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Rain prevents Compton record

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Nick Compton was denied in his bid for a slice of history © PA Photos
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Nick Compton's hopes of making 1,000 first-class runs by the end of May were dashed by the weather on day two of Somerset's County Championship Division One clash with Worcestershire at New Road.

Needing 59 to become the first player in 24 years to reach 1,000 runs to enter the record books, he made nine not out as Somerset reached 27 for two in response to Worcestershire's 340 all out before the heavens opened.

Earlier, Peter Trego finished with five for 75 as Worcestershire lost their last eight wickets for just 38 runs.

Vikram Solanki completed his first hundred of the season to help the hosts into a position of power but Trego took three wickets - including the former England one-day international batsman for 106 - this morning to trigger a collapse.

Chris Rogers' unbeaten 93 put Middlesex into a strong position against Sussex at Lord's.

Middlesex's captain found excellent support in Joe Denly (67) and Eoin Morgan (52 not out) to move the hosts to 229 for three after Tim Murtagh's five for 55 had seen Sussex dismissed for 283.

The visitors' lower order added 41 to their overnight 242 for eight.

There was just 45 minutes of play possible at Chester-le-Street, where opener Paul Horton (49no) carried his bat after Lancashire were all out for 170 - a first-innings lead of 68 over Durham.

Half-centuries from Wayne Madsen and Dan Redfern helped Division Two leaders Derbyshire fight back against Gloucestershire at Bristol but Will Gidman ensured the hosts still hold the initiative.

Alex Gidman made 129 as Gloucestershire were all out for 294 and a first-innings lead of 199.

Knocks of 72 and 64 not out from Madsen and Redfern helped Derbyshire inch 12 runs ahead at stumps but they have just five second-innings wickets in hand after closing on 211 for five - as Will Gidman ended the day with four for 39.

Just 40 overs of play were possible at Headingley, where Joe Root struck an unbeaten 98 for Yorkshire against Northamptonshire.

Resuming on 27 without loss in response to Northamptonshire's 253 all out, Root dug deep for the White Rose, who closed on 190 for three.

Captain Mark Wallace struck 118 as Glamorgan took a stranglehold on day three against Leicestershire at Cardiff.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Wallace found keen support in Jim Allenby (61) as the Welsh county declared on 558 for nine before Leicestershire closed on 84 for one - still needing another 203 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Elsewhere, Derbyshire have just a 12-run lead with five second innings wickets remaining after a day where they were frustrated by Gloucestershire's Gidman brothers.

First batsman Alex notched a century to give his county a first-innings lead of 199, before Will picked up four wickets to leave Derbyshire staring at defeat.

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