Kane sets up Yorkshire victory chance

Kane Williamson celebrates his century.
Kane Williamson celebrates his century.
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A century from Kane Williamson gave Yorkshire a fighting chance of claiming an unlikely victory over Sussex as they looked to strengthen their grip at the top of LV= County Championship Division One.

Williamson began day three on an unbeaten 90, with the hosts on 258 for five at Scarborough, and the New Zealander quickly passed the hundred mark while a seventh-wicket partnership of 157 with Tim Bresnan (61) helped push Yorkshire to 493 all out in their opening innings.

Williamson was the ninth wicket to fall for 189 but Yorkshire still held a lead of 125 - and then promptly reduced Sussex to 98 for four by the close of play, with Ryan Sidebottom claiming two wickets.

Second-placed Nottinghamshire have been set a target of 211 for victory in their fixture at Northamptonshire.

Notts added just four runs to their overnight total to be dismissed for 388, before Luke Fletcher finished with figures of four for 76 as Northants were skittled for 338.

Fifties from Rob Keogh, Adam Rossington and Andrew Hall gave the hosts’ second innings a respectable look.

Somerset will chase a mammoth 403 for victory on day four of their clash against Warwickshire after Varun Chopra’s century put the visitors firmly in control at Taunton.

Warwickshire declared on 322 in their second innings, thanks to Chopra’s knock of 117 plus half-centuries from Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke, with the hosts one without loss at close in reply. Ashwell Prince completed a century as Lancashire dodged the showers to post 421 in their first innings against Durham.

Prince scored 106 while John Hastings claimed four wickets for Durham before the visitors reached 59 for one at stumps to trail by 22 runs.

Division Two leaders Worcestershire suffered their first loss of the season as Gloucestershire walked away from New Road with a comfortable seven-wicket victory.