An interesting finish could be on the cards at Headingley, where Somerset need to score 296 in their second innings to beat Yorkshire. The Tykes had Jonathan Bairstow to thank after the 19-year-old, making his debut, followed up his first innings 28 with an unbeaten 82, and together with David Wainwright compiled what could be a vital last-wicket stand of 55 before Wainwright was caught by Marcus Trescothick off Michael Munday.
The son of former Yorkshire and England wicketkeeper David, who played 429 first-class matches for the county during his 20-year career, Bairstow was given his chance after scoring an unbeaten double century for the second team. Red-headed, like his father, he played rugby for Yorkshire schools under 16s and football for Leeds United under 15s before deciding to concentrate on cricket.
Although delighted to see the familiar name back on the team-sheet and doing well (Bairstow even took over the gloves after Gerard Brophy picked up an injury), the Yorkshire faithful will have rested uneasily after Trescothick was on an unbeaten 58 with Somerset 88-1 at close.
At New Road, Piyush Chawla followed captain Mike Yardy's determined 152 with an entertaining hundred of his own as Sussex turned the screw on first division strugglers Worcestershire, establishing a first innings lead of 332 before Yardy declared in mid-afternoon on 620-9.
Chawla, who has played two Tests for India, is better known for his leg break bowling, but confirmed his status as an all-rounder by reaching 102 off just 86 balls, hitting six sixes and seven fours. Worcestershire got their heads down in response, opener Daryl Mitchell grinding his way to a half-century off 146 balls, but Chawla won leg before decisions against Vikram Solanki and Ben Smith to leave the home team looking down the barrel.
In the second division, Surrey should have few problems finishing off Northamptonshire at the County Ground this morning. A career-best double century by Usman Afzaal took the Brown Caps' first innings lead past 300 before they reduced the home team to 65-4 in their second innings.
Stephen Peters and Andrew Hall restored some respectability by adding 76 for the fifth wicket. Peters went on to score 78 before being caught by Mark Butcher off Chris Schofield as Northants closed on 189-7.
Jamie Dalrymple was the dominant figure with bat and ball at Derby. The Glamorgan all-rounder's 128 ensured his side took a small first innings lead, before his off-spin accounted for Garry Park and Dan Redfern to reduce Derbyshire to 55-3 in their second innings. New Zealand beat the West Indies by 52 runs in the women's T20 World Cup at Taunton, after an opening stand of 94 between Suzie Bates and Lucy Doolan laid the platform for a Kiwi total of 158-6. Doolan then took three wickets as the West Indies limped to 106-7 in response.