Wheater hits double, Middlesex, Worcestershire produce comebacks
Adam Wheater struck an unbeaten double-century, Middlesex fought back against Somerset, Worcestershire pushed clear of Northamptonshire and rain frustrated Surry and Yorkshire in today's Specsavers County Championship action.
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Taunton, day two: Somerset 236ao v Middlesex 361-8
Middlesex resumed play on 51 for one and made steady progress thanks to half-centuries from Nick Gubbins (67) and George Bailey (71). They were 146 for six at lunch, losing five wickets in the morning session for 95 runs.
By tea, they had righted things somewhat and were six runs ahead of Somerset on 242 for eight. Having lost Craig Overton to injury early in the day, Jim Allenby stepped up admirably, taking four for 67 as Peter Trego marked his 200th first-class match with the wicket of Dawid Malan for 10.
After tea, Middlesex built their lead thanks to a century stand for the ninth wicket between James Harris and James Fuller. Harris struck 69 in 174 balls and Fuller 84 in 117, the latter registering a new career best as Middlesex ended the day 123 runs ahead having lost their sixth wicket 103 runs in arrears.
Edgbaston, day two: Hampshire 531 v Warwickshire 131-3
After a delayed start due to rain, Hampshire pressed on from 304 for three with Adam Wheater scoring his first Championship century of the season, and making it into a big one, guiding Hampshire to lunch on 383 for five.
In the afternoon, he registered his maiden first-class double-century and passed 5,000 runs before Hampshire were bowled out for 531, at which point tea was taken wiith Wheather unbeaten on 204 not out in 234 balls.
Sean Ervine offered support with 75 before spinners Jeetan Patel (3-160) and Josh Poysden (4-85) shared seven wickets for the home side. This was a record-breaking score for Hampshire as they look to get out of the relegation zone:
Leading a strong Warwickshire reply was Jonathan Trott, who was unbeaten on 61 as they closed on 131 for three due to bad light.
Two wickets from Gareth Andrew removed openers Varun Chopra (39) and Andrew Umeed (0) while Gareth Berg bowled captain Ian Bell for five before Trott and Sam Hain, unbeaten on 20, put on 53 together for the fourth wicket.
The Oval, day one: Surrey 95-2 v Yorkshire
Surrey won the toss and chose to bat first and lost openers Rory Burns (8) and Dom Sibley (17) in the opening session, going to lunch on 83 for two.
Rain then swept in and after they had moved on to 95 for two in the early afternoon, an early tea was taken. An inspection was scheduled for 4pm, then cancelled as more rain arrived, and eventually that was it for the day, which saw just 33 overs of play.
Zafar Ansari was not out on 35 from 77 balls and Aaron Finch was unbeaten on 34 in 31.
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Northampton, day two: Worcestershire 277ao & 181-4 v Northamptonshire 148ao
Northamptonshire enjoyed a good opening day but resuming on 64 for three were bowled out for 148 in reply to Worcestershire's 277.
Adam Rossington top scored with 55 as Joe Leach (5-70) took his third five-wicket haul of the season to give Worcestershire a 129-run lead after the home side had limped to lunch on 114 for six. Matt Henry took three for 52 and Brett d'Oliveira two for three.
At tea, Worcestershire were going nicely at 59 without loss and reached the close of play on 181 for four to lead by 310. Daryl Mitchell hit 47, d'Oliveira 81 while Tom Fell is unbeaten on 36, watching from the other end as Rob Keogh took two wickets in two balls to see off d'Oliveira and Joe Clarke (0) and Seekkuge Prasanna trapped Tom Kohler-Cadmore in front for a duck.
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