Callum Ferguson's good run with the bat continued
Leicestershire vs Durham, Leicester
Chasing 393 to win, Leicestershire restarted at the score of 58 for 1 on Day 4. But Ben Raine picked up a fifer and broke the back of the chase. Opener Hasan Azad and middle-order batsman Mark Cosgrove got fifties but that was never enough as the task was too stiff to handle. The 81-run partnership between the two did sparkle some hopes but Ben Raine sullied it by removing Hasan Azad.
Durham bargained 19 valuable points from this game and have leapfrogged to number five in the table. While, Leicestershire remain at the bottom of the points table, bagging just 4 points from the contest.
Brief scores: Durham 117 and 487/7 (Cameron Bancroft 109, Alex Lees 93; Mohammad Abbas 2/79) beat Leicestershire 212 and 273 (Hasan Azad 62, Mark Cosgrove 60; Ben Raine 5/47) by 119 runs
Worcestershire vs Derbyshire, Kedderminster
Callum Ferguson's century went in vain as Derbyshire continued their good run in the County Championship Division 2, picking up their third win of the season over hosts Worcestershire in Kedderminster. Needing 217 to win on the final day, the overnight pair of Callum Ferguson and Ben Cox started off on a bright note adding 56 runs before West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul broke the dangerous stand, messing up Cox's stumps, who perished for 62. Worcestershire's hopes came crashing down when Callum Ferguson was trapped by Hudson-Prentice.
The lower-order couldn't delay the inevitable as they eventually crumbled for 290, handing Derbyshire a 82-run victory. Ravi Rampaul was the pick of the bowlers for Derbyshire with 4 scalps while Tony Palladino and Fynn Hudson-Prentice chipped in with three wickets apiece.
Earlier, despite conceding a slender lead of 5 runs in a low first innings exchange, the visitors made a roaring comeback in their second essay, courtesy Tom Lace's unbeaten 132 and fifties from Tony Palladino and Wayne Madsen which helped Derbyshire set a daunting target of 373.
Brief scores: Derbyshire 108 ( Luis Reece 31, Fynn Hudson-Prentice 31; Charlie Morris 4/26) and 377 (Tom Lace 132, Wayne Madsen 60; Ed Bernard 4/48) beat Worcestershire 113 (Dillon Pennington 18; Luis Reece 4/30) and 290 (Callum Ferguson 127, Ben Cox 62; Ravi Rampaul 4/62) by 82 runs.
Northamptonshire vs Lancashire, Northampton
Northamptonshire and Lancashire decided to settle for a draw on the final day of their championship game. Northamptonshire started the day at 214 for 6 and declared after setting Lancashire a hefty target of 391 in less than a day.
Lancashire, who had conceded a first innings lead of 127, started off well. But the requirement was a bit too much and by the end of the day they had 275 for 4 on the board. At one time, it looked a little wobbly at 185 for 4 but fifties from Dane Vilas and Josh Bohannon disallowed any more damage.
Lancashire got 10 points from this game and that helped them fortify their position at the top of the points table. Meanwhile, Northamptonshire, thanks to their first innings lead managed to pocket 12 points from the game.
Brief scores: Northamptonshire 442 and 263/9 (Rob Keogh 74; Stephen Parry 3/59) drew with Lancashire 315 and 275/4 (Josh Bohannon 65*, Haseeb Hameed 55; Brett Hutton 1/43)