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Div Two: First for Tomlinson

Hampshire seamer James Tomlinson enjoyed a moment to remember against Gloucestershire in Division Two of the LV= County Championship - but it wasn't with the ball in his hand.

Hampshire's no 11 registered a maiden first-class 50 on a rain-hit second day at the Ageas Bowl, as he and David Balcombe - who made 65 not out - carried their last-wicket stand to 115.

Tomlinson finally fell for 51 but from 182-9 late on day one, having lost seven wickets for 38 in a middle-order collapse, Hampshire's tail managed to wag to get them up to 297 all out.

Not content with his batting heroics, Tomlinson then came out and claimed the one Gloucestershire wicket to fall before weather intervened, trapping opener Chris Dent lbw for 30.

William Tavare, who was unbeaten with 44 including eight fours, and Alex Gidman (11 not out) took the away county to 94-1 but only 32.2 overs of play were possible on Tuesday.

At Colwyn Bay, openers Jacques Rudolph and Will Bragg - who both made 73 - launched a Glamorgan fightback in their clash with Surrey, though the hosts still face a tough challenge to avoid defeat with a day to go.

Experienced off-spinner Gareth Batty claimed two late wickets as Glamorgan finished on 182-2, still requiring 175 to avoid an innings defeat after Surrey declared their first innings at 589-8.

Unselfishly skipper Gary Wilson decided to bring a halt to the Surrey innings following a break for rain despite him being on 97 not out.

The Ireland international saw Jason Roy (70) run out early on the third morning, but shared a stand of 61 with Batty (26) before adding a further 97 with Chris Tremlett, who made 56 in a hurry.

Mitchell Claydon followed up his five-wicket haul on day one against Leicestershire by hitting a career-best 77 on Tuesday at Grace Road, putting Kent in a strong position at the halfway stage.

Claydon led a tail-end recovery that took Kent to a total of 302 and a first-innings lead of 85. They had begun the morning session on 106-5, still behind by 111.

Former Leicestershire favourite Darren Stevens then followed up a half-century of his own with two early wickets to leave the home side on 87-3 when bad light brought an premature end.

The Foxes found themselves with a lead of just two runs thanks to an unbeaten stand of 52 between opener Greg Smith (42) and Josh Cobb (17).

Nick Browne's second half-century in as many Championship matches helped Essex to 202-5 in reply to Derbyshire's total of 275.

The left-handed opener had reached a career-best 86 not out after more than five hours at the crease before a storm prevented any play after tea at Chesterfield.

Essex lost Ravi Bopara to the 10th ball of the morning and Jesse Ryder perished for 32, but visiting skipper James Foster (29) helped put on a fourth-wicket stand of 74 with the in-form Browne.