Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 09:37pm
James Anderson's burst for Lancashire offers encouragement to England
Anderson (three for 72) saw off home captain Chris Rogers (55), Roelof van der Merwe and Peter Trego in the same over as Lancashire moved into position on day three at Taunton to push for their second win in as many matches at the start of the new Specsavers County Championship Division One season.
James Hildreth's 130, Rogers' first championship half-century for his new club and 51 down the order from Jamie Overton made Lancashire work hard to bowl Somerset out for 313 - with Simon Kerrigan also taking three for 63.
Following on 180 behind, after Hildreth was last out having hit 15 fours from 204 balls, Somerset closed on nought without loss from one over played out by nightwatchman Tim Groenewald.
At the Ageas Bowl, Dawid Malan (121), John Simpson (65) and James Harris (57) helped Middlesex eke out a narrow first-innings lead over Hampshire - despite their captain Adam Voges being absent after suffering concussion when he was hit on the head by a throw from the boundary on the first day.
But England Lion Malan and Simpson shared a fourth-wicket stand of 182 as the visitors sneaked 25 runs in front on 361 all out despite James Tomlinson and Ryan McLaren each taking four for 74.
Hampshire then reached 76 for one at stumps in a match apparently destined for a draw.
County champions Yorkshire gave themselves prospects of pushing for their first win of the new campaign against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Liam Plunkett hit 51 as Yorkshire took a 29-run first-innings lead with 290 all out, despite Jake Ball's four for 57.
Then their famed pace attack got to work, but Samit Patel (51no) and Chris Read dug in for the hosts to close 122 in front on 151 for five.
A high-scoring stalemate is in the offing at The Oval, where rising star Jack Burnham's maiden first-class hundred stole the show for Durham.
Teenager Burnham (135) reached three figures from 166 balls, having hit 11 fours and two sixes, as Durham responded to Surrey's 457 with 543 for seven at stumps.
There were half-centuries too for Scott Borthwick (77), in a stand of 145 with Burnham, and then Michael Richardson (68) and veteran Paul Collingwood (75no).
In Division Two, Brett D'Oliveira completed a proud and remarkable sequence when he followed in the footsteps of his father Damian and grandfather Basil by recording his maiden championship century for Worcestershire.
D'Oliveira (128) and captain Daryl Mitchell (66) put on 179 for the first wicket b ut they slipped to 226 for five at stumps as Graham Napier hit back with three for 56.
England captain Alastair Cook added only 12 to his overnight score to reach 142 in Essex's 451 for nine declared, Joe Leach finishing with five for 115.
Leicestershire are suddenly beginning to punch above their weight - as their Barclays Premier League football neighbours so notably have.
Mark Pettini hit 142no and put on 143 for the fifth wicket with Niall O'Brien as they piled up 473 for eight declared, for a mammoth first-innings lead of 310, against Sussex at Hove.
Sussex then proved more durable at the start of their second innings, Ed Joyce (62no) and Chris Nash steering them to 113 without loss.
Kent are set to be the first victors in this round of matches despite t win hundreds from David Lloyd (107) and Graham Wagg (106) in Glamorgan's sixth-wicket partnership of 215.
Darren Stevens and Matt Coles' combined seven wickets left Kent needing only 187 to win and they closed on 22 for none.
On-loan opener Jake Libby (102) and Ben Duckett (106) helped Northamptonshire into credit against Derbyshire before Rory Kleinveldt smashed 97, reaching 50 from 20 balls, and Richard Levi contributed an unbeaten 84 as the hosts piled up 438 for seven, for a lead of 114 - despite Shiv Thakor's three for 65.
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James Anderson was in the wickets for Lancashire