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Ben Pheazey and James Law

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  1. That's all from us

    County Championship day two

    Dan Lawrence

    We're done for day two - thanks for joining us.

    We'll leave you with this image of Dan Lawrence celebrating his ton for Essex...

    Back for more tomorrow morning but until then, goodbye.

  2. Derbyshire left with a mountain to climb by Kent

    Derbys 210-2 v Kent 561

    Derbyshire made a solid start in reply to Kent's 561 all out on day two of their Division Two contest at Derby's County Ground.

    Kent bowler Matt Henry:

    "There's no doubt it's a really good wicket, and if we can stay patient and disciplined for a long period of time, we can get a result.

    "We looked really like taking wickets towards the end, which is a good sign going into tomorrow.

    "It's about playing the long game. It's probably not the most exciting cricket but we have to get the job done through boring people out, denying them runs and momentum. The wicket is getting low, so we have a good chance to get wickets."

  3. Durham undone by batting woes

    Durham 129 & 133 v Northants 198 & 65-3

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    This was the side's third home defeat in five games this year and the second in which they succumbed inside two days.

    And despite being such a brilliant servant for so many years, captain Paul Collingwood is struggling with form this year.

    This is what Durham coach Jon Lewis had to say about that:

    "This game he probably played a little bit better than he has done recently but didn't make the significant contribution that we need from all of the batters.

    The problem is within the second team there is probably not enough people putting enough good numbers on the board regularly to say - you should be picking me."

    On Durham's struggles with the bat:

    "Batting at home is a problem and in fairness in championship cricket throughout the year has not been great.

    "If you are not a confident batting group and there is a little bit going on for the bowlers it becomes difficult, but we appear to be making it more difficult than it is."

    On the Riverside pitch:

    "130 all out twice in this game is not a fair reflection of the surface. It was a tough surface but if we had managed to set them 150 in the fourth innings we wouldn't have been far off. Across the match we are 100 runs short of where we needed to be."

  4. Close of play at The Oval

    Surrey 375 v Nottinghamshire 101 & 83-2 (trail by 191 runs)

    That's officially it for day two at The Oval, and Notts will return tomorrow morning on 83-2 - needing a further 192 runs to make leaders Surrey bat again...

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  5. Bad light stops play

    Surrey 375 v Nottinghamshire 101 & 83-2 (trail by 191 runs)

    They're not done for the day yet but Surrey and Notts are being brought off for bad light at The Oval.

    Notts are 83-2 - trailing by 191 runs - after being made to follow-on by leaders Surrey.

    Kraigg Brathwaite (39*) and Samit Patel (4*) look set to return in the morning.

  6. Derbyshire name Houghton head of cricket

    Away from the live action, Division Two side Derbyshire have just announced Dave Houghton will become their head of cricket from the end of the season.

    Houghton is batting coach at Middlesex but will leave to have overall responsibility for all cricket management at Derbyshire.

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  7. WICKET Libby lbw Virdi 17

    Surrey 375 v Nottinghamshire 101 & 78-2 (trail by 196 runs)

    Amar Virdi does his aeroplane style celebration for The Oval crowd after his first wicket!

    The Surrey spinner bowls a quicker, flatter ball and traps Jake Libby lbw on his crease for 17.

    Notts have done fairly well overall but are 78-2 - trailing by 196 as they follow on against Surrey, with skipper Samit Patel in next.

  8. Close of play at Bristol

    Gloucestershire 202 & 152-1 v Leicestershire 111 - lead by 243

    Big turnaround for Gloucestershire - who have really dented Leicestershire's hopes of promotion by bundling them out so cheaply in just 54.2 overs.

    Ryan Higgins set the hosts up with 4-26 in 15 overs and a very valuable 68 from Miles Hammond.

    Captain Chris Dent makes it through to stumps on 61 not out.

  9. This could be a long old game

    Derbyshire 210-2 (58 overs) v Kent 561

    Adam Whitty

    BBC Radio Kent at Derby

    Image caption: It’s been a day for batsman in Derby

    After Kent piled on the runs this morning, Derbyshire looked untroubled by a previously potent Kent bowling line-up on day two.

    The pitch is slow - so very slow - and batsman seem capable of driving, sweeping and pulling with ease.

    Wayne Madsen and Alex Hughes will begin tomorrow, aiming first to avoid the follow in total, and then get closer to Kent’s mammoth 561.

    There are fears this could descent into a high-score draw, but there’s a lot of cricket to play.

  10. Surrey bring Virdi on

    Surrey 375 v Nottinghamshire 101 & 69-1 (trail by 205 runs)

    Surrey bring spinner Amar Virdi into the attack as they search for a breakthrough at The Oval.

    Kraigg Brathwaite (36*) and Jake Libby (11*) look as settled as any Notts batsmen today, which isn't exactly saying much...

    They're 69-1 and trailing the Division One leaders by 205 runs with a possible 10 overs left before close.

  11. Close of play at Chelmsford

    Essex 363-6 v Hampshire

    And that's it for now.

    Fidel Edwards was going to bowl but the umpires aren't happy with the light - so off we go.

    The stumps have been removed so that's the close.

    Dan Lawrence is unbeaten on 114 and has played his best Championship innings this summer to date.

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  12. Lawrence frustrates Hampshire

    Essex 363-6 v Hampshire

    Lawrence drives Dawson to deep mid off for one to move to 114.

    How Hampshire would love to prize him out before the close.

    Harmer defends. That's 17 balls for 0 not out but it's survival that counts.

  13. Harmer digs in

    Essex 362-6 v Hampshire

    Maiden for Liam Dawson. That's 23 overs for him today for 1-55.

    Fidel Edwards drops short and Lawrence pulls through mid wicket for a couple and picks up one more with a push to deep point.

    Simon Harmer is well forward to defend. Two overs left.

  14. 'Toil and strife for Somerset'

    Yorkshire 292-7 v Somerset 399

    Isabelle Westbury

    Former Middlesex captain at Headingley

    It was an afternoon of toil and strife for Somerset who tried everything to get rid of Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Andrew Hodd, whose 6th wicket partnership for 173 is the highest of the match to date.

    It fell to Josh Davey to raise the visitors’ spirits right at the end of the day, dismissing Tom Kohler-Cadmore for 81 before trapping Matthew Fisher in front for a duck in the final over.

    Somerset remain on top overall, still 107 runs ahead and with just three more Yorkshire wickets still to get, but there will be some tired bodies tonight. An intriguing couple of days to come.

  15. Close of play at Derby

    Derbyshire 210-2 v Kent 561

    They're still a long way behind but Wayne Madsen has kept the hosts in touch with 60 not out, while Tom Lace and Billy Godleman chipped in with 40 and 71 respectively.

    The deficit is 351.

  16. Division Two round-up

    Ian Bell

    Four matches standing in Division Two...

    Derbyshire have recovered to 210-2 against Kent at Derby, but remain 351 behind at stumps.

    Ivan Thomas dismissed both openers, but Wayne Madsen remains on 60 not out.

    Middlesex ended day two on 210-5 against Sussex at Lord's - a lead of 208. Dawid Malan reaches stumps on 69 not out.

    Leicestershire have taken a wicket at Bristol, but Gloucestershire remain well placed on 148-1 with a lead of 239. Chris Dent is 57 not out.

    Warwickshire have racked up maximum batting points at Colwyn Bay, where they're 434-6 against Glamorgan. Ian Bell is 203 not out and the Bears lead by 231.

  17. Still going strong at The Oval

    Surrey 375 v Nottinghamshire 101 & 64-1 (trail by 209 runs)

    Still going at The Oval, where there are 15 more overs to be bowled tonight - whether we manage that or not is another matter.

    Kraigg Brathwaite has moved onto 31 for Notts with his fourth boundary, with Jake Libby with him on 10 as Notts are on 64-1.

    They're still 209 runs behind leaders Surrey, who will end the day on top no matter what.

  18. Close of play at Lord's

    Middlesex 169 & 210-5 v Sussex 171 - lead by 208.

    Batting has been a bit easier this time round, but take nothing away form Dawid Malan, who battled hard for his unbeaten 69 in an innings that has occupied 173 balls.

    He'll be joined in the morning by James Harris - on 24.

  19. WICKET Wheater b Dawson 52

    Essex 351-6 v Hampshire

    Breakthrough for Hampshire!

    Adam Wheater tries to whip Liam Dawson through leg and the ball ricochets off his pads and into the stumps.

    A sad end to a fine innings. Simon Harmer joins Dan Lawrence.