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  1. Chad Barrett makes 114* on Northants debut
  2. Highest ever score by Northants number 10
  3. Yorkshire skittle Notts for 94
  4. Lawrence ton puts Essex in command

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By Gary Smee

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Stumps - day two

That's all I have time for today.

I'll be back on Thursday from 10:55 BST with live text and radio commentary from day three.

Thanks for joining and enjoy your evening.

Close of play at Cardiff

Glamorgan 252 & 50-1 v Sussex 283

And that's it in the Welsh capital, where Glamorgan fought back brilliantly to restrict Sussex's lead to just 31 and then moved ahead themselves in the evening session.

Skipper Jacques Rudolph (24) and Will Bragg (13) will resume in the morning.

Close of play

Leicestershire 238 v Essex 368-8

What a turnaround this has been for Division Two leaders Essex at Grace Road on day two.

Left wobbling on 68-5 in the morning session, Dan Lawrence's superb unbeaten 123 has pushed them to a more than healthy lead.

Day two winding down

So, just two games are left in play at Cardiff and Grace Road - a couple of overs left in each.

To keep your cricket fix going once I finish here, you can head over to the first one-day international where England have just started their pursuit of 261 against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl.

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Close of play

Durham 207 v Warwickshire 315-7

It's the end of day two at Chester-le-Street where Ian Westwood's century has put Warwickshire in a very decent position.

Durham fought back with four wickets in the final session, including Westwood for 127, but the Bears' first-innings lead is already beyond 100.

300 up for the Bears

Durham 207 v Warwickshire 303-7

3rd batting point as Warwickshire reach 303-7 in the 105th over v Durham. Lead is 96. Three overs left tonight. #bbccricket

Herefordshire win Knockout at Wormsley

Minor Counties Knockout Trophy Final

Herefordshire have won the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy for the second time in their history.

They beat pre-match favourites Staffordshire by 56 runs at Wormsley, in Buckinghamshire.

David Ball was the top scorer with 84 as Herefordshire posted a target of 258-9 from their 50 overs.

But Staffs were always struggling in reply after losing captain Kadeer Ali in the first over.

Despite Peter Wilshaw's 50, Staffs eventually fell short, being bowled out for 202, with five overs left unused.

Stumps at Scarborough

Yorkshire 282 & 200-4 v Notts 94

Day two comes to a close in the fine seaside town of Scarborough with Yorkshire completely in control.

Gary Ballance finishes on 75 not out, the White Rose county's lead is 388.

Close of play at New Road

Worcestershire 153-1 v Northants 551

These games are being ticked off quickly now with bad light and rain causing all-sorts of problems.

Stumps is called at Worcestershire on a day that will be remembered for Chad Barrett's unbeaten 114 on his Championship debut - batting at 10 for Northants!

Herefordshire close in on victory

Minor Counties Knockout Trophy Final

Staffordshire are now 195-9 after losing the wicket of Brinder Phagura for 24 at Wormsley.

Chasing 259 to beat Herefordshire, Staffs still need 64 to win off seven overs. A thankless task for the last pair!

WICKET Clarke (b McCarthy) 2

Durham 207 v Warwickshire 292-7

Durham have just given themselves a sniff in the final session of day two at Chester-le-Street.

Rikki Clarke is the fourth batsman to go in quick succession, bowled by Durham seamer Barry McCarthy.

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Close of play at the Oval

Surrey 354-6 v Lancashire 287

That's a bit of a rarity these days! Time is called at the Oval, bang on 6 o'clock.

Surrey in command.

Bad light stops play

Worcestershire 153-1 v Northants 551

It looks like the gloomy conditions are moving up through the west of England.

They're off at New Road with Worcestershire having made an excellent start in response to Northants massive first-innings score.

Daryl Mitchell is unbeaten on 86 and Tom Fell is on 61 with the pair's second-wicket stand worth 145.

Stumps at Taunton & Bristol

They're not coming back on at either ground in the West Country as stumps is called at both.

It was an even day at Taunton, with Somerset 257-5 in reply to Hampshire's first-innings 338.

Kent are well on top at Bristol - they're 346-4, leading Gloucestershire by 125.

WICKET Leaning (st Read b Patel) 15

Yorkshire 282 & 194-4 v Notts 94

Jack Leaning is the fourth Yorkshire batsman to go as he charges down the wicket to Samit Patel but misses and is stumped by the quick hands of Chris Read.

Yorkshire's lead is already up to 382.

Dan Lawrence hits a century

Leicestershire 238 v Essex 323-7

How many good young batsmen have we got in this country?! 

Dan Lawrence is quickly propelling himself to the top of the tree with the Essex batsman reaching three figures at Grace Road, his third ton of the season.

James Foster is out shortly after for 54, caught by Ned Eckersley off Richard Jones, but Essex are still in a very good position.

WICKET Davies (c Kerrigan b Lilley) 59

Surrey 348-6 v Lancashire 287

Lancashire are clinging on to Surrey's coat-tails at the Oval.

Steve Davies is dismissed by spinner Arron Lilley with the hosts' lead only at 61.

Can the Red Rose county keep it to under 100? 

Bad light stops play

Gloucestershire 221 v Kent 346-4

Gloucestershire's bowlers are probably very relieved the clouds have rolled in and bad light has stopped play at Bristol.

Darren Stevens (121) and Sam Billings (86) have put on an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 205 and looked like adding plenty more before the weather intervened.

They're also going off at Taunton with Somerset on 257-5.

See-saw match at Taunton continues

Somerset 252-5 v Hampshire 338

What a strange day's cricket in the West country. 

Peter Trego is another batsman who looked well set and then gets out.

The tattooed all-rounder is caught well by Will Smith at mid-off off the bowling of Ryan McLaren for 42.

It's a flip of the coin as to who will come out on top in this one.

WICKET Hain (c Poynter b Coughlin) 6

Durham 207 v Warwickshire 272-6

A bowling change does the trick as wickets continue to tumble at Chester-le-Street. 

Sam Hain is the latest man to go, edging Paul Coughlin behind.

Warwickshire's lead may not be as big as it looked when Ian Westwood and Ian Bell were dominating about 30 minutes ago.

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Staffordshire struggling at Wormsley

Minor Counties Knockout Trophy Final

Herefordshire are now looking in total control at Wormsley as they look to win the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy for the second time.

Chasing 259 to win, Staffordshire have just lost their seventh wicket.

They are now 148-7 in the 37th over, still needing 111 for victory, Matt Coxon having holed out off spinner Peter Burgoyne, while Dan Conway has taken three wickets. 

Sussex all out for 283

Glamorgan 252 v Sussex 283

So, the Sussex collapse/Glamorgan comeback is complete.

Steve Magoffin is the last man to go, bowled by Timm van der Gugten.

Sussex have lost their last wickets for 51. Extraordinary.

100 for Darren Stevens

Gloucestershire 221 v Kent 328-4

Darren Stevens can take the game away from you in a blink of an eye, and that's exactly what the Kent all-rounder is in the process of doing at Bristol.

At 40-years young Stevens reaches his 30th first-class century. Brilliant batting.

Stevens reaches his 30th first-class century off 114 balls (14x4, 2x6). Kent 324-4, stand of 183 with Billings 86*.

Stevens reaches his 30th first-class century off 114 balls (14x4, 2x6). Kent 324-4, stand of 183 with Billings 86*.

WICKET Westwood (c Collingwood b Rushworth) 127

Durham 207 v Warwickshire 266-5

They say one brings two. Chris Rushworth now has the prize wicket of Ian Westwood, snaffled by Paul Collingwood at slip.

Warwickshire's innings is suddenly looking a bit more unstable.

50 for Gary Ballance

Yorkshire 282 & 167-3 v Notts 94

Despite a relatively poor Test series with England, Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance certainly knows how to score runs, averaging almost 50 in first-class cricket.

The stand-in captain reaches his third Championship half-century of the summer. Yorkshire continue to pummel their opponents. 

Ballance brings up his 50 with a four down to fine-leg. He's faced 113 balls and hit eight fours. Yorkshire 167/3 - a lead of 355.

WICKET Bell (c Poynter b Rushworth) 45

Durham 207 v Warwickshire 265-4

What a strange old season it's been for Warwickshire skipper Ian Bell.

It just hasn't got going after his 174, and only century of the campaign, in mid-April.

Once again the 34-year-old is out when well set, nicking Chris Rushworth behind for 45.

His side are still in a very good position at Chester-le-Street mind, with Ian Westwood still there on 127.

50 for Steve Davies

Surrey 313-4 v Lancashire 287

Surrey's batsmen continue their fine day at the Oval as Davies becomes the fourth man to reach his half-century.

Batted @SteveDavies43 who moves to 50 from 96 balls with 6x4

Batted @SteveDavies43 who moves to 50 from 96 balls with 6x4

County cricket at its finest

Yorkshire 282 & 147-3 v Notts 94

A crowd of 4994 watched Day Two of the Scarborough Festival Thank you for your continued support! #YourYorkshire

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Division Two update

Leaders Essex have moved ahead of Leicestershire's first-innings total of 238 - they're 244-6 at Grace Road with Dan Lawrence (60) and James Foster (25) building a decent stand.

Sam Billings and Darren Stevens are taking the game away from Gloucestershire, and quickly, at Bristol. Both are on 72 and their fifth-wicket partnership is worth 141. Kent are 284-4 and already have a lead of 64.

Sussex are on the verge of being bowled out in Cardiff at 262-9.

And Worcestershire are battling after Northants' huge first-innings score of 551. They're 72-1 at New Road with skipper Daryl Mitchell on 43.

WICKET Lehmann (c Wood b Patel) 35

Yorkshire 282 & 140-3 v Notts 94

Yorkshire won't be too worried losing wickets with a mammoth lead of 328 already, but Jake Lehmann will surely be disappointed not to reach 50 at Scarborough.

The son of Yorkshire stalwart Darren skies Samit Patel and Luke Wood takes a good catch.

Jack Leaning joins stand-in skipper Gary Ballance (30 not out) in the middle.

Stevens beginning to accelerate

Gloucestershire 221 v Kent 262-4

Kent's veteran all-rounder Darren Stevens is looking at his belligerent best against Gloucestershire.

The 40-year-old has raced past his batting partner Sam Billings (57 not out) onto 69.

Kent are building a very handy lead.

Darren Stevens reaches his 70th first-class 50 off 70 balls in 107* stand with Billings 57*. Kent 248-4 v Glos 221.

Darren Stevens reaches his 70th first-class 50 off 70 balls in 107* stand with Billings 57*. Kent 248-4 v Glos 221.

WICKET Nash (b van der Gugten) 132

Glamorgan 252 v Sussex 258-8

The carnage in Cardiff continues as Chris Nash's brave resistance comes to an end.

The Sussex opener is out for a brilliant 132, meaning the visitors have lost six wickets for 26 either side of tea.


WICKET! Nash (132) is gone as well. Brilliant ball by Timm to break through the opener's defences. 258/8 #GLAvSUS

WICKET! Nash (132) is gone as well. Brilliant ball by Timm to break through the opener's defences. 258/8 #GLAvSUS

WICKET Sangakkara (c Hameed b Buck) 67

Surrey 285-4 v Lancashire 287

Now that's something you don't see every day - although it's been a fairly regular pattern of Kumar Sangakkara's campaign for Surrey.

The Sri Lankan swipes Nathan Buck to Haseeb Hameed at gully and goes for a fine 67.

He's still only hit one century this season to go with six fifties.

Herefordshire getting on top at Wormsley

Minor Counties Knockout Trophy final

Herefordshire are starting to turn the score at Wormsley as they strike twice in the 16th over, removing both Alex Mellor, caught behind for 37, and Tim Maxfield for a duck.

Chasing Herefordshire's total of 258-9, Staffs are now undoubtedly in trouble on 69-4, with Peter Wilshaw still there on 11.

Sussex collapsing in Cardiff

Glamorgan 252 v Sussex 252-7

I have to admit, I didn't see this coming when Sussex were 232-2 just before tea. I'm not sure Chris Nash did either - he's still there on 131.

Ben Brown caught behind off Michael Hogan for 3 Sussex 252/7, scores level with Glamorgan 5 wickets have fallen for 20 #bbccricket

WICKET Hildreth (lbw b Smith) 40

Somerset 183-4 v Hampshire 338

Is anyone going to take command in the match at Taunton?! 

Somerset batsman James Hildreth goes straight after tea, lbw to the part-time off spin of Will Smith.

Who's on top here? Answers on a postcard please.

Photo of the day?

Yorkshire 282 & 115-2 v Notts 94

I'm not sure it gets much better than this. 

A stunning summer afternoon in Scarborough, hundreds of people enjoying themselves at the tea break and an intensely exciting first two sessions of county cricket.


North Marine Road. Tea on Day Two #bbccricket

North Marine Road. Tea on Day Two #bbccricket

Westwood a gutsy performer

Durham 207 v Warwickshire 233-3

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Ian Westwood may not have the natural talent of some of his colleagues but in the 14 years since his Warwickshire first-class debut he's proven to be a gutsy performer.

His 15th first-class century has been a big innings from the little man, coming in only his second match since returning to the first eleven after a lengthy spell with the stiffs.

He did have some good fortune, he was dropped twice, but he's taken full advantage with typical determination.  

Tea at Scarborough

Yorkshire 282 & 115-2 v Notts 94

TEA Yorkshire 115-2, a lead of 303 over Notts #bbccricket