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Summary

  1. Batsmen pressing their cases for England Test selection
  2. Worcestershire's Joe Clarke hits hundred v champions Essex
  3. Somerset's James Hildreth makes century v Hampshire
  4. Ollie Pope 158* as Surrey make 414 v Yorkshire
  5. Lancashire's Keaton Jennings hits 126 v Notts

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By Adam Williams and Ben Pheazey

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks

    Joe Clarke ton

    And that is that for the day and our coverage here on BBC Sport.

    Have no fear - we're back for more and day three on Sunday from 10:45 BST.

    Lots of headline makers on this second day with the bat with some very nicely-compiled centuries, but we'll give the sign-off to Joe Clarke and his very impressive 105 for Worcestershire against Essex at New Road.

    Until tomorrow, thanks for being with us.

  2. Close of play scores

    Division One:

    Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire (133 & 106-5) trail Lancashire (338) by 99 runs

    Taunton: Hampshire 231 v Somerset 324-7

    The Oval: Surrey 414 v Yorkshire 40-3 - no play after lunch due to rain

    New Road: Essex (177 & 143-4) lead Worcestershire (238) by 82 runs

    Division Two:

    Derby: Derbyshire 427 v Durham 115-2

    Canterbury: Kent (215 & 125-4) lead Sussex (181) by 159 runs

    Grace Road: Leicestershire (191 & 119-2) lead Glamorgan (178) by 132 runs

    Lord's: Middlesex 455-8 v Gloucestershire - no play after lunch due to rain

    Edgbaston: Northamptonshire (256 & 160-7) lead Warwickshire (265) by 151 runs

  3. Post update

    So, that's the final action of the day.

    Stay tuned - we'll show you how all the games closed at stumps on day two...

  4. Close of play at Worcester

    Essex 177 & 143-4 (46 overs) v Worcestershire 238

    And at the end of a very long day of 104 overs at New Road, that is stumps.

    Essex lead by 82 runs as their second innings sits on 143-4.

    Joe Clarke's earlier 105 for Worcestershire took them to 238 and a lead of 61 on first innings.

    Alastair Cook made a nicely-compiled 66 for Essex in reply, but a good comeback by the home bowling attack puts them on top in this one at the end of day two.

  5. WICKET Bopara (c Cox b Tongue) 13

    Essex 177 & 142-4 (44.1 overs) v Worcestershire 238

    Worcestershire do get a late breakthrough and Ravi Bopara falls to Josh Tongue as he edges it through to wicketkeeper Ben Cox.

    Nightwatchmen Jamie Porter comes in to try and see off the last few balls as Essex lead by just 81 runs with six wickets in hand.

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  6. Last three of the day

    Essex 177 & 142-3 (43 overs) v Worcestershire 238

    Last three overs of the second day at Worcester.

    Essex's lead up to 81 runs now as Dan Lawrence and Ravi Bopara try to negotiate their way to stumps.

  7. Night all

    Nottinghamshire 133 & 106-5 (38 overs) v Lancashire 338

    Trent Bridge all tucked up for the night and our man in Nottingham is off home.

    See you tomorrow for more Dave....

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  8. Five to bowl at Worcester

    Essex 177 & 137-3 (41 overs) v Worcestershire 238

    Last five overs of the day should the light allow at New Road.

    Slow left-armer Ben Twohig comes on as Essex keep ticking the board along with Ravi Bopara and Dan Lawrence.

    Their lead is 76 runs.

  9. Mark Wood returns for Durham

    Derbyshire 427 v Durham 115-2 (34.5 overs)

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    BBC Newcastle at Derby

    Day two at Derby ended with bad light and Durham 115-2 in their first innings after Derbyshire earlier made 427.

    On his return from India, Mark Wood bowled 29 overs in Derbyshire’s first innings and took one wicket. It would have been more had Durham captain Paul Collingwood not put down a chance early on day two when Matt Critchley edged to second slip on the third ball of the morning.

    Wood has been at the IPL with Chennai Superkings, but decided to return this week because he had only played in one game and wants to be in the England test side for the first Test against Pakistan at the end of May.

  10. Eight to bowl at Worcester

    Essex 177 & 130-3 (38.1 overs) v Worcestershire 238

    If the light allows, we're into the last eight overs of this second day at New Road.

    Essex are 69 runs ahead as it stands having lost three second-innings wickets.

    Can Worcestershire's bowlers pick up more Essex scalps before the close?

  11. Close of play at Taunton

    Hampshire 231 v Somerset 324-7 (75.5 overs)

    This time they mean it. An entertaining day's play comes to an end with the home side leading by 93.

    A fine knock by James Hildreth, who hit his 43rd first-class century today and is 125 not out with 15 fours.

    Jack Leach will join him tomorrow on 22. Quite a recovery after sliding to 134-5. Gareth Berg had a good day with the ball, with four victims for 88.

  12. Essex keep toiling

    Essex 177 & 126-3 (36 overs) v Worcestershire 238

    Lawrence

    Dan Lawrence and Ravi Bopara at the crease now for Essex after three batsmen in a row were dismissed offering no stroke outside their off stumps.

    Essex lead by 65 runs as we move towards the conclusion of this second day.

  13. Somerset resume (and then go off again) at Taunton

    Hampshire 231 v Somerset 324-7 (75 overs)

    Five overs until the new ball and Brad Wheal is coming on at the other end for Hampshire.

    Jack Leach drives the fourth ball to backward point but there's no run there. Five balls into the over, umpire Jeremy Lloyds is taking a light reading and we're off again.

    That mini-session of play brought us 11 balls, four runs and no wickets.

  14. Post update

    So, only two games still going on this second day. Both in Division One at Taunton and New Road.

    We've just worked out that if they get all the overs in that are remaining, we could be still going here after 19:00 BST!

    Where's that overtime claim form?

  15. Resumption at Taunton

    Hampshire 231 v Somerset 320-7 (74 overs)

    Umpires Jeffrey Evans and Jeremy Lloyds have removed the bails but the stumps are still standing, so there's a bit more cricket to come here. The umpires are back on the field and Joe Weatherley will bowl.

  16. Close of play at Edgbaston

    Northamptonshire 256 & 160-7 (38.4) v Warwickshire 265

    This seesaw contest will resume tomorrow morning (weather permitting) with Northamptonshire leading Warwickshire by 151.

    This has been a fine match for Doug Bracewell, who took 4-71, scored 81 in the first innings and may score more runs in the second.

    He's one not out and will be joined in the middle by Rob Keogh on 13. Olly Stone is the leading wicket taker so far on 3-30.

  17. WICKET Westley (b Leach) 26

    Essex 177 & 114-3 (33 overs) v Worcestershire 238

    Another Essex wicket down and Worcestershire will feel they are right back on top now.

    Tom Westley is the latest man to fall after working himself to 26 as he plays no stroke and the ball cuts back in to take his off stump.

    Joe Leach the bowler to profit this time. Essex's lead is just 53.

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  18. Close of play at Canterbury

    Kent 215 & 125-4 (32 overs) v Sussex 181

    They hung around at Canterbury for an inspection at 18:00 BST, but the umpires have decided it's still too gloomy to resume and that is that for the day.

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  19. WICKET Cook (b Magoffin) 66

    Essex 177 & 106-2 (31.5 overs) v Worcestershire 238

    Commentator's curse strikes again and Alastair Cook is the man to fall this time.

    Only the finest of touches takes his off bail away after offering no stroke and he departs for 66 off the bowling of Steve Magoffin.

    That's another key wicket for Worcestershire just as the game seemed to be drifting away from them.

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  20. Still playing at New Road

    Essex 177 & 106-1 (31.4 overs) v Worcestershire 238

    Might be gloomy across other parts of the country, but play continues at New Road.

    Essex pass 100 in their second innings and are now 45 runs ahead.

    Alastair Cook (66 not out) and Tom Westley (18 not out) at the crease for the defending champions.