County Championship: Jaik Mickleburgh's ton leads Essex response

Jaik Mickleburgh
Jaik Mickleburgh has a first-class highest score of 243
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, County Ground, Northampton
Northamptonshire v Essex, day two
Northamptonshire 444: Duckett 189, Newton 75; Bopara 5-95
Essex 274-2: Mickleburgh 103, Browne 88
Northamptonshire lead by 170 runs
Northamptonshire 5 pts, Essex 5 pts
Match scorecard

Essex's Jaik Mickleburgh hit his first Championship century of the season as the batsmen continued to dominate on the second day in Northampton.

After Ravi Bopara's 5-95 saw Northants bowled out for 444, Mickleburgh and Nick Browne (88) shared a 195-run first-wicket stand for the visitors.

Having reached his ton off 148 balls, hitting 15 fours, Mickleburgh fell to Richard Gleeson for 103.

Essex ended the day on 274-2, still trailing by 170 runs.