Barnett moves within sight of county record

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Kim Barnett's third double century of his career put Derbyshire in command against Leicestershire at Derby yesterday and took him a lot closer to becoming the highest scorer in the county's history.

The 35-year-old opener began the game requiring 383 runs to overtake the 20,516 set by Denis Smith, scored his 47th first-class century and, in his 350th appearance for the county, was finally dismissed for 200 by Alan Mullally.

His 100, his sixth against Leicestershire, came off 186 balls but he needed only 121 to complete his second.

Dean Jones declared at Barnett's dismissal with the score on 362 for 8. Leicestershire survived five overs to reach 11 for 0 at the close.

Graham Gooch helped to put Essex in charge against Worcestershire. With the home side bowled out for 201 the new England selector hit 85 off 98 balls and shared an opening stand of 158 with Darren Robinson.

Neil Lenham hauled Sussex out of trouble after a dramatic collapse against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Lenham, who broke his left index finger against Nottinghamshire last year, scored an unbeaten 90 in a total of 279 for 8 after Sussex slumped from 84 without loss to 170 for 7.