Warwickshire increase lead

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Warwickshire's Tim Ambrose powered his way to 122 not out at lunch
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Warwickshire's Tim Ambrose powered his way to 122 not out at lunch

Tim Ambrose's century ensured Warwickshire claimed maximum batting points against Nottinghamshire to increase their lead at the top of the LV= County Championship First Division table.

Ambrose led the way as the Bears made up for lost time - after Wednesday was completely washed out - by piling on 158 runs in 30 overs this morning. Ambrose moved from his overnight 64 to be unbeaten on 122 and, with Ian Blackwell reaching his half-century from 40 balls, accelerate Warwickshire to 456 for six.

That ensured they picked up all five batting points and moved 17 points clear of second-placed Sussex who are inactive this week.

Champions Lancashire were continuing to be frustrated by the rain as their relegation fears deepen. Only five overs were possible in Liverpool this morning as the Red Rose county, who fell to the foot of the table yesterday, improved to 233 for six against Durham.

Worcestershire moved off the bottom yesterday and seamer Alan Richardson (three for 26) made immediate inroads today as Middlesex at one stage lost three for six. Opener Sam Robson (63) and Neil Dexter (35) began a recovery, however, in an unbeaten 79-run stand to be 140 for three at lunch.

Somerset's slim title ambitions were being kept afloat by an unbeaten 122-run stand between James Hildreth (73) and Chris Jones (49) as they were 138 for two in reply to Surrey's 317.

In Division Two, leaders Derbyshire slipped further into trouble as they limped to lunch on 111 for six against Essex.

David Masters (four for 26) claimed the key wickets of Paul Borrington (42) while Graham Napier removed Tony Palladino and Dan Redfern this morning.

Play was delayed by almost two hours at Cardiff with Northamptonshire edging to 249 for four against Glamorgan with Niall O'Brien 118 not out.

There was no play in the matches between Yorkshire-Gloucestershire and Leicestershire-Kent. Yorkshire remained marooned on 61 for two at Scarborough while Kent are 322 for six at Grace Road.

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