Matt Henry stars as Kent thrash Durham inside five sessions
Kent wrapped up a nine-wicket win in the north-east.
Durham were routed inside five sessions as Kent seamer Matt Henry left Emirates Riverside with a career-best match haul of 12 for 73.
Having already bagged five wickets in Durham’s first-innings surrender, the New Zealand international continued to enjoy Division Two life, snapping up seven for 45 as the hosts fell for 170 on day two.
Daniel Bell-Drummond led a trifling chase of 93, finishing 45 not out as Kent wrapped up a nine-wicket win that leaves plenty of time for celebration and recuperation.
Kent win by 9 wickets at Durham!— Kent Cricket 🏏 (@KentCricket) April 21, 2018
DBD (45*) punches through the covers to seal the win after a gritty stand with Heino Kuhn (36*).
Scorecard & video highlights:https://t.co/0dsgOP3ayK pic.twitter.com/WcJCbWCfck
Back in the top flight, defending champions Essex left Lancashire a victory chase of 320.
Last year’s star duo of Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer took one wicket apiece to end the Red Rose’s first innings in the morning, both bowlers securing five-fors in the process.
Harmer then did more heavy lifting with the bat, scoring 49 in a century stand for the eighth wicket alongside top-scorer James Foster (69).
Tom Bailey, Graham Onions and Joe Mennie each took three wickets as the innings subsided for 313 at stumps.
🖐| @SimonHarmerRSA & @jamieporter93 are on 🔥 and it's only the second game of the season!— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) April 21, 2018
This is now 5-wicket haul no. 8⃣ for Porter & no. 5⃣ for Harmer in an Essex shirt! 🙌 #ESSvLAN pic.twitter.com/aQs1eNb4ni
Surrey built a strong position against Hampshire at the Kia Oval, reaching stumps with a 281-run lead and six second-innings wickets in tact.
Sam Curran and Rikki Clarke finished with matching figures of four for 39 as the visitors went from 52 for three overnight to 147 all out.
The Brown Caps then moved to 217 for four on the back of steady half-centuries from Scott Borthwick (74) and Ben Foakes (50no).
At Headingley, wickets for Ben Coad and runs for Gary Ballance allowed Yorkshire to work themselves into a similar position of strength against Nottinghamshire.
Coad’s four for 49 helped dismiss Nottinghamshire for 188, a deficit of 68.
Captain Ballance then anchored things from the crease, closing 76no from 150 balls as the White Rose posted 189 for four.
Worcestershire’s Ed Barnard kept his side in the conversation against a James Hildreth-inspired Somerset.
Barnard hit a maiden fifty and took career-best figures of five for 37, but Hildreth’s 111no meant it was Somerset who ended 278 in front on 255 for nine.
Elsewhere in Division Two, hosts Derbyshire saw Ben Slater and Luis Reece take control over Middlesex with an unbroken opening stand of 118.
South African seamer Duanne Olivier laid the groundwork with four wickets as Middlesex gave way for 157, then Slater and Reece took over to establish a 226-run lead.
Australia’s Ashes star Shaun Marsh gave Glamorgan the edge over Gloucestershire in Bristol, cracking 111.
He underpinned the Welsh county’s 296 for five, a 60-run lead at the mid-point of the match.
A second first-class hundred from number seven, Michael Burgess, allowed Sussex to declare against Leicestershire, whose response was strong.
Burgess’ undefeated 101 and Ishant Sharma’s 66 allowed Luke Wright to call his side in at 438 for eight only for the Foxes to post 112 for two.
REPLAY: The moment @mgkburgess went to his century and then the reception he received on his way in from the middle.— Sussex Cricket (@SussexCCC) April 21, 2018
Brilliant to see such warm applause from the @leicsccc supporters. #gosbts pic.twitter.com/Bw6utVBMaH
Tim Ambrose’s 17th career hundred put Warwickshire firmly in control against Northamptonshire at the County Ground.
Ambrose (103), Sam Hain (85) and Henry Brookes (70) all contributed to 413 and a formidable advantage of 266.
Ben Duckett and Rob Newton added 41 without loss for Northants but the road ahead remains a long one.