London: Yorkshire's Australian captain Darren Lehmann made 216 on Friday to set his side up for its first County Championship victory of the season, against Sussex.
Reigning champion Yorkshire has found itself more concerned with avoiding relegation to the second division than retaining its title so far this campaign. But left-hander Lehmann gave his side the ideal pick-me up, Yorkshire 220 ahead with six wickets remaining going into Saturday's final day. Michael Lumb, who put on 238 for the fourth wicket with Lehmann, will resume 11 runs short of a hundred. In the second division, Worcestershire wrapped up an overwhelming innings and 308 runs victory over Durham at New Road. Worcestershire paceman Kabir Ali took four for 77 after Durham had been battered into submission by Worcestershire captain Graeme Hick's imposing 315 on Thursday. Back in the top flight Kent, chasing 360 to win, will resume on 174 for two against Lancashire at Liverpool with captain David Fulton 82 not out. Elsewhere, Somerset chasing 446 against Edgbaston at Birmingham, is far away from victory needing another 197 to win with four wickets standing. Former England keeper Jack Russell has rescued Gloucestershire on many occasions in the past and did so again with 74 not out against Essex. Ian Fisher, also 74 not out, helped Russell put on 155 runs at Gloucester in this second division match. Mark Alleyne's side finished on 245 for six, a lead of 303 and a bold overnight declaration could yet give the bowlers enough time to dismiss Essex. But the attack let Essex off the hook first time around when, having reduced them to 60 for five, the visitors managed to make 325 with former England quick Ashley Cowan making 60 not out and John Stephenson 57. Middlesex enforced the follow-on against Glamorgan after piling up 633 for seven declared at Cardiff. Ex-England left-arm spinner Phil Tufnell took six for 96 as Glamorgan were bowled out for 235. Steve James made 118 in the second innings but was out before the close and Glamorgan will do well to escape with a draw when they start Saturday on 301 for five. In the day's other second division game Northamptonshire spinners Jason Brown and Graeme Swann took six wickets between them against Nottinghamshire, the game still alive for both sides. Visitors Nottinghamshire will start the final day at the County Ground on 169 for eight, 238 ahead.
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