Rain and bad light played its part on the second day of the LV= County Championship season, with the match between Warwickshire and Derbyshire seeing no play and most of the others affected to some degree. There was also no play on the second day between Kent and Cardiff MCCU at Canterbury.
Middlesex took the lead against Nottinghamshire, closing day two at Trent Bridge on 297 for six in reply to the home side’s 278. Chris Rogers and Sam Robson took their first-wicket stand to 106 as both passed 50; Rogers going past 19,000 first-class runs in the process. They did suffer from a slight mid-innings wobble as Luke Fletcher (three for 69) struck twice and found themselves 175 for five. However, John Simpson hit his first half-century since 2011, ending on 77, and added 116 with Gareth Berg (43) for the sixth-wicket.
Eighteen wickets fell on day two at Chester-le-Street, with Somerset dismissed for just 132 to concede a first innings lead of 118 prior to a fightback from their bowlers that saw Durham reach stumps in their second innings on 92 for eight. Chris Rushworth returned career-best figures of six for 58, but it was Graham Onions who started the batting horror show by removing Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah in his opening spell. There was then a brief rally, led by Jos Buttler with 35, before Rushworth finished off the Somerset batting.
Durham then slipped to 20 for four early in their second innings as Peter Trego hit back for the visitors with a triple-strike. Alfonso Thomas also ended the day with three wickets, with Phil Mustard Durham’s top-scorer with 23 not out. At the close, Durham lead by 210 runs.
Sussex rammed home their advantage over Yorkshire at Headingley. The home side closed in their second innings on 27 for one and still trail by 233 runs after Sussex had posted 356. Skipper Ed Joyce added 88 to his overnight score and enjoyed useful partnerships with Rory Hamilton-Brown (26) and Joe Gatting (20) before adding 120 for the sixth-wicket with Ben Brown. Brown held the innings together following Joyce’s departure and was ninth man out for 93 off only 95 balls. The picks of the Yorkshire attack were Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks, who each claimed four wickets.
In Division Two, Gloucestershire had the better of the 35.1 overs that were bowled at Chelmsford. James Fuller stuck twice as Essex closed on 30 for two after Gloucestershire had declared their first innings closed at 409 for five. Dan Housego and Hamish Marshall took their epic fourth-wicket stand to 280 before Tymal Mills ended it by having Marshall caught by Rob Quiney for 149. Housego fell eight overs later for 150, with Benny Howell ending unbeaten on 37.
Northamptonshire could only add 37 runs for the loss of two wickets in the 17.1 overs that were sent down by Glamorgan in Cardiff. They reached stumps on 145 for five in reply to the home side’s 134. Jim Allenby claimed both of the wickets to fall, having Rob Newton leg before for 39 and Stephen Peters caught by Stewart Walters for 67.
Lancashire responded to Worcestershire’s 334 by closing on 42 without loss at Old Trafford. Daryl Mitchell and Gareth Andrew had taken their seventh-wicket stand to 96 earlier in the day before Luke Procter (four for 58) and Glen Chapple (two for 71) wrapped up the innings with a brace of wickets apiece. Mitchell was the first to go, caught behind off Chapple for 74, while Andrew followed soon after for 52.
Leicestershire were forced to follow-on against Hampshire after being bundled out for just 143. Left-arm seamers James Tomlinson (four for 23) and Chris Wood (three for 30) did the bulk of the damage, sharing seven wickets, while Sean Ervine chipped in by dismissing Ramnaresh Sarwan and Matthew Boyce. Six Leicestershire batsmen did reach double figures but, disappointingly, none were able to make more than skipper Sarwan’s 25.
Hamphire had earlier declared their first innings on an impressive 454 for seven. James Vince and Ervine (69) took their fifth-wicket stand to 158, before Vince and Adam Wheater added a further 104. Vince finally gave debutant Ollie Freckingham his third wicket when on 148, but Wheater ended on 56.
Tomorrow’s fixtures: (all matches start at 1100 BST, 1000 GMT)
day three, LV=CCD1, Durham v Somerset at Chester-le-Street
day three, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Middlesex at Trent Bridge
day three, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Derbyshire at Edgbaston
day three, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Sussex at Headingley
day three, LV=CCD2, Essex v Gloucestershire at Chelmsford
day three, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Northamptonshire at Cardiff
day three, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Leicestershire at Southampton
day three, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Worcestershire at Old Trafford
day three, MCCU match, Kent v Cardiff MCCU at Canterbury
Weather Forecast: Rain is likely to play an even bigger role tomorrow as a band of occasionally heavy rain makes its way across from the south-west during the day. Much of it will have cleared from the western half of the country by noon with the east seeing the worst throughout the afternoon. Temperatures will be similar to today, with highs of between nine and 12 degrees Celsius.
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