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By Paul Grunill

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Stumps - week two

The second round of the County Championship is over, with wins for Lancashire and Leicestershire and draws in the other four matches.

Notts head the Division One table despite their eight-wicket defeat at Old Trafford, having beaten Surrey in their opening game, with Warwickshire four points behind following two draws.

Meanwhile, Essex have an 11-point advantage over Leicestershire in Division Two after holding out for a draw at Sussex.

The next round of matches features seven fixtures, including defending champions Yorkshire making the trip to Edgbaston, and we'll be back on Sunday from 10:45 BST with live text updates and ball-by-ball commentary.

Thanks for your company over the past four days.

Week two results

So, after the conclusion at Chelmsford, here's how things fared in week two of the County Championship season.

Division One:

Yorkshire 593-9 (d) & 183-8 (d) v Hampshire 453-9 (d) - Match Drawn

Middlesex 452 & 304-6 (d) v Warwickshire 468 - Match Drawn

Lancashire 332 & 88-2 v Nottinghamshire 242 & 175 - Lancashire won by eight wickets

Division Two:

Sussex 360 & 288 v Essex 320 & 266-7 - Match Drawn

Gloucestershire 563 v Derbyshire 444 & 260-2 (d) - Match Drawn

Glamorgan 348 & 191 v Leicestershire 427 & 115-0 - Leicestershire won by 10 wickets

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Sussex 360 & 288 v Essex 320 & 266-7

Catches win matches, it is said, and dropping Alastair Cook when he only has a single to his name is never a good idea. The England captain bats through 91 overs for an unbeaten 127 as Essex earn a draw at Hove, and following his ton against Gloucestershire last week, his seasonal average is 134. 

The Sussex team shake Cook's hand in a show of respect and sportsmanship, with partner Graham Napier unbeaten on six. Sussex take 12 points from the game, with Essex earning 11. 

Time running out for Sussex

Essex 320 & 262-7 v Sussex 360 & 288

Steve Magoffin is switched to the Sea End, but no success for Sussex. Time running out. Three overs left. Can they claim the three wickets they need? Alastair Cook 123 not out.

Gale's verdict on Yorkshire

Yorkshire drew with Hampshire at Headingley

Captain Andrew Gale takes a pragmatic up for the defending champions, it's a trip to Edgbaston to face Warwickshire on Sunday.

Good solid draw for us this week. Credit goes to Hampshire for their fight back. Still lots of positives for us. Move on.

Essex clinging on

Essex 320 & 262-7 v Sussex 360 & 288

After a couple of overs each from Steve Magoffin and Ollie Robinson, Sussex try the spin of Danny Briggs. Graham Napier blocks out resolutely. Five overs left. 

Tension mounts at Hove

Essex 320 & 258-7 v Sussex 360 & 288

Seven overs to go - three wickets needed by Sussex. Alastair Cook 123 not out, Graham Napier on six. Some draws in cricket are dull - this one isn't (if it ends in a draw, that is). Perhaps should be mentioned that wicketkeeper Ben Brown is skippering Sussex in this game with Luke Wright having undergone wrist surgery.

Sussex press for victory

Essex 320 & 253-7 v Sussex 360 & 288

BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Hove:

"Suddenly two quick wickets as Essex look to chase down the target and Sussex are back in the driving seat and pressing for victory.

"The new ball has been taken and the hosts need three more wickets. Alastair Cook stands in their way - dropped on one, he is now 123 not out." 

WICKET Foster (lbw b Shahzad 5)

Essex 320 & 251-7 v Sussex 360 & 288

Ajmal Shahzad
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It looks like Essex have given up the run-chase but now they are in survival mode as former England paceman Ajmal Shahzad sends James Foster on his way as he tries to leg glance. Three wickets needed by Sussex - but Alastair Cook is proving to be the immoveable object, 122 not out.

Bell's verdict on Bears

Warwickshire drew with Middlesex at Lord's

Ian Bell tells @bbcwm he's optimistic @WarwickshireCCC will have Chris Woakes and Boyd Rankin back to play Yorks.

Ian Bell tells @bbcwm he's optimistic @WarwickshireCCC will have Chris Woakes and Boyd Rankin back to play Yorks.

Bell also agrees that dead Champs matches should be called off as draws at tea on the final day.

WICKET Ten Doeschate (c Machan b Wells 4)

Essex 320 & 241-6 v Sussex 360 & 288

Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate attempts to lift the scoring rate against leg-spinner Luke Wells, but Matt Machan takes an excellent catch. Sussex now the more likely winners, perhaps.

Don't forget, you can listen to the denouement at Hove by clicking the live coverage at the top of the page. 

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Essex have to just go for it, if we won it would be a 16 point swing against Sussex! Madness! #bbccricket #ProperCricket

WICKET Ryder (b Wells 35)

Essex 320 & 234-5 v Sussex 360 & 288

And then there was one. Are we set for an exciting finish at Hove? Essex's chances of chasing down a target of 329 for victory suffer a setback when Jesse Ryder falls to Luke Wells' leg-spin after a stand of 103 in 30.5 overs with Alastair Cook. The England captain is still going on 113, with another 95 still needed from a minimum of 16 overs. Alternatively, Sussex require five more wickets. 


Derbyshire 444 & 260-2 dec v Gloucestershire 563

The pitch was the only winner at Bristol where Chesney Hughes provided the highlight of the final day's play with an unbeaten 137. The Anguilla-born Derbyshire opener hit a six and 20 fours, and added 80 with first-innings centurion Wayne Madsen (27*) before Hamish Rutherford's declaration ended the game.

Gloucestershire, beaten by Essex in their opening game of the new season, take 12 points and Derbyshire 8.

Good knock from Chesney Hughes. Glad to see that first innings 96 wasn't his one and only top performance in the match. #bbccricket


Yorkshire 593-9 dec & 183-8 dec v Hampshire 453-9 dec

A mixed performance by county champions Yorkshire at the start of their attempt to complete a hat-trick of titles. After enjoying the first two days when Adam Lyth (111), Jonny Bairstow (246) and Liam Plunkett (126), the final two were far less satisfactory against an injury-hit Hampshire side. 

Andrew Gale declares his side's second innings with Plunkett 27 not out and Jack Brooks on 15 and a halt is called. Yorkshire take 12 points and Hampshire 10.

BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan: 

"After being dominated by the champions for the first two days, you have to say well done to Hampshire, who came back strongly and fully deserved their draw at Headingley. 

"The visitors lost Fidel Edwards for the fourth day to an ankle injury sustained in the practice before the game. They put that behind them and bowled really well to reduce Yorkshire to 120-6. The home side eventually closed at 183-8 and were never going to lose the game due to the 140-run lead from the first innings."


Middlesex 452 & 304-6 dec v Warwickshire 468

So the old adage is true, you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth - Adam Voges misses out on a century as Warwickshire keeper Tim Ambrose takes off his pads at Lord's and claims the first wicket of his career, the Australian caught by Keith Barker at deep mid-wicket for 92. He immediately declares the Middlesex innings, bringing the game to an end.

No doubt about the star performer in this game - Middlesex opener Sam Robson, who made 231 and 106. the home side take 12 points, with 11 for the Bears.

Voges poised for century

Middlesex 452 & 304-5 v Warwickshire 468

Ian Bell has withdrawn himself from Warwickshire's attack with figures of 0-15 from seven overs. Sam Hain and Varun Chopra are the ninth and 10th bowlers used by the Bears - Middlesex skipper Adam Voges moves into the 90s and you suspect that on this occasion he is content to look a gift horse in the mouth - or a gift bear in this instance.

Foxes win delights McDonald

Leicestershire's elite performance director Andrew McDonald is a happy man following their 10-wicket victory at Glamorgan. 

He told BBC Radio Leicester: "It was a very professional performance, pretty clinical in the way we got the job done. Being none down in the chase was exceptional, so well done to Angus Robson and Paul Horton.

"But I think there were great contributions from every player, batting, bowling and fielding. The bowlers thought they had been a bit sloppy in Glamorgan's first innings, so to come back the way they did in the second innings to bowl them out for 200 was outstanding."


Essex 320 & 203-4 v Sussex 360 & 288

Alastair Cook
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Three runs off spinner Danny Briggs take England's captain to his second century in successive games for Essex. It took him 189 balls and included 11 fours - and all after Briggs dropped him at slip early in his innings. It's also his first in an ECB safety regulations-compliant helmet. Essex need another 126 to win.

BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Hove:

"This game looked to be drifting towards a draw, but Essex have never needed more than five an over, and with Cook holding the fort at one end, the Essex middle order have licence to have a tilt at this target."

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Essex needing 5 an over in the last session with Ryder in. Tendo and Napier to come. Could be an exciting finish #bbccricket

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I asked for suggestions for a cricket-loving wrestling character a few minutes ago. The Googly has been suggested to me. Presumably, as wrestlers switch between heel and face personas, The Googly would turn more than most.

Name: The Night Watchmen Finishing Move: The Leg Stump #bbccricket

WICKET Patterson (c Tomlinson b Vince 1)

Yorkshire 593-9 dec & 157-8 v Hampshire 453-9 dec

It's clearly a day for occasional bowlers. Hampshire captain James Vince has been forced to take the ball himself because of injuries among his team-mates and he strikes soon after tea as Steven Patterson is taken at mid-on. Yorkshire 297 in front.

Belly of the ball

Skipper Ian Bell has continued his spell for Warwickshire after tea at Lord's. Here's a pic of him bowling in a Test match against Pakistan in 2005. Looks like a decent action and the 'demon stare' is there too.

Ian Bell
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Hong Kong all-rounder banned

Hong Kong all-rounder Irfan Ahmed has been barred from the game for two and a half years after admitting breaches of the International Cricket Council's corruption code. For the full story, click here.

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Ben Stokes (centre) with The Miz and Dolph Ziggler
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I mentioned during the lunch interval that England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be back in action for Durham on Sunday. Today he's been visiting a school where he met some WWE superstars. 

A couple of days ago, it was suggested to me that The Keeper might be a good name for a cricket-related Batman villain. Any thoughts on a name for a cricket-loving wrestling character? And no, you can't suggest The Keeper again. 

Not sure how good William Regal's cover drive is - but he must be delighted by Lancashire's win over Notts earlier today.


Derbyshire 444 & 219-2 v Gloucestershire 563 - tea

Having reached his hundred, Chesney Hughes celebrates with a four and six off successive deliveries from Ian Cockbain as he reaches the tea interval on 123 not out. Skipper Wayne Madsen is on eight and the lead is exactly 100. It's now just a question of when...


Yorkshire 593-9 dec & 149-7 v Hampshire 453-9 dec - tea

Adil Rashid is caught off James Tomlinson for 22 in the final over of the afternoon session at Headingley. Yorkshire's batting effort today is unlikely to earn many words of praise from head coach Jason Gillespie, but they are 289 ahead and the game looks set to peter out following the re-start.


Essex 320 & 172-4 v Sussex 360 & 288 - tea

England captain Alastair Cook is 84 not out, with Essex requiring another 157 runs for victory. Partner Jesse Ryder has made an out-of-character nine from 47 balls, which suggests they may be erring on the side of caution. Another wicket or two, though, and Sussex will feel the day could be theirs.

Bell and Trott take the new ball

Middlesex 452 & 252-5 v Warwickshire 468 - tea

BBC WM's Richard Wilford at Lord's:

"A sure sign that a game is petering out to a draw is the sight of Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott taking the second new ball at Lord's.

"Middlesex have shown solid resistance throughout the day, losing only three wickets in 61 overs by tea. If only the captains could shake hands now."

Ian Bell has in fact taken 47 first-class wickets. An inspired burst in the final session could take him to perhaps the most unlikely 50 of his career.


Derbyshire 444 & 203-2 v Gloucestershire 563

Chesney Hughes

Derbyshire opener Chesney Hughes hits his 18th boundary to bring up the eighth first-class hundred of his career. Their total passes 200 shortly afterwards with the visitors 84 ahead and just batting out time before the draw.

Voges reaches half century

Middlesex 452 & 232-5 v Warwickshire 468

Fifty up for Middlesex's Australian captain from 126 balls. Just three fours so far by Voges - and it must feel a bit like after the lord mayor's show after Sam Robson's magnificent batting in this match.

WICKET Rutherford (c Dent b Taylor 78)

Derbyshire 444 & 180-2 v Gloucestershire 563

The end of a 174-run partnership as Hamish Rutherford is taken at short cover from Jack Taylor's off-spin after hitting 10 fours in his 142-ball innings. All eyes now on Chesney Hughes, who needs eight for a century. Derbyshire's lead is 61.

WICKET Gale (c Wheater b Wood 46)

Yorkshire 593-9 dec & 116-5 v Hampshire 453-9 dec

Chris Wood had to go off mid-over in Yorkshire's innings because of an injury, but he's doing a tidy job for his depleted side today and is rewarded with the wicket of Yorkshire's captain.  The defending champions are 254 ahead - is Gale contemplating a declaration and giving his bowlers a chance to try and win the game? 

WICKET Simpson (lbw Patel 13)

Middlesex 452 & 222-5 v Warwickshire 468

Jeetan Patel is arguably the most accomplished off-spinner on the county circuit. There's his sixth wicket of the game, but unless Middlesex collapse like a pack of cards, this one looks like a draw. Home skipper Adam Voges remains on 44 not out.

Cook anchors Essex run-chase

Essex 320 & 128-4 v Sussex 360 & 288

Alastair Cook
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Sussex's bowling attack are keeping things tight at Hove, where Essex are attempting to score 329 for a second successive victory. England captain Alastair Cook has reached a 112-ball half century, but the dismissal of Dan Lawrence is a body blow to their chances.  

BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Hove:

"A breakthrough for Sussex as Dan Lawrence goes lbw to Ajmal Shahzad for 22, but how the home side must be ruing dropping Cook when he had scored just a single, he's now on 55."

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Earlier on, the phrase "prod the England selectors" amused me. This does too...

#bbccricket Surely any prodding would have to be done with a stick of rhubarb. Delegated to an elderly relative if at all possible.

WICKET Robson (st Ambrose b Patel 106)

Middlesex 452 & 196-4 v Warwickshire

Oh dear. No sooner have I raised the prospect of Sam Robson scoring 200 twice in the same match than he falls to the off-spin of Jeetan Patel. So, the opener's match stats are: batted for 745 minutes, balls faced 540, 42 fours, one six.  As Stouffer the cat used to say 'Respect due'. 


Glamorgan 348 & 191 v Leicestershire 427 & 115-0

And just a few minutes after Sam Robson reaches a century for Middlesex, brother Angus hits the winning boundary at the Swalec for Leicestershire. The younger Robson finishes unbeaten on 49, with partner Paul Horton 64 not out.

The Foxes earn 23 points, and are half-way to the total number of Championship wins they achieved last summer, with five for Glamorgan.

Angus Robson
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Double double for Sam?

Middlesex 452 & 195-3 v Warwickshire 468

I'm sure Warwickshire's fielders won't thank me for saying this, but with the possibility of 58 overs left at Lord's, Sam Robson has time to score a second double century in this game. But does he have the energy?   

Rutherford runs into form

Derbyshire 444 & 126-1 v Gloucestershire 563

It's a flat wicket at Bristol too and acting Derbyshire captain Hamish Rutherford reaches a 107-ball half century with a boundary off David Payne. His partnership with Chesney Hughes, who is on 66, is worth 121. Benjamin Franklin opined that death and taxes were the only certainties in life - but a draw in this game is number three.