County Championship Division One: Marcus Trescothick leads Somerset fightback as bad weather plays havock throughout the day

Find out what happened on the third day of the three Specsavers County Championship Division One matches around the country as we round up the action.

County Championship Division One: Marcus Trescothick leads Somerset fightback as bad weather plays havock throughout the day
Marcus Trescothick raises his bat as he recorded his 59th first class hundred against Surrey (Picture source: Getty Images)

Day three of the third weekend of matches in the Specsavers County Championship Division One was a day once again dominated by bad weather.

In between the spells of bad weather were there was play, there were some eye-catching performances from a few batsmen and bowlers as all three games head towards a draw with only one day left to go.

Bad weather washes out the day in Durham

Unfortunately, there was no play at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday as persistent rain throughout the day meant it was impossible for there to be any play between Durham and Middlesex.

So it leaves the state of play for the final day finely balanced and the likelihood of a draw quite high with Durham currently 295-4 in reply to Middlesex's 389 in their first innings.

Bad weather meant no play in Durham | Photo: Getty Images
Bad weather meant no play in Durham on day three | Photo: Getty Images

Trescothick leads Somerset fightback, Rampaul takes five wickets for Surrey

At the Oval, there was some play which was good with Somerset resuming the day 99-1 in reply to Surrey's massive score of 463 in their first innings.

Marcus Trescothick was the man to get his team going making a brilliant 127 of 294 balls to help his side get up to 353 all out. Surrey will be hoping to extend their lead further on the final day which is currently 110 after the first innings from both sides.

The key man for Surrey on the day was West Indian bowler Ravi Rampaul who took 5-85 from his 24 overs to show that he has still got it and gave a timely reminder to the West Indian cricket board that he can still do it with the ball.

Rampaul was in fine form for Surrey taking five wickets
Rampaul was in fine form for Surrey taking five wickets | Photo: Getty Images

Chopra leads strong Warwickshire fightback against Yorkshire

At Edgbaston play resumed on day three with Yorkshire 368-9 in their first innings looking to extend their innings as long as they could. Unfortunately, they couldn't for long and we're all out for 379 with Steve Patterson remaining 63 not out at the end for Yorkshire. 

In reply, Warwickshire opener Varun Chopra got his team off to a strong start as his team finished the day on 205-2 as he remained 101 not out.

Ian Bell also continued his great form scoring 59 after making a century last week as he looks to regain his England place back ahead of the summer tours against Sri Lanka and Pakistan which start next month.

Jonathan Trott will also return to the crease on day four with Chopra 38 not out as he looks to continue his good form after his double century last weekend. The likelihood though is that the game will finish in a draw unless something spectacular happens.

Chopra leads the way for Warwickshire with an impressive century | Photo: Getty Images
Chopra leads the way for Warwickshire with an impressive century | Photo: Getty Images