Gloucestershire go third as Fisher stars with ball

Gloucestershire moved above Northamptonshire into third place in the totesport League First Division with an 91-run win at Northampton.

Ian Fisher was the pick of the visitors' bowling with three wickets for 18 from his nine overs as the home side were out for 109. Replying to Gloucestershire's 200 all out in a low-scoring encounter the home side were always in trouble from the moment they lost opener Graeme Swann with the total on 10.

South African Johann Louw had claimed four wickets for 44 runs as the visitors never really got their innings going, Swann also chipping in with two wickets for 22 from his nine overs.

After Gloucestershire had lost opener Phil Weston cheaply they were thankful to Craig Spearman (40) and Mike Hussey (44), who put on 57 runs for the second wicket.

Durham had England one-day international Paul Collingwood to thank for their five-wicket win over Worcestershire at Riverside. Collingwood celebrated being named in the England one-day squad this week by steering Durham to the win which saw them move above Worcestershire into second place in the Second Division.

Worcestershire had restricted Durham early on with some tight bowling and the home side were thankful for the efforts of Nicky Peng (34) and Jon Lewis (40). But it was Collingwood's unbeaten 63, including six fours, which was the basis of the victory.

An unbeaten 35 from Andrew Pratt, from 27 balls, saw the duo put on an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 52 which guided Durham to 209 for 5. Nadeem Malik took 3 for 42 and Andrew Hall 2 for 27.

Stephen Moore had held Worcestershire's innings together with an unbeaten 93 as the visitors were restricted to 205 for 7. The opener's 93 included nine fours and one six as the rest of the Worcestershire batsmen failed to support him.

There were useful contributions of 41 from 44 balls by the evergreen David Leatherdale and 37 from 48 by Moore's opening partner Vikram Solanki.

The England batsman put on 66 for the opening wicket with Moore. Graham Onions was the pick of the home side's bowlers, taking two wickets for 27 runs.

Robin Martin-Jenkins and James Kirtley bowled Sussex to an 84-run win over Derbyshire at Hove. Martin Jenkins took four wickets for 39 runs as Derbyshire were bowled out for 187 from 39 overs in reply to 271 for seven.

Kirtley also claimed three victims as Graeme Welch (82), with eight fours and five sixes, and James Bryant (42) did their best in an uphill battle for the visitors.

* In Galle, Sri Lanka failed to take the 10 South African wickets needed to force victory as the first Test petered out into a draw. Beginning the final day on seven without loss and chasing 325 to win, the Proteas put up sturdy resistance to the Sri Lankan bowlers. finishing on 203 for three, with captain Graeme Smith top-scoring with 74.

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