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Mark Stoneman fails to inspire Surrey against Lancashire

The England opener has recorded just 28 runs in three innings this season.

England opener Mark Stoneman continued to struggle with the bat as Lancashire and Surrey head towards a draw in the Specsavers County Championship clash at Old Trafford.

Stoneman was clean bowled for a seven-ball duck by former Durham team-mate Graham Onions in reply to Lancashire’s declaration of 439 to extend the Surrey batsman’s poor start to the campaign to 28 runs from three innings.

Joe Mennie (68 not out) and Tom Bailey were unlikely heroes with the bat as they hit a record ninth-wicket stand for Lancashire to nudge the first innings total past 400 before the latter became Amar Virdi’s fourth victim (four for 80) for a career-best 66.

Bailey was in equally good form with ball as he claimed four for 54 runs, while Onions dismissed another ex-Durham colleague Scott Borthwick, who top-scored with 79, as Surrey finished the third day on 231 for nine, with seven wickets coming after tea.

Luke Fletcher produced the best bowling figures of his career to put Nottinghamshire into a strong position after 16 wickets fell on day three in their match with Worcestershire.

Play finally began after the first two days were washed out but Worcestershire could not handle the bowling attack of Fletcher (five for 27), Stuart Broad (three for 28) and Jake Ball (two for 25) as they were dismissed for just 110.

Joe Clarke top-scored with 42 as only three home batsmen passed double figures before New Zealand international Ross Taylor hit a patient 50 to help Notts move to 204 for six by stumps.

Tom Abell put in a captain’s performance as Somerset took control against Yorkshire at Taunton.

The 24-year-old hit 82 off 137 deliveries to help recover from 24 for four to 200 all out and set a victory target of 321 for the visitors following Ben Coad’s four for 61 and Jack Brooks’ three for 44.

Yorkshire lost Harry Brook for 15 in reply as they finished day three on 49 for one.

Jimmy Adams missed out on his first century of the season in an interrupted third day between Hampshire and Essex, where only 28 overs were bowled at the Ageas Bowl.

Adams could not reach treble-figures after a 344-minute marathon in the middle before he was trapped in front by Jamie Porter. Hashim Amla also cracked 52 as Hampshire finished on 241 for four in their first innings.

Four wickets in 17 balls boosted Sussex’s chances of their first win of the season against Gloucestershire at Hove.

Gloucestershire were set a victory target of 167 and looked well on their way at 69 for one before Stiaan van Zyl (three for 16) and Ollie Robinson (two for 25) combined to limit the visitors to 71 for five.

Danny Briggs trapped Graeme van Buuren in front late on, leaving Gloucestershire needing 59 with four wickets left.

Stevie Eskinazi cracked 94 for Middlesex in their total of 194 as 14 wickets fell against Glamorgan at Lord’s.

Glamorgan bowler Michael Hogan took five for 49 before Tim Murtagh claimed all four wickets as the visitors struggled on 38 for four in response.

Paul Horton and Colin Ackermann hit brisk half-centuries for Leicestershire after play finally got under way against Derbyshire at the Fischer County Ground.

A ball has not been bowled for the third successive day in the match between Northamptonshire and Durham at Wantage Road.

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