County Championship round-up: Weather dampens Notts title chances

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A rain-affected day at Taunton spoilt Nottinghamshire's chances of opening up a gap over third- placed Somerset in Division One. The visitors were forced tosettle for a draw after seemingly heading for their fifth victory of the season.

Samit Patel (42), recently selected in the England one-day squad to face South Africa, had begun to impose himself on the Somerset attack and looked to be guiding his side home when rain stopped play.

Sussex will be disappointed despite leapfrogging Lancashire, as they were in a winning position at the start of the final day at Old Trafford. Sussex required a further 161 runs with 10 wickets remaining to win on day four, but not a single ball was bowled due to rain.

In Division Two, Warwickshire's hopes of closing the gap on the leaders, Worcestershire, were hit by rain as the whole of day three at Edgbaston was lost.

Warwickshire have signed the former England Under-20 football international Keith Barker on a contract until the end ofthe 2010 season. Barker, the godson of the former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, has impressed in the Bears' second team having switched sports after being released by Blackburn Rovers last season.

Worcestershire were unable to progress to a fourth consecutive victory after their game against Derbyshire at New Road was abandoned without a ball being bowled on the final day. Simon Jones, recently called up to the England Lions squad, continued to be a concern after being unable to bowl on Friday due to a tight hamstring.

Both Middlesex versus Glamorgan and Gloucestershire versus Leicestershire ended in draws, meaning that not a ball was bowled in Division Two throughout the entire day.

In Colombo, Kumar Sangakkara struck his 17th Test century to help Sri Lanka to a narrow first-innings lead on day two of the deciding Third Test with the series poised at 1-1.

Sangakkara hit 107 to help his side to 251 for 6 in reply to India's 249. India were without VVS Laxman, who twisted an ankle while batting, and Sachin Tendulkar, who injured his left elbow attempting a catch, for much of the day – but both are expected to bat. The fast bowler Ishant Sharma left the field after falling over during his follow-through.