Giddins Puts Brake on Yorkshire's Big Charge for Victory; Championship Review

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First Division leaders Yorkshire made a steady start as they chased a target of 356 to beat Surrey at Headingley.

Yorkshire were 50 for one as rain cut short the third day, leaving the pacesetters needing a further 306 from the minimum of 96 overs available today, weather permitting.

Former Warwickshire paceman Ed Giddins claimed the one Yorkshire wicket to fall when he trapped Chris Taylor lbw, his championship debut ending on 15.

Surrey's innings of 281 all out was founded on a good, solid 68 from Ben Hollioake, who struck 11 boundaries from 116 balls.

The bowling honours went to Yorkshire's young off-spinner Rick Dawson, who claimed career-best figures of six for 98.

Darren Lehmann holds the key to Yorkshire's prospects. The Australian left-hander wrote his name into the record books with his 252 against Lancashire last weekend, the highest score ever made in a Roses match.

Yorkshire skipper David Byas knows that the championship leaders are likely to be heavily reliant on their star man if they are going to reach such a formidable total.

'Making 306 in a day against a quality side like Surrey is bound to be a tall order,' said Byas.

'But the side are confident and we will be approaching the job in a positive frame of mind.

'If Lehmann plays as well as he is capable of, we must have every chance of snatching it.'

Stuart Law recorded his fourth championship century with a fine 115 to keep Essex in the hunt against Leicestershire at Chelmsford.

His latest effort was laced with 22 fours and arrived during a second-wicket partnership of 194 in 56 overs with Darren Robinson (102) as Essex, replying to a massive Leicestershire total of 559, moved to within 81 of avoiding the follow-on at 329 for seven.

Leg-spinner Shahid Afridi was Leicestershire's most successful bowler, taking three for 78.

Lancashire spinner Gary Keedy gave the Red Rose county a surprise victory chance against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.

Keedy, who took five wickets in the first innings, grabbed three late wickets as the home side crumbled to 86 for five, a lead of 163. …