Essex v Derbyshire at Chelmsford
Stumps, Day Two: Derbyshire 124-2 (Godleman 43) trail Essex 538-7dec (Browne 255, Lawrence 116, Thakor 4-107) by 414 runs.
Derbyshire finished day two at Chelmsford still 264 runs shy of making Essex bat again. The next two days could prove tough for the visitors.
Essex, who are sitting comfortable on the top of the table, posted their highest total of the season across days one and two.
Reaching 538-7 before declaring early in the afternoon today, the hosts’ innings saw a few excellent performances but none more so than Nick Browne’s 255, which topped his previous best by more than 100 runs. Not to be left out, Shiv Thakor made career best figues of 4-107.
Derbyshire reached 124 by the close of play, for the loss of both Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes. Wayne Madsen was lucky to be deemed not out toward close, as Ravi Bopara thought he had him caught behind.
Worcestershire v Sussex at New Road, Worcester
Stumps, Day Two: Sussex 192-6 (Brown 49) trail Worcestershire 491 (D’Oliveira 99, Clark 82) by 299 runs
After dominating four sessions of the match with the bat, today it was the turn of Worcestershire’s seamers. Taking 5 wickets in 21 overs, they had the visitors on 116-5 when captain Ben Brown joined Matt Machan at the crease and led a minor fightback.
Although the partnership for the sixth wicket reached 56 and helped take the side to 192-6, Sussex were still 299 runs behind at the close of play.
Northamptonshire v Kent at Northampton
Stumps, Day Two: Northamptonshire 206-3 (Libby 81, Wakely 87; Haggett 2-58) trail Kent 396 (Denly 206; Kleinveldt 3-53, Panesar 3-122) by 190 runs
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan at Bristol
Stumps, Day Two: Gloucestershire 262 and 60-1 trail Glamorgan 330 (Lloyd 99) by eight runs