Andrew Gale blows over Worcestershire in LV= County Championship

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A season's best 164 from captain Andrew Gale and three wickets from Steven Patterson put Yorkshire well on top in their LV= County Championship clash with Worcestershire at Scarborough.

The Division One leaders collected maximum batting points this morning, with Gale last man out as the White Rose were eventually skittled for an imposing 430 at North Marine Road.

Worcestershire lost wickets at regular intervals as they closed on 195 for six on a rain-interrupted day, with Patterson the pick of the bowlers with three for 34. Teenager Joe Clarke provided the visitors with some hope with an unbeaten 76.


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Gordon Muchall's second championship ton of the season helped Durham into the ascendancy against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

The 32-year-old top-scored with 145 in Durham's 421 all out - their highest total of the season - while Usman Arshad added 60 in a partnership of 128 for the seventh wicket.

Hampshire slid to 68 for three in response although Michael Carberry, shifted back to opener after a run at number three, is unbeaten on 57 while former Durham batsman Will Smith added 27 as the hosts reached 119 without further loss.

Rikki Clarke and Jeetan Patel both took four wickets to leave Warwickshire on the cusp of victory over Somerset at Edgbaston.

After Sam Hain's 103 not out - his sixth first-class century in just 18 matches - helped Warwickshire to 365 all out and a first-innings lead of exactly 100, Clarke and Patel ripped through Somerset's batting line-up.

The visitors were all out for 170 - with Clarke taking four for 43 and Patel four for 47 - before Warwickshire closed on six without loss in pursuit of a victory target of 71.

James Taylor sent a timely reminder of his credentials to England's selectors ahead of the third Test against Australia next week with a career-best 291 for Nottinghamshire.

The diminutive batsman struck 39 fours and two sixes in an extraordinary knock while Notts captain Chris Read supported his team-mate with 121 in a partnership worth 365 for the sixth wicket against Sussex, who closed on 157 for four in reply at Horsham.

In Division Two, former South Africa batsmen Alviro Petersen and Ashwell Prince shared the fourth highest third-wicket stand in first-class cricket for Lancashire against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.

Petersen (286) and Prince (261) resumed their mammoth partnership on Tuesday morning, which eventually ended on 501, before the Red Rose declared on a whopping 698 for five.

Evergreen seamer Glen Chapple's three wickets then helped reduce Glamorgan - needing 549 just to avoid the follow-on - 165 for six.

Derbyshire secured their first victory at Wantage Road since 2002 shortly after lunch on the third day, chasing just 72 for their third win of the season and beating Northamptonshire by seven wickets.

The visitors controlled the championship game from the first evening when they built up a first-innings total of 361. Northamptonshire found no response, bowled out for just 116 in reply - their lowest total of the season - and, despite a better fist of their second innings, gave Derbyshire only a small target to overcome.

Kent's top-order came to the fore as they took charge against Essex at Tunbridge Wells.

Daniel Bell-Drummond top-scored with 81, Rob Key compiled 71, while there were also half-centuries for Joe Denly (69), Ben Harmison (63no) and Darren Stevens (69no) as Kent racked up 420 for four and a lead of 160.

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