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Summary

  1. Defending champions Essex set Lancashire target of 320
  2. Wicketkeeper James Foster top scores with 69
  3. Somerset's James Hildreth scores century v Worcestershire
  4. Kent beat Durham by nine wickets inside two days in Division Two

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By Adam Williams and Felix Keith

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  1. Good night

    Chelmsford

    There we have it then for the second day's play in this round.

    Not quite as many wickets as we saw yesterday, but plenty of very gutsy knocks and an early win too in Division Two.

    What will tomorrow's third day have in store? Why not join us from 10:45 BST to find out.

    Until then...

  2. Close of play scores

    Division One:

    Chelmsford: Essex (150 & 313) lead Lancashire (144) by 319 runs

    Taunton: Somerset (202 & 255-9) lead Worcestershire (179) by 278 runs

    The Oval: Surrey (211 & 217-4) lead Hampshire (147) by 281 runs

    Emerald Headingley: Yorkshire (256 & 189-4) lead Nottinghamshire (188) by 257 runs

    Division Two:

    Derby: Derbyshire (261 & 118-0) lead Middlesex (157) by 226 runs

    Emirates Chester-le-Street: Kent (169 & 95-1) beat Durham (91 & 170) by nine wickets

    Bristol: Gloucestershire (236) trail Glamorgan (296-5) by 60 runs

    Leicester: Leicestershire (112-1) trail Sussex (438-8 dec) by 326 runs

    Northampton: Northamptonshire (147 & 41-0) trail Warwickshire (413) by 226 runs

  3. Post update

    Well then - that's your lot for play today it would seem.

    Stay right there for a quick look at the close of play scores...

  4. Close of play at the Oval

    Surrey 211 & 217-4 (63 overs) v Hampshire 147

    Ollie Pope has played a gem of a hand in the closing stages, racing to 30* from 42 balls to see Surrey build a lead of 281 runs by stumps.

    Surrey are in command.

  5. Close of play at Taunton

    Somerset 202 & 255-9 (69 overs) v Worcestershire 179

    James Hildreth clobbers a few more boundaries off a wayward Josh Tongue before the umpires call it a day due to poor light.

    Hildreth (111*) and last man Tim Groenewald (4*) are the not-out batsmen. Somerset lead by 278 runs.

  6. Fifty for Ben Foakes

    Surrey 211 & 204-4 (51 overs) v Hampshire 147

    Ben Foakes reaches fifty from 113 balls. He's batted in a very controlled manner and struck for fours.

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  7. Hundred for James Hildreth

    Somerset 202 & 247-9 (68.2 overs) v Worcestershire 179

    There it is! His 42nd first-class century! James Hildreth hits Josh Tongue to the boundary to move to 103*.

  8. 10 wickets for Ed Barnard

    Somerset 202 & 240-9 (67.3 overs) v Worcestershire 179

    Wonderful, wonderful bowling from Ed Barnard. A second five-wicket haul sees him complete 10 in the match by clean-bowling Jack Leach.

    James Hildreth is stuck at the other end on 99. I wonder how his nerves are...

  9. Close of play at Headingley

    Yorkshire 256 & 189-4 (68 overs) v Nottinghamshire 188

    Headingley

    There you have it for the second day at Headingley.

    Yorkshire close the second innings on 189-4, which is a lead of 257.

    Gary Ballance (76 not out) and Jack Leaning (37 not out) have batted all through that evening session to add 96 so far for the fifth wicket.

  10. Last couple of overs at Headingley

    Yorkshire 256 & 187-4 (66 overs) v Nottinghamshire 188

    Almost the end of the day's action in Leeds.

    Just 12 more balls to deliver as Yorkshire hold a lead of 255 runs.

  11. Close of play at Chelmsford

    Essex 150 & 313 (90.1 overs) v Lancashire 144

    And with that dismissal of James Foster, it's also the end of the second day.

    He fell inside the last three overs of scheduled play which means there's no time for a change of innings tonight.

    Instead, Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hameed will begin Lancashire's pursuit of 320 in the morning.

  12. WICKET Davey (c Cox b Barnard) 12

    Somerset 202 & 223-8 (61.1 overs) v Worcestershire 179

    A fourth wicket of the innings and ninth of the match for Ed Barnard and it's a goody.

    He gets one to leave Josh Davey outside the off-stump, taking the outside edge for Ben Cox to take.

  13. WICKET Foster (lbw b Bailey) 69

    Essex 150 & 313 (90.1 overs) v Lancashire 144

    Last man down and out in Essex's second innings as James Foster is plumb leg before to Tom Bailey.

    The Essex wicketkeeper falls for a 125-ball 69 that may end up proving to be a match-winning contribution.

    Essex all out for 313 in their second innings which means they have set Lancashire 320 to win in two days.

  14. WICKET Siddle (lbw b Bailey) 0

    Essex 150 & 312-9 (88.1 overs) v Lancashire 144

    Get one, get two for Lancashire towards the end of the day's play.

    Peter Siddle made a useful unbeaten 33 in the first innings, but this time he doesn't trouble the scorers as Tom Bailey traps him leg before without making a run.

  15. Yorkshire plod on

    Yorkshire 256 & 171-4 (59 overs) v Nottinghamshire 188

    Still looking very good towards the end of this second day for Yorkshire.

    Gary Ballance (68 not out) and Jack Leaning (28 not out) have added 77 so far for this fifth wicket to take their lead to 240.

  16. WICKET Overton (b Magoffin) 22

    Somerset 202 & 206-7 (58.2 overs) v Worcestershire 179

    As low key a bowling as you're likely to find. Steve Magoffin doesn't celebrate too much and Craig Overton wanders off a bit bemused. The ball found its way through somehow.

  17. WICKET Borthwick (lbw b Abbott) 74

    Surrey 211 & 173-4 (50.1 overs) v Hampshire 147

    The end of a fine innings from Scott Borthwick as Hampshire's premier strike bowler Kyle Abbott does the trick, trapping him in front. Surrey in command though.

  18. WICKET Harmer (c Davies b Onions) 49

    Essex 150 & 311-8 (87.4 overs) v Lancashire 144

    Another Essex batsman falls a run shy of a half-century and this time it's agony for Simon Harmer.

    The South African gets the finest of edges on a push forward to Graham Onions and Lancashire break the stand of 103 for that eighth wicket.

    Essex's lead now 317.

  19. Overton wallops one

    Somerset 202 & 202-6 (57 overs) v Worcestershire 179

    Craig Overton leans back and smacks Joe Leach for a six. He has 22* from 28 balls, while James Hildreth has moved onto 85*. Somerset's lead is 225 runs as the clouds begin to gather in Taunton.

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  20. Marsh finally falls

    Gloucestershire 236 v Glamorgan 263-4 (87.3 overs)

    Shaun Marsh's fine innings for Glamorgan is finally ended at Bristol on 111.

    Ryan Higgins the man to take the catch off the bowling of Daniel Worrall.

    The visitors with a useful first innings lead here.