The Northamptonshire coach John Emburey praised the swing bowling of Mike Smith as Gloucestershire secured a 15-run victory at Bristol. The match began with Northants' last wicket pair of Jeremy Snape and Paul Taylor wanting another 25 runs to reach the winning target of 243. They got to the sixth over before Snape, on 33, went leg before as Smith successfully appealed for his seventh wicket of the match to give Gloucestershire their fourth championship win.Reuse content
John Crawley shrugged off flu to score 112 not out, his third successive century, to lead Lancashire to only their second championship win of the season. Crawley displayed great concentration as Lancashire, set 290 to win at Hove, won by five wickets in mid-afternoon. Crawley, who has been struggling with the illness since scoring a century in the final Test against Pakistan, cracked a dozen fours and a six in his 171- ball innings.