County Championship: Mark Footitt leaves Lancashire reeling to keep Surrey in the title picture

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Surrey are two points behind Yorkshire in the County Championship Division One table after recording a clinical win over Lancashire at The Oval.

Like Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan at Scarborough, Surrey left-arm seamer Mark Footitt was celebrating the best return of his career after taking the final two Lancashire wickets yesterday morning to finish with figures of 7-62

That saw Lancashire bowled out for 230, and Surrey openers Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley knocked off the required 38 runs in 9.1 overs to record a comfortable 10-wicket win.

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It keeps them in the race, but they have played two games more than the two teams above them.

Somerset’s hopes of keeping pressure on the pacesetters suffered a blow as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Hampshire at Taunton.

Craig Overton (138) scored his maiden first-class ton and Roelof van der Merwe (102 not out) also reached three figures early on Friday as Somerset declared on 587 -8 and a lead of 249.

Hampshire lost captain Will Smith for a duck in reply, but Sean Ervine (106) and Jimmy Adams (96) helped them finish on 254-5 for a share of the spoils.

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The other Division One fixture finished in a draw as well, with a 151-run stand between Scott Borthwick (92) and Mark Stoneman helping (80) Durham keep Warwickshire at bay.

The hosts finished on 195-3 in their second innings after Warwickshire had declared on 381-8 for a lead of 174.

In Division Two, Kent moved 24 points behind leaders Essex with a crushing victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol, the visitors winning by an innings and 69 runs.

Hamish Marshall fought hard to try and deny Kent, top-scoring with 118, but no other Gloucestershire batsman could get beyond 24 as the hosts were bowled out for 243.

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Worcestershire and Sussex were also victorious in matches that went right to the wire.

Joe Clarke’s 125 helped Worcestershire chase down their mammoth 401-run target against Northamptonshire with two wickets to spare at New Road.

Sussex also claimed a two-wicket victory after being set 233 to win by Glamorgan at Cardiff.