as the rain prevented the start of their match against Sussex at Merchant Taylors' School Ground in Northwood for a second successive day.

In Division Two, Angus Robson (72 not out) and Ned Eckersley (68) led the fightback with battling half-centuries as Leicestershire sought to avoid defeat against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.

The pair put on a third-wicket partnership of 129 to take the visitors to 168 for three in their second innings, still needing another 73 to avoid an innings defeat, but with the inclement weather helping their cause.

Gloucestershire spluttered to 66 for four at the close on day three of their clash with Derbyshire, 212 runs behind, as rain again proved the order of the day.

Essex and Surrey were also headed for a draw after the weather permitted only 16 overs at Chelmsford.

The visitors moved from 204 for six to 261 for seven in reply to their opponents' first-innings 228 all out.

Only three overs were possible between Kent and Worcestershire at Tunbridge Wells, with the visitors going from 48 without loss to 67 for no fall in reply to Kent's 258.