Cricket news - Gloucestershire down Durham to pick up first win

Miles Hammond scored 60 with Chris Dent for the opening wicket in the last innings.

Durham vs Gloucestershire, Chester-le-street

A low scoring affair at the Chester-le-Street saw the home side crashing to a six-wicket loss. The loss means Durham are still the wooden spooners and this was their fourth successive loss.

Gloucestershire on their part picked up their first win after being asked to track down 117 in the last innings of the game. The openers of Gloucestershire -- Chris Dent and Miles Hammond -- put up the highest partnership of the match worth 60 runs to ensure there were no major hiccups for the visiting team. On the final day only 53 was needed and it was done with ease.

Day 1 and Day 2 had seen 15 wickets and 16 wickets going down respectively but the Gloucestershire unit ensured that day 3 didn't have much for the bowlers as the target was chased down before lunch.

Brief scores: Durham 158 (Jack Burnham 43, Ben Raine 42; David Payne 4-40) and 132 (Cameron Bancroft 40; Josh Shaw 3-31) lost to Gloucestershire 174 (James Bracey 35; Matt Salisbury 3-30) and 119/4 (Miles Hammond 30; Matt Salisbury 3-41) by 6 wickets.

Lancashire vs Worcestershire, Manchester

A fine unbeaten 60 from Dane Vilas took Lancashire to the top of the points table in the second division of the County Championship as Lancashire notched up their third straight win in as many games. Lancashire asked to track down 126 were tottering at 32 for 4 before Dane Vilas and Rob Jones got together to steer the team out of troubled waters.

Another game which saw plenty of wickets going down on the first two days was evenly poised before the duo of Vilas and Jones got going. Worcestershire also had also won both their games coming into this game but were humbled here.

Earlier in the day, Worcestershire added only five runs to their overnight tally and Joe Leach's double strike of Keaton Jennings and the top-scorer of the first innings - Liam Livingstone - had Lancashire reeling at one stage. But like the first innings, Villas got a partnership going to eventually finish it off for his side.

Brief scores: Worcestershire 172 (Wayne Parnell 63; James Anderson 5-25) and 154 (Thomas Fell 40; Richard Gleeson 5-37) lost to Lancashire 201 (Liam Livingstone 69; Wayne Parnell 5-47) and 127/4 (Dane Vilas 60*, Rob Jones 31*) by six wickets.