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Summary

  1. Essex's Nick Browne hits career-best 255
  2. Kent's Joe Denly also makes a double ton
  3. Somerset's James Hildreth makes 166
  4. Tom Bailey takes five-for for Lancashire
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By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Signing off

    Well that's the end of another enthralling day's County Championship cricket in which Essex's Nick Browne (255) and Joe Denly of Kent (206 not out) took the batting plaudits.

    There were also centuries for James Hildreth, Dan Lawrence and Michael Lumb, but the batsmen didn't have it all their own way, with paceman Tom Bailey the stand-out bowler after his first five-for for Lancashire.

    We will back with you for the third day's play from about 10:40 BST on Tuesday. Have a good evening.

  2. Close of play scores round-up

    Division One:

    Durham 411 v Lancashire 205-4

    Warwickshire 373 v Nottinghamshire 316-7

    Somerset 562-7 dec v Yorkshire 127-1

    Middlesex 395 v Surrey 134-6

    Division Two:

    Essex 538-7 dec v Derbyshire 124-2

    Gloucestershire 262 & 60-1 v Glamorgan 330

    Kent 396 v Northamptonshire 206-3

    Worcestershire 491 v Sussex 192-6

  3. Close of play

    Warwickshire 373 v Nottinghamshire 316-7

    Michael Lumb

    The loss of Chris Read for 23 just before the close provided a downbeat ending to the day for Notts, who have collected a third batting point but are 57 runs away from parity with only three wickets remaining.

    Skiper Chris Woakes, Keith Barker and Rikki Clarke have each taken two wickets for Warwickshire, while Michael Lumb hit 108 for the home side - his first Championship century since the golden summer of 2013 when he made four.

  4. Close of play

    Gloucestershire 262 & 60-1 v Glamorgan 330

    The loss of all-rounder Graham Wagg with an arm injury, which a later x-ray thankfully showed is not fractured, may have cost Glamorgan an even bigger first-innings lead as it brought a premature end to his partnership with David Lloyd, who later fell for 99.

    Gloucestershire lost Chris Dent cheaply, but Cameron Bancroft (35*) is only six runs short of his highest score in what has been an underwhelming season so far, and Graeme van Vuuren (22*) helped him play out the final 12 and a half overs. They will start day three just eight runs behind.

  5. Close of play

    Worcestershire 491 v Sussex 192-6

    Sussex are only eight runs short of a batting bonus point, but they are a long way away from getting back onto an even footing with Worcestershire in the match after ending day two at New Road 299 runs adrift, with six first-innings wickets gone.

    Every Worcestershire batsman bar last man Jack Shantry made double figures and their bowlers have maintained a disciplined approach to restrict the flow of runs for the visitors. Sussex skipper Ben Brown was 49 not out at stumps, with Ollie Robinson on nine.

  6. Close of play

    Durham 411 v Lancashire 205-4

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    "With two days to go, I am starting to wonder how either side is going to get themselves in a position to win this.

    "The wicket is very flat and not offering much to the bowlers. However runs have been slow to come for Lancashire, perhaps a result of them being reduced to 21-2 after 12 overs, thanks to the bowling of James Weighell and the slip catching of Ryan Pringle.

    "Teenage opener Haseeb Hameed plugged away tenaciously for four and a half hours to make 74, before a change of pace from leg-spinner Scott Borthwick saw him bowled leg stump towards the close of play, as Lancashire closed 206 behind.

    "In the morning session, Durham captain Paul Collingwood became the sixth player in this round of matches to get himself out in the 90s as he fell for 97."

  7. Close of play

    Middlesex 395 v Surrey 134-6

    Ben Foakes (22*) and Tom Curran, who has yet to score, blocked out the final few overs for Surrey, who are 261 behind with only four first-innings wickets remaining.

    Spinner Ollie Rayner took 3-44 for Middlesex, who got within touching distance of 400 earlier in the day, thanks to a last-wicket stand of 68 between Toby Roland-Jones (448) and Tim Murtagh (24). 

  8. Close of play

    Somerset 562-7 dec v Yorkshire 127-1

    Adam Lyth

    Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth emerged from a lean spell with an unbeaten 80 at Taunton, an innings including two sixes and nine fours so far.

    However, the defending champions need him to bat well into day three, which they will start 435 runs in arrears following James Hildreth's superb 166 for Somerset, the 37th first-class hundred of his career. 

  9. Close of play

    Essex 538-7 dec v Derbyshire 124-2

    Essex opener Nick Browne has dominated this match thus far and his monumental innings of 255 means Derbyshire face an uphill struggle to avoid having to follow-on at Chelmsford.

    They with start day three 414 behind, with Hamish Rutherford 28 not out and Wayne Madsen on seven, and they can take comfort in the pitch still looking good for batting.

  10. Close of play

    Kent 396 v Northamptonshire 206-3

    Josh Cobb (19*) and Richard Levi (11*) play out the last few overs and collect Northamptonshire's first batting point in the process, but Kent have the upper hand after two days at Wantage Road.

    Joe Denly's career-best 206 not out was the cornerstone of Kent's first-innings and the home side could rue Alex Wakely and Jake Libby both reaching the 80s and then getting themselves out with loose strokes. Northants trail by 190 with seven wickets remaining. 

  11. Bonus point for Red Rose

    Durham 411 v Lancashire 201-4

    Lancashire pick up their first batting bonus point as Steven Croft steers Durham paceman Brydon Carse to the third man boundary. Croft moves on to 29, but teenage opener Haseeb Hameed goes for 74 after a stand of 77, bowled by leg-spinner Scott Borthwick.

  12. Sussex in trouble

    Batsmen are shutting up shop now and playing for tomorrow, but Sussex's Matt Machan doesn't make it as he falls lbw for 36 to Worcestershire's Brett D'Oliveira at New Road. The visitors are 172-6, 319 behind, and facing the prospect of a heavy defeat unless someone can dig in and play a major innings.

  13. WICKET Libby (c Rouse b Haggett 81)

    Kent 396 v Northamptonshire 187-3

    Northants opener Jake Libby follows skipper Alex Wakely's lead and falls in the 80s, when a hundred was just over the horizon. His downfall means new batsmen Richard Levi faces a tricky mini-innings to the close. That is keeper Adam Rouse's 22nd dismissal of the season, the most in the Championship.

  14. WICKET Roy (c Robson b Malan 47)

    Middlesex 395 v Surrey 129-5

    This has definitely been Middlesex's day at The Oval and the dismissal of Jason Roy means they are into the lower order with Surrey still 266 in arrears.

  15. WICKET Dent (c Donald b Podmore 3)

    Gloucestershire 262 & 22-1 v Glamorgan 330

    Glamorgan are going to miss injured Graham Wagg from their attack, but Harry Podmore makes an important breakthrough as Chris Dent is brilliantly caught at slip. Gloucestershire need another 46 before Glamorgan's lead is wiped out.

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  17. WICKET Lees (c Trego b J Overton 33)

    Somerset 562-7 dec v Yorkshire 103-1

    Suddenly wickets are coming with a bit of a clatter. Somerset finally separate Yorkshire's openers as Alex Lees goes for a patient 33, made from 122 balls. Will Rhodes is next man in, joining Adam Lyth, who is on 66. 

  18. WICKET Lumb (c Clarke b Patel 108)

    Warwickshire 373 v Nottinghamshire 266-6

    Notts have it all to do now to achieve something like parity on first innings as Michael Lumb departs, caught at slip, having hit 20 fours in his 193-ball innings.

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