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  1. Rob Keogh takes 9-52 for Northants
  2. Middlesex lead Warwickshire by 133 runs
  3. Yorkshire ahead by 128 against Hampshire
  4. Hundreds for Trego, Libby, Duckett & Mustard
  5. Five-fors for Bailey, Rayner, Brooks, Magoffin and Palladino

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By Paul Grunill

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  1. Signing off

    After bowlers by and large dominated the opening day of the current round of County Championship matches, the batsmen hit back on day two.

    Innings of the day was played by Tom Westley, who made a superb unbeaten 238 for Division two leaders Essex against Worcestershire, but there were also centuries for Peter Trego, Jake Libby, Ben Duckett and Phil Mustard.

    Despite that, there were some impressive bowling displays, none more so than Northants off-spinner Rob Keogh, who took 9-52 as Glamorgan were skittled for 124 at Wantage Road.

    And Tom Bailey, Ollie Rayner, Jack Brooks, Steve Magoffin and Tony Palladino all claimed five-fors.

    Please join us tomorrow from about 10:30 BST to find out what the third day's play has in store.

  2. Close of play scores

    Division One

    Durham 244 & 83-3 v Nottinghamshire 313

    Durham lead by 14

    Yorkshire 281 & 69-1 v Hampshire 222

    Yorkshire lead by 128 runs

    Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 138-2

    Somerset lead by 415

    Middlesex 242 & 63-0 v Warwickshire 172

    Middlesex lead by 133

    Division Two

    Derbyshire 242 & 16-2  v Gloucestershire 331

    Gloucestershire lead by 73

    Worcestershire 230 v Essex 512-4

    Essex lead by 282

    Northamptonshire 269 & 305-7 dec v Glamorgan 124 & 0-0

    Glamorgan need 451 for victory

    Sussex 180 & 42-2 v Kent 496

    Kent lead by 274

  3. Yorkshire in strong position

    Yorkshire 281 & 69-1 v Hampshire 222 - close

    Following the dismissal of Alex Lees, there are no further setbacks for Yorkshire at the Ageas Bowl as Adam Lyth reaches stumps on 37 with Gary Ballance 17 not out. The visitors lead by 128 and now have the task of batting Hampshire out of the game before attempting to win it and thereby increasing their chances of a third successive title.

  4. Notts press Durham hard

    Durham 244 & 83-3 v Nottinghamshire - close

    Durham nightwatchman Graham Onions does his job by keeping Notts at bay in the final over at the Riverside, with Keaton Jennings reaching stumps on 34 at the other end. They have a lead of 14 runs, but will need a much-improved batting performance on day three against opponents desperate for a victory, following Jake Libby's 144 in their first innings, to boost their hope of escaping relegation. 

  5. Derbyshire openers fail

    Derbyshire 242 & 16-2 v Gloucestershire 331

    Derbyshire lose openers Ben Slater and Billy Godleman in the final seven overs of play as Gloucestershire gain the upper hand on day two. The visitors lead by 73 following Phil Mustard's unbeaten 107.

    Tony Palladino takes five wickets for the home side, passing 350 in his career in the process, but the onus will be on their remaining batsmen on day three as they look to revive their hopes of winning the game.

  6. Westley stars at Chelmsford

    Worcestershire 230 v Essex 512-4 - close

    Tom Westley

    Take a bow Tom Westley, who bats through the entire day to reach 238 not out. He has hit 37 fours so far and after a good night's sleep, there will be plenty of time for him to add a few more on day three as his side are 282 ahead, but presumably only looking to bat once in the game.

    Captain Ryan ten Doeschate has 77 not out and their fifth-wicket partnership has added 144 to the total in 26.2 overs.

  7. WICKET Burnham (b Tahir 3)

    Durham 244 & 78-3 (29.2 overs) v Nottinghamshire 313

    Durham have their noses in front at the Riverside - just - but they only have seven wickets remaining after leg-spinner Imran Tahir cleans up Jack Burnham with his second delivery. Graham Onions comes out as nightwatchman with two and a bit overs to go.

  8. Lancashire face uphill task

    Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 138-2 - close

    Alviro Petersen and Liam Livingstone stay together for the final 15 overs at Old Trafford, adding 42 to the Lancashire total, but it is Somerset's day after Peter Trego (154 not out) and Ryan Davies (86) put on 236 for the eighth wicket.

    With Middlesex and Yorkshire ahead in their games, the visitors need a victory, and will be hoping their attack can extract enough assistance from the pitch to enable them to do so without having to bat again.

  9. WICKET Lees (b Wheal 12)

    Yorkshire 281 & 39-1 (17 overs) v Hampshire 222

    With only a few overs remaining at the Ages Bowl, Yorkshire lose the first wicket of their innings as Alex Lees goes for 12. The defending champions decide against a nightwatchman as Gary Ballance comes out to join Adam Lyth. The lead is 98.

  10. Claydon strikes late for Kent

    Sussex 180 & 42-2 v Kent 496 - close

    Sussex lose nightwatchman Ajmal Shahzad to the final ball of the day, caught behind off Mitch Claydon for three. Chris Nash remains unbeaten on 19, but Sussex are 274 in arrears and facing the prospect of a heavy home defeat.

  11. Glamorgan openers survive

    Northamptonshire 269 & 305-7 dec v Glamorgan 124 & 0-0 - close

    Glamorgan block out three maidens to end an eventful second day at Wantage Road, which was totally dominated by the home side. Following Rob Keogh's 9-52 in the morning, Ben Duckett then helped himself to 185 as they set the Welsh county a remote victory target of 451 - although they still have two days in which to get them.

  12. Middlesex on top at Edgbaston

    Middlesex 242 & 63-0 v Warwickshire - close

    Job done in the final session by the Middlesex openers as Nick Gubbins reaches stumps 41 not out, with Sam Robson on 20. The Championship leaders had a poor opening day, but have wrested the initiative from Warwickshire and will be hoping to build a big lead on the third day.

  13. WICKET Borthwick (lbw Gurney 0)

    Durham 244 & 68-2 (24 overs) v Nottinghamshire 313

    Harry Gurney follows his six wickets in Durham's first innings by removing Scott Borthwick for a fourth-ball duck. The north-east county still need one more run to bring the scores level.

  14. Palladino ends Glos innings

    Derbyshire 242 v Gloucestershire 331

    Tony Palladino

    Tony Palladino dismisses Gloucestershire number 11 Josh Shaw to claim the 13th five-for of his career. His final figures are 5-74 and Phil Mustard finishes unbeaten on 107, with his side 89 ahead. There are a handful of overs for Derbyshire to face before stumps.

  15. WICKET Haines (c Billings b Viljoen 11)

    Sussex 180 & 40-1 (11 overs) v Kent 496

    This has been a tough match in which to make his Championship debut and 17-year-old Tom Haines follows his first-innings duck with 11 before edging South Africa paceman Hardus Viljoen to the keeper. Sussex trail by 276.

  16. Northants declare with huge lead

    Northamptonshire 269 & 305-7 dec v Glamorgan 124

    Northants declare 450 runs ahead after Rory Kleinveldt is bowled by Owen Morgan for one, leaving Glamorgan three overs to survive this evening. Seventeen wickets have fallen in the day so far, nine of them to Rob Keogh, and I'm fairly confident he will have the ball in his hands before the close.

  17. WICKET Stoneman (c Taylor b Mullaney 39)

    Durham 244 & 67-1 (22.3 overs) v Nottinghamshire 313

    Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings share a half-century opening partnership for the second time in the match, but the former departs, caught at first slip off Steven Mullaney, after hitting the previous delivery for four. Durham are still two runs short of parity.

  18. Middlesex extend lead

    Middlesex 242 & 51-0 (17 overs) v Warwickshire 172

    Warwickshire have tried seam and spin but Middlesex's openers are keeping them at bay at Edgbaston, with the lead now above 120. Nick Gubbins is doing the bulk of the scoring and has 35, with Sam Robson content to play second fiddle. 


    Derbyshire 242 v Gloucestershire 317-9

    Hundred up for Phil Mustard off 185 balls, as he puts Will Davis away for his 13th four. It's the seventh of his career, and after four centuries in the match between these two sides earlier in the season, the overall total is now six.


    Worcestershire 230 v Essex 428-4 (106.4 overs)

    It has been a superb display by Tom Westley and he brings up the first double century of his career with a boundary off Miguel Cummins - the 33rd of his innings. The Essex lead is now over 200 too.