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Tim Wigmore at Durham 34-0 v Middlesex
Durham need the small matter of 333 to make Middlesex bat again but, on a sumptuous day at Lord’s, they have made a serene start, cruising to 34-0 from six overs. When he thrashed a cover drive for four, Keaton Kennings became the first man to score 1,000 Championship runs in 2016 - Nick Gubbins had become the first to 999 yesterday - and Durham will need plenty more from him if there are to extend the game into the final day and begin to think about salvaging a draw.
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Derbyshire 31-0 following on v Essex
Graham Napier and Ravi Bopara each took two wickets as Derbyshire were made to follow on in the Division Two match at Derby.
Although Essex were held up by Alex Mellor and Matt Critchley at the start of day three, Derbyshire were bowled out for 165 and at lunch were 31 without loss in their second innings, 334 behind.
Mellor and Critchley took their stand to 70 in 25 overs before Napier found some late movement to have Mellor caught behind for 44 and then produced a vicious inswinging yorker to uproot Tom Milnes's middle stump first ball.
Critchley survived the hat-trick ball but the innings ended quickly when Bopara was brought on at the City end with Critchley caught at gully for 36 and Callum Parkinson bowled for 2.
Ben Slater and Billy Godleman survived the five overs before lunch but Derbyshire still have a lot of batting to do to avoid an innings defeat.
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Middlesex 536-9 dec lead Durham by 332
Toby Roland-Jones biffed four sixes and six fours in a 47-ball 66 at Lord’s this morning, putting on 100 in 13.4 overs with James Franklin to set up a Middlesex declaration at 536 for 9 – a first innings lead of 332 against Durham.
In 25 minutes’ batting before lunch, Durham reached 34 for no wicket in their second innings as they looked to bat for more than five sessions to save the match. Middlesex, meanwhile, are in position to press for a victory likely to stretch their lead at the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division One.
Keaton Jennings, Durham’s opener, became the first batsman to reach 1,000 championship runs for the season when he went to 8 with a sumptuous cover driven four off Roland-Jones. At lunch Jennings was unbeaten on 20 and Mark Stoneman, his fellow left-hander, was 14 not out.
Resuming on 408 for 6, in reply to Durham’s inadequate 204, Middlesex lost Ollie Rayner in the third over of the third day, bowled for 5 by a fiery Mark Wood, but that only brought Roland-Jones in to join Franklin, who was on 10 not out overnight.
Roland-Jones’s first six sailed over mid wicket off Graham Onions, the second was a huge hit on to the lower Pavilion balcony off Adam Hickey, and then the big Middlesex fast bowler launched successive deliveries from leg spinner Scott Borthwick into the Grand Stand.
He was finally held on the deep mid wicket ropes, seeking another maximum off Hickey, but the young off spinner was then belted for another six by Tim Murtagh over long on before driving Borthwick to long off on 12 and triggering the declaration by Franklin, who remained 56 not out from 85 balls, with seven fours.