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Gary Smee and Mike Minay

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  1. Stumps - day two

    And so another day of run-scoring feats in this remarkable 2016 season comes to an end.

    Are the pitches too flat or is it simply great batting? It's a debate that will no doubt rumble on.

    The weather forecast isn't looking good for tomorrow, but we'll bring you as much action as we can from 10.55 BST.

    Hope you can join us then. For now, goodbye.

    Joe Root Jonny Bairstow
  2. Day two scores

    So here's how day two ended up...

    Division One:

    Yorkshire 486-5 v Surrey 330

    Warwickshire 152 & 4-0 v Somerset 295 & 178

    Middlesex 203-3 v Nottinghamshire 354

    Lancashire 456 v Hampshire 109 & 22-1

    Division Two:

    Leicestershire 332 & 132-6 v Northants 151

    Kent 304-3 v Gloucestershire 337

    Glamorgan 42-4 v Worcestershire 456-6 dec

    Derbyshire 191 v Sussex 468-5

    Click here for full scorecards.

  3. Close of play at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 152 & 4-0 v Somerset 295 & 178

    Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood safely negotiate the remaining two overs and stumps is called.

    Warwickshire require another 318 for victory in two days.

  4. Here come the openers

    Warwickshire 152 & 0-0 v Somerset 295 & 178

    Warwickshire's openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood are in the middle at Edgbaston.

    Two overs to survive this evening - 322 the victory target.

  5. Close of play at Grace Road

    Leicestershire 332 & 132-6 v Northants 151

    Northants paceman Ben Sanderson picks up a wicket with the final ball of the day at Grace Road as Aadil Ali nicks him to the wicketkeeper.

    Leicestershire are still odds-on for the victory though - the Foxes lead by 313.


    Warwickshire 152 v Somerset 295 & 178

    Rikki Clarke wraps up Somerset's second innings at Edgbaston as Jack Leach edges him behind.

    It means the hosts will have to bat for two more overs this evening chasing 322.

    The way this game has gone, you'd have to say a Bears victory is unlikely.

  7. Close of play at Headingley

    Yorkshire 486-5 v Surrey 330

    Jonny Bairstow Joe Root

    A day that will live long in the memory comes to a close at Headingley. 

    Jonny Bairstow (198) and Joe Root (190 not out) put on a breathtaking 372 for the fourth wicket before Bairstow fell two runs short of his second double century of the season.

    Root goes again in the morning, looking for 10 more.

  8. 'Lead is over 300'

    Leicestershire 332 & 123-5 v Northants 151

  9. Stumps at Canterbury

    Kent 304-3 v Gloucestershire 337

    Play is called off for the day at The Spitfire Ground with Kent captain Sam Northeast unbeaten on 154.

    Another game where the bat has dominated today.

  10. Close of play at Old Trafford

    Hampshire 109 and 22-1 v Lancashire 456

    Another dominant day for Lancashire where three of the top four scored more than fifty - Luke Procter going on to make 137, and Alviro Petersen blasting his way to 81 off 85 balls. 

    Hampshire struggled up until tea, but afterwards Tino Best burst into life and took a five-wicket haul to give Hampshire another chance with the bat before the end of the day. 

    They went six consecutive overs without scoring a run as James Anderson and Kyle Jarvis kept it tight, but James Vince will be looking to kick on in the morning  - he's seven not out.

    Luke Procter and Alviro Petersen
  11. 'A pleasure to watch'

    Sussex 468-5 v Derbyshire 191

    Despite only scoring six with the bat himself for Sussex, the New Zealand international still seems to have enjoyed himself at Derby.

  12. Time for Root to get a double ton?

    Yorkshire 475-5 v Surrey 330

    Joe Root is 12 away from 200 with four overs left in the day at Headingley. Can he get there tonight?

  13. Close of play at Derby

    Sussex 468-5 v Derbyshire 191

    Sussex finish day two in a commanding position thanks to Ed Joyce (250) and Luke Wells (116) who put on 310 for the second wicket. 

    The 250 from Joyce is his highest in first-class score and the innings included five consecutive fours in one Luke Fletcher over.

    Derbyshire fought back slightly after tea with Wes Durston taking two wickets and Shiv Thakor taking the other, but the Midlands side have their backs against the wall for the next couple of days. 

  14. WICKET Trego (c Hain b Patel 51)

    Somerset 295 & 151-8 v Warwickshire 152

    BBC WM's Mike Taylor with the details from Edgbaston:

    "With the lead climbing towards 300, Peter Trego finally falls, top-edging a sweep at Jeetan Patel, and falling to a catch by Sam Hain, running round to square leg.

    "Trego's 94 and 51 are significant contributions in what has turned out to be a relatively low-scoring match. Two wickets to go, but Warwickshire are going to have to make the highest total of the match to win."

    Sam Hain catch
  15. Six maiden overs

    Hampshire 109 & 9-1 v Lancashire 456

    Immaculate bowling from Lancashire's pairing of James Anderson and Kyle Jarvis. Between them they've just bowled six consecutive maiden overs to keep Hampshire in single figures for now. 

  16. WICKET Gale (c Foakes b Rampaul 18)

    Yorkshire 452-5 v Surrey 330

    As one captain reaches 150, another goes as Andrew Gale nicks Ravi Rampaul behind.

    Yorkshire are still in a dominant position though with Joe Root going strong on 178.


    Kent 290-3 v Gloucestershire 337

    Kent skipper Sam Northeast brings up his 150 off 222 balls with 18 fours and one six.

    His side look set for a healthy lead over Gloucestershire at Canterbury.

  18. Close of play at Lord's

    Middlesex 203-3 v Nottinghamshire 354

    Yep, the rain is too heavy in London and day two is called to a close.

    Sam Robson will resume on 114 in the morning along with John Simpson, who is on 66.

  19. Wickets falling at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 152 v Somerset 295 & 136-7

    BBC WM's Mike Taylor has more from the ground:

    "Short-pitched bowling has featured strongly since tea, and another short ball picked up the seventh Somerset wicket.

    "Ryan Davies, keen to counter-attack, hit three fours before pulling Keith Barker to deep backward square leg. The ball has to be hit high to fly out of Boyd Rankin's reach, and it didn't.

    "Peter Trego remains steadfast for Somerset though. His 94 in the first innings was vital to keeping Somerset in the game - his second innings, currently worth 48, may turn out to vital in winning it."

  20. The calm after the storm

    Yorkshire 436-4 v Surrey 330

    Joe Root

    Things are a lot more sedate at Headingley after Jonny Bairstow's blitz.

    Joe Root is creeping up towards 200, he's on 172 - but the run-rate has slowed considerably.

    Root and Andrew Gale have put on 22 in 10 overs. At least I can keep up now!