Brentford made it three Championship wins in a row with a deserved victory at west London rivals Queens Park Rangers.
The hosts, who would have gone second in the table with victory, went behind in the first half when Ollie Watkins headed in Bryan Mbeumo’s cross.
Rangers equalised soon after the break through returning captain Grant Hall’s header, before Brentford retook the lead on the hour mark as Said Benrahma smashed in a penalty.
Watkins sealed the win in the fourth minute of stoppage time, tapping in Mathias Jensen’s low cross as Brentford broke on the counter-attack.
The Bees were good value for their victory and could have had more goals were it not for R’s goalkeeper Liam Kelly who made fine saves to deny Benrahma, Josh Dasilva and Watkins.
Rangers also created some good chances – the best of them Nahki Wells’ bullet header which was superbly tipped wide by David Raya.
But it was Josh Scowen’s foul on Mbeumo in the box which led to the decisive spot kick, although it looked a harsh decision on the R’s midfielder.
Watkins simply made sure of three points, scoring his 10th goal of the season with the last kick of the game.
QPR remain eighth in a tight Championship table, two points off an automatic promotion place, while Brentford are now three points outside the play-offs in 12th.
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cloudfm County Ground (day two):|
|Surrey 174: Smith 34, Foakes 34; Porter 5-62, S Cook (5-53)|
|Essex 302-6: Lawrence 147, ten Doeschate 78*; Clarke 3-52|
|Essex (6 pts) lead Surrey (1 pt) by 128 with six wickets standing|
Dan Lawrence made a timely first Championship century of the season as Essex built a first-innings lead on day two against Surrey at Chelmsford.
Jamie Porter (5-62) and Sam Cook (5-53) collected Surrey’s last six wickets for 37 runs as they were all out for 174.
But title-chasing Essex ran into trouble on 53-3 before Lawrence and Ravi Bopara (34) put on 72.
Ryan ten Doeschate (78 not out) added 173 with Lawrence, who finally fell for 147 as Essex reached 302-6, 128 ahead.
With leaders Somerset bowled out for just 142 against Hampshire and therefore able to take no more than 19 points from the game should they win it, every point is crucial for Essex, who began the match against Surrey just eight behind.
Porter and Cook wasted no time in securing all three bowling points after the latter began the day by knocking out Ben Foakes’ (34) off stump.
Jordan Clark (3-52) claimed the first three wickets when Essex began their reply, including that of Alastair Cook, who was lbw for 24.
But Lawrence grew in confidence as the ball became soft and reached three figures off 182 balls by sweeping spinner Scott Borthwick for four.
Ten Doeschate was typically assertive in the supporting role, collecting nine boundaries before Lawrence was caught at slip from a delivery by Morne Morkel that appeared to bounce a little more than he expected and Jamie Porter was lbw to Rikki Clarke for a duck in the penultimate over.
Essex already had a third batting point, though, and another two are available on the third morning if they can add a further 98 to their total in 23 overs.
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, 1st Central County Ground, Hove (day one):|
|Middlesex 75: Eskinazi 24; Robinson 8-34|
|Sussex 126-3: Wells 52; Roland-Jones 2-34|
|Sussex (3 pts) lead Middlesex (1 pt) by 53 runs with 7 wickets remaining|
Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson took a career-best 8-34 to put his side well on top as Middlesex were bowled out for just 75 on day one at Hove.
England Lions man Robinson was at one point was on course to take all 10 of the visitors’ wickets.
But, having reduced them to 44-8, last man Tim Murtagh hit 20* as Middlesex were bowled out inside 21.4 overs.
The hosts initially struggled in reply and were 15-3 before Luke Wells 52* and Alex Carey 46* steadied the ship.
Rain delayed the start of the match until 14:30 BST but Robinson soon made up for lost time, claiming opener Sam Robson with the first delivery of the day.
The former Yorkshire paceman has now taken 48 wickets in eight County Championship matches this season.
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Kia Oval (day four):|
|Surrey 271-9& 218: Elgar 65; Stevens 5-60, Milnes 4-61|
|Kent 369& 118-5: Robinson 51*; Morkel 2-22|
|Kent (23 pts) beat Surrey (5 pts) by five wickets|
Kent survived an early scare as they chased down 121 to beat Surrey by five wickets at The Oval.
South African paceman Morne Morkel took two wickets in a sublime first over as Kent slipped to 0-2.
But despite further wobbles at 40-3 and 50-4, wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson’s unbeaten 51 got Kent over the line.
Darren Stevens had earlier completed a five-wicket haul as the visitors took the last four wickets for just 39 runs as Surrey were all out for 218.
Kent were favourites to wrap up victory over the 2018 champions, who led by 81 overnight, providing they could pick up the remaining wickets quickly.
With Rikki Clarke and Sam Curran still at the crease, Surrey had hopes of setting a target somewhere around the 200-mark but that possibility soon faded.
England all-rounder Curran fell for 29 with just eight runs added to the total, edging a Matt Milnes delivery behind.
Stevens then removed Rikki Clarke in similar style, and in so doing the 43-year-old Kent swing bowler (5-60) sealed the 22nd five-wicket haul of his first-class career.
Gareth Batty, who was fit to bat after being ill earlier in the match, provided Milnes with his 46th wicket of the season and Harry Podmore bowled Jordan Clark to end the innings.
Kent’s reply saw first-over carnage as Morkel had Zak Crawley caught behind by Ben Foakes and then clean bowled Joe Denly with a delightful pacy, swinging delivery.
Sean Dickson (18) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (26) put on 40 before three further wickets fell but the visitors remained composed enough for a third Championship win of the season as Robinson hit a six off Dean Elgar to reach a 41-ball half-century.