Ben Compton notched his maiden first-class century in England as Kent closed in on Essex’s mammoth first-innings whole of their LV= County Championship Division One conflict.
Compton, the South African-born grandson of former England nice Denis Compton, scored a affected person 129 in Chelmsford as Kent ended day three on 405 for 5 – 109 runs behind the hosts’ 514.
The debutant left-hander staked his declare for a daily place on the prime of the order within the absence of Zak Crawley, Jack Leaning, Sam Billings and Joe Denly.
Jordan Cox weighed in with the fifth century of the match as he reached the shut unbeaten on 100 and as soon as Kent overhauled the follow-on goal with solely 4 wickets down, the draw turned inevitable with a day to play.
Matt Lamb’s second first-class century underpinned Warwickshire’s fightback in opposition to Surrey because the opening-round conflict between the 2 title contenders heads for a draw at Edgbaston.
Reigning champions Warwickshire closed on 293 for seven in reply to Surrey’s 428 for eight. The guests are well-placed for a strong first innings lead however, with solely someday left, the match seems destined for a draw.
At 41 for 4 early on the third morning, Warwickshire have been in serious trouble however Lamb (106) and Sam Hain (78) added 157 to stall the guests’ cost.
Hampshire raced to victory of their Division One opener by thrashing Somerset by an innings and 113 runs inside three days.
Somerset trailed by 223 runs as they resumed on 25 with out loss and have been skittled out for 135 of their second innings on the Ageas Bowl as Hampshire missed out on solely a single bonus level to assert 23 factors.
Hampshire, whose first innings whole of 428 had given them a commanding lead, ripped via Somerset’s batting line-up due to Mohammad Abbas (4 for 22) and James Fuller (three for 23).
Ryan Higgins hit an unbeaten 134 to revive Gloucestershire’s hopes of claiming a gap spherical win in opposition to Northamptonshire.
Higgins arrived on the crease along with his aspect languishing on 21 for 4 and nonetheless 44 runs in arrears, however he teamed up with Chris Dent (54) after which Tom Lace (73) as his aspect reached the shut with an unlikely lead of 261 and 4 wickets in hand.
In Division Two, a captain’s innings by Steven Mullaney helped Nottinghamshire flip their match in opposition to Sussex on its head on the third day on the 1st Central County Floor.
Mullaney, who had come to the wicket with Nottinghamshire on 52 for 4 in reply to Sussex’s 375, scored a profession greatest 192, which included a stand of 144 with Joey Evison, whose unbeaten 109 was additionally a profession highest.
The guests declared at 534 for 9, a lead of 159 after including 320 within the day, and had time to bowl 15 overs at their weary opposition, who have been 29 for one on the shut.
At Lord’s, Tom Helm’s two wickets in successive balls sparked a Derbyshire collapse to bolster Middlesex’s hopes of a win on day three.
The guests have been 304 for six in mid-afternoon chasing Middlesex’s first-innings tally of 401 and Helm trapped Anuj Dal lbw for 52 earlier than Sam Conners was despatched on his manner for a golden duck subsequent ball.
When fellow seamer Toby Roland-Jones then took two wickets in three balls within the subsequent over, together with Alex Thomson for 45, Middlesex had taken 4 for none in 9 deliveries, leaving Derbyshire on 304 all out.
Middlesex closed on 201 for 3 of their second innings as Max Holden struck a speedy 68 not out, sharing an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 141 with Robbie White (79 not out) to depart the hosts 298 runs forward with a day to go.
Opener Ed Pollock smashed a maiden first-class century to place Worcestershire in full management of their match in opposition to Leicestershire at Grace Highway.
Pollock raced to a few figures from 113 deliveries because the guests reached shut on 234 for 5, a lead of 369.
Alex Lees scored an unbeaten 163 and was properly supported by David Bedingham (74 not out) and Scott Borthwick (64) as Durham established a first-innings lead of 114 on the third day of their match in opposition to Glamorgan in Cardiff.