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  1. Notts' Patel makes 247 off 305 balls
  2. Essex pair Bopara (192) & Foster (121) put on 229
  3. Middlesex's Sam Robson out for 159
  4. Yorkshire collapse to 186-9
  5. 100s for Lancs' Davies & Worcs' Clarke

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By Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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Stumps - day two

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So, another eight hours in which we've seen plenty of runs and big scores, but also a little bit for the bowlers.

Myself and Matt Henry are back in the hotseat tomorrow morning from 10:45 BST.

Hope you can join us then. Goodnight.

Day two scores

Division One

  • Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 186-9
  • Lancashire 278-5 v Hampshire 395
  • Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 60-2

Division Two

  • Worcestershire 336 v Kent 260 & 120-3
  • Notts 548-9 dec v Leicestershire 134
  • Durham 281-4 v Glamorgan 295

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Close of play at Old Trafford

Lancashire 278-5 v Hampshire 395

Day two finally ends in Manchester with the game in the balance.

Lancashire trail Hampshire by 117, but they've got two set batsmen in.

Dane Vilas and Ryan McLaren will have to start again in the morning though - it promises to be a cracker!

Durham's Clark scores first hundred

Durham 281-4 v Glamorgan 295

Praise for Durham's centurion Graham Clark from his teammate Keaton Jennings who misses this week's game as he is captaining England Lions.

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And then there was one

Lancashire 277-5 v Hampshire 395

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So, we're down to just one match again. And it's at Old Trafford again. Shock!

Just a couple of overs left in that one, where Dane Vilas (76) and Ryan McLaren (22) are looking to see it through to stumps.

Stumps at Lord's

Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 186-9

And a day in which county champions MIddlesex have dominated with the ball comes to an end.

Led by their big pacemen, the hosts have ripped through Yorkshire's batting line-up after tea.

Gary Ballance goes to stumps on 53. He'll be looking to put on as many as he can with last man Ryan Sidebottom in the morning.

Fifty for Gary Ballance

Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 184-9

It's a pretty lonely place in the middle for Gary Ballance right now.

The Yorkshire skipper reaches yet another half-century off 101 balls, his fourth of the season alongside three tons, but his side are facing a huge first-innings deficit at Lord's.

They'll need Gazza to go big in the second innings too by the looks of things.

Stumps at Chester-le-Street

Durham 281-4 v Glamorgan 295

A fine day for Durham in their bid to win a first Championship match of the season comes to a close.

They trail Glamorgan by just 14 thanks to a maiden century from Graham Clark and Paul Collingwood's unbeaten 71.

Plenty of work still to do tomorrow though.

WICKET Coad (c Simpson b Finn) 14

Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 178-9

Ben Coad was just beginning to frustrate Middlesex, but he's out now.

Steven Finn gets him to nick behind to John Simpson.

Gary Ballance, on 48, is joined by number 11 Ryan Sidebottom.

He'll give it his all with the bat will Ryan.

Play abandoned at Trent Bridge

Notts 548-9 dec v Leicestershire 134

Yep, the light's not good enough for Leicestershire to start their second innings, following on, and play is called off for the day.

Stumps at Chelmsford

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 60-2

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Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell see through the final half hour to the close unscathed.

It's been Essex's day thanks to centuries from Ravi Bopara and James Foster.

But Essex still need 18 wickets on the final two days to stretch their lead at the top of Division One.

Tough ask.

Follow on enforced at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 548-9 dec v Leicestershire 134 & 0-0

Notts have indeed asked Leicestershire to follow on, 414 behind.

They'll have a few overs to bat before stumps if the light holds. The umpires are just checking.

Close of play at New Road

Worcestershire 336 v 260 & 120-3

Kent have just about held onto Worcestershire's coat tails in the final hour at New Road, led by Joe Denly's 67 not out.

An intriguing third day awaits - Kent lead by 44.

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Clark gone

Durham 274-4 v Glamorgan 295

Moments after reaching three figures for the first time, Durham batsman Graham Clark is out for 109, edging Marchant de Lange behind.

Skipper Paul Collingwood is there on 69.

Leicestershire bowled out for 134

Notts 548-9 dec v Leicestershire 134

Steven Mullaney wraps up the Leicestershire innings as Ben Raine nicks him to a diving Brendan Taylor at slip.

The deficit is 414. Surely the hosts will enforce the follow on?

Century for Graham Clark

Division Two update

Well batted Graham Clark. The Durham man brings up his maiden first-class century off 129 balls.

Durham now trail Glamorgan by just 35 at 260-3.

Joe Denly is battling for Kent at New Road - he's 65 not out, Kent are 105-3 with a lead of 29.

Leicestershire are just about hanging in there at Trent Bridge. They're 126-9.

Fifty for Dane Vilas

Lancashire 253-5 v Hampshire 395

Amidst the flurry of wickets, I didn't get a chance to mention that Lancashire batsman Dane Vilas has passed fifty.

It's his third half-century since joining Lancashire at the start of the season.

WICKET Westwood (c Cook b Harmer) 22

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 39-2

Are Essex genuine title contenders? You bet they are.

Spinner Simon Harmer tickles the edge of Ian Westwood's willow and Alastair Cook does the rest at slip.

Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell are now in the middle for the Bears. Essex will surely want one of those before stumps.

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Evergreen Colly

Durham 239-3 v Glamorgan 295

When you're struggling at the foot of the table, Paul Collingwood is the man you'd want to dig you out of trouble.

The Durham skipper has just brought up his fifth half-century of the summer to put his side in a highly winnable position.

Graham Clark is nine away from a maiden hundred at the other end.

WICKET Brooks (b Higgins) 0

Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 146-8

BOWLED! Again. It's mayhem at Lord's!

Jack Brooks misses a straight one from Ryan Higgins, which may have kept a little low, and he's on his way.

Yorkshire are going to be following on here.

Notts 548-9 dec v Leicestershire 120-9

BBC Nottingham commentator Dave Bracegirdle is impressed by what he's seeing from Australia paceman James Pattinson.

The 27-year-old has picked up five quick wickets at Trent Bridge.

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WICKET Patterson (b Higgins) 1

Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 142-7

Yorkshire are facing a huge first-innings deficit here.

Steven Patterson is the third batsman in a row to be bowled, this time by Ryan Higgins.

Gary Ballance is watching it all unfold from the non-striker's end. The captain is on 32.

WICKET Umeed (run out) 7

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 36-1

That's very silly from Andrew Umeed and he's paid the price.

The Warwickshire opener hits it straight to Ravi Bopara who flings it at the stumps and Umeed is short.

WICKET Davies (c Carberry b Vince) 115

Lancashire 223-5 v Hampshire 395

Commentator's curse strikes again.

James Vince comes on to bowl and picks up Alex Davies with his fifth ball.

The Lancashire opener smashes him straight to Michael Carberry at deep square leg.

There have also been wickets at Chelmsford and Lord's...

Lancashire 223-4 v Hampshire 395

Lancashire's Liam Livingstone is not playing for the Red Rose county today as he is with England's T20 squad but he's still supporting his side and is impressed with Alex Davies knock.

Davies has moved to 115, while Dane Vilas has raced to 48 off 53 balls. The hosts are building a fine platform for a big score.

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Five-wicket haul for Pattinson

Notts 548-9 dec v Leicestershire 113-9

It's not fair lads. Declare your second innings or something?!

Nottinghamshire paceman James Pattinson now has 5-35 as he bowls Gavin Griffiths and Leicestershire are nine down.

They still trail by plenty.

Wickets tumbling at Trent Bridge

Division Two update

Ah, Leicestershire are in deep strife now against Notts.

They're 105-8 and still 443 behind the hosts. James Pattinson has four of the wickets to fall.

Kent are also in trouble at Worcestershire, teenage paceman Josh Tongue has taken a couple of quick wickets, including captain Sam Northeast, to leave them 68-3.

Graham Clark and Paul Collingwood are building a fine partnership at Chester-le-Street. It's up to 117 and Durham are 204-3.

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WICKET Hodd (b Murtagh) 0

Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 135-6

Middlesex are running through Yorkshire here. It's another duck - this time wicketkeeper Andy Hodd.

Hodd goes for a pull shot but miscues and his timbers are rattled.

Are champions Middlesex finally going to pick up their first four-day win of the season?

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 27-0

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It's going to be extremely difficult for Essex to prize out 20 Warwickshire wickets on this pitch.

Ian Westwood and Andrew Umeed have got the visitors off to an untroubled start in their first innings.

Scoreboard pressure may take it's toll though. 18 overs left this evening.

WICKET Rashid (b Finn) 0

Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 120-5

Adil Rashid is out for a duck! Yorkshire are collapsing at Lord's.

Rashid chops England team-mate Steven Finn onto his stumps and is on his way.

Gary Ballance is going to have to go big again, but he's only in the 20s. And his side are five down. Carnage.

Leicestershire six down

Nottinghamshire 548-9 dec v Leicestershire 98-6

You've got to feel a bit for Leicestershire.

I'd describe this contest as trying to play your big brother at Fifa with one hand tied behind your back and a blindfold on.

Lewis Hill is the sixth wicket to fall, castled by James Pattinson. The Aussie now has 3-22.

Nottinghamshire's attack is full of international class. In fact their whole side is. They're going to stroll this division.

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WICKET Handscomb (c Robson b Roland-Jones) 15

Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 119-4

Yorkshire are in all sorts of bother now. Four down and plenty adrift.

New England paceman Toby Roland-Jones finds the edge of Peter Handscomb and Sam Robson snaps up the chance at first slip.

Fellow England man Adil Rashid is in at six.

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Talking of wickets at Lord's...

Alex Davies hits a century

Lancashire 185-4 v Hampshire 395

Much like George Bailey for Hampshire, Alex Davies is holding this Lancashire innings together.

The young opener moves to his third Championship hundred of the season, and it's come in quick time - off 152 balls.

He's found a good partner in Dane Vilas too, who's up to 26 off 30 balls.

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 6-0

"Right lads, get some wickets." - probably the gist of Ryan ten Doeschate's team talk.

Ian Westwood and Andrew Umeed are opening for Warwickshire, Aaron Beard and Neil Wagner with the new ball.

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Durham on top?

Division Two update

It's been a miserable campaign for Durham so far - no wins from their opening six matches following demotion to Division Two.

But they're making a fight of it against Glamorgan - Graham Clark (58) and Paul Collingwood's (28) stand is worth 81. Durham are 168-3, 127 adrift of the Welsh county's first innings.

Kent are 23-1 at New Road after the first-over loss of Daniel Bell-Drummond and Leicestershire are hanging in at Notts - they're 88-5, still trailing by 460.

Essex declare

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire

And there it is, the declaration comes at Chelmsford.

541 runs for Essex in 164 overs. There will be some sore legs in that Warwickshire team.

The Bears will have around 25 overs to bat this evening.

Ballance averaging north of 100

Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 115-3

There are a number of batsmen enjoying fine seasons across both divisions, but near the top of the list has to be Yorkshire's Gary Ballance.

The captain has scored 740 runs in 10 innings so far, with three centuries and three fifties.

His average - a mere 105.71.

And he's away today, currently unbeaten on 17, alongside Peter Handscomb.

WICKET Bopara (b Patel) 192

Essex 532-9 v Warwickshire

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This is what we've been waiting for Ravi and you've let us down son!

The Essex all-rounder misses a straight one from Jeetan Patel and is out for 192.

It was a mammoth innings, off 379 balls containing 16 fours and three maximums. Superb stuff.

Still no declaration from the hosts though. Aaron Beard is the last man in.

Wicket for Joe Leach

Worcestershire 336 v Kent 260 & 0-1

An early contender for player of the season has to be Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach.

The all-rounder, in his first year of captaincy, now has 37 Championship wickets for the season as he tempts Daniel Bell-Drummond to edge behind for a duck.

Talk about leading from the front.