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Live Reporting

By Paul Grunill and Felix Keith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Signing off

    Sean Dickson

    That's all for day two, which has seen some remarkable cricket.

    Top of the bill was Kent's Sean Dickson, whose 318 against Northants is the highest score of the season and the second-highest of all time for Kent. Joe Denly, who made 182, also shared a Kent record stand of 382 with the South African as their side piled up over 700 at Beckenham.

    Elsewhere, there were centuries for Middlesex's Stevie Eskinazi, Hampshire's George Bailey and Ben Duckett of Northants.

    It wasn't all about batsmen, though, with Gloucestershire's Liam Norwell taking 6-38 to inspire a two-day win over Glamorgan, Somerset's Craig Overton claiming 5-78 against Yorkshire and Derbyshire debutant Imran Tahir returning 5-98 in their home game against Durham.

    Please join us again tomorrow at 10:30 BST to see what the third day has in store.

  2. Close of play scores

    Division One

    Hampshire 648-7 dec v Surrey 113-1

    Hampshire lead by 535 runs

    Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 302-6

    Warwickshire lead by 32 runs

    Somerset 268 v Yorkshire 159-7

    Somerset lead by 109 runs

    Division Two

    Derbyshire 368 v Durham 274-8

    Derbyshire lead by 94 runs

    Glamorgan 117 & 158 v Gloucestershire 141 & 137-0

    Gloucestershire won by 10 wickets

    Kent 701-7 dec v Northamptonshire 180-1

    Kent lead by 521 runs

  3. Eskinazi keeps Bears at bay

    Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 302-6 (85 overs)

    A burst by Keith Barker and Rikki Clarke in the final overs of play fails to dislodge Middlesex's seventh-wicket pair as Stevie Eskinazi reaches stumps at Edgbaston with a career-best 178 not out against his name, having hit three sixes and 24 fours and faced 240 deliveries.

    The visitors trail by only 32 runs, and have earned their third batting point, despite a fine spell of 3-29 from 16 overs by Warwickshire spinner Jeetan Patel.

  4. Middlesex in defensive mode

    Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 298-6 (80 overs)

    So we have only one match remaining and Middlesex appear to have moved into 'playing-for-stumps' mode with five overs left to the close. Stevie Eskinazi is now 177 not out and James Harris is five. Can Warwickshire separate this pair in the time left to them?

  5. Durham pair defy Tahir

    Derbyshire 368 v Durham 274-8 (78 overs)

    After Derbyshire's 10th-wicket pair of Billy Godleman and Gurjit Sandhu put on 102 earlier in the day at Chesterfield, they in turn find themselves frustrated by lower-order resolve from Paul Coughlin and Barry McCarthy for Durham.

    They have shared an unbroken stand of 69 to stumps, with Coughlin 62 not out and McCarthy on 32. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been the main threat for Derbyshire and finishes day two with a maiden for figures of 5-98. The home side lead by 94.

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  7. Eskinazi on the attack

    Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 288-6 (75 overs)

    We mentioned earlier that Middlesex's Stevie Eskinazi had shown a liking for the bowling of paceman Boyd Rankin, and the first three balls of his latest over disappear for four, four and six.

    A single follows to spare Rankin from further punishment, but that's 15 off the over.

  8. WICKET Higgins (c Ambrose b Patel) 6

    Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 273-6 (74 overs)

    Two wickets in five overs for Jeetan Patel and Warwickshire as Ryan Higgins is caught behind. They are 61 in front, but Stevie Eskinazi is still there, and has now equalled his career-best score of 157. James Harris is the new man at the crease, with 11 overs remaining.

  9. Stumps at The Oval

    Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 113-1 (30 overs)

    The end of an excellent day for Hampshire, with Rory Burns unbeaten on 45 alongside nightwatchman Conor McKerr, who is yet to score.

    Just four wickets fell in the day's play, but the final one - that of Mark Stoneman - will gave Hampshire a bit of hope going into day three. However, it seems unlikely they can take 19 more wickets on a flat wicket to turn a draw into a win.

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  10. Stumps at Beckenham

    Kent 701-7d v Northants 180-1 (48 overs)

    So Ben Duckett squeezed in consecutive hundreds just before the close at Beckenham.

    Northants are 521 runs behind Kent with nine wickets in hand. Duckett has 101 not out, while Alex Wakeley is 14 not out.

  11. for Ben Duckett

    Kent 701-7d v Northants 176-1 (46 overs)

    Ben Duckett reaches his 100 before the close, hitting Joe Denly for a four to move onto 101 not out.

    He's faced 153 balls for his second County Championship ton of the season, which will give him plenty of confidence.

  12. for Paul Coughlin

    Derbyshire 368 v Durham 252-8 (69 overs)

    Two runs off Gurjit Sandhu carries Paul Coughlin to a 64-ball half-century. It's been a very responsible innings, and perhaps offers an insight into why the club have entrusted him with the T20 Blast captaincy this season. He has added 47 in over with Barry McCarthy (25*), but leg-spinner Imran Tahir continues to wheel away and has 5-92 so far.

  13. for Stevie Eskinazi

    Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 264-5 (71 overs)

    Stevie Eskinazi hits a boundary off Jonathan Trott and adds three more runs later in the over to reach 150 off 205 deliveries. He is closing in on his career-best score of 157 against Yorkshire last summer, and Middlesex are now only 69 behind Warwickshire's first innings total, with two batting points secured so far.

  14. WICKET Stoneman (c Rossouw b Ervine) 57

    Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 103-1 (27 overs)

    Drama at The Oval! Mark Stoneman is very unhappy as he eventually drags himself away from the crease having been dismissed by Sean Ervine.

    The ball balloons to Rilee Rossouw at first slip. Has he edged it? Has it hit his foot? Doesn't matter: Surrey have lost a cheap wicket before the close.

    Nightwatchman Conor McKerr comes out with three overs left.

  15. WICKET Simpson (c Hain b Patel) 24

    Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 253-5 (69.4 overs)

    We really ought to have learned by now. As soon as you say a team or a player are doing well, a wicket falls. It's happened again at Edgbaston where John Simpson has become off-spinner Jeetan Patel's second victim of the day. His stand with Stevie Eskinazi added 57 - Ryan Higgins is the new batsman.

  16. Middlesex pair post 50 stand

    Warwickshire 334 v Middlesex 248-4 (68 overs)

    The Middlesex ship, which was in danger of listing at 196-4, has now been put back on an even keel by Stevie Eskinazi and John Simpson, who have compiled a 50 partnership in 14 overs. Runs are not flowing against Jeetan Patel and Jonathan Trott, but Eskinazi has now reached 142 not out, with his partner on 20.

  17. Duckett enjoying himself

    Kent 701-7d v Northants 156-1 (42 overs)

    Ben Duckett is batting well at Beckenham. The left-hander was dropped early on at slip, but has moved well since, making 83 from 130 balls so far.

    Which pitch is flatter: Beckenham or The Oval? Wickets have been hard to come by at both today. Four overs left.

  18. McCarthy denies Tahir

    Derbyshire 368 v Durham 213-8 (62 overs)

    No hat-trick for Imran Tahir as Barry McCarthy plays the first ball of his new over away for a single. Still 16 to go at Chesterfield, but Durham only need a handful more to be sure of not following on.

  19. for Mark Stoneman

    Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 87-0 (22 overs)

    Mark Stoneman's fine form continues, as he moves to fifty from his 68th ball with a single off Gareth Berg.

    The Surrey opener has hit nine fours, including some lovely cover-drives, making the most of a supremely flat pitch.

  20. WICKET Poynter (c Palladino b Tahir) 20

    Derbyshire 368 v Durham 205-8 (60 overs)

    This has certainly been Derbyshire's day and Imran Tahir has Stuart Poynter caught in the gully before bowling Matty Potts with his next delivery to complete a five-for. He'll be on a hat-trick at the start of the next over too.