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Surrey thrash Somerset to go top of the Specsavers County Championship

Jade Dernbach and Morne Morkel shared eight wickets.

Surrey routed Somerset by an innings and 68 runs with more than four sessions to spare to replace their opponents at the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division One table.

Jade Dernbach and Morne Morkel shared eight wickets as Somerset, who had followed on 279 runs behind, were bowled out for 210 in 61.2 overs at Guildford.

It is the first time since 1958 that Surrey have won three games in succession by an innings and they went on to win the Championship that season as well.

Nottinghamshire’s Tom Moores, the 21-year-old son of head coach Peter, hit 87 off 80 balls to help his side set Essex an implausible winning target of 441.

Moores, batting at number nine and with a runner due to a sprained ankle, struck seven fours and seven sixes to lift Notts’ second innings to 266 all out before Essex were reduced to 88 for four at the close, 353 runs adrift.

In the day/night game at the Ageas Bowl, Yorkshire trail Hampshire by two runs with eight wickets remaining after reaching 91 for two at the close.

Ollie Rayner grabbed his first two Hampshire wickets but Yorkshire kept the game in the balance after being given the entire 35 overs of the night session to eat away at Hampshire’s 93-run first innings lead.

Hampshire had been bowled out for 443 and Yorkshire ended the day with key batsmen Gary Ballance, who scored a century in the first innings, and India Test star Cheteshwar Pujara unbeaten on 18 and 14 respectively.

Worcestershire are on track to clinch their first County Championship win of the season despite the best efforts of Lancashire opener Keaton Jennings.

The England batsman’s 135 not out – his third Division One ton this year – underpinned Lancashire’s 269 for four after they were set a mammoth 602 victory target.

But with a further 333 required on the final day and only six wickets in hand, Lancashire face a battle to save the game.

Another Ian Bell century gave Division Two leaders Warwickshire a chance of completing a County Championship record run chase in their clash with Kent.

Kent left the visitors with a shade over five sessions to reach 519 at Tunbridge Wells and Bell’s unbeaten 102 – his third century in four red-ball innings – helped his side to 229 for one at stumps.

Warwickshire need another 290 on the final day to pull further clear of their second-placed opponents.

Leicestershire are closing in on a third successive County Championship win after taking three Middlesex wickets late on day three at Grace Road.

The Foxes have not strung together three championship wins for 20 years but set Middlesex an imposing 381 for victory and the 2016 county champions were 82 for three at stumps.

Usman Khawaja and Kiran Carlson shared an unbroken stand of 153 to give Glamorgan a lead of 122 heading into the final day against Derbyshire at Swansea.

Australian Khawaja (79 not out) and Carlson (69 not out) steered Glamorgan to 201 for three at the close after Derbyshire had been dismissed for 362, a lead of 79, having lost their last five wickets for five runs earlier in the day.

Sussex won their second County Championship match of the season in style at Arundel when they defeated Durham by an innings and 64 runs.

Northamptonshire took just 32 minutes on the third day to wrap up a 10-wicket victory over Gloucestershire at Wantage Road and claim their first County Championship win this season.

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