Derbyshire v Glamorgan at the 3AAA County Ground at Derby
Derbyshire 98-2 (Slater 41*; Hogan 2-8) trail Glamorgan 377 by 279 runs
The second day of this Division Two fixture was even darker than the first, but the light was shining on Tony Palladino who took his 12th five-wicket haul as he looked to clean up Glamorgan quickly. Tail-enders Timm Van der Gugten and Andrew Salter had other ideas, however, and added 63 runs to the already decent total before the visitors closed the innings on 377.
In reply, Derbyshire took an early blow as Michael Hogan knocked over the off stump of Chesney Hughes for just 19 in the ninth. Six overs later, Hamish Rutherford became victim number two for the Aussie, as he was picked out by Salter at third man for 10.
Wayne Madsen and Ben Slater were able to stabilise the innings, despite a scare for Madsen on his first ball. The two added 40 runs before the rain came down and closed the day early.
Gloucestershire v Worcestershire at Bristol
Worcestershire 297-5 (Clarke 103*, Ali 74) trail Gloucestershire 380 by 83 runs
Worcestershire’s rising star, batsman Joe Clarke hit the second Championship century of his career at Bristol in the second day of the game against Gloucestershire. Together with wicketkeeper Ben Cox he compiled an unbeaten 135 for the sixth wicket, to leave Worcestershire on 297/5 at the close in reply to Gloucestershire’s first innings total of 380.
The home county will have been disappointed not to have made a larger total in their first innings, as they had resumed this morning on 336/5. Centurion Hamish Marshall was eventually out for 135 and Kieran Noema-Barnett for 84, the last five Gloucestershire wickets falling for just 44 runs.
Jack Shantry took 4/89 and New Zealand Test seamer Matt Henry 3/89 on his Worcestershire debut.
Essex v Northamptonshire at Chelmsford
Essex 351-3 v Northants
Only ten overs were possible on a very wet day at Chelmsford. Essex were able to add just 16 runs to their total and Dan Lawrence was able to make his half century before the interruption, finishing the day on 51*.
Leicestershire v Kent at Grace Road
Kent 233-8 (Bell-Drummond 124, McKay 3-61) v Leicestershire
Leicestershire was only able to bowl 39 balls against visitors Kent at Leicester today, as bad light and rain, exacerbated by the lack of floodlights for four-day matches, caused havoc. Only 6 runs were added to the Foxes’ overnight score, and there was just enough time for Clint McKay to grab his third wicket of the innings.