County Championship: Morne Morkel five-for fires Surrey into driving seat against Yorkshire

Five second-innings wickets for Morne Morkel helped Surrey take control of their County Championship clash with Yorkshire at Scarborough.


The former South Africa fast bowler finished with 5-39 from 16 overs as Yorkshire were bowled out for 152 in their second innings, setting the visitors a victory target of 228.

Surrey made a strong start to that chase, closing day three on 89-0 – captain Rory Burns 55 not out and Mark Stoneman unbeaten on 32, his highest score of 2018.

Earlier, the Surrey fightback started with the bat as Morkel (29) contributed to an eighth-wicket stand of 56 with Ollie Pope (69no) as they moved from 219-7 overnight to 269 all out in reply to Yorkshire’s first-innings 342.

Worcestershire face a tough challenge on the final day if they are to avoid defeat against Nottinghamshire in their day/night match at Trent Bridge. NOTTS v WORCESTERSHIRE SCORECARD

Set an improbable target of 462 from a minimum of 113 overs, the Pears reached the close of the third day unscathed on 43-0.

The home side gained control after Jake Libby had fluently progressed to the fifth century of his career, with Notts declaring on 249-4 in their second innings.

Essex were made to pay for dropping James Hildreth early on as Somerset eased past their follow-on target in the day-night clash between the two teams at Chelmsford. ESSEX v SOMERSET SCORECARD

Hildreth, who went on to be the stubborn mainstay of the Somerset innings with a 148-ball 78, received a life on 16 – dropped by Tom Westley – which would have left Somerset 159-4, still 209 runs short of the 368 required to make Essex bat again.

In the end they reached that target with two wickets in hand, and went on to finish within 110 runs of Essex’s first-innings 517-5 declared when bowled out for 407.

That it was Somerset’s day was confirmed when they claimed two Essex wickets in the last nine overs of the day under the floodlights to leave Essex teetering on 17-2 at the close.

Division One strugglers Lancashire and Hampshire look destined to play out a high-scoring draw at Old Trafford, heading into the fourth and final day. LANCASHIRE V HAMPSHIRE SCORECARD

Despite centuries from Alex Davies (115) and Dane Vilas (134), the hosts could not overtake Hampshire’s first-innings total of 451, finishing with 411.

The visitors then reached 66-2 in their second innings – 106 runs ahead – by stumps.

In Division Two, Kent stay top after completing a comprehensive 342-run win over Middlesex with five sessions to spare in their day-night clash at Canterbury. KENT v MIDDLESEX SCORECARD

Having resumed 22-2 in their second innings, Middlesex lost their last eight wickets for 102 runs inside the morning session as their former player Harry Podmore took a career-best 6-36.

England’s Dawid Malan was one of Podmore’s victims, out for a two-ball duck, fencing one angled across through to the wicketkeeper.

The international class of Leicestershire‘s Pakistan paceman Mohammad Abbas was too much for Derbyshire as the Foxes secured a six-wicket victory on day three of their day-night match-up. DERBYSHIRE v LEICESTERSHIRE SCORECARD

Abbass took 6-54, including the wicket of Matt Critchley – who was last to go for 86 from 124 balls – as Derbyshire were bowled out for 184.

That left Leicestershire with a modest target of 133 and 58 from Colin Ackermann, backed up by 48 from skipper Paul Horton helped clinch a comfortable win.

Northamptonshire require only six more wickets to defeat Glamorgan on the final day of their Division Two tussle as they look to move off the foot of the table. GLAMORGAN v NORTHANTS SCORECARD

A sparkling ton from Ben Duckett (133) plus half-centuries from Luke Procter (70), Ricardo Vasconcelos (79) and Steven Crook (73) helped Northants declare their second innings on 406-9, setting Glamorgan 434 to win.

In reply, Glamorgan’s top four all made starts only to then perish as they closed on 121-4.

Warwickshire are in command against Durham heading into the final day of action at Emirates Riverside, leading by 279 runs with five second-innings wickets remaining. DURHAM v WARWICKSHIRE SCORECARD

A composed fifty from Jonathan Trott helped take the game away from Durham as Warwickshire moved to 152-5 by stumps on day three.

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