Gooch's heroics were not alone in securing success. John Childs was left with his season's best of 6 for 37 after seeing off the three wickets that were left of Worcestershire's second innings for just 10 runs and Paul Prichard established himself as Gooch's sole partner of any worth, sharing a partnership of 164.
Sussex pulled off a 267-run victory at Durham, leapfrogging over their hosts at the foot of the Championship table after a season's best performance of 5 for 55 by Franklyn Stephenson. Durham never made much of an assault on the 478 target; they lost Wayne Larkins in the second over and were all out for 210.
Warwickshire beat Hampshire at Southampton after lively resistance by Warwickshire's tail, inspired by Trevor Penney's century, had set Hampshire a target of 289 which they fell 80 runs short of. Kent slumped to 86 for 5 against Leicestershire but were saved by a 71 from their captain, Mark Benson, which steered them to victory by three wickets.Reuse content