Ryan Patel produced a remarkable burst of six wickets for five runs in 23 balls as Surrey made Somerset follow-on in the battle of the Specsavers County Championship top two at Guildford.
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The 20-year-old, who had only taken two previous wickets in his career, swung the ball late at gentle medium pace after coming on with Somerset 169-4.
Less than 30 minutes later, Somerset had subsided to 180 all out and were following on, with Patel’s victims including top scorer Ed Byrom (52) and former Surrey player Steven Davies (33).
Davies was one of three wickets to fall in the 56th over, with Josh Davey and Tim Groenewald also dismissed before fit-again Jack Leach saw off the hat-trick delivery.
Rikki Clarke bagged the first four Somerset wickets, while Surrey’s Ollie Pope earlier completed his third Championship century of the season and overtook captain Rory Burns as the leading run scorer in the division this terms in his side’s 459 all out, their highest total this campaign.
Worcestershire are in complete control of Lancashire at New Road, with a century on debut for New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and a second ton of the game for Daryl Mitchell – the fourth time he has achieved the feat, level with club legend Graeme Hick – pushing the hosts into a lead of 478. WORCS v LANCASHIRE SCORECARD
Guptill (111) and Mitchell (163) put on 215 for the Pears’ first wicket in 33 overs, with the former reaching three figures from 97 balls to become the first Worcestershire player to score a Championship ton on debut since Phil Jaques against Surrey at The Oval in 2006.
Mitchell added 137 with Tom Fell (62) for the second wicket as Worcestershire closed on 354-4, having lost three wickets for six balls as stumps approached.
Lancashire had earlier been bundled out for 130 after startling collapse which saw them lose 10 wickets for 53 in 22.2 overs, after openers Keaton Jennings (55) and Alex Davies (43) had out on 77.
Ed Barnard bagged 5-34 for Worcestershire, which each of the batsmen he dismissed, including Haseeb Hammed, Shiv Chanderpaul and Jordan Clark, failing to score.
Over at Chelmsford, Nottinghamshire are in a dominant position against Essex, as they look to end a run of back-to-back Championship defeats and leapfrog their opponents in the table. ESSEX v NOTTS SCORECARD
Notts were 35-1 for by stumps, with a lead of 209, after deciding against enforcing the follow-on having dismissed the reigning champions for 206 in their first innings.
Matt Carter (4-34) and Luke Fletcher (4-43) shared the wickets for the visitors, while Ravi Bopara (69) recorded his second half-century of the season for Essex but lacked support at the other end, except for a 54-run partnership with Alastair Cook (33.
South African quick Dale Steyn claimed a five-wicket haul in first-class cricket for the first time in two years in Hampshire’s clash with Yorkshire. HANTS v YORKSHIRE SCORECARD
5:53 South Africa seamer Dale Steyn says he still loves playing cricket and is aiming for 100 Test appearances before he retires.
Steyn, who is playing county cricket to get back up to speed following a series of injury setbacks, took 5-66 in 29 overs of a Yorkshire innings that ended with the visitors making 350.
Hampshire responded by posting 245-3 by stumps – Jimmy Adams making an unbeaten 132.
In Division Two, in the day-night game between Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire, Northants look set to achieve their first victory of the campaign, with Gloucestershire eight down and having just a 25-run lead in the second innings. NORTHANTS v GLOS SCORECARD
In the battle of the top two in Tunbridge Wells, centuries from Sean Dickson and Joe Denly helped Kent build a lead of 431 runs over Warwickshire by the close of day two. KENT V WARKS SCORECARD
In contrast to the opening day, when 20 wickets fell, Kent’s third-wicket pairing found batting at The Nevill much easier, sharing in a 208-run stand, with Dickson notching 133 and captain Denly 119 as they closed on 359-6.
Leicestershire‘s bowlers drove home their advantage over Middlesex after their batsmen, led by a first-class career-best 196 not out by Colin Ackermann, posted 427 in the first innings. LEICS v MIDDLESEX SCORECARD
Young seamers Zak Chappell (4-65) and Gavin Griffiths (2-63) picked up six wickets between them, while Ben Raine pitched in with 3-53 as Middlesex subsided from 200-4 to 233 all out.
In Arundel, Will Smith boosted Durham‘s hopes of saving their game against Sussex, hitting an unbeaten 90 as they closed on 202-4, in response to the hosts’ massive 552 in the first innings. SUSSEX v DURHAM SCORECARD
Durham, trying to beat the follow-on target of 403, slid to 96-3 in the 36th over, with New Zealand’s Tom Latham (2)
fending a rising ball from Jofra Archer (1-50) to the slips. But, Smith and captain Paul Collingwood (44) led the recovery, only for the latter to fall lbw to Luke Wells (2-26) late in the day.
Derbyshire trail Glamorgan by 76 runs with seven first-innings wickets still intact as they look to take the upper-hand in their match in Swansea. GLAMORGAN v DERBYSHIRE SCORECARD
Replying to the home side’s 283 all out, Derbyshire closed day two on 207-3, with Ben Slater (52) and Alex Hughes (67no) both notching half centuries.
Earlier, Tony Palladino (5-69) claimed a five-for the visitors, but Glamorgan managed to add 108 to their overnight score for the loss of their last three wickets, with Andrew Salter smashing an unbeaten 72.