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Joe Denly century puts Kent in commanding position against Nottinghamshire

Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond (79) shared a third-wicket partnership of 152.

Joe Denly scored his first century in the County Championship this season (Chris Ison/PA)
Joe Denly scored his first century in the County Championship this season (Chris Ison/PA)

Joe Denly’s first County Championship century of the season has put Kent in a commanding position in their match against Nottinghamshire at Tunbridge Wells.

Denly, overlooked by England for the World Cup, was 111 not out as Kent closed on 277 for three, 319 runs ahead of their Division One rivals, who were all out for 267 having resumed their second innings on 208 for four.

Kent’s medium-pace bowler Matthew Milnes finished with figures of five for 68, while team-mate Wiaan Mulder chipped in with three wickets.

Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond (79) shared a third-wicket partnership of 152 as Kent moved on to the front foot in their second innings.

Yorkshire and Warwickshire are set for a thrilling final day in their Division One clash at York’s Clifton Park after a topsy-turvy day three.

Warwickshire, replying to 259, began the day on 192 for five, with the start of play delayed by an hour following overnight and morning rain.

But they were bowled out for 254 before Yorkshire, who slipped to 31 for two early in their second innings after lunch, closed on 178 for seven from 63 overs – a lead of 183.

James Anderson and Graham Onions swept Derbyshire aside to give Division Two leaders Lancashire a crushing 10-wicket win before lunch on day three.

Derbyshire were bowled out for 84 in their second innings, one ball after they had avoided an innings defeat, with Onions taking five for 38 and Anderson four for 29.

Only Harvey Hosein (29) offered any meaningful resistance to Anderson and Onions, who finished with combined match figures of 17 for 104.

Rain washed away hopes of a final-day run chase at Radlett as Middlesex and Glamorgan were forced to settle for a draw.

Middlesex led by 247 runs, on 125 for four,  when play was halted with 58 overs left, but the bad weather dispelled any possibility of a positive outcome to the inaugural County Championship fixture at Cobden Hill.

A partnership of 318 between Ryan Higgins and Chris Dent for the sixth wicket saw Gloucestershire overhaul Leicestershire’s imposing first innings score.

It was the second partnership of over 300 in the match, and came within two runs of matching the 320 put on by Hassan Azad and Neil Dexter for Leicestershire’s second wicket earlier in the game.

Dent, who hit 176, and Higgins, who was on a first-class career-best 196 not out at the close of play, came together with Gloucestershire in trouble on 131 for five shortly before lunch.

They had resumed on 41 for three, needing 338 to avoid being asked to bat again after Leicestershire put on 487 in their first innings.

Worcestershire trio Riki Wessels (55), Callum Ferguson (56) and wicketkeeper Ben Cox (53 not out) all made half-centuries to help their side reach 262 for six on day two against Sussex.

Sussex were all out for 255 in their first innings having resumed on 185 for six.

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