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Andy Wilson reports on a win for Hampshire

Hats off to Hampshire, who became the day's first winners before lunch, completing a six-wicket victory over Glamorgan that lifts them above Worcestershire to the top of the Division Two table.

It was set up the seam bowlers, of whom Kyle Abbott continues to shape as a shrewd signing from South Africa, with six in the match giving him 17 from the four matches in which he's had a decent bowl.

But more encouraging and possibly significant for English cricket has been the contribution of James Vince, who sounds to have made light of some jitters chasing a small victory target with 29 off 34 balls.

Vince had scored 61 in the first innings, and according to my back of a scrapbook calculations he now has 531 runs from eight Championship innings at an average of more than 100.
That does raise the question, which can only be speculative and somewhat ignorant from this distance, of whether the 23-year-old might have been a more imaginative long-term inclusion in England's one-day squads than his Hampshire team-mate Michael Carberry? I'm only throwing it out there for discussion.

Hampshire go to Leicestershire in the next round of matches starting on Sunday, when Worcestershire are at home to Essex. Meanwhile Surrey are on course for their first win of the season against Gloucestershire after a Graeme Smith century powered their bid to score 267, which would be the highest total of the match.

They have lost Smith and a couple more wickets, but at 178 for three need only another 89.

Richard Rae reports from Hove

If you had a choice of batsmen to save a match, Kumar Sangakkara and Paul Collingwood would be high up the list, and the great Sri Lankan and Brigadier Block are duly frustrating at Hove. A couple of wickets did fall during the morning session, those of Scott Borthwick who edged a Jimmy Anyon delivery that both seamed and stayed a little low to be caught behind, and Michael Richardson, who was somewhat miffed to be given out leg before in Luke Wells' first over. Since then, however, it's been a case of Sangakkara and Collingwood ticking over without looking remotely troubled.

They'll take past 300 in time to pick up the third batting bonus point, and with the five for the draw, a return of ten for the match. Sussex will probably pick up 11 or 12, depending on how many wickets they end up taking. Too many for a draw? Yes. Simples.

Durham 237-4, Sangakkara 90, Collingwood 19, as lunch approaches.

Mike Selvey reports from Lord's

It is, as Freddie Mercury sang not long before the end, a beautiful day. Lord's preens itself when it is like this and, there is cricket on. Today will be all about attempting to stave off defeat, having conceded a 195 first innings deficit. Overnight they had lost Luis Reece to a ball from Tim Murtagh that skidded through and kept ominously low and already this morning they have lost the nightwatchman Simon Kerrigan, caught at the wicket, also off Murtagh.

The pitch remains sluggish but there has been a little movement off the seam this morning. So this will be a test of patience and aptitude.

Later on, at lunchtime, the Lord's Taverners will be launching a new community sports initiative aimed at engaging more than 1000 disabled young people across 16 London boroughs. So in partnership with the Berkeley Foundation, the Lord's Taverners Disability Championships will provide a regular year-round competition and coaching programme for young disabled Londoners.

Richard Rae reports from Hove

It's a perfect May morning in Hove, and it would wonderful to think Sussex and Durham will be inspired to set up an exciting final day's play for the various school parties who are chattering excitedly as they await the arrival of the teams. Unfortunately, the consensus seems to be that Durham will be a lot more interested in the patient acquisition of batting bonus points to go with the five they will get for the draw - not least because the use of the cursed heavy roller between innings seems to have done its usual trick of crushing any life out of the pitch.

It also remains a complete mystery to me why the points for a draw was increased from three to five. I haven't met a captain yet who will admit to supporting the move, all suggesting with a shrug that it must inevitably lead to less risk-taking. You never know, though, and in the meantime we have the considerable compensation of watching Kumar Sangakkara continue adjusting to English conditions. He was a pleasure to chat to yesterday - I tweeted his interview with the assembled hacks, so should you be interested it's .


Andy Wilson sets up the day

No live Yorkshire coverage today, although I assume even the grouchiest Tyke won't complain about that, as it's because they completed a crushing victory over Warwickshire inside three days to climb to the top of the LV= Championship table. The day three highlights don't appear to have been posted anywhere yet – I'll try to post a link as and when – but .

Anyway, in the interests of servicing our Yorkshire readers – and at the risk of leaving the bruised Bears feeling neglected – a couple of book recommendations for a Wednesday morning.

First, Chris Waters, the erudite if occasionally grouchy correspondent of the Yorkshire Post – before that he had good up-and-downers with a young Kevin Pietersen when he was covering Nottinghamshire – has followed up with a slimmer volume celebrating the greatest achievement of . The deadly left arm spinner, whose last days in World War Two were movingly chronicled in the first edition of , took 10 for 10 against Notts at Headingley in 1932. I haven't had chance to read the book yet, but I know Chris has poured a lot of time and emotion into it – and it looks lovely.

Slightly more tangentially, an author I know through rugby league, Tony Hannan, has released Slouching Towards Blubberhouses – A (right grand) . As the title suggests, this is timed to cash in on the Grand Bloody Depart of the Tour de France next month.

But there's plenty of crikkit in there, specifically in the chapter entitled “Heart of the Laik District – This Yorkshire Sporting Life” for which Tony spent some time at Headingley for last year's Test against New Zealand, when Joe Root scored that memorable Saturday century.

My Headingley digs on Monday night had a copy of Yorkshire Ridings Magazine – which rather splendidly bills itself as having “the largest circulation of any county magazine in Yorkshire” - . The route really does include such unlikely-sounding climbs as the Cote de Holme Moss, the Cote de Ripponden and most splendid of all, as Tony presumably agrees, the Cote de Blubberhouses.

There is a cricketing spin-off. are one of several along the routes offering camping for cycling nuts or the merely curious and Yorkshire, like the Leeds Rhinos rugby league team, have sensibly arranged a couple of home games to play their part in the Yorkshire Festival that leads up to the Grand Depart on Saturday 5 July. They have T20 Blast fixtures against Leicestershire the previous Tuesday and Durham two days later, aiming to build on the French flavour created by the at Headingley on Friday 29 June.

There is also plenty of cricket about today, I should add. Sussex could theoretically displace Yorkshire from top spot but they have a lot of work to do against Durham, as Richard Rae will explain.

Similarly Nottinghamshire will have to make up for lost time if they are to have any chance of the win against Northamptonshire they would have expected at Trent Bridge given more luck with the weather.

Lancashire have to bat out the final day against at Lord's, where Mike Selvey will take his familiar seat in the media centre.

In Division Two, Hampshire are well-placed to press for a victory against Glamorgan that would take them above Worcestershire to the top, and Graeme Smith will hope to lead Surrey to their first win of the season against Gloucestershire at The Oval.

Morning all

Today we have Mike Selvey at Middlesex v Lancashire, Richard Rae at Sussex v Durham and Andy Wilson reporting from around the grounds.

Here are yesterday's reports:

Durham make slow progress as Kumar Sangakkara digs in against Sussex. Durham made slow but steady inroads into a massive Sussex total on a rain-affected day at Hove

Yorkshire romp to innings win after seam variety blows Warwickshire away. Yorkshire have enhanced their title credentials with an innings victory that was delivered by strong batting and a potent quartet of quick bowlers

Eoin Morgan stakes Test claim with century against Lancashire. The renaissance of Eoin Morgan's Test match career is on track as he completed a century against Lancashire

And's here's .

Enjoy the cricket