|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|
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.