Cricket / Round-Up: Lara fails but Warwickshire go top

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BRIAN LARA again failed to transfer his first-class form to the one-day game, but Warwickshire still romped to an 84-run victory over Durham at Edgbaston which takes them to the top of the AXA Equity and Law League table.

Lara made just six off nine balls before falling to the veteran spinner David Graveney to add to his previous scores in the competition of 19, 11 and nought. But his colleagues showed their worth, with the opener Dominic Ostler hitting 83.

The joy of the Glamorgan skipper Hugh Morris at making a Sunday-best century was dampened by rain as the champions had to settle for two points against the erstwhile leaders, Surrey, at Swansea.

Morris's knock of 127 not out not only beat his previous highest of 104 made against Derbyshire at Pontypridd in 1992, but it was also the highest against Surrey and a competition best against any opponents at home.

Wasim Akram turned in another match-winning performance as Lancashire saw off Northamptonshire by eight runs to register their third Sunday victory in a row. The Pakistani all-rounder hit 33 off just 21 balls to help his side to 191 for 9 and then claimed 5 for 41 in Northants' 183 all out.

Neil Mallender collected pounds 1,000 from a benefit day collection - then took four wickets to give Somerset their first win of the season in any competition.

Mallender finished with 4 for 38 from eight overs as Hampshire fell 18 runs short of their reduced target of 199 in 36 overs.

A spectacular knock of 74 by the West Indian Carl Hooper paved the way for Kent's five-wicket victory over Sussex, which came with 13 balls to spare at Tunbridge Wells.

John Stephenson carried Essex to their first Sunday League victory of the season at Chelmsford by hitting a solid 60 and then taking two vital Gloucestershire wickets.

Richard Johnson's devastating burst of three wickets in four balls helped steer Middlesex to their first League victory of this campaign. Having reached 174 for 6 off 40 overs after being put in, they then skittled out Worcestershire for 153 to win by 21 runs with an over to spare.

The acting captain David Byas hit an unbeaten century as Yorkshire, without four senior players, beat Nottinghamshire by seven wickets with two overs to spare at Headingley.

The England bowler Andrew Caddick is expected to be back in action in a fortnight after keyhole surgery on his right shoulder. An exploratory operation only revealed inflammation of a joint and the player had an injection to help cure the problem.

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