Surrey v Middlesex at the Oval
Stumps day 2: Surrey 134-6 (Roy 47, Rayner 3-44) trail Middlesex 395 (Gubbins 91, Robson 53, T. Curran 4-113) by 261 runs
Ollie Rayner’s three wickets gave Middlesex the upper hand in the London derby, after an unusually wicket-filled day for Surrey at the Kia Oval.
The off-spinner ripped through the hosts’ top-order, continuing his excellent record against Surrey, who finished 234 runs behind with just four wickets remaining.
Middlesex, criticised for not making the most of the Oval track, undoubtedly have game advantage, despite Jason Roy’s 47, thanks to Rayner’s trio in just his second game of the season.
The 30-year-old had Rory Burns and Arun Harinath out in the same over, but the best was still to come, having Kumar Sangakkara smartly caught by Tim Murtagh for just 14.
Adam Voges’ side had earlier caused Surrey frustration with the bat, with Toby Roland-Jones’ unbeaten 44 taking Middlesex to 395 having been 327-9 earlier in proceedings.
Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton
Stumps day 2: Yorkshire 127-1 (Lyth 80) trail Somerset 562-7dec (Hildreth 166, Trescothick 97, Trego 94, Rogers 91) by 435 runs
A Somerset total of 562-7d has given the defending Champions something to think about to say the least, as day two of the Championship clash closes with Yorkshire 127-1, trailing by 435 runs.
Somerset’s James Hildreth led the way with his 37th First Class score of over one hundred before finally being caught and bowled by Adil Rashid on 166. The Yorkshire and England spinner ended the innings with the best bowling figures, 4-160 while Steve Patterson ended on 2-80 and Will Rhodes 1-70.
It was a true testament to the manner in which Somerset went about their innings, both yesterday and today, that Jack Brooks and Liam Plunkett both ended wicketless.
Hildreth and Peter Trego showed their experience and class in their brilliant 199 run partnership, before Trego became the third man in the innings to fall in the 90s: captain Chris Rogers and ex-captain Marcus Trescothick had fallen for 91 and 97 respectively on day one.
Adam Lyth and Alex Lees put on a partnership of 103 before Lees fell to Jamie Overton for 33, caught by Trego, and Lyth finished the day unbeaten on 80. Yorkshire will need to bat long into day three in order to – at worst – cancel out Somerset’s innings and reset the scoreboard for the teams’ second innings.
Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire at Trent Bridge
Stumps Day 2: Notts 316-7 (Lumb 108, Mullaney 56) trail Warwickshire 373 (Woakes 121, Barker 113) by 57 runs
Having yesterday seen the visitors recover from 17-4 to 373 all out, Nottinghamshire reached 316-7 by the end of day two of their Specsavers County Championship game at Trent Bridge.
They owed much to veteran left hander Michael Lumb who recorded his 20th first class hundred. It was a stop-start effort. Despite striking 20 boundaries, Lumb faced 193 deliveries for his 107 runs. At one stage during the afternoon, he added just two runs in an hour. Steven Mullaney compiled a half-century in helping Lumb add 98 for the second wicket.
Keith Barker, a centurion yesterday, took two wickets. He and Rikki Clarke share identical figures of 2-57 off 20 overs.
On a pitch that still looks good for batting, a draw looks by some distance the most likely result.
Durham v Lancashire at Chester-le-Street
Stumps day 2: Lancashire 205-4 (Hameed 74, Peterson 61) trail Durham 411 (Borthwick 134, Collingwood 97, Bailey 5-110) by 206 runs