Averis wraps up the tail to complete easy victory for Gloucestershire

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Gloucestershire secured a seven-wicket win and 18 points as Nottinghamshire suffered another batting collapse on the third day of their Frizzell County Championship Second Division match at Bristol.

Gloucestershire secured a seven-wicket win and 18 points as Nottinghamshire suffered another batting collapse on the third day of their Frizzell County Championship Second Division match at Bristol.

James Averis proved the thorn in Nottinghamshire's side as he finished with 3 for 34 in the second innings to add to his 5 for 51 in the first. That meant the visitors had totalled 182 following their first-innings 197, leaving the home batsmen needing just 33. Mark Alleyne's side wrapped up the early victory despite losing three wickets on the way.

A combination of rain and bad light saw First Division Somerset's chances of beating second-placed Leicestershire dealt a severe blow at Taunton.

Only nine overs and four balls were bowled on the third day and while Leicestershire look likely to be forced to follow on today, the home side will need to take 12 wickets in the day if they are to win. The visitors finished the day on 288 for 8, still 277 runs adrift of Somerset's first-innings 565.

The spinner Richard Dawson (87) and wicket-keeper Richard Blakey (88 not out) ground out a seventh-wicket stand of 162 to rescue Yorkshire from the indignity of defeat inside three days against Kent at Canterbury.

At Northampton an inspired spell of 8 for 63 from the fast bowler Simon Cook set up Middlesex's victory by an innings and two runs over Northamptonshire with a day to spare.

Essex's veteran all-rounder John Stephenson seized back the initiative from Worcestershire on the third day of their Second Division match. Stephenson finished the day at New Road with second-innings figures of 5 for 22, with Worcestershire only 92 runs ahead with four wickets remaining.

Essex's hopes of a sizeable first-innings lead were soon blown and despite Aftab Habib's superb 117, the visitors crumbled from 321 for 4 to 373 all out.

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