In Division Two, Northants are giving Middlesex a tough time at Northampton. The other two games at Hove and Derby seem nicely poised at the half way point.
Stumps, Day 2 at Hove: Sussex 173 (Wiese 51; Taylor 6-47) and 211-2 (Salt 80, Wells 41*) lead Leicestershire 252 (Hill 67; Robinson 4-46) by 132 runs with eight wickets remaining
Sussex have come back strongly in their second innings after conceding a first innings lead of 79 to Leicestershire. Phil Salt led the way from the top of the order with a 67-ball 80. They also owe much to an unbeaten partnership of 75 between Stiaan van Zyl and Luke Wells. All to play for.
Stumps, Day 2 at the County Ground: Middlesex 134-7 trail Northamptonshire 445 (Wakely 76, Rossington 67, Procter 81; Murtagh 6-80) by 311 runs with three first innings wickets remaining
After Luke Procter’s 81 built on the strong overnight position for Northants, Middlesex struggled against bowling that gave little away. It looks like being an uphill struggle for the visitors over the next two days.
Stumps, Day 2 at Derby: Derbyshire 197 (Hosein 78; Raine 3-48) and 107-3 (Lace 41*) lead Durham 171 (Reece 5-47) by 133 runs with seven second innings wickets remaining
Luis Reece claimed five Durham wickets with his left arm seamers. Then Tom Lace, a graduate of the Middlesex Academy, helped Derbyshire to a useful lead over Durham. It should be a fascinating day tomorrow.