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Summary

  1. Sean Dickson scores 318 in Kent's 701-7 dec against Northants
  2. Gloucestershire beat Glamorgan by 10 wickets at Cheltenham
  3. George Bailey hits 161 as Hampshire declare on 648-7 against Surrey
  4. Middlesex batsman Stevie Eskinazi makes 178* against Warwickshire
  5. Rain allows only 44 overs between Yorkshire and Somerset
  6. Imran Tahir takes five wickets for Derbyshire against Durham

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By Paul Grunill and Felix Keith

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Signing off

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That's all for day two, which has seen some remarkable cricket.

Top of the bill was Kent's Sean Dickson, whose 318 against Northants is the highest score of the season and the second-highest of all time for Kent. Joe Denly, who made 182, also shared a Kent record stand of 382 with the South African as their side piled up over 700 at Beckenham.

Elsewhere, there were centuries for Middlesex's Stevie Eskinazi, Hampshire's George Bailey and Ben Duckett of Northants.

It wasn't all about batsmen, though, with Gloucestershire's Liam Norwell taking 6-38 to inspire a two-day win over Glamorgan, Somerset's Craig Overton claiming 5-78 against Yorkshire and Derbyshire debutant Imran Tahir returning 5-98 in their home game against Durham.

Please join us again tomorrow at 10:30 BST to see what the third day has in store.

Close of play scores

Division One

Hampshire 648-7 dec v Surrey 113-1

Hampshire lead by 535 runs

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 302-6

Warwickshire lead by 32 runs

Somerset 268 v Yorkshire 159-7

Somerset lead by 109 runs

Division Two

Derbyshire 368 v Durham 274-8

Derbyshire lead by 94 runs

Glamorgan 117 & 158 v Gloucestershire 141 & 137-0

Gloucestershire won by 10 wickets

Kent 701-7 dec v Northamptonshire 180-1

Kent lead by 521 runs

Eskinazi keeps Bears at bay

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 302-6 (85 overs)

A burst by Keith Barker and Rikki Clarke in the final overs of play fails to dislodge Middlesex's seventh-wicket pair as Stevie Eskinazi reaches stumps at Edgbaston with a career-best 178 not out against his name, having hit three sixes and 24 fours and faced 240 deliveries.

The visitors trail by only 32 runs, and have earned their third batting point, despite a fine spell of 3-29 from 16 overs by Warwickshire spinner Jeetan Patel.

Middlesex in defensive mode

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 298-6 (80 overs)

So we have only one match remaining and Middlesex appear to have moved into 'playing-for-stumps' mode with five overs left to the close. Stevie Eskinazi is now 177 not out and James Harris is five. Can Warwickshire separate this pair in the time left to them?

Durham pair defy Tahir

Derbyshire 368 v Durham 274-8 (78 overs)

After Derbyshire's 10th-wicket pair of Billy Godleman and Gurjit Sandhu put on 102 earlier in the day at Chesterfield, they in turn find themselves frustrated by lower-order resolve from Paul Coughlin and Barry McCarthy for Durham.

They have shared an unbroken stand of 69 to stumps, with Coughlin 62 not out and McCarthy on 32. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been the main threat for Derbyshire and finishes day two with a maiden for figures of 5-98. The home side lead by 94.

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Eskinazi on the attack

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 288-6 (75 overs)

We mentioned earlier that Middlesex's Stevie Eskinazi had shown a liking for the bowling of paceman Boyd Rankin, and the first three balls of his latest over disappear for four, four and six.

A single follows to spare Rankin from further punishment, but that's 15 off the over.

WICKET Higgins (c Ambrose b Patel) 6

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 273-6 (74 overs)

Two wickets in five overs for Jeetan Patel and Warwickshire as Ryan Higgins is caught behind. They are 61 in front, but Stevie Eskinazi is still there, and has now equalled his career-best score of 157. James Harris is the new man at the crease, with 11 overs remaining.

Stumps at The Oval

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 113-1 (30 overs)

The end of an excellent day for Hampshire, with Rory Burns unbeaten on 45 alongside nightwatchman Conor McKerr, who is yet to score.

Just four wickets fell in the day's play, but the final one - that of Mark Stoneman - will gave Hampshire a bit of hope going into day three. However, it seems unlikely they can take 19 more wickets on a flat wicket to turn a draw into a win.

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Stumps at Beckenham

Kent 701-7d v Northants 180-1 (48 overs)

So Ben Duckett squeezed in consecutive hundreds just before the close at Beckenham.

Northants are 521 runs behind Kent with nine wickets in hand. Duckett has 101 not out, while Alex Wakeley is 14 not out.

for Ben Duckett

Kent 701-7d v Northants 176-1 (46 overs)

Ben Duckett reaches his 100 before the close, hitting Joe Denly for a four to move onto 101 not out.

He's faced 153 balls for his second County Championship ton of the season, which will give him plenty of confidence.

for Paul Coughlin

Derbyshire 368 v Durham 252-8 (69 overs)

Two runs off Gurjit Sandhu carries Paul Coughlin to a 64-ball half-century. It's been a very responsible innings, and perhaps offers an insight into why the club have entrusted him with the T20 Blast captaincy this season. He has added 47 in over with Barry McCarthy (25*), but leg-spinner Imran Tahir continues to wheel away and has 5-92 so far.

for Stevie Eskinazi

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 264-5 (71 overs)

Stevie Eskinazi hits a boundary off Jonathan Trott and adds three more runs later in the over to reach 150 off 205 deliveries. He is closing in on his career-best score of 157 against Yorkshire last summer, and Middlesex are now only 69 behind Warwickshire's first innings total, with two batting points secured so far.

WICKET Stoneman (c Rossouw b Ervine) 57

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 103-1 (27 overs)

Drama at The Oval! Mark Stoneman is very unhappy as he eventually drags himself away from the crease having been dismissed by Sean Ervine.

The ball balloons to Rilee Rossouw at first slip. Has he edged it? Has it hit his foot? Doesn't matter: Surrey have lost a cheap wicket before the close.

Nightwatchman Conor McKerr comes out with three overs left.

WICKET Simpson (c Hain b Patel) 24

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 253-5 (69.4 overs)

We really ought to have learned by now. As soon as you say a team or a player are doing well, a wicket falls. It's happened again at Edgbaston where John Simpson has become off-spinner Jeetan Patel's second victim of the day. His stand with Stevie Eskinazi added 57 - Ryan Higgins is the new batsman.

Middlesex pair post 50 stand

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 248-4 (68 overs)

The Middlesex ship, which was in danger of listing at 196-4, has now been put back on an even keel by Stevie Eskinazi and John Simpson, who have compiled a 50 partnership in 14 overs. Runs are not flowing against Jeetan Patel and Jonathan Trott, but Eskinazi has now reached 142 not out, with his partner on 20.

Duckett enjoying himself

Kent 701-7d v Northants 156-1 (42 overs)

Ben Duckett is batting well at Beckenham. The left-hander was dropped early on at slip, but has moved well since, making 83 from 130 balls so far.

Which pitch is flatter: Beckenham or The Oval? Wickets have been hard to come by at both today. Four overs left.

McCarthy denies Tahir

Derbyshire 368 v Durham 213-8 (62 overs)

No hat-trick for Imran Tahir as Barry McCarthy plays the first ball of his new over away for a single. Still 16 to go at Chesterfield, but Durham only need a handful more to be sure of not following on.

for Mark Stoneman

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 87-0 (22 overs)

Mark Stoneman's fine form continues, as he moves to fifty from his 68th ball with a single off Gareth Berg.

The Surrey opener has hit nine fours, including some lovely cover-drives, making the most of a supremely flat pitch.

WICKET Poynter (c Palladino b Tahir) 20

Derbyshire 368 v Durham 205-8 (60 overs)

This has certainly been Derbyshire's day and Imran Tahir has Stuart Poynter caught in the gully before bowling Matty Potts with his next delivery to complete a five-for. He'll be on a hat-trick at the start of the next over too.

Hampshire need patience

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 73-0 (18 overs)

There have been only 18 overs bowled at The Oval in Surrey's first innings and already Hampshire's thoughts are turning to containment and pressure-building.

That is because batting isn't looking particularly difficult out there. Mark Stoneman has 36 and Rory Burns 27. The former nearly runs out the latter, but runs are there for the taking.

There are 12 overs until stumps.

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Duckett makes positive start

Kent 701-7 dec v Northamptonshire 127-1 (33 overs)

Ben Duckett was an England Test player over the winter, but when the squad for this week's first Test against South Africa was being considered, his name did not feature in the lists of many cricket pundits.

He would therefore love to make a big score at Beckenham and is now on to 65 not out with Kent bowling spinners Yasir Shah and James Tredwell in tandem. Northants need 'shedloads' to avoid the follow-on.

Eskinazi presses on

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 216-4 (58 overs)

Stevie Eskinazi
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Middlesex batsman Stevie Eskinazi has handed out some pretty rough treatment to Boyd Rankin, in particular today, and three fours in a single over push the visitors past 200. Having lost Nick Compton and Paul Stirling in quick succession, John Simpson is now filling the supporting role, with Eskinazi on 128 not out.

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Mason Crane on for a bowl

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 47-0 (13 overs)

Mason Crane
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Nothing doing for Hampshire's seamers at The Oval, meaning man-of-the-moment Mason Crane is on for a bowl.

The legspinner is the talk of the town following his debut for England against South Africa in the T20s and he's started with a maiden to Mark Stoneman (32 not out).

WICKET Newton (c Rouse b Yasir) 57

Kent 701-7d v Northants 113-1 (24.3 overs)

BBC Northampton commentator Alex Winter called it (see 4:38pm post).

Yasir Shah has Kent's first wicket, having Rob Newton caught by wicketkeeper Adam Rouse, who is out in the field, allowing Sam Billings the gloves.

BreakingGLOUCESTERSHIRE BEAT GLAMORGAN BY 10 WKTS

Glamorgan 117 & 158 v Gloucestershire 141 & 137-0

Gloucestershire wrap up their second Championship win of the season - and first since beating Leicestershire by an innings in April - as Cameron Bancroft hits two boundaries in the space of three balls off Andrew Salter.

It has taken the Gloucestershire openers just 31.3 overs after 30 wickets fell inside the first four sessions of the match, and Bancroft finishes 62 not out, with partner Chris Dent unbeaten on 68.

It's not great news for Cheltenham for the match to finish in two days, but both sides now have extra time to prepare for the start of the T20 Blast on Friday. Gloucestershire take 19 points and Glamorgan three.

for Cameron Bancroft

Glamorgan 117 & 158 v Gloucestershire 141 & 129-0 (31 overs)

Cameron Bancroft has nearly taken Gloucestershire to a two-day victory in Cheltenham.

The Australian opener has 58 not out from 89 balls with nine fours.

WICKET Clark (lbw Tahir) 18

Derbyshire 368 v Durham 163-6 (49.2 overs)

Imran Tahir
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Imran Tahir has really got his teeth into Durham now, and there's his third wicket as Graham Clark is trapped in front. From 119-1, the visitors have now lost five wickets for 44 in 11 overs.

WICKET Stirling (c Lamb b Rankin) 1

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 196-5 (53.4 overs)

Two in two overs for Warwickshire as Boyd Rankin disposes of Paul Stirling - no favours from one Ireland team-mate to another, as also happened earlier in the day when Tim Murtagh dismissed Rankin.

WICKET Compton (c Ambrose b Clarke) 33

Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 195-3 (53 overs)

It's not been the best day for England batsman Nick Compton, who resumed his innings at the fall of Dawid Malan's wicket after retiring hurt earlier in the day, but has now gone himself.

Compton is caught behind off Rikki Clarke, bringing Paul Stirling to the middle to join Stevie Eskinazi, who has played really well for his 114 not out. Middlesex are still 138 behind.

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Rain ends play early at Scarborough

Somerset 268 v Yorkshire 159-7 (62 overs)

Umpires Steve O'Shaughnessy and Tim Robinson have seen enough and that's it for the day at North Marine Road, with just 44 overs of play possible.

Yorkshire will start day three 109 runs in arrears after a fine bowling performance from Somerset, spearheaded by Craig Overton, who has 5-78 so far.

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'Yasir Shah a huge weapon for Kent'

Kent 701-7d v Northants 99-0 (22 overs)

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Yasir Shah
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A huge task ahead of Northamptonshire here as they try to bat out for a draw. Kent have two days and a session to take 20 wickets and they are going to get several goes at it.

Northants could put up a huge total in their first innings and still be in danger of losing. The follow-on target is a mighty 552 so it's likely to be the morning of day four before that is wiped out. If that mark is achieved, the game maybe safe.

Kent have a huge weapon in Pakistan's Yasir Shah, introduced early in the piece and the type of bowler that can cause panic. You would suggest the wicket will only help him more and more as this game goes on but it's still benign for now.

Gloucestershire almost there

Glamorgan 117 & 158 v Gloucestershire 141 & 104-0 (27.1 overs)

OK, 135 isn't a big target but based on all the evidence that had gone before at Cheltenham, a Gloucestershire cakewalk to victory was surely unlikely. However, that's what is happening as Cameron Bancroft hits a boundary off Timm van der Gugten to take the total into three figures.

Bancroft has 47 and partner Chris Dent reaches an 80-ball half-century with two runs off Andrew Salter at the start of the next over.

Four successive maidens

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 22-0 (8 overs)

Well, after I wrote that batting was a piece of cake, Hampshire went and bowled four successive maidens at Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman.

Good bowling from the away side, who will need to build pressure if they are to eek out a few wickets this evening.

WICKET Pringle (lbw Sandhu) 1

Derbyshire 368 v Durham 141-5 (44.2 overs)

Durham's plight worsens as seam bowler Gurjit Sandhu, who earlier contributed 46 not out to a 10th-wicket stand of 102, dismisses Ryan Pringle with one that keeps a bit low. Two wickets in successive overs for Derbyshire, who are looking for back-to-back wins after defeating Glamorgan by 39 runs.

WICKET Collingwood (b Tahir 4)

Derbyshire 368 v Durham 137-4 (44 overs)

Thirty-eight-year-old bowls 41-year-old at Chesterfield as Durham skipper Paul Collingwood lasts only seven deliveries. Graham Clark and Ryan Pringle now have the task of rebuilding the Durham innings.

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Northants '25% of the way to Dickson's score'

Kent 701-7d v Northants 81-0 (17.2 overs)

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Ben Duckett and Rob Newton continue their opening stand. They're making good progress, but as Sam Quigley points out above, they've still got a long way to go to make any kind of dent on Kent's total.

Stoneman gets going

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 22-0 (4 overs)

Mark Stoneman
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I'd like a bat on this Oval pitch.

As it is, Mark Stoneman is the man enjoying the easy pace, predictable bounce and rapid outfield. The left-hander, who is in good form at present, creams three boundaries in a row off Gareth Berg to move onto 15 from eight balls.