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Live Reporting

By Ben Pheazey and Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    James Vince

    And with stumps at Chelmsford and New Road, that ends day two.

    Join us again tomorrow when we should have a conclusion at the Ageas Bowl, and Essex will be looking to take complete control of their game against Surrey.

    See you then.

  2. Close of play at New Road

    Worcs 221 & 128 v Gloucs 235 & 54-4 - Target 115

    A tense low-scoring thriller resumes at New Road tomorrow.

    The Pears responded superbly after being routed for a second-innings 128 to reduce promotion hopefuls Gloucestershire to 41-4.

    77 minutes of resistance from Miles Hammond - who battles through to 11 not out at stumps and he'll be back in the morning with night-watchman Josh Shaw.

  3. Close of play scores

    Division One

    • Essex 302-6 v Surrey 174 - Essex lead by 128
    • Hants 196 & 176-8 v Somerset 142 - Hants lead by 230
    • Notts 498 v Warwickshire 264-2 - Bears trail by 234
    • Yorkshire 269 v Kent 482-8 dec & 2-0 - Kent lead by 215

    Division Two

    • Derbyshire 138 & 360-2 v Sussex 231 - Derbys lead by 267
    • Glamorgan 435 v Leics 191-9 - Leics trail by 244
    • Lancs 259 & 14-1 v Middlesex 337 - Lancs trail by 64
    • Northants 217 & 235-6 v Durham 131 - Northants lead by 321
    • Worcs 221 & 128 v Glos 235 & 54-4 - Glos need another 61 to win
  4. Close of play at Chelmsford

    Essex 302-6 v Surrey 174

    Those couple of late wickets put a slight dampner on what has otherwise been a dominant day for Essex.

    After Sam Cook and Jamie Porter skittled Surrey in the morning with five wickets each, Dan Lawrence's magnificent 147 gave Essex a healthy lead.

    Ryan ten Doeschate will resume on 78 in the morning.

    Dan Lawrence
  5. Close of play at Ageas Bowl as bad light sets in

    Hants 196 & 176-8 v Somerset 142 - Lead by 230

    A fantastic knock from Hampshire captain James Vince.

    He took guard with the hosts wobbling on 10-3 and has guided them to a very healthy lead on a pitch that has offered movement off the seam.

    Plenty of pressure on Somerset who need to win here to keep the pressure on second-placed Essex - who continue to boss Surrey at Chelmsford.

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  6. WICKET Porter lbw b Clarke 0

    Essex 301-6 v Surrey 174

    The nightwatchman is gone...

    Rikki Clarke pins Jamie Porter lbw in the penultimate over of the day.

    Essex are having a late wobble, but still in a fine position.

  7. Third batting point for Essex

    Essex 300-5 v Surrey 174

    Shortly after Dan Lawrence goes, Essex earn a third batting bonus point as they reach 300.

    One and a bit overs left for Ryan ten Doeschate and nightwatchman Jamie Porter to see out.

  8. Gloucestershire chasing 115 at New Road

    Worcs 221 & 128 v Gloucs 235 & 50-4 - Trail by 65

    The visitors began this round in third place and there will be a few jangling nerves in the away dressing room as they look to overhaul a small target and stay in the race for promotion.

    Miles Hammond is at the crease with night-watchman Josh Shaw.

    Where's Jack Leach when you need him, eh?

    Miles Hammond
  9. WICKET Lawrence c Borthwick b Morkel 147

    Essex 298-5 v Surrey 174

    Essex lose a wicket just before stumps!

    Dan Lawrence edges one that climbs a little from Morne Morkel and Scott Borthwick clings on at slip with a fine diving catch.

    Lawrence looks distraught as he makes his way off for a magnificent 147.

  10. Close of play at Derby

    Derbyshire 138 & 360-2 v Sussex 231 - Derbys lead by 267

    An incredible day for Derbyshire comes to an end.

    Luis Reece (184) and Billy Godleman (106 not out) shared 274 for the opening wicket before Reece was run out.

    It's a big blow to Sussex's promotion chances, having looked so good at the start of day two.

  11. Northants in box seat after Durham collapse

    Northants 217 & 235-6 v Durham 131 - Lead by 321

    This looks like a more than handy total for the hosts in a game they must win for a realistic chance of promotion made more urgent by fellow contenders Gloucestershire chasing a small target to beat Worcestershire at New Road.

    Ned Eckersley top-scored with 37 as Ben Sanderson took 6-54 in Durham's lowly first innings 131.

    Another telling contribution with the bat from Adam Rossington - who played more of an anchor role for 52 off 107 balls after blazing 82 in 70 balls in the first innings.

    Richard Levi bludgeoned 60 off 65 balls and Luke Procter is 43 not out at stumps.

  12. Post update

    Essex 293-4 v Surrey 174

    They're into the last couple of overs on day two at Chelmsford. What a day it's been for the hosts.

    A big lead already, two set batsmen and real hope of a second title in three years.

    Dan Lawrence and Ryan ten Doeschate won't want to do anything stupid in the next 10 minutes though.

  13. 100 for Vince as shadows looming

    Hants 196 & 176-8 v Somerset 142 - Lead by 230

    Bad light? The umpires are taking a light meter reading as shadows lengthen over the Shane Warne Stand.

    Sorry, folks. They're going off.

  14. 100 for James Vince

    Hants 196 & 175-8 v Somerset 142 - Lead by 229

    James Vince

    Craig Overton to Vince...

    Driven to deep extra cover for an easy single. He's on 93. Kyle Abbott sees out the over.

    Roelof van der Merwe bowls to one slip with everyone else out in the deep.

    Driven through extra cover for four! 97.

    He goes for the sweep... Four! That's his century! 136 balls with 14 fours.

    His first ton of the season - and he's managed at least one in every season he's played.

  15. 'Durham promotion in balance'

    Northants 217 & 235-6 v Durham 131 - Northants lead by 321

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Durham’s hopes of promotion from Division Two of the County Championship are in the balance after Northants dominated day two at Wantage Road.

    Ben Sanderson took six wickets as Durham were bowled out for just 131, their second lowest score of the season, to give the hosts a first innings lead of 86.

    Northants skipper Adam Rossington made 82 in their first innings and was the difference between the two sides. He followed that up with 52 in the second innings and put together a stand of 91 for the 5th wicket with Richard Levi. Levi made 60.

    The hosts look set to secure the second promotion spot behind champions Lancashire unless Durham stage a major rearguard action on day three.

    The wicket has flattened in the sunshine and Durham will have the use of the heavy roller on the final day.

  16. Close of play at Cardiff

    Glamorgan 435 v Leics 191-9 - Trail by 244

    Another difficult day for bottom of the table Leicestershire who need a much better effort in the second innings to take this game deep into day four.

    Three wickets each for Samit Patel and Ruaidhri Smith.

    Five Leicestershire batsmen resisted for more than an hour but none of them reached 50.

  17. Lawrence for England?

    Essex 283-4 v Surrey 174

    Nick Gledhill

    BBC Essex

    Dan Lawrence

    This has been an exceptional innings from Dan Lawrence which should get his name back in contention as an England prospect. He has shared two major partnerships on a day that could hardly have gone better for Essex. They have the prospect of at least four batting points and maybe all five if this pair stay together.

    Surrey faced difficult batting conditions this morning but no-one in their attack has posed the sustained threat of Jamie Porter and Sam Cook who shared all ten wickets in Surrey’s 174. With Simon Harmer still to play a part it’s hard to see a way out for Surrey here.

  18. Close of play at Headingley

    Yorks 269 v Kent 482-8 dec & 2-0 - Lead by 215

    Zak Crawley sees out Duanne Olivier's over.

    Daniel Bell-Drummond picks up a couple off Matt Fisher and Kent have had much the better of day two.

    Good resistance from Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan (39) and Matt Fisher (47) - who batted for more than 20 overs together after Yorkshire slipped to 141-6.

  19. Post update

    Essex 274-4 v Surrey 174

    The Essex lead continues to grow. It's up to 100 now with Dan Lawrence racing towards 150.

    Surrey's bowlers look weary in the late evening sunshine at Chelmsford.

    The new ball is due in two overs.

    Morne Morkel
  20. Hampshire pass 150 as runs flow at Ageas Bowl

    Hants 196 & 157-8 v Somerset 142 - Lead by 213

    A slip as James Vince tries to get a second run off Craig Overton!

    Kyle Abbott might have to face five balls.

    Overton drops short and Abbott nudges the ball over gully and away to third man for four. That's the 50 partnership and the Hampshire 150.

    A cut shot off the next ball brings four more through extra cover!

    Two more off the last ball.