Round-up: Somerset sink without trace at Bath festival

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Perhaps it should have been the Order of the Bath. A day after the Worcestershire and England all-rounder Basil D'Oliveira was made a CBE, his former county romped to victory over Somerset before lunch at Bath. Somerset had no one but themselves to blame, even if they were playing against 12 men.

Perhaps it should have been the Order of the Bath. A day after the Worcestershire and England all-rounder Basil D'Oliveira was made a CBE, his former county romped to victory over Somerset before lunch at Bath. Somerset had no one but themselves to blame, even if they were playing against 12 men.

Gareth Batty was pulled out of the match while batting, to replace the injured Ashley Giles in England's one-day squad, and Daryl Mitchell took over his innings. The 12th man was not needed yesterday, however, as Worcestershire won by eight wickets (or is that nine?) in the Second Division after the home side's abject collapse on Friday.

They could only add a single to their overnight 151 for 9, leaving a target of just 138. Andrew Caddick added two more wickets to his five in the first innings, but his six-over spell cost 49. Stephen Moore remained unbeaten on 66 and Ben Smith made 39 not out on the back of three successive Championship hundreds to reach 138 for 2 in just 130 balls.

Worcestershire kept up the pressure on leaders Durham. At Chester-le-Street, Essex needed 388 to avoid an innings defeat with nine wickets left, and were indebted to a career-best 82 by the South African pace bowler Dale Steyn, acting as nightwatchman. The Kiwi No 9 Andre Adams smashed 84 not out off 63 balls and his captain, James Foster, was unbeaten on 64 as his side progressed to 342 for 7.

Yorkshire's top-order succumbed meekly in the Roses match at Headingley after Lancashire declared on 337 for 5, Stuart Law (53 not out) and Warren Hegg adding 46 in just four overs. That left the home side to make 382 to win or bat all day, but at 24 for 3 the draw was a long way off.

After reaching three figures, they lost three wickets for nine runs. It was left to the unlikely figure of Matthew Hoggard to try to stave off defeat, and he made 59 not out to allow his side to reach 254 for 9.

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