Cricket: White kept in check

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CRAIG WHITE, considered by many to be an England all-rounder in the making, picked up two more wickets to go with the 5 for 40 he grabbed in Essex's first innings but was unable to bowl Yorkshire to victory in front of the chairman of selectors, Ray Illingworth, at Headingley yesterday.

Set 323 to win in 71 overs, Essex slumped to 49 for 4 before half- centuries from Jon Lewis and Mike Garnham helped them to 131 for 4 at the close. Yorkshire had declared at 203 for 4, with Martyn Moxon top-scoring on 80.

An unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 147 by Graham Lloyd (93 not out) and his captain Mike Watkinson (62 not out) thwarted Kent's hopes of their first Championship win this season at Canterbury. Lancashire made 282 for 4 after being forced to follow on 295 runs behind in a morning session that belonged entirely to Min Patel, the slow left-armer. The visitors collapsed from 224 for 5 to 261 all out, with Patel claiming a career-best 8 for 96.

Hampshire ground out a draw with Middlesex, thanks to dogged innings from Tony Middleton (72) and Kevan James (52 not out) after the home side had also followed on at Southampton. The paceman Neil Williams took 6 for 49.