Centuries from Will Young and Alex Lees compounded Durham's advantage over Warwickshire in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash, building a 200-run lead after day two at Emirates Riverside.
Young and Lees continued their impressive form from the previous evening, preventing the visitors from mounting a comeback in the morning session. Young was the first to three figures, scoring his maiden century for Durham. The New Zealander enjoyed a stand of 208 with Lees for the first wicket that was broken by Liam Norwell.
Lees remained composed at the other end on his way to his 17th first-class century and first of the term. He remained unbeaten at the close with the home side in a dominant position on 287 for 4, heading into day three looking to engineer their first win of the season.
Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire
Derby (second day of four): Nottinghamshire 256 & 318, Derbyshire 105 & 23-0 - Derbyshire need another 447 runs to win
Nottinghamshire are on course to end a first-class drought stretching back to 2018 after dominating the second day of the County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby.
Luke Fletcher completed a five-wicket haul as Derbyshire were skittled for 105 before half-centuries from Haseeb Hameed, Ben Duckett and Joe Clarke drove home their advantage.
Hameed scored 94 from 142 balls and Duckett, who passed 25 for the first time this season, made 87 off 101 balls with Clarke contributing 53 as Notts scented their first victory in red-ball cricket for nearly three years.
Although they lost five wickets for 10 runs to be bowled out for 318 with Fynn Hudson-Prentice taking 4 for 40, Derbyshire were set a daunting target of 470 and reached 23 for 0 at the close.
Somerset v Middlesex
Taunton (second day of four): Middlesex 357, Somerset 178-4 - Somerset trail by 179 runs with six first-innings wickets remaining
James Hildreth became the fourth highest first-class run maker in Somerset’s history on the second day of the County Championship match with Middlesex at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
The 36-year-old batsman went past Bill Alley’s tally of 16,644 while contributing 39 to his side’s first innings total of 178 for 4 and now lies behind only Harold Gimblett, Marcus Trescothick and Peter Wight.
Earlier, Middlesex had moved from an overnight 308 for six to 357 all out, Robbie White falling for 92 and Josh Davey claiming three of the wickets in the space of an over.
There were two victims each for Steve Finn and Tim Murtagh when Somerset replied before an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 80 between George Bartlett and first class debutant Lewis Goldsworthy left honours pretty even.
Surrey v Hampshire
The Oval (second day of four): Hampshire 92, Surrey 513-3 - Surrey lead by 421 runs with seven first-innings wickets remaining
Hashim Amla stroked an unbeaten 215 from 367 balls and Ollie Pope hit 131 as Surrey moved remorselessly to 513 for 3 and into an impregnable position against Hampshire at the halfway point of their County Championship match at the Kia Oval.
Amla and Pope added 257 in 62 overs for the third wicket, a Surrey record against Hampshire at the Oval, on a day of relentless accumulation for the two high-class South Africa and England Test batsmen.
By stumps, Surrey were a massive 421 runs ahead, having shot out Hampshire for a mere 92 on day one, and on course for a first win of the championship season at the fourth attempt.
Gloucestershire v Leicestershire
Bristol (second day of four): Leicestershire 421, Gloucestershire 176-6 - Gloucestershire trail by 245 runs with four first-innings wickets remaining
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