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Summary

  1. Essex set 255 to beat Somerset at Taunton
  2. Shivnarine Chanderpaul scores 182 in nearly eight hours for Lancashire v Surrey
  3. England opener Keaton Jennings scores his first half-century of season for Durham

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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That's time

So, the end of another day's play.

It's been engrossing once more and thanks for being with us to enjoy it.

I'll leave you with this rather pleasant image from The Oval this evening courtesy of my esteemed colleague Mark Church.

We'll be back from around 10:45 BST on Easter Day for the third day of this round....

Much to admire again from both sides today...until the morning

Much to admire again from both sides today...until the morning

Close of play scores

We're all done for the day in our nine games. Close of play scores on the way....

Close of play at Chester-le-Street

Durham 162 & 162-5 v Nottinghamshire 305

And that's your lot in the north east after all 104 overs of the second day.

Durham have squeezed themselves into a narrow lead courtesy of Keaton Jennings' half-century. He's moved on to 62 not out.

The lead is only 19 runs for Durham, but who knows? This one could still have a twist to come.

Double injury blow for Sussex?

Sussex 291 v Kent 82-2 & 304

All done for the day at Hove, but news from our man Adrian Harms of a possible double injury worry for their bowlers...

Vernon Philander scan tomorrow on a groin injury Steve Magoffin has a sore knee and has had fluid removed… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

And as Alex suggested, that is indeed stumps in Derby for the day.

Still a couple of overs to bowl though at Chester-le-Street....

Bad light stops play at Derby

Derbyshire 281 v Northamptonshire 291-9

Our man in the East Midlands has news of a delay in play....

Bad light probably ends the second day's play with @NorthantsCCC 291/9 leading @DerbyshireCCC by 10 runs #bbccricket

White Rose's day once again

Warwickshire 178 v Yorkshire 295-6

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Edgbaston

Another day that belongs to Yorkshire, though Warwickshire's bowlers cannot be faulted for effort - it's the batsmen that have let them down.

If there's any criticism that can be waged at the Tykes, it's that none of their batsmen kicked on to a huge score - five fell for scores between 22 and 75.

Still, their biggest opponent in this contest is likely to be the bad weather that is forecast for Sunday, because their lead could already be a match-winning one.

bbc-coverageTune in to the conclusion

Durham 162 & 153-5 v Nottinghamshire 305

Still a few overs to play tonight in the north east and you can hear this match on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra.

50 for Keaton Jennings

Durham 162 & 147-5 v Nottinghamshire 305

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle at Chester-le-Street

Keaton Jennings has notched his first 50 of the season in a patient 114 balls. 

It included nine fours and with six overs remaining today, he's helped to wipe out the Durham deficit of 143 runs.

He and Paul Coughlin added 52 before Coughlin went lbw to James Pattinson for 36. 

Pattinson's pace is proving a problem and Durham need a lot more runs on the board if they are to try and save this one.

Notts must feel they can make it two wins in two some time tomorrow. 

Close of play at Edgbaston

Warwickshire 178 v Yorkshire 295-6

And that's your lot at the end of a slightly longer second day at Edgbaston.

Yorkshire have put themselves in the box seat by building a handy lead of 117 so far.

Tim Bresnan made 61 and Peter Handscomb 75 earlier. Warwickshire have battled, but are behind the eight-ball in this one.

Close of play at The Oval

Surrey 112-2 v Lancashire 470

Late bit of drama at The Oval as Scott Borthwick is dismissed in the last over of the day.

Kyle Jarvis does for him with a catch behind by Alex Davies and the former Durham man is gone for 19.

Rory Burns is unbeaten on 48 at the other end and Surrey still trail by 358 runs.

Close of play at Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 209-4 v Middlesex 356

That's stumps on day two at the Ageas Bowl and Hampshire will feel they've battled their way through it.

Michael Carberry (84 not out) has shown some real defiance and he will resume in the morning 16 runs shy of a comeback century.

Kyle Abbott, who survived that bizarre drop earlier, will stride out with him on Sunday with his side still 147 runs behind.

Pattinson walking a fine line

Durham 162 & 133-4 v Nottinghamshire 305

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle at Chester-le-Street

James Pattinson
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The umpires have been told to stamp down on bad behaviour this season and it will be interesting to see if Peter Hartley and Alex Wharf decide to have a chat with Notts' bowler James Pattinson tonight.

He was brought back into the attack and thought he'd got Paul Collingwood lbw, but Peter Hartley gave it not out.

Pattinson was clearly stunned by the decision and his appeal turned into a lengthy one with three different acts. He then questioned the umpire.

Replays show it was certainly close and we can only suspect the umpire believed Collingwood got an inside edge. However when Riki Wessels pulled off a stunning one-handed catch at the start of the next over to remove Collingwood for 40, from Pattinson's bowling, the Aussie could not hide his disdain and ran up to the Durham batsman shaking his fist in celebration close to his face.

Collingwood stopped and appeared to question Pattinson's behaviour. He was clearly unimpressed with the way he was behaving. Watch this space.

Been great to see all our nine matches go uninterrupted today.

I gather though, we might not be so fortunate tomorrow with some Easter Day showers forecast.

We'll cross our fingers until then...

WICKET Bresnan (lbw b Barker) 61

Warwickshire 178 v Yorkshire 279-6

Just as Yorkshire edge their lead past 100, Tim Bresnan goes.

Keith Barker claims his scalp with a leg before after an impressive 61 from the former England man.

Surrey enjoying the evening

Surrey 106-1 v Lancashire 470

The Oval
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Moving into the closing stages of the day at The Oval and what a picture it looks.

Surrey have move past 100 in their reply to Lancashire's 470, Rory Burns (47 not out) is nearing a half-century.

Dropped catch for Middlesex

Hampshire 206-4 v Middlesex 356

Wow! What a drop late in the day by Middlesex.

Nightwatchman Kyle Abbott is done for by Steven Finn as he edges to gully and it all seems like he'll have to make his way off.

But, Sam Robson has taken the catch and then spilled it as he's thrown it up to celebrate.

Close of play at Taunton

Somerset 209 & 174 v Essex 129 & 10-0

Alastair Cook
Rex Features

All done for the day at Taunton, where 18 wickets have fallen following 12 on the first day.

Alastair Cook (4 not out) and Nick Browne (6 not out) have steered themselves through seven overs before the close.

They'll resume tomorrow still requiring 245 runs to win in the west country.

WICKET Ervine (b Finn) 53

Hampshire 206-4 v Middlesex 356

Sorry Sean Ervine and Hampshire fans, I've done for him there.

Half-century and out for the top-order batsman. Steven Finn breaches his defences with just over five overs remaining in the day.

50 for Sean Ervine

Hampshire 206-3 v Middlesex 356

Another half-century for Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl and this time it's Sean Ervine who reaches his landmark.

Six fours in 72 balls have got him there and he and Michael Carberry (83 not out) are building a very handsome stand for the fourth wicket, worth 93 runs so far.

Cook trying to survive to stumps

Somerset 209 & 174 v Essex 129 & 10-0

Into the closing overs of this second day at Taunton.

Essex need 255 to win remember, but we're down to the last two overs of the day.

Can Alastair Cook and partner Nick Browne make it to stumps unscathed?

WICKET Collingwood (c Wessels b Pattinson) 40

Durham 162 & 95-4 v Nottinghamshire 305

Big breakthrough for Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street as James Pattinson removes Paul Collingwood.

It's a belter of a one-handed catch from Riki Wessels to remove him at first slip.

Well worth looking for that clip on social media if you can find it!

Durham still 48 runs behind.

Ebb and flow at Derby

Derbyshire 281 v Northamptonshire 235-8

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport at Derby

It's been an outrageous afternoon at Derby. Northants were perfectly placed at 101-0, only to slide in a succession of poor strokes to 171-8. Truly incredible.

Now the conditions are being put into perspective with a half-century stand for the ninth wicket that has at least given Northants a batting point. It hasn't been without fortune, but there has been a little more application.

Max Holden, 19, and on loan from Middlesex, nervously prodded and shouldered arms for 20 balls trying to get his first runs in the County Championship.

Eventually he got off the mark and has since played some pleasant strokes to try and limit the damage of this poor first innings for the visitors.

Not as warm as it might seem

Warwickshire 178 v Yorkshire 240-5

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Edgbaston

It's a slog for Warwickshire, but at least they keep chipping away - Jeetan Patel's dismissal of  Jack Leaning is reward for the off-spinner, who has wheeled away for a long period and has just begun to find some extra bounce.

It's also a test of endurance for the spectators. Do not be fooled by the overhead sunshine - a bitter wind makes it feel freezing cold.

More wickets to follow?

Somerset 209 & 174 v Essex 129

Anthony Gibson

BBC Somerset at Taunton

Jack Leach
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Craig Overton and Jack Leach put some of their more exalted batting colleagues' efforts in stark perspective in a last wicket partnership of 50. 

It was built on good shot selection and common-sense, which re-established Somerset's grip on this game. 

Essex need 255 to win.

Possible, rather than probable, but if Leach and Overton can add 50, what can Alastair Cook and co achieve?

Leaning falls for Yorkshire

Warwickshire 178 v Yorkshire 225-5

Warwickshire keep plugging away at Edgbaston despite Yorkshire taking the lead earlier.

Jack Leaning is the latest to get in and get out for the visitors, going for 40 to Jeetan Patel as Sam Hain takes a catch at short leg.

Already a 47-run advantage for the White Rose though.

WICKET C Overton (c Zaidi b Wagner) 22

Somerset 209 & 174 v Essex 129

Essex finally bowl Somerset out for 174 as Neil Wagner grabs his sixth wicket of the innings after Craig Overton chases a rising ball outside the off stump and sends it into the hands of Ashar Zaidi.

Overton and Jack Leach (27 not out) shared a 50-run tenth-wicket partnership - the highest of the innings - to put the hosts in the driving seat at Taunton.

Alastair Cook and his Essex teammates have it all to do if they're going to pull off a victory from here, they need 255 to win.

Durham continue to plug away

Durham 162 & 74-3 v Nottinghamshire 305

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

After the loss of three early wickets Durham captain Paul Collingwood and opener Keaton Jennings have done their best to calm things down.

Jennings now has 26 and Collingwood 30 and their fourth-wicket stand of 46 means Durham are now 69 behind at 74-3.

However there's still a lot of play left today. Play may not finish until about 19:05 BST if the weather holds, with 22 overs still left to play in the day. 

Carberry stands firm

Hampshire 170-3 v Middlesex 356

Kevan James

BBC Radio Solent at Ageas Bowl

Seeing Micheal Carberry bat in the middle isn't something we were sure we would ever see again after last season.

Here he is again (currently 70 not out) doing what he's done many many times before. 

He presents the straightest of bats. He's the model of concentration and the master of putting the bad ball away.

He's been in good form in pre-season, scoring a hundred against Cardiff Uni. Runs before that on the warm-up trip in Barbados, and almost 70 runs in two innings last week at Yorkshire. 

He's given one chance so far, dropped in the slips when on 25. Earlier he clattered into Toby Roland-Jones, aggravating an old hand injury for which there was a lengthy delay and plenty of concern shown by the opposition players when he was on his knees.

But he's still there, and everyone is glad that he is.

Lead up to 250 for Somerset

Somerset 209 & 170-9 v Essex 129

Craig Overton
Rex Features

Some resistance for the hosts at Taunton as Essex get frustrated by last pair Craig Overton (22 not out) and Jack Leach (24 not out).

46 runs added by them so far to make this run-chase even more imposing for Essex.

An unusual lull in proceedings all of a sudden. Somerset's tail continues to wag meanwhile at Taunton....

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Northamptonshire batting crumbling

Derbyshire 281 v Northamptonshire 178-8

Dave Fletcher

BBC Radio Derby Sport at Derby

Derbyshire's bowlers are giving their side the upper hand at the County Ground where Northamptonshire have collapsed from 101-0 to 171-8, 110 runs behind.

Four wickets have gone since tea thanks to a combination of improved bowling from the home side and some injudicious shot selection.

Richard Levi was caught behind for 11, Adam Rossington was leg before for 17, Steven Crook was brilliantly caught at slip by Daryn Smit and Rory Kleinveldt was dismissed for one.

Leach counter attack pushes Somerset past 150

Somerset 209 & 164-9 v Essex 129

After a flurry of wickets just after tea, Jack Leach and Craig Overton are holding out firmly at Taunton to help the hosts continue to build their lead.

The pair's 40-run tenth-wicket partnership is the second biggest of the innings for Somerset as Essex search for the final scalp goes on.

WICKET Stoneman (lbw b Clark) 40

Surrey 67-1 v Lancashire 470

Surrey lose a first wicket of their reply to Lancashire's 470 and Mark Stoneman is dismissed by one of the visitors' centurions Jordan Clark.

Scott Borthwick is the man to join Rory Burns in the middle at The Oval.

Kent stung by Sussex tail

Sussex 291 v Kent 14-0 & 304

Adam Whitty

BBC Radio Kent at Hove

Jofra Archer
Rex Features

There was a time when my colleagues and I in the commentary box were discussing a Sussex follow-on, particularly when they were 97-6.

How foolish we were.

Ben Brown (90) and Jofra Archer (60 not out), who has become Kent's nemesis with bat and ball, put on a majestic 98-run partnership for the final wicket.

Sussex's tail went from having the potency of a Manx Cat to a scorpion.

We now have a straight shoot-out in this second innings between both sides, with Kent's lead a rather nominal 13.

The visitors have started positively, with opener Daniel Bell-Drummond having a big point to prove.

Strong response from Surrey

Surrey 60-0 v Lancashire 470

Rory Burns
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They had to wait a while due to Shivnarine Chanderpaul's defiance, but Surrey have made a perfect start to their first innings.

Rory Burns (pictured above) and Mark Stoneman have put on a half-century stand already as bat continues to dominate ball at The Oval.

bbc-coverageComing live soon

Durham 162 & 39-3 v Nottinghamshire 305

If you're by your digital radio or your computer, it's not long now until you can tune to BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra to hear the rest of the second day's play from Chester-le-Street.

Once they've collated all the times from the Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying, Kevin Howells and the gang will be there to describe it all to you.

Glamorgan remain solid after tea

Glamorgan 207 & 56-0 v Worcestershire 403

Peter Miller

BBC Sport at Cardiff

A steady start after tea has seen Glamorgan put on the highest stand of their season thus far. 

This is still a very good pitch that does give the bowlers something to play with, but also rewards batsmen who apply themselves. 

Glamorgan have a long way to go before they can consider this match in the balance, but an opening stand of more than fifty is a good start for the home team.