Cricket: Law leads Essex fightback

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A sparkling 76 from 61 balls by the Australian Stuart Law yesterday resurrected Essex hopes of their second Championship success of the season against Yorkshire at Ilford.

Essex will resume their second innings on 215 for 4 and with a lead of 178, on a pitch which is starting to test batsmen. Law struck 12 fours and a six to seize control from the visitors after they had gained a 37- run in the first innings, courtesy of Michael Vaughan and Richard Blakey. They carried their sixth-wicket partnership to 188 Vaughan, having made 161 that included 23 fours and a six, put up a simple catch to silly point off Paul Grayson.

Andrew Caddick, hoping to get the England call this weekend, put in another fine performance for Somerset yesterday in front of David Lloyd, the England coach.

The pace bowler produced his third five-wicket haul of the season when a 3 for 15 burst in the morning gave him figures of 5 for 64 off 29.2 overs against Worcestershire at New Road.

Glamorgan posted their highest ever score as they continued to put Durham to the sword in Cardiff. The previous mark of 587 for 8 declared, set against Derbyshire at Cardiff Arms Park in 1951, was passed in the 138th over of the innings, with three batsmen making centuries.

Warwickshire were also in the runs, scoring 631 for 7 before their captain, Nick Knight, called a halt. It was the second highest score ever by a visiting team at Southampton. Hampshire's ustralian opener, Matthew Hayden, led the fightback with an unbeaten 81.

Nottinghamshire have been granted permission to replace their injured overseas signing, Mohammed Zahid, by the England and Wales Cricket Board Registrations Committee. The 20-year-old fast bowler has a stress fracture of the back and is unlikely to play again this season.