Northamptonshire’s prospects of playing in Specsavers County Championship Division One next season were greatly enhanced following a productive first day against promotion rivals Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Steady afternoon rain caused 66.4 overs to be lost, yet there was still time for second-placed Northamptonshire – who need four points to secure promotion – to reduce their hosts to 80-6. Gloucs vs Northants scorecard
A draw will, in all likelihood, be enough to see both sides promoted ahead of Glamorgan, who must achieve a convincing win at Durham if they are to supplant either in the top three.
Ben Sanderson took 2-19 to advance his personal tally for the season to 60 wickets, while Ben Charlesworth did his best to keep Gloucestershire’s first innings afloat, with a defiant 35 not out.
At Grace Road, Richard Gleeson picked up 6-43 as Lancashire bowled Leicestershire out for just 155.
There were also two wickets for leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, including that of his twin brother Callum, to mark his call-up to England’s squads for the Test and T20 series in New Zealand. Leics vs Lancashire scorecard
Lancashire, confirmed as Division Two champions last week, closed on 2-1, Keaton Jennings bowled for a golden duck by Foxes seamer Chris Wright.
Sam Robson and Dawid Malan hit half-centuries as Middlesex built a solid platform on a truncated first day against Derbyshire at Lord’s. Middlesex vs Derbys scorecard
Robson batted fluently for his 93 from 163 balls, sharing a 90-run, third-wicket partnership with Malan, who remained undefeated on 51 when bad weather brought proceedings to a premature close with his side on 176-3.
Malan, who has been named in England’s T20 squad for their tour of New Zealand, still requires another 16 to pass the landmark of 1,000 County Championship runs for the season.