Steve Patterson and Ben Coad combined to bowl out champions Essex as Yorkshire sealed one of the most unlikely comeback victories in Specsavers County Championship history at Chelmsford.
The White Rose battled back to seal a 91-run victory almost 48 hours after being bowled out for a humiliating 50 on the opening morning of this Division One clash.
Patterson finished with career-best first-class figures of six for 40, with Essex’s pursuit of a 238-run victory target heavily undermined when they lost four wickets in the space of 23 balls.
Coad took three of those wickets as the defending champions slipped from 114 for four to 114 for eight before eventually folding to 146 all out half an hour before lunch on the third morning.
Joe Clarke scored an impressive 157 and Tom Fell an equally determined 88 as Worcestershire survived the jolt of Amar Virdi’s two wickets in successive balls just before tea to finish day three with a highly creditable 469 for six at the Oval.
Clarke completed his 10th first-class hundred in his 51st match, while Fell scored his first Championship half-century since 2016 as Worcestershire reached stumps leading by 35 runs.
Dane Vilas scored a brilliant unbeaten double-century for Lancashire but their clash with Somerset at Old Trafford seems likely to end in a draw.
Vilas starred with 235 not out while Keaton Jennings made 109 as Lancashire piled up 492 in reply to Somerset’s 429, with visiting captain Tom Abell claiming a career-best four for 43 with the ball. Somerset reduced the deficit to 12 by scoring 51 without loss by the close.
Hampshire face an uphill challenge on the final day against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge after being set a target of 469 for an unlikely victory.
More realistically they need to survive a minimum of 140 overs after reaching the close on 111 for three, with Joe Weatherley having made 56. Earlier, Notts advanced their second innings score to 389 for nine before declaring mid-afternoon.
Warwickshire strengthened their position at the top of Division Two table by completing an eight-wicket win over Derbyshire before lunch on the final day at Edgbaston.
Jonathan Trott, in the match during which he announced he will retire at the end of the season, saw the hosts over the line alongside former England team-mate Ian Bell.
Requiring 89 for victory Warwickshire resumed on the last morning on 19 for one and after losing Dominic Sibley with the total on 29 they were steered to victory by Trott and Bell who finished unbeaten on 35 and 34 respectively.
Kent win by 6 wickets! @HeinoKuhn hits 69* to pass 10,000 first class career runs & @Stevo208 hits the winning runs.— Kent Cricket (@KentCricket) May 6, 2018
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Kent successfully chased down their target of 195 with six wickets in hand to beat Glamorgan and record their second Championship win of the season.
Heino Kuhn made an unbeaten 69 to guide Kent home after tea on day three at a sun-drenched Sophia Gardens.
A Middlesex batting collapse, in which they lost eight wickets for 79 runs, set up a potentially thrilling finish against Sussex at Hove.
Middlesex, who had been 243 for two, were bowled out for 322 as Danny Briggs and David Wiese both returned figures of four for 70 to set Sussex a challenging target of 230. At stumps on the third day Sussex were 35 for two, needing another 195.
Aiden Markram fell agonisingly short of a century as he led Durham’s fightback on day three against Leicestershire at Emirates Riverside.
The South African took to the crease with the hosts following on after being dismissed for 184 in reply to Leicestershire’s 440 but went on to make 94. Durham ended the day 233 for one, still trailing by 23 but with renewed hope of avoiding defeat.