London: John Crawley hammered a brilliant double century on Sunday as he got his new county career with Hampshire off to a flying start.
The former England batsman, who quit Lancashire over the winter in acrimonious circumstances, hit an unbeaten 223 against Kent on his debut at Canterbury in the first division clash. Chasing Kent's first innings total of 577 for seven declared, Crawley hit 28 fours and also shared in a fourth-wicket stand of 232 with Zimbabwe's Neil Johnson, who smashed 21 boundaries in his 117. Hampshire closed the third day on 490 for four. Sussex pair Chris Adams and Tony Cottey held up Surrey's victory charge at The Oval. Adams hit 114 as his team were made to follow on 267 runs in arrears of Surrey's 575 for eight declared, while Cottey registered the same score as his battling skipper. Sussex had been bowled out for 308 in its first innings before it reached 379 all out in their second knock. At the close, England opener Mark Butcher and Ian Ward reduced the target to 113 on the final day. Ex-England all-rounder Phil DeFreitas continued to haunt his old side Lancashire as he made 41 and Neil Burns hit 62 as Leicestershire was bowled out for 277, leaving its hosts chasing 388 for victory. That target was reduced to 256 by Mark Chilton (51 not out) and Alec Swann (49) by the close. In Division Two, Middlesex completed a 10-wicket win over Durham but at least Australian Martin Love illustrated why Durham has great faith in him by hitting an unbeaten 101. With Simon Brown (muscle strain) and Nicky Phillips (cracked finger) unable to bat Durham had only nine fit men and resuming on 140 for five the odds were always on a comprehensive victory for the visitors. At New Road, Worcestershire's Australian fast bowler Andy Bichel returned impressive figures of nine for 93 as Gloucestershire was bowled out for 268 in its first innings, leaving it trailing by 65. Former England batsman Graeme Hick made 92 as the hosts scored 333 in their second innings to set the visitors a victory target of 361. Gloucestershire was 15 for one at stumps - Stephen Peters falling to Bichel for the Aussie's 10th wicket of the match.
Symonds shines as Kent piles up 577 for seven