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Summary

  1. Yorkshire 593-9 dec: Bairstow 246, Plunkett 126
  2. Middlesex all out for 452, Sam Robson 231
  3. Alastair Cook out for one against Sussex
  4. Stuart Broad dismisses James Anderson
  5. Wayne Madsen hits century for Derbyshire

Live Reporting

By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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Ta-ta for now

Now is the time to say goodbye, now is the time yield a sigh...

At the half-way point, positive results are a possibility in all six games - with defending champions Yorkshire looking in ominous form at Headingley.

Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett hammered the Hampshire attack to all corners, while Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen compiled a century of a very different character at Bristol.

Not such a good day for England captain Alastair Cook, who changed helmets to comply with new safety regulations and lasted only five balls. C'est la vie.

We'll be back on Tuesday from 10:45 BST. Have a good evening.   

Day two scores

County Championship

Here's how all the games stand after the second day's play:

Division One:

Lancashire 311-8 v Nottinghamshire 242

Warwickshire 146-4 v Middlesex 452

Hampshire 141-5 v Yorkshire 593-9 dec

Division Two:

Leicestershire 297-6 v Glamorgan 348

Gloucestershire 110-1 v Derbyshire 444

Essex 252-7 v Sussex 360

Close of play

Gloucestershire 110-1 v Derbyshire 444

Chris Dent
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Play comes to an end at Bristol with Gloucestershire having made the kind of start they were hoping for in response to Derbyshire's big first-innings score. Chris Dent is on 61, with nightwatchman Liam Norwell two not out. The visitors will hope for better luck with the ball on Tuesday morning following Wayne Madsen's patient 150, which provided the ballast for their total. 

Good news for Sussex fans...

Mark Davis confirms Luke Wright has had minor surgery on a wrist injury should be back for the Leicestershire game in 2 weeks #bbccricket

..By 'good news', I mean the prognosis that he'll be back in a fortnight, not that he's had an operation. I bet Luke's wrist is pretty tender.

WICKET Bancroft (b Thakor 41)

Gloucestershire 102-1 v Derbyshire 444

Will that be the final wicket of the day? Australian Cameron Bancroft departs after an excellent opening stand with Chris Dent, who remains on 55 not out with four overs left. 

Close of play

Leicestershire 297-6 v Glamorgan 348

After the teams go off for bad light in Cardiff, play ends with Leicestershire 51 runs behind, but with four wickets standing. Niall O'Brien will rue missing out on a century after falling for 93, but Wayne White is still there on 42 to give the Foxes hope of achieving close to parity on day three - or perhaps even a lead. 

Close of play

Lancashire 311-8 v Nottinghamshire 242

Liam Livingstone
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Lancashire will be happy with the position they find themselves in after being 156-5 earlier in the day. Two of their younger brigade, Liam Livingstone (63*) and Alex Davies (55), have steered them to a handy lead, with the prospect of more to come on the third morning. 

Stuart Broad and Jake Ball were the pick of the Notts attack, with matching figures of 3-57 - and Broad may permit himself a wry smile after dismissing England team-mate James Anderson.   

Dent reaches half century

Gloucestershire 98-0 v Derbyshire 444

Gloucestershire opener Chris Dent reaches an 89-ball fifty with four runs off Andy Carter and follows it with another to take his boundary tally to nine. Still five overs to go at Bristol.

Lancashire build lead

Lancashire 304-8 v Nottinghamshire 242

Lancashire manage to earn a third batting point before the end of the 110th over as Zimbabwean Kyle Jarvis provides determined support for Liam Livingstone. They have added 60 so far and with three overs remaining, the Red Rose county are in a useful position.

Close of play

Hampshire 141-5 v Yorkshire 593-9 dec

BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan at Headingley:

"Day two will be remembered for stunning Yorkshire batting, which produced 236 runs in the morning session. We saw personal bests for Jonathan Bairstow (246) and Liam Plunkett (126), providing entertainment of the highest class before the home side declared.

"Hampshire are now trying to save the match, which is an enormous task. Skipper James Vince has been defiant with a splendid 76 not out, but the champions are taking wickets steadily and are well on top."  

Play resumes

Gloucestershire 89-0 v Derbyshire 444

Is that it at Bristol, I asked a few minutes ago. No, it isn't and Gloucestershire openers Chris Dent and Cameron Bancroft are back out there with nine overs remaining.

Close of play

Warwickshire 146-4 v Middlesex 452

Sam Robson's career-best 231 for Middlesex was the highlight of day two at the home of cricket and their bowlers have worked hard to press home their advantage. Ian Bell only managed 14 for the Bears, but Jonathan Trott will resume on 62 not out, having struck nine fours in his 115-ball innings, with his side trailing by 306.

Close of play

Essex 252-7 v Sussex 360

That's your lot for the day at Hove where the light shows no sign of improving. Sussex will be hopeful of a handy first-innings lead, but Tom Westley (86) and Jesse Ryder (51) batted well for Essex and they could yet surpass the home side's total if Ryan ten Doeschate (32*) and Graham Napier (13*) can see off the new ball on the third morning and extend their 33-run partnership.

Bad light stops play

Gloucestershire 89-0 v Derbyshire 444

Is that it for the day at Bristol? If so, Gloucestershire have made a good start to their reply following Wayne Madsen's hundred for Derbyshire earlier in the day. Chris Dent is just four runs away from a half century and Australian Cameron Bancroft has 37 to his name - both openers having hit seven fours so far.

WICKET Dawson (lbw Sidebottom 16)

Hampshire 126-5 v Yorkshire 593-9 dec

What a remarkable performer Ryan Sidebottom is. He has now taken 708 first-class wickets at a cost of under 24 runs each. If only England - for whom he played just 22 Tests - could find another left-arm swing bowler like him now. The dismissal of Liam Dawson gives the 38-year-old figures of 2-15 from 12 overs, and it is quickly followed by James Tomlinson's exit, caught off Liam Plunkett.

James Vince is still there on 70, but it's odds-on Hampshire will be following on tomorrow unless a miracle occurs.

Bad light stops play

Leicestershire 296-6 v Glamorgan 348

A third match falls victim to fading light with Leicestershire struggling to try and establish a first-innings lead at the Swalec. Wayne White is 42 not out, with Ben Raine on seven, with Glamorgan still 52 runs to the good.

Bad light stops play

Warwickshire 146-4 v Middlesex 452

BBC WM's Richard Wilford at Lord's:

"The umpires have taken the players off at a chilly Lord's with Warwickshire on 146-4.

"It is holding up an intriguing contest with Jonathan Trott (62) defying a lively Middlesex attack."

Debut fifty for Livingstone

Lancashire 263-8 v Nottinghamshire 242

You may recall that Liam Livingstone hit 350 off 138 balls in a club game for Nantwich Cricket Club last year. Given his first-class debut by Lancashire in this match, he has responded to cricket director Ashley Giles' show of faith with a patient fifty off 87 balls, with only six fours. The Red Rose county have their noses in front, but how far can Livingstone stretch the lead with only tail-enders for company?

Liam Livingstone has made a half century on FC debut. Very important runs in the context of the innings #bbccricket

Bad light stops play

Essex 252-7 v Sussex 360

Tim Robinson and Paul Baldwin
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The morning sun which prompted staff to put the deckchairs out at Hove has given way to post-tea gloom, persuading umpires Paul Baldwin and Tim Robinson to halt play. There are 13 overs left in the day, if play resumes, with Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate 32 not out and Graham Napier on 13.

BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Hove:

"The new ball is due, but with dark cloud all around Hove that could be that for the day.

"A good fightback from the Essex lower order has reduced the deficit to just 108, and Sussex will hope the new ball will lead to a quick conclusion and a useful firs-innings advantage."

WICKET O'Brien (c Wallace b Wagg 93)

Leicestershire 280-6 v Glamorgan 348

Niall O'Brien didn't manage a single Championship century for Leicestershire in 2015 despite passing 50 seven times - and he's going to have to wait to make one this season after Graham Wagg removes him in the first over with the new ball. 

Wayne White remains on 35 not out after a 56-run partnership with O'Brien.

Vince defies Yorkshire attack

Hampshire 93-3 v Yorkshire 593-9 dec

Batting is never easy against the most potent attack in the County Championship - so potent that Yorkshire could even afford to leave winter signing David Willey out of their team for this game - but James Vince is showing a captain's resolve for Hampshire, reaching his fifty off 102 balls with back-to-back boundaries off Steven Patterson.

Trott reaches half century

Warwickshire 133-4 v Middlesex 452

Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott
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He may have decided that international cricket is no longer for him, but Jonathan Trott's appetite for runs is undiminished and he takes a single off Toby Roland-Jones to reach a 99-ball fifty. Warwickshire may need him to double, treble or even quadruple that.

WICKET Anderson (c Read b Broad 6)

Lancashire 249-8 v Nottinghamshire 242

I'm guessing Stuart Broad is feeling pretty sheepish after dismissing his England colleague - or did the moment of conquest prompt a pavilion-rattling yell of triumph? I don't suppose the likes of 'Fiery Fred' and 'Typhoon' Tyson gave two hoots about roughing up some of their Test team-mates.

WICKET Smith (lbw Brooks 11)

Hampshire 66-3 v Yorkshire 593-3 dec

No photos from Headingley today, so I can't tell you whether Jack Brooks is still living up to his 'headband warrior' nickname. He has been a prolific wicket-taker in the last two seasons to help Yorkshire to a title double and there's his first in this game as Will Smith departs. The follow-on target looks a long, long way off for the visitors.

UPDATE: Thank you Yorkshire CCC for putting up a video so quickly - yes, Brooks is still wearing the headband. 

Vince needs score to make Test case

Hampshire 53-2 v Yorkshire 593-9 dec

BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James at Headingley:

"James Vince (26*) is coming up to 90 balls faced, which is not his normal game. He and Will Smith are fighting hard to keep out the Yorkshire attack.

"Vince is just about the only batsman with a realistic claim to a Test place, not to have a big score under his belt even at this early stage of the season.

"Last month Vince, who was part of the England World T20 squad, passed up an opportunity to enter the IPL auction because he wanted to give himself every opportunity. This game - and with Hampshire in this situation - would be very timely."

WICKET Wagner (c Taylor b Broad 1)

Lancashire 229-7 v Nottinghamshire 242

And the wickets keep coming at Old Trafford. Neil Wagner is on the receiving end after taking 6-66 on day one, lasting only six balls as attempts an ambitious drive off Stuart Broad and is safely taken at cover.

WICKET Davies (lbw Ball 55)

Lancashire 228-6 v Nottinghamshire 242

Lancashire look set for a first-innings lead against Notts, but they are certainly not finding it easy. Alex Davies becomes Jake Ball's third victim after a 72-run stand with Liam Livingstone, having hit seven fours in a 107-ball innings.

Oh to be young and flexible again...the good photos keep on coming from Hove (see 14.41 entry) where seam bowling prospect George Garton earlier claimed the wicket of Ravi Bopara - caught behind for 17.

George Garton
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WICKET Chopra (b Murtagh 57)

Warwickshire 108-3 v Middlesex 452

Important wicket for Middlesex straight after tea as Tim Murtagh sends back Varun Chopra. Sam Hain comes out to join Jonathan Trott, who has 35 to his name.

Chopra drop on 50 not too costly as Murtagh brings one back up the slope to bowl him for 57 in the first over after Tea. #bbccricket

Congratulations to Chris Cooke who has just been awarded his official Glamorgan cap. Well done @Cooky_24

Congratulations to Chris Cooke who has just been awarded his official Glamorgan cap. Well done @Cooky_24

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One of crickets great traditions. Let's have a look at the wicket.....#bbccricket

One of crickets great traditions. Let's have a look at the wicket.....#bbccricket

Tea round-up

Here's a quick rundown of the scores around the country:

Division One:

Lancashire 206-5 v Nottinghamshire 242

Warwickshire 108-2 v Middlesex 452 

Hampshire 42-2 v Yorkshire 593-3 dec 

Division Two:

Leicestershire 238-5 v Glamorgan 348 - still in play

Derbyshire 444 v Gloucestershire

Essex 199-6 v Sussex 360 

Key calls time on Kent career

Rob Key
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Kent and former England batsman Rob Key has announced his retirement at the age of 36. 

He scored more than 19,400 runs during his career and played 15 Tests, five one-day internationals and one T20 match for the national team. 

I remember stopping at a 'gas' station near Orlando, Florida in 2002 and looking in an English newspaper to see how he was getting on in his Test debut. 

(To save you looking it up, he made 17 against India at Trent Bridge - and it was Steve Harmison's first England match too).

It's been a pleasure to share a dressing room with you @robkey612 ! Class player & be missed pal by everyone @kentcricket 👏🏼 #allthebest 👍🏼

A great of @kentcricket and one of the best captains and opening partners I have played with. Congrats on your career mate @robkey612 #PK

3 - @robkey612's final three first-class innings saw him post scores of 113, 94 & 158. Bow.

WICKET Pettini (lbw van der Gugten 27)

Leicestershire 224-5 v Glamorgan 348

Maybe not the most important wicket of the day, but trying telling that to Australia-born, Dutch limited-overs international Timm van der Gugten (apologies for overlooking your second m yesterday, Timm) as he claims his maiden scalp for Glamorgan.

According to Google translate, 'well done' in Dutch is 'goed gedaan'.

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I'm loving the opinion at #bbccricket - day & half into new season & already decided that #yccc hard to beat. I'll drink to that

Madsen marathon ends

Derbyshire 444 v Gloucestershire - tea

Wayne Madsen may be running out of partners but his iron concentration shows no sign of wavering. A single off Kieran Noema-Barnett takes him to 150 and he's now batted close to seven and three-quarter hours. Resolute display indeed.

Oh dear, having seen off Alastair Cook earlier in the day, I've now put the text comm curse on Madsen too. It's a stumping by Gareth Roderick as spinner Jack Taylor achieves figures of 4-61. For the stat completists among you, Madsen batted for 465 minutes, faces 329 balls and struck 21 fours.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Bristol:

"It was slow going at times, but Derbyshire are finally all out at Bristol. Wayne Madsen batted with immense discipline and Gloucestershire now have a tricky evening session to negotiate, but in reality the wicket looks harmless enough and they'd be disappointed if they lost more than a couple of wickets."

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I had fears of complacency for #yccc this season but no worries. A truckload of snakes have been tipped on that batting road #bbccricket

Maybe James Vince will prove to be a snake charmer?

If anyone is interested, the word that means 'fear of snakes' is ophidiophobia.  

Let-off for Chopra

Warwickshire 89-2 v Middlesex 452

BBC WM's Richard Wilford at Lord's:

"This is a big season for former Warwickshire skipper Varun Chopra after stepping down from the role over the winter. He completed an attractive 50 off 68 balls, lifting the Bears after the early loss of Westwood and Bell. Chopra was then spilled by Adam Voges at first slip off Toby Roland-Jones."

WICKET Westley (c Robinson b Briggs 86)

Essex 190-5 v Sussex 360

It's curtains for Tom Westley at Hove as he clips a ball from left-arm spinner Danny Briggs into the hands of mid-wicket. I wonder what expression that prompted on the face of Ollie Robinson (see 14.41 entry).

Jesse Ryder, though, collects a single off Ajmal Shahzad to reach a 70-ball fifty, having been joined by Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate.

WICKET Carberry (c Lees b Plunkett 19)

Hampshire 34-2 v Yorkshire 593-9 dec

That's a big blow for Hampshire as Michael Carberry edges and Alex Lees dives to take a really good slip catch. IT's certainly been a good day so far for Liam Plunkett.