Nottinghamshire set for victory against Worcestershire thanks to Wessels century
15:24 GMT, 7 April 2012
Nottinghamshire were in control after a fine 113 by Riki Wessels guided them to a strong total in the LV= county Championship clash against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.
Nottinghamshire resumed on 355 for seven, with Wessels unbeaten on 104 alongside Graeme White who had made just four when he was caught by Michael Klinger off the bowling of David Lucas.
Wessels had moved on to 113 when he was eventually removed, becoming Alan Richardson's third lbw victim.
Fine show: Notts batsman Rikki Wessels in action against Worcestershire
Andre Adams was then bowled by Richardson as the hosts ended their innings on 403.
Richardson finished with five for 95 off 32 overs, while David Lucas had figures of three for 127 off 29.
The visitors then started their innings requiring 392 for victory but Klinger was out for 22 with the score on 26 and they reached lunch on 42 for one.
Sussex were facing a daunting 342-run chase if they were going to get a positive result against Surrey at The Oval.
Surrey resumed on 250 for eight and Stuart Meaker (27) and Jon Lewis (24) moved the score on to 273. James Anyon finished with five for 79 off 24 overs.
Ed Joyce and Chris Nash had reached 29 in reply when the latter was was bowled by Lewis and just seven more runs had been added when his fellow opener fell to Meaker.
Meaker then struck again when he caught Murray Goodwin lbw for a duck as the visitors made it to the break on 41 for three.
Somerset were in a good position against Middlesex at Taunton despite losing two wickets in the morning session.
They started the third day on 203 for three with Nick Compton and Craig Kieswetter firmly embedded at the crease.
The pair had moved the score on to 255 when Kieswetter was removed, caught by Dawid Malan off Corey Collymore for 83, an innings which included 14 boundaries off 158 balls.
Easy street: Essex cruised to victory against Gloucestershire
Jos Buttler fell on 14 but by the break they were 281 for five – a lead of 35 with five wickets remaining – with Compton unbeaten on 81.
In the Second Division, Essex opened their campaign with an easy innings-and-38-runs victory over Gloucestershire at Chelmsford.
The visitors had started the third day on 55 for five requiring a further 129 runs to make Essex bat again but they never looked likely to make a fight of it, losing their remaining wickets well before lunch as they were bowled out for 146.
Graham Napier, who is celebrating his benefit year, did the major damage second time around, finishing with five for 58.
Glamorgan had lost four wickets as they fell to 105 for five against Leicestershire at Leicester.
Robbie Joseph and Matthew Hoggard got two wickets apiece this morning with the visitors still requiring another 131 runs for victory.
Derbyshire were in a strong position against Northamptonshire at Derby.
The visitors lost three wickets for 23 runs as they made 264 with
Derbyshire 19 without loss at lunch, a lead of 41 runs.
Yorkshire were really up against it against Kent at Headingley Carnegie.
The hosts resumed on 32 without loss, in reply to Kent's mammoth 537 for nine, but they lost three wickets – two while on 37 – and reached lunch on 103 for three. Captain Andrew Gale was unbeaten on 44.