Round-Up: Adams' swift progress spurs Sussex title pursuit

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Chris Adams was closing in on a century against Durham at Hove as Sussex made good progress in their bid to rein in the County Championship leaders Lancashire yesterday.

The captain and former England Test batsman made 92 not out as Sussex reached the close on day one on 364 for 4.

Richard Montgomerie (69), Carl Hopkinson (64) and Murray Goodwin (88) also made half-centuries for the team placed second in the First Division.

A century from Warwickshire's Mark Wagh was the highlight at the Rose Bowl as third-placed Hampshire endured a full day in the field. Wagh struck 23 fours in his 128, which came from just 199 balls, but vying for star billing was the Hampshire bowler Chris Tremlett, who claimed six wickets for 78 runs. Warwickshire had racked up 374 for 9 by the close.

Darren Lehmann rescued Yorkshire from a difficult position against Kent at Headingley. Coming in with the home side three down for 64, he smashed 172 from 189 deliveries before being last man out with Yorkshire on 310.

Yorkshire showed little resistance to the pace of Kent's Simon Cook who took 5 for 36 in 20 overs. Kent, in reply, lost David Fulton cheaply and reached 18 for 1 at the close.

Steven Davies' superb century and 97 from Stephen Moore helped Worcestershire to recover from 121 for 4 to reach 397 for 5 against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

In the only match into its second day, Somerset made 330 after a delayed start against Glamorgan at Taunton. The West Country side resumed on 255 for 8, and thanks to Andy Caddick's 68 they passed the 300 mark. Glamorgan paceman Huw Waters, 19, took 5 for 86 in the Second Division.

Glamorgan reached 240 for 5 in their first innings, with the Australian opener Mark Cosgrove hitting 77 from 72 balls and David Hemp adding 43.

* South Africa have pulled out of the triangular one-day tournament in Sri Lanka after receiving an International Cricket Council independent security consultant's report, which said that the players' safety could not be guaranteed.

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