The bowlers continued to hold the edge over the batsmen on the second day of matches in round two of the LV= County Championship, although Michael Yardy, Michael Lumb, Michael Powell and Chris Dent did all reach three figures to restore some pride for the batsmen.
In Division One, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE took command of their match against DURHAM at the Riverside as they closed on 231 for four after bowling the home side out for just 129 in their first innings. Resuming on 55 for three, Durham soon lost Dale Benkenstein to Andre Adams (three for 42) for 10, before Ben Phillips (four for 33) cleaned up the middle-order and Andy Carter (three for 27) the lower to hand their side an unexpected 32-run first innings lead.
Alex Hales (57) and Michael Lumb added 85 for the second wicket in the Notts second innings, with James Taylor (37) adding a further 99 for the fourth wicket with the former England left-hander. Lumb closed on 104 not out – his first century since August 2010, which was also against Durham – as the visitors closed with a 263-run advantage.
MIDDLESEX turned in a disciplined all-round performance on the second day of their match against SURREY at The Oval. The last wicket pair of Dawid Malan and Corey Collymore added 31 to the visitors’ overnight score of 225 for nine, before Malan was caught behind off Chris Jordan (two for 71) for 88.
The Middlesex bowlers then proved extremely frugal in restricting the home side to 161 for five from the 79 overs they faced before stumps. Steve Davies (62) and Jacques Rudolph (45) shared an opening stand of 85 to give Surrey a solid start, but Mark Ramprakash and Zander de Bruyn struggled and were both out for 17 – from 90 and 62 balls respectively.
SUSSEX closed day two in a strong position against defending champions LANCASHIRE at Aigburth. Captain Michael Yardy brought up his 18th first-class century and took his overnight fourth-wicket stand with Ed Joyce (64) to 164 as Sussex were all out for 300 in reply to the hosts’ woefully inadequate 124.
Steve Magoffin then added to Lancashire’s troubles by taking three wickets for just 14 runs in their second innings as they closed on 85 for four, with Ashwell Prince unbeaten on 31.
WARWICKSHIRE’s lower-middle-order fought hard and earnt their side a handy 96-run first innings lead on the second day against SOMERSET at Edgbaston. Keith Barker top-scored with 46, while Rikki Clarke made 27 and Chris Wright 18 not out, as the Bears were dismissed for 243. Adam Dibble ended with figures of three for 42 for the home side.
In their second innings, Somerset had Nick Compton – who closed unbeaten on 61 – to thank for avoiding total embarrassment as they slipped from the promising position of 104 for one to 127 for four at stumps.
In Division Two, GLOUCESTERSHIRE ended the day slightly ahead of HAMPSHIRE in spite of David Balcombe’s career-best eight for 71. Chris Dent turned his overnight 59 into a second career century during the visitors’ first innings of 314 and shared a valuable seventh-wicket stand of 80 with all-rounder Ed Young (39).
In reply, Hampshire closed on 182 for seven with Simon Katich’s 74 the only bright point, as Will Gidman and Ian Saxelby each picked up three wickets.
Wickets continued to tumble in Cardiff as GLAMORGAN conceded a 35-run first innings deficit by being bowled out for 95, before reducing DERBYSHIRE to 152 for six in their second innings.
Jonathan Clare took four for 15 for the day to end with overall figures of five for 17 as he dispensed with much of the home side’s middle-order, while Tony Palladino ended with three wickets of his own. Derbyshire then lost Martin Guptill in the first over to Graham Wagg for the second time in the match and slipped to 37 for five prior to a recovery of sorts courtesy of Ross Whiteley (39), David Wainwright (30 not out) and Clare (40 not out). Moises Henriques ended with three for 44 for the Welsh side.
KENT dominated the second day of their match against NORTHAMPTONSHIRE at Wantage Road by earning a formidable 236-run first innings advantage and then reducing the home side to 50 for four at stumps.
Michael Powell ended unbeaten on 128 and added 165 with Geraint Jones (53) for the seventh wicket after three early strikes had threatened to derail the Kent effort. Jack Brooks ended the innings with figures of five for 98, but he was powerless to stop the visitors’ winter recruit who brought up his 26th first-class century from 173 balls.
Charlie Shreck and Matt Coles then took two wickets each to cause the home side to slip further behind, with David Sales the only batsman to show any resistance with an undefeated 31.
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