Yorkshire Vs Hampshire - Headingley Cricket Ground
Yorkshire seemed to have had the game all sealed and packed when they had Hampshire at 143/5 coming into the morning session on day three. However, a batting masterclass from James Vince (119) - watch out for this man - and Sean Ervine (123), plus handy fifties for Adam Wheater (62) and Ryan Mclaren (55)* took the Hants out of trouble and well into the comfort zone having reduced the deficit to just 143 runs. They'll resume at 450/8 on day four.
Lancashire Vs Nottinghamshire - Emirates Old Trafford
It doesn't happen very often that a bowler manages to outshine both James Anderson and Stuart Broad, is it? Neil Wagner did just that and is now a part of the Lancashire CCC folklore with yet another blinding spell, this time 5/45 (match figures of 11/111) to put his side on the verge of a stunning victory against title-contenders Nottinghamshire (175 all out) who could offer little resistance against the Kiwi's excellence. The home side would need 85 runs to claim their first win of the season.
Middlesex Vs Warwickshire - Lord's Cricket Ground
Remember the days when Jonathan Trott used to tire and dismantle the best of bowling attacks back in his heyday? Well, he was at it again on day three at Lord's as the former England international went on to score an unbeaten 219 - the fifth double-century of his first-class career - to do what he does best, i.e., guide his team through a storm with equally valuable support from Keith Barker (81) who combined with Trott for a 143-run stand for the seventh wicket. The Bears eventually ended up at 468 - a lead of 16 runs. At stumps, Middlesex were 76/2.
Glamorgan Vs Leicestershire - The SWALEC Stadium
As suggested previously, Clint McKay is indeed proving to be Leicestershire CCC's own Jamie Vardy. The home side began the day at 297/6 needing support from the lower order batsmen to tighten their grip over Glamorgan. It was Clint Mckay who rose to the occasion, hitting a career-best 65 while Wayne White (58) made a vital contribution as well. The Foxes were finally bowled out for 427, in the process taking a lead of 79 runs. Charlie Shreck, Ben Raine and Mckay then took care of the rest to leave the hosts at 172/8 who now lead by a mere 93 runs.
Gloucestershire Vs Derbyshire - Brightside Ground
Liam Norwell made history on day three at the Brightside Ground by becoming the only night watchman to score a century for Gloucestershire as the 24-year old struck 102 off just 126 deliveries His partner in crime, Chris Dent, chipped in too, scoring a career-high 180 on a day when the Gloucs racked up a total of 445 runs to finish at 563. Gloucestershire's no benevolence approach certainly didn't help the County Championship's "proper Cricket" motto.
Sussex Vs Essex - BrightonandHoveJobs.Com County Ground
Ben Porter (4/82) and Graham Napier's (5/86) hard-work paid off just when it looked it might not to set day four up nicely after Sussex stretched their lead to 322 runs, thanks largely to Chris Nash (93) and Matt Machan (47) who were the only batsmen to get a respectable score. At stumps, Sussex were 282/9 (Steve Magoffin 22* and Ajmal Shahzad 18*).