Sussex wrap-up two-day victory while Northamptonshire surge ahead after Duckett's double
Sussex handed Leicestershire a defeat by an innings and 59 runs inside two days while Ben Duckett slammed a double hundred to put Northamptonshire firmly ahead on the second day of the ongoing round of the County Championships.
Elsewhere, the game between Somerset and Warwickshire in Division One is keenly poised as the visitors need 53 runs for a win but with only two wickets left in hand.
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Trent Bridge, Nottingham: Day Two - Nottinghamshire 241& 24-0 v Middlesex 247
Middlesex began the day on the overnight score of nine for three. Nick Gubbins (75) stayed steady at one end while the rest of the middle order got off to starts but failed to convert. Gubbins completed a fifty and eventually fell in the 82nd over.
James Franklin (40) also played a handy knock as Middlesex posted 247 before Nottinghamshire bowled them out in 95.1 overs riding on Jake Ball’s (5-66) five-fer. Nottinghamshire openers successfully negotiated the remaining five overs and took the score to 24 for naught, taking a lead of 18 runs.
County Ground, Taunton: Day Two - Somerset 95 &211 v Warwickshire 123 &131-8
Somerset resumed their first innings at 41 for one. Riding on Chris Rogers’ (58) fifty, Somerset progressed despite losing wickets at regular intervals, in the end, Jeetan Patel (5-86) took a five-fer but Somerset managed to post 211 before being bowled out in 74.3 overs, setting a target of 184 runs.
Warwickshire were rattled in the second innings as they were reduced to 61 for eight as Jack Leach (5-33) and Dominic Bess (2-31) ran through the batting line up, sharing seven wickets.
However, an unbeaten 70-run stand between Rikki Clarke (42 not out) and Chris Wright (38 not out) took Warwickshire to 131 for eight in 44 overs at stumps on day two, still needing 53 more for a win with just two wickets in hand.
The Oval, London: Day Two - Surrey 329 v Hampshire 213-3
Surrey started on the overnight score of 260 for six. Ben Foakes (48) was dismissed early in the innings and but Gareth Batty (41 not out) scored an uneaten knock to push the total to 329 before being bowled out in 103.5 overs.
Hampshire lost Jimmy Adams (8) after a 23-run opening stand. However, Will Smith (49) and Tom Alsop (117) shared a 92-run stand to lay the platform for the innings. Mark Footitt (2-69) struck in quick succession to remove Smith and James Vince (4) but Alsop completed his ton and along with Sean Ervine (30 not out), he took Hampshire to 213 for three in 70 overs at stumps on day two.
Headingley, Leeds: Day Two - Yorkshire 460 v Durham 205-4
Resuming the day on 341-5, Yorkshire scored at a brisk pace as Tim Bresnan (22) and Andy Hodd (31) shared a 47-run stand. Later on quick-fire cameos from AzeemRafiq (45) and Jack Brooks (36) helped Yorkshire score 460 runs in 121.1 overs before being bowled out.
In their first innings, Durham managed two successive 50-plus-run stands for the first and second wicket while Scott Borthwick (53) scored a fifty. However, none of the batsmen were able to convert their starts and Durham were reduced to 165 for four in 57.4 overs.
Jack Burnham (34 not out) and Graham Clark (17) stayed unbeaten and took the team to 205 for four at stumps on day two, still trailing by 255 runs.
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Sophia Gardens, Cardiff: Day Two - Glamorgan 220 v Gloucestershire 347-8
Gloucestershire began their innings on the overnight score of 62 for three. The overnight batsman, Hamish Marshall (101) and George Hankins (43) went on to share a 120-run stand for the fourth wicket.
After Hankins fell, Marshall went on to complete his century and added 56 runs for the fifth wicket with Phil Mustard (11). Three quick strikes by Glamorgan left Gloucestershire at 231 for seven but David Payne (58 not out) scored a fifty and took Gloucestershire to 347 for eight at stumps on day two along with Josh Shaw (17 not out)
Kent County Cricket Ground, Beckenham: Day Two - Kent 230 & 15-4 v Northamptonshire 384
Northamptonshire began their first innings on the overnight score of 31 for naught. Rob Newton (14) fell early in the day but Ben Duckett (208) and Alex Wakely (73) shared a 171-run stand and scored at over four runs an over. Wakely completed his fifty while Duckett went past his hundred.
Once the stand was broken, Northamptonshire lost two more wickets in quick succession but Duckett shared an 80-run stand with David Murphy (16) and slammed a double hundred before being dismissed.
After Duckett fell, Northamptonshire were quickly bowled out for 384 runs in 97.4 overs, having taken a 154-run lead. Kent’s top order was blown away by Rory Kleinveldt (4-8), who reduced the opposition to 15 for four in 6.3 overs at stumps on day two.
Grace Road, Leicester: Day Two - Sussex 313 beat Leicestershire 135 & 119 by an innings and 59 runs
Sussex began their first innings with the score reading 182-7 from day one. Ben Brown (71) and Ollie Robinson (81) shared a crucial 133-run stand for the eighth wicket, lifting Sussex from the ignominy of a low total.
The pair brought up their fifties and continued to attack, scoring at over five runs in their stand. However, the duo was dismissed in quick succession and Sussex were bowled out for 313 runs in 72.1 overs.
In their second innings, Leicestershire were unable to do better than the first innings, as Jofra Archer (3-31) and David Wiese (3-20) shared six wickets equally to rattle the line-up. Steve Magoffin (2-32) and Robinson (2-28) also took two wickets each as Leicestershire were bowled out for 119 runs in 47.1 overs, succumbing to a massive defeat by an innings and 59 runs.
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