Washington Sundar and Will Williams did the work for Lancashire. ©Getty
Surrey v Essex
Surrey picked up a six-wicket victory against Essex on the final day at The Oval to complete their sixth win of the season from 10 games. The match was effectively sealed on Day 3, where the hosts ended up needing 76 to claim victory. They lost Ryan Patel (36) and Jamie Overton (21), who were promoted in order, but encountered no problems on their way to victory, which they achieved in 20 overs on the final day of the competition. They picked up 22 points with their triumph.
Warwickshire v Kent
Reigning champions Warwickshire slipped to a tame defeat on the final day of their clash with Kent at Edgbaston, folding for 147 in their pursuit of 325. Matt Milnes led Kent’s charge to their second win of the season, which returned numbers of 4 for 11 from 6.5 times. Navdeep Saini followed up his first innings fife with two wickets while Matthew Quinn also added a brace. Flyhalf Dom Sibley, who came out at bat on the final day when the team was already teetering at 28/2, was the only hitter to add some semblance of a fight with a 33 hit.
Northamptonshire v Lancashire
Washington Sundar capped a fine debut for the county with a vital 34* hand as Lancashire secured a five-wicket win over hosts Northamptonshire. Josh Bohannon added 11 runs to his overnight score of 92 to complete a memorable 100 innings in the fourth inning, but the task of scoring most of the remaining 86 runs was left to Sundar and night watchman Will Williams . The latter stayed stubbornly and made 29 * on 107 balls while Sundar took charge and ended the tricky pursuit of 278 .
Gloucestershire v Hampshire
Miles Hammond made 169 and shared a century position with Ryan Higgins (63) for the sixth wicket, but that was not enough to save Gloucestershire from defeat to Hampshire. The pair helped the hosts avoid an innings loss, but once the partnership was dislodged, Kyle Abbott crossed the tail with a hat-trick and finished with a six-iron. Even Gloucestershire’s improved batting performance (337) after being forced to trail left the visitors needing just 82 for victory. Higgins took three wickets, but Hampshire secured a six-wicket victory from just 9.3 overs.
Somerset versus Yorkshire
Somerset were denied a chance to push for a win over Yorkshire as rain washed away final day play at Taunton. No play was possible before lunch and the teams shook hands for a draw soon after, with no respite from the weather. At Stumps on day three, George Bartlett’s unbeaten 88 in the second set had extended Somerset’s lead to 373 and put them on pole position heading into the final day.
Middlesex v Sussex
On an action-packed final day at Lord’s, debutant Aristides Karvelas helped Sussex earn a draw with a half-century mature stick at No. 9. With their first run limited to just 38, Sussex was blown away by Tom Helm’s four irons on the final morning, teetering at 96/7 at one point before Karvelas came to the rescue and nipped the idea of a chase in the final session.
Leicestershire v Glamorgan
Sam Northeast’s unbeaten triple century helped Glamorgan mount a worthy response to Leicestershire’s huge 584, with the visitors finishing Day 3 at 563/5, just 21 points adrift. Northeast (308*) shared a stand of 306 for the third wicket with Colin Ingram, who in turn made it 139. After the latter was fired, Chris Cooke took over later in the day and went returned to Stumps on 71 not released.
Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire
Despite what followed, hosts Derbyshire escaped with a draw on the final day, thanks to a strong contribution from their best order and rain washing away the entire first session of play. 79/0, flyhalf Harry Came (70) and Luis Reece (86) added 161 for the first wicket. By the time the two fell, a lot of time was taken out of the day.