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6:45pm – Worcestershire reach stumps on 186 for five in their second innings, 14 ahead of Glamorgan. Samaraweera has 71 not out and Michael Johnson is unbeaten on 17. Here are all the close-of-play scores:
Middlesex beat Derbyshire by nine wickets at Lord’s.Somerset are six without loss in their second innings, 24 ahead of Surrey at the Kia Oval.Durham are 11 for one, needing 413 to beat Warwickshire, at Edgbaston.
Worcestershire are 186 for five in their second innings at the SWALEC Stadium and lead Glamorgan by 14.Leicestershire are 452 for seven in reply to Kent’s 406 at Grace Road.Northamptonshire beat Essex by an innings and nine runs at Wantage Road.
6:25pm – Durham reach stumps on 11 for one – needing a further 402 to beat Warwickshire who have dominated today.
The only ground still with play is the SWALEC Stadium where Worcestershire, in their second innings, are on the verge of taking the lead.
6:15pm – Warwickshire’s declaration proves inspired as Chris Wright traps Jennings in front to leave Durham nought for one.
Marcus Trescothick and Nick Compton survive two overs before Somerset close on six without loss in their second innings, 24 ahead of Surrey.
5:51pm – Davies falls to Overton for 147, prompting an attacking declaration from Graeme Smith with Surrey on 366 for nine – 18 behind Somerset.
Clarke is stumped off Scott Borthwick for 92, leaving the hosts 346 for seven, and, when Jeetan Patel falls to Keaton Jennings in the next over, Warwickshire declare, setting Durham a daunting 413 to win.
5:40pm – Surrey have lost a second wicket in as many overs with Stuart Meaker caught behind off Steve Kirby, but Davies is still there.
Samaraweera has his first fifty for Worcestershire in his third county innings. They are close to taking the lead in their second innings.
Warwickshire now lead Durham by 400, with Clarke closing on three figures and Chris Woakes scoring at nearly a run a ball.
5:21pm – ecb.co.uk apologises for cursing Mr Batty; he has been trapped lbw by Jamie Overton having added one to the total mentioned below.
5:18pm – The runs keep on coming for Surrey, who are now close to overhauling Somerset’s 384. Steven Davies remains unbeaten on 136 and counting, while the vastly experienced Gareth Batty has 35 to his name.
5:11pm – Play has been abandoned at Grace Road following this evening’s rain. Leicestershire have enjoyed a fine day, reaching 452 for seven in reply to Kent’s 406, and will hope to put pressure on their opponents by extending their lead tomorrow morning.
RESULT! Derbyshire (231 & 60) lose to Middlesex (215 & 80/1) by nine wickets: Another resounding victory for Middlesex, who could have hardly made a better start to this summer. Nottinghamshire were beaten by 10 wickets at Trent Bridge last week and Derbyshire have suffered similar punishment at Lord’s this time around. Chris Rogers and Joe Denly finished unbeaten on 28 and 44 respectively for the victors.
Meanwhile, Ambrose has fallen lbw to Callum Thorp for 105 at Edgbaston, with Warwickshire 334 ahead.
4:58pm – Tim Ambrose has a ton for Warwickshire and it came from just 122 balls. I would not be surprised to see a declaration from the champions before stumps tonight. They now lead by 329 and will surely be looking to accelerate further with little more than a day remaining.
4:48pm – We now have rain in the game between Leicestershire and Kent…
4:40pm – Bad light has stopped play at Grace Road, with Leicestershire having lost Jigar Naik shortly before the interruption. At Edgbaston, Warwickshire are now 253 for five, with Rikki Clarke on the brink of a fifty and Tim Ambrose into the nineties.
Having only taken two wickets before today, Bragg now has two in the space of an over! He has ousted Alexei Kervezee for a duck in the over he started prior to tea, leaving Worcestershire in big trouble.
NorthantsCCC on Twitter: “I’m not that happy with my bowling yet – I’m not hitting the right areas enough.” @david_willey after taking 5-67 today… #determined
4:31pm – Just like Surrey, Leicestershire have benefited from twin centuries today. Shiv Thakor, the highly rated England Under-19 international, has followed Matthew Boyce to three figures – recording his first championship hundred for Leicestershire – and the Grace Road outfit now lead Kent by 42, with four first-innings wickets still in hand.
4:18pm – We finally have a tea interval at the SWALEC Stadium, brought about by Moeen Ali’s departure, for 55, to the part-time bowling of Will Bragg. Worcestershire are 97 for three and still 75 behind, with Thilan Samaraweera unbeaten on 18.
4:14pm – After their early wobble, Middlesex are now firmly on course for a second successive victory. They are 36 for one in pursuit of 77 and look set to head the LV= County Championship table at the end of round two.
4:04pm – Here’s a round-up of the scores at present, with tea having been taken at all grounds bar the SWALEC Stadium.
Middlesex are 21 for one, chasing 77 their second innings to beat Derbyshire at Lord’s.Surrey are 290 for six in reply to Somerset’s 384 at the Kia Oval.Warwickshire are 222 for five in their second innings at Edgbaston and lead Durham by 283.
Worcestershire are 92 for two in their second innings at the SWALEC Stadium and trail Glamorgan by 80.Leicestershire are 432 for six in reply to Kent’s 406 at Grace Road.Northamptonshire beat Essex by an innings and nine runs at Wantage Road.
3:49pm – Boyce falls for 135, bowled by Brendan Nash, on the stroke of tea at Grace Road where Leicestershire are 431 for six, leading Kent by 25 on first innings.
In sad news Kent have reported the death former England captain Mike Denness at the age of 72 after a long battle with cancer.
Moeen finally reaches a half-century, with four off Graham Wagg.
3:39pm – Moeen Ali has been four short of a fifty for some time for Worcestershire, who now trail Glamorgan by 99 in their second innings.
Palladino has given Derbyshire faint hope of an unlikely win by bowling Sam Robson first ball, but Middlesex need just 73 with nine wickets left.
A report of Northants’ innings-and-nine-run demolition of Essex can be found via this link.
3:26pm – Alfonso Thomas has Gary Wilson caught behind for 17, leaving Surrey four down and 100 in arrears on first innings.
Boyce and Thakor, who have batted all day, go on the attack to put Leicestershire in front of Kent.
3:15pm – Toby Roland-Jones has a hat-trick, removing Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald and Mark Turner, the latter bowled, to reduce Derbyshire to 60 all out in a sorry second innings. Middlesex need 77 to win after tea.
Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: Bowling figs: Murtagh 12-7-12-5, Roland-Jones 6-4-4-3, Finn 12-4-34-2, Berg 5-3-3-0 – well done lads, absolutely brilliant!
RESULT! Essex (183 & 207) lose to Northamptonshire (399) by an innings and nine runs: Steven Crook completes the job for Northants by bowling Tymal Mills.
Davies reaches three figures for Surrey, whose first-innings deficit is nearly down to double figures with five wickets remaining.
3:05pm – Essex are nine down as Graham Napier, who smashed a counter-attacking 65-ball 73 in the first dig, still needing 18 to avoid an innings-defeat.
Steven Finn has Tom Poynton caught behind to halt a mini-recovery from Derbyshire, who lead Middlesex by 73 with three second-innings wickets left.
Ben Stokes traps Troughton lbw for 45 but Warwickshire remain in a strong position versus Durham.
2:49am – Matthew Boyce, who walked from John O’Groats to Land’s End for charity in the first half of the winter, has a ton. He and Thakor are close toLeicestershire in front of Kent.
Ambrose has reached a 50-ball fifty as he and Troughton near a century partnership. At the SWALEC Stadium Jim Allenby has snared Daryl Mitchell to have Worcestershire 50 for two in their second innings, 122 behind Glamorgan.
2:33pm – Jim Troughton and Tim Ambrose are going strong for Warwickshire, who are 141 for four and therefore 202 ahead of Durham as they seek to set a formidable victory target.
Burns is out for 115, caught behind off Steve Kirby. He added 159 with Davies to help Surrey avoid the follow-on and leave them 138 behind Somerset on first innings.
A full write-up of Azhar Mahmood’s return to Surrey for this year’s Friends Life t20 can be found by clicking here.
2:19pm – Rory Burns and Steven Davies have extended their fifth-wicket alliance to 150. Surrey, who have not lost a wicket today, are 147 behind Somerset on first innings.
Willey has a five-for with Bopara, caught behind for 41, the next to go for Essex who are 180 for eight, requiring 37 to make Northants bat again.
2:10pm – Shiv Thakor has a fifty for Leicestershire, joining sixth-wicket partner Matthew Boyce as a half-centurion. Not long after, their hundred stand arrives. Leicestershire are now less than 60 behind Kent’s first-innings 406.
At Wantage Road Willey has a fourth wicket, Greg Smith superbly caught and bowled, as an innings-loss looms for Essex.
Murtagh has a fifth wicket, Jonathan Clare held at second slip without scoring. At the end of a wicket-maiden, the seamer has figures of 11-7-8-5 and Derbyshire are 26 for six.
1:56pm – The first wicket of the session is James Foster caught at first slip off David Willey, leaving Essex 159 for six in their second innings – still 57 behind Northamptonshire. Much rests on Ravi Bopara, who is at the crease, if Essex are to avoid defeat.
The afternoon’s second and third breakthroughs are not long in following as Tim Murtagh strikes twice in two balls to put Derbyshire 26 for five in their second knock, 42 ahead of Middlesex. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who watched the carnage from the other end, has much to do to set the Lord’s hosts a testing victory target.
1:50pm – It’s been a quiet first 10 minutes of the afternoon session. No doubt there will be plenty of action to follow.
1:05pm – Surrey and Leicestershire have each made it through the morning without losing a wicket to enhance their respective positions.
At the other end of the scale, Worcestershire lost skipper Daryl Mitchell in the first over of their second innings against Glamorgan to dent their chances of avoiding defeat.
With lunch now being taken at all six LV= County Championship encounters, here’s a look at how things stand around the grounds.
Derbyshire are 20 for three in their second innings at Lord’s, leading Middlesex by 36.Surrey are 213 for four in reply to Somerset’s 384 at the Kia Oval.Warwickshire are 86 for four in their second innings at Edgbaston and lead Durham by 147.
Worcestershire are five for one in their second innings at the SWALEC Stadium and trail Glamorgan by 167.Leicestershire are 332 for five in reply to Kent’s 406 at Grace Road.Essex are 154 for five in their second innings at Wantage Road and trail Northamptonshire by 62.
12:52pm – Well played Rory Burns! There was much focus on another left-handed Surrey opener – Graeme Smith – at the start of this week, but it is the youngster who has brought up a valuable century. With Davies having passed 50, Surrey, now 208 for four, are recovering nicely.
Durham’s charge continues as Stokes has Laurie Evans caught on the pull for two, leaving Warwickshire 64 for four. Tim Ambrose has since joined Jim Troughton and the experienced duo need to steady the ship.
Derbyshire are another team experiencing problems in their second innings, with Steven Finn having removed Wayne Madsen to make it 19 for three.
Dean Cosker and Michael Reed provided Glamorgan with some very useful runs against Worcestershire, adding 44 for the 10th wicket before Reed was bowled by Russell. Glamorgan’s first-innings total of 295 gives them a lead of 173.
12:32pm – Warwickshire are wobbling at Edgbaston, with Will Porterfield and Varun Chopra having departed in the space of three deliveries – the latter to Ben Stokes’ first ball. As lunch approaches, the champions are 124 ahead on 63 for three.
There is also bad news for fans of Derbyshire, who are now seven for two in their second dig after Wes Durston became a second lbw victim for Murtagh this morning.
Messrs Burns and Davies continue to defy Somerset’s attack and the former is now closing in on a third first-class century.
An innings defeat could be coming Essex’s way after they lost a fifth batsman – Mark Pettini – with 83 still needed to make Northants bat again.
12:22pm – There has been another wicket at Wantage Road; nightwatchman Maurice Chambers’ Billy Godleman impersonation is over after he was bowled by Steven Crook for a 65-ball three. Essex are now 132 for four in their second innings and still 84 behind.
Kent, who posted 406 yesterday, cannot find a way to break the resistance of Matthew Boyce and Shiv Thakor at Grace Road. The Leicestershire duo are unbeaten on 72 and 31 respectively in a total of 310 for five.
And I’m afraid the aforementioned Godleman will not be repeating his doughty first-innings fifty at Lord’s. He has been trapped lbw by Tim Murtagh for three at the start of Derbyshire’s second innings.
12:13pm – Worcestershire have struck twice in quick succession at the SWALEC to reduce Glamorgan to 259 for nine. Jim Allenby was eventually out to Gareth Andrew for 78, the highest score of that match to date, and Michael Hogan fell to Chris Russell in the following over. Glamorgan’s lead stands at 136.
12:10pm – Elsewhere in Division One, it has been a good morning for Surrey so far. Having resumed on 98 for four in reply to Somerset’s 384, the Kia Oval hosts have added 47 runs without further loss through Rory Burns and Steven Davies.
Warwickshire are progressing nicely at Edgbaston as they seek a first championship win of 2013 at the second attempt. Dougie Brown’s men now lead Durham by 115 and have still lost just one second-innings wicket.
12pm – Derbyshire have a first-innings lead of 16 at Lord’s. Middlesex are all out for 215, with Jonathan Clare picking up the final two wickets, including Finn for a first-ball duck, to complete figures of 4-40.
11:55am – Quiney is out, caught behind off David Willey for 56 to leave Essex 114 for three. They need another 102 to make Northants bat again. Meanwhile, they are back on at the SWALEC and Glamorgan have a second batting point.
11:42am – Turner would appear to be simply the best bowler in action this morning. He has now bowled Toby Roland-Jones for his third wicket of the Middlesex first innings. It remains to be seen who will be leading by the time the hosts are bowled out.
11:31am – Durham have made a much-needed breakthrough at Edgbaston, where Ian Westwood has followed one from Chris Rushworth to be caught behind for 11. Warwickshire retain the upper hand, leading by 88 with nine second-innings wickets still in hand.
Essex have reduced their arrears to 107 without further loss, Australian opener Rob Quiney an unbeaten half-centurion, while a light shower has interrupted play at the SWALEC Stadium, where Glamorgan are 244 for seven.
11:19am – Rory Burns has brought up a patient and potentially vital fifty for Surrey, who have now moved on to 110 for four against Somerset.
Our first scalp of the day has also arrived, with Derbyshire seamer Mark ‘Tina’ Turner trapping Ollie Rayner lbw for 26. Middlesex are now seven down and trail by 30.
Matthew Boyce has also passed 50 as Leicestershire push up towards Kent’s first-innings total.
11:15am – A bit of breaking news from the Kia Oval: Veteran all-rounder Azhar Mahmood is returning to Surrey for this year’s Friends Life t20 competition. We’ll have full details on ecb.co.uk shortly.
11:09am – No wickets just yet around the country; who will be the first to strike?
@CricketingBears on Twitter: Morning from Edgbaston – Weather set fair and going to start on time. After last night’s late finish it was almost not worth going home!!
10:50am – Afteron a colossal 228 for their final two wickets yesterday, Northants are well placed to push for victory over Essex, who will resume 122 runs in arrears on 94 for two. Leicestershire are 250 for five pursuing Kent’s 406 and Glamorgan, 235 for seven in reply to Worcestershire’s paltry 123, already hold a healthy advantage at the SWALEC Stadium.
10:42am – Many of the six games are intriguingly poised ahead of the third day getting under way. In Division One, defending champions Warwickshire, who have yet to lose a second-innings wicket, will be looking to build a lead over Durham that currently stands at 67. Middlesex still trail Derbyshire by 51 and have four first-innings wickets in hand, while Surrey are 98 for four in reply to Somerset’s 384.
10:30am – Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live blog coverage of the LV= County Championship. Lower-order resistance was a feature of yesterday’s action, particularly at Wantage Road where Northamptonshire’s tail wagged in astonishing fashion. Before we see what today holds, here’s a reminder of how things stand at the halfway stage of this second round of fixtures.
Warwickshire are six without loss, 67 runs ahead, replying to Durham’s 284 at Edgbaston.Middlesex are 180 for six replying to Derbyshire’s 231 at Lord’s.Surrey are 98 for four replying to Somerset for 384 at the Kia Oval.
Leicestershire are 250 for five, replying to Kent’s 406 at Grace Road.Glamorgan are 235 for seven replying to Worcestershire’s 123 at the SWALEC Stadium.Essex are 94 for two in their second innings and trail Northamptonshire by 122 runs at Wantage Road.
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