Cricket: Crawley fails to stop Kent going top

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Lancashire's John Crawley warmed up for the Lord's Test with a rapid 91 at Old Trafford yesterday but his effort failed to prevent Kent from winning by 58 runs to go to the top of the County Championship.

Crawley was fifth out with the score at 203 and Lancashire then capitulated to the leg-spin of the Zimbabwean Paul Strang, whose figures of 4 for 68 gave him a match return of 11 for 186. Kent had declared at 217 for 9 shortly after lunch, setting the home side 306 in 58 overs.

Worcestershire's seamer Stuart Lampitt ended Jack Russell's resistance and consigned Gloucestershire to their first Championship defeat of the season - by 95 runs - at Bristol.

Russell, who had shared a 57-run, seventh-wicket stand with Mark Alleyne and a 70-run stand for the eighth wicket with Tim Hancock, was eventually caught on 65.