The latest round of County Championship games in Division One ended in draws with the exception of Warwickshire's comprehensive victory over Middlesex.
Warwickshire won by an innings and 47 runs after amassing 462 in their first innings against Middlesex which allowed The Bears to only bat only once whilst their bowlers dominated the Middlesex batsmen as they secured their second successive victory. Warwickshire are now top of Division One.
Despite the best efforts of Middlesex stars Chris Rogers (82) and Sam Robson (68) in their second innings they collapsed for the second time in the match.
The heavyweight clash at The Emirates Riverside between Durham and Yorkshire ended in a draw as The Tykes were frustrated by a combination of the weather and Durham's fighting spirit. From day one Yorkshire were always in control as they struck 589-8 declared thanks to centuries from Adam Lyth and skipper Andrew Gale.
In reply Durham scored 388 in their first innings due to fantastic centuries from Mark Stoneman and Michael Richardson but they were unable to stop the follow-on leading to a nervy final day. However, Durham's stubbornness in their second innings coupled with some weather interruptions helped them see out the draw, their third in a row. Yorkshire remain in fourth as they head to Headingley to play high-flying Warwickshire next Sunday.
Lancashire and Sussex also also played out a draw at Old Trafford as the Manchester rain won on the final day with only 8.4 overs possible as Lancashire were set a target of 324 to win. The game was set up to be an intriguing contest but ultimately no side could beat the weather. Sussex will be the happiest of the sides as they move into second place in Division One but they will have hoped to had forced another victory in this game which would have sent them above Warwickshire at the summit.
Another high scoring game between Somerset and Nottinghamshire at Taunton also ended in a draw. Both sides enjoyed favourable batting conditions and any lingering hopes of a result ended on the final day as the weather intervened.
The next round of Championship games begin on Sunday with second placed Sussex hosting Champions Durham and current leaders Warwickshire visiting Yorkshire at Headingley.
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