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Lancashire 278-8 v Warwickshire
Lancashire captain Steven Croft completed his 11th first-class century before his team was pegged back by a three-wicket new-ball burst from Warwickshire on the second morning of their Specsavers County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford.
After resuming on 196 for four, Lancashire went into lunch on 278 for eight on a slow pitch on which 307 looks about par.
Croft (100 from 201 balls with nine fours and a six) and Karl Brown (61, 139 balls, six fours) lifted the home side towards a position of strength with a fifth-wicket partnership of 143 in 45 overs.
But Warwickshire hit back with wickets in each of the first two overs with the new ball. Karl Brown was pinned lbw by Keith Barker and then Croft tickled a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose off Rikki Clarke.
When Boyd Rankin clutched a sharp, low return catch offered by Arron Lilley, three wickets had fallen for 19 runs in 46 balls. Olly Hannon-Dalby then added the scalp of Neil Wagner, also caught by the keeper down the leg side.
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Surrey 323 lead Notts 182 by 141 runs
Gareth Batty took 4 for 23 from 11.4 overs as eight wickets fell in a dramatic morning session to put Surrey suddenly in command of their Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Nottinghamshire at the Kia Oval.
By lunch on day three Notts had been tumbled out for 182 in reply to Surrey’s first innings 323, with Samit Patel’s comical run out for 12 coming in the middle of a flurry of three wickets in six overs which sparked the slide.
Notts began the day on 82 for 2 and soon lost Brendan Taylor for 21, leg-before to an off-cutter from Ravi Rampaul in the third over of the morning.
Riki Wessels, flashing, edged the persevering Tom Curran to Ben Foakes behind the stumps to go for 5 and, after Patel had failed to respond to Michael Lumb’s call for a single and was run out by almost the length of the pitch, Surrey captain Batty continued the Notts decline by picking up his first wicket of the innings.
Batty bowled Lumb for 48 in his fifth over with an arm ball that beat the left-hander’s attempt to cut and, in his eighth over, the veteran off spinner spun one to have Brett Hutton caught at short leg for 8.
Dan Christian remained stranded on 19 not out as Batty, bowling with great control on a surface offering him some assistance, made short work of the Notts tail.
Batty had Matt Carter caught at mid off for 8 when he tried to hit him over the top but got a leading edge, which Rampaul held running to his left, and Harry Gurney only just survived three balls from Stuart Meaker, who had removed Jake Ball’s off stump on 8, before swinging Batty to deep mid wicket.