Middlesex hit back at Headingley

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Published: Sunday 7th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Division One leaders Middlesex established a slim advantage over defending champions Yorkshire on a day when wickets tumbled all over the country in the LV= County Championship.

At least 10 wickets fell at all seven games on day one of the latest round of matches with 17 going down at Canterbury where Kent took a stranglehold on their match against Derbyshire.

All eyes were on Headingley as Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance returned for Yorkshire at the ground they played on for England last week but neither man could make an impact as Middlesex had the better of it.

Jack Brooks took five for 44 but Nick Compton scored 70 as the table-toppers battled to a first-innings score of 212.

Yorkshire made a steady start but Lyth was first to fall for 17 and Ballance could only add one as the Tykes finished the day on 96 for four.

Durham were bowled out cheaply at Chester-le-Street but fought back well against Somerset who will be likely to move into credit early on day two.

Keaton Jennings top-scored with 49 as the north-east county were bowled out for 189 but Chris Rushworth took three wickets to reduce Somerset to 147 for four.

A half-century from Luke Wright helped move Sussex into the ascendency against Hampshire at Hove.

Wright scored 59 while Michael Yardy (41) and Chris Nash (48) would have hoped to have done better after being set but four for 67 from Gareth Berg helped limit the home side to 251.

Ollie Robinson and Steve Magoffin then went to work with the new ball and Hampshire were 116 for four at the close.

In Division Two, Kent took a firm grip on their clash with Derbyshire despite the visitors recovering from nought for three in their reply to reach 67 for seven.

Mark Footitt recorded figures of five for 45 with Sam Northeast’s 85 forming the base of Kent’s first-innings 205.

But Ben Slater, Chesney Hughes and Tillakaratne Dilshan all exited without troubling the scorers in reply before Wes Durston added 35 to a card that saw Scott Elstone and Wayne White also depart for ducks.

Tom Poynton and Tony Palladino then put on an unbeaten 27 together.

Leicestershire are looking to follow up their first win in 38 attempts against Essex last week and they made a promising start against Surrey at Grace Road.

A burst of five wickets for 17 runs in just 31 balls shortly after lunch undermined an opening partnership of 82 from Zafar Ansari and Rory Burns as Surrey were removed for 261.

The hosts then reached 35 without loss in reply.

Gloucestershire pace prospect Craig Miles claimed five for 61 as Lancashire were bowled out for 275 at Bristol.

The 20-year-old seamer took his wicket tally in the competition this season to 29 and received good support from Matt Taylor, who took three for 67, after the hosts had won the toss in sunny conditions.

Karl Brown and Steven Croft both scored half-centuries for the visitors before Gloucestershire spluttered to 15 for two at the close.

Jesse Ryder top-scored with 87 for Essex against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road as the visitors were dismissed for 276 having won the toss.

Rory Kleinveldt and Rob Keogh both took three wickets apiece for Northants who ended the day 43 without loss.

Published: Sunday 7th June 2015 by The News Editor

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