County Championship round-up: Roses pair the early pacesetters in Championship after overcoming weather and opposition

Yorkshire and Lancashire claimed excellent victories to move clear at the top of the County Championship table, while weather scuppered matches elsewhere in either division

County Championship round-up: Roses pair the early pacesetters in Championship after overcoming weather and opposition
Yorkshire celebrate claiming victory over Surrey at Headingley (image via: Getty)

On another week when County Championship fixtures were heavily affected by the weather, just two positive results were possible from the eight fixtures played.

Division Two saw all four matches end in draws, while in Division One, Yorkshire and Lancashire each claimed victory by an innings to become the early pacesetters this season. 

Lancashire saw off an injury-hit Hampshire by an innings and 94 runs at Old Trafford, to make it two wins from three following promotion last year. 

Across the Pennines, back-to-back champions Yorkshire beat Surrey by an innings and 20 runs after bowling the visitors out at Headingley on the final day in 73.1 overs despite being without the services of David Willey

Kerrigan spins Lancs to second home victory

Lancashire were the first side to claim victory on Wednesday, after dismissing Hampshire for 253 and firing home the advantage they had gained on the opening day. 

Jimmy Anderson picked up where he had left off the evening before by dismissing his soon-to-be England Test colleague in James Vince for 47 to leave Hampshire 88-3 early on the final day. 

Liam Dawson came and went for 18, becoming Simon Kerrigan's first victim of the day, with Will Smith then the next man to go for 45 from 203 deliveries, before being trapped LBW by Kyle Jarvis.

Simon Kerrigan celebrates a Hampshire wicket with skipper, Steven Croft (image via: Getty)

Kerrigan then took over during the afternoon session, claiming four more scalps including Adam Wheater for 47 and then the winning wicket of Mason Crane in the 120th over, handing the hosts a huge win by an innings and 94 runs. 

Root backs up double-ton with crucial wickets as Yorkshire see off Surrey at Headingley

Declaring without adding a run to their first innings total of 557-6, Yorkshire led by 227 at the beginning of day four, and it proved to be enough as they bowled Surrey out for 207 on an enthralling final day. 

After the Surrey openers Rory Burns and Arun Harinath were dismissed within the opening ten overs of the day, the two top scorers from the first innings were at it again for the visitors as Steven Davies and Kumar Sangakkara set about claiming a draw. 

Sangakkara and Davies had added 104 before both men were dismissed in a 10-over period which swung the game heavily in Yorkshire's favour. With Andrew Gale off the field, stand-in skipper Joe Root decided to bowl himself and it paid off instantly, as he picked up the wicket of Sri Lankan legend Sangakkara for 61.

Adam Lyth and Joe Root celebrate a Surrey wicket (image via: Getty)

In the following over, Jack Brooks had Jason Roy caught for just four, before the third over of Root's spell bought the end of Davies who was trapped in front for 52. 

The collapse continued when Brooks dismissed James Burke for a duck, and 30 overs later the game was complete with Steven Patterson seeing off the Surrey tail to join Brooks on three wickets. 

Washouts at Lord's and Edgbaston scupper chances for England hopefuls to press home cause

Having built a strong position, Somerset will have been the most upset of four sides who failed to see playing time on day four. 

Leading by more than 300 on an extremely tricky wicket, the West Country side would have been favourites to claim victory on a rain-free day against Warwickshire.

The hosts would have had to bat out the day on a pitch which was later reported by the umpires, but the washout means both sides have now drawn all four of their fixtures. 

At Lord's, no play was possible for the second day in a row, meaning Sam Robson remained unbeaten on 114 in a drawn game which never even reached the third innings. Middlesex have drawn all four fixtures, while Nottinghamshire sit third after four fixtures. 

Glut of Division Two draws continue due to rain

Essex remain top of Division Two, despite being the one side not to play this week, after all four fixtures ended in draws. 

Kent came closest to claiming victory, with the weather allowing them to play two sessions against Gloucestershire at Canterbury. 

Declaring with a lead of 151 after the first innings, Kent had Gloucestershire in all sorts of trouble at 132-6, before the lower-order managed to salvage a draw. Jack Taylor was the main saviour for the visitors, making an run-a-ball 46, sharing in an unbeaten 53-run partnership alongside David Payne (20*) as Glos forced the draw despite three wickets from Callum Haggett

No play at all was possible in Cardiff, meaning Worcestershire (456-6dec), drew with Glamorgan (42-4) in a game heavily affected by the weather. 

Only seven overs were bowled in Leicester on the final day as Northants and Leicestershire battled to a draw, while Derbyshire and Sussex also drew their fixture in a match which was dominated by the visitors and included an incredible 250 for Ed Joyce