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Somerset stormed to comprehensive innings win inside three days against Gloucestershire; Division One leaders Surrey eye victory over Kent at Beckenham.

Last Updated: 14/05/22 10:24pm

Root struck his maiden Roses century on day three at Headingley

Former England captain Joe Root struck his maiden Roses century as Yorkshire fought back on day three of their County Championship clash against Lancashire at Headingley.

The hosts were precariously placed at 68-4 in reply to Lancashire’s formidable total of 566, only for Root to inspire the rescue act with his 37th first-class hundred – his first since resigning as England’s Test captain last month.

The 31-year-old made a brilliant 147 before succumbing to Matt Parkinson (3-79), while Harry Brook (41) and Harry Duke (40) played contrasting innings as the hosts closed on 356-8, still trailing by 210 runs.

Elsewhere, Somerset clinched their second win of the season after wrapping up a comprehensive innings victory over Gloucestershire inside three days at Bristol.

England spinner Jack Leach starred with figures of 8-90 across the match, with Gloucestershire hampered by the absence of captain Graeme van Buuren, who sustained a shoulder injury earlier in the contest.

Jack Leach registered impressive figures of 8-90 as Somerset put Gloucestershire to the sword at Bristol

Jacob Bethell (61) registered his maiden first-class fifty after also top-scoring in Gloucestershire’s first innings, but the beleaguered hosts suffered a chastening defeat by an innings and 246 runs – Somerset’s biggest margin of victory over their arch-rivals.

Will Jacks claimed the best figures of his first-class career, as league leaders Surrey tightened their grip on proceedings against Kent at Beckenham.

The hosts reached 82-1 in their second innings at stumps on day three, still trailing by 359 runs after they were dismissed for 230 and forced to follow on in response to Surrey’s 671-9, with Ollie Robinson (71) top-scoring.

Jacks (4-65) and Jamie Overton (3-33) impressed for the visitors, but Ben Compton (47 not out) and Zak Crawley (35) provided spirited resistance in the evening session, before Crawley succumbed to Jacks moments before the close.

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