Essex tie with Yorkshire with Sir Alastair Cook scoring century in both innings

Sir Alastair Cook scored a century in both innings for the first time as Essex and Yorkshire battled to a slow draw in the LV=Insurance County Championship.

England’s test scorer achieved another landmark moment in his illustrious career with a 102 unbeaten streak in the embers of the Chelmsford stalemate.

Any outside prospects of a positive result evaporated on the final morning, as Yorkshire – needing to quickly increase their 22-in-the-night lead – lost their last five wickets by 39 and was released by 465.

That left Cook, who scored 107 the first time, and opening partner Nick Browne under little pressure and the pair comfortably navigated the deficit with an unbroken partnership of 167 before the captains agreed to a tie.

At Southampton, Hampshire patiently secured an 87-race victory over Gloucestershire.

Mohammad Abbas followed his first inning of six wickets with three to 62, while Liam Dawson and James Fuller took two wickets each.

George Scott and Miles Hammond’s mid-century gave Gloucestershire hope of chasing 368 and a first win of the season, but the arrival of the second new ball hurt their chances.

At Emirates Old Trafford, Matt Parkinson took three wickets in a dramatic afternoon session, but some resolute defensive hits from Chris Benjamin and Danny Briggs ensured Warwickshire drew level against Lancashire.

Benjamin was 22 and Briggs was undefeated at 28 as the players shook hands with the defending champion’s lead at 138 and just 19 overs remaining in the match.

The visitors finished 184-6, while Parkinson finished 3-64 of 34 overs.


Sam Robson helped Middlesex win at Hove (Adam Davy/PA)

Middlesex chased a 370 target to defeat Sussex by seven wickets at Hove.

A 209 partnership between Sam Robson (149) and captain Peter Hanscomb (79), followed by a 99 unbeaten run between Max Holden (80) and Martin Andersson (44), left the hosts without a win in five games.

Middlesex came home with 3.1 overs to spare, despite not having injured Robbie Smith and losing opener Mark Stoneman by one in the second over.

Glamorgan ended a six-wicket victory over Leicestershire in Cardiff.

The visitors resumed the second round with three wickets in hand and just 41 runs ahead. An excellent half century from Ben Mike and 29 from substitute captain Callum Parkinson took that lead to 149 before the final wicket fell.

Glamorgan’s hitters chased the needed runs at 40.4 overs, with Sam Northeast undefeated at 40.

Worcestershire hitter Jack Haynes scored his first-class first century to help secure a challenging draw with Durham at New Road.

Haynes finished undefeated with 120, while Azhar Ali contributed 92 as the hosts closed with 262 for three in the second round, having scored 442 for the visitors’ victory.

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