Durham and Lancs enjoy days
County Championship leaders Durham enjoyed a profitable afternoon against Derbyshire, while Lancashire closed on promotion from Division Two.
A review of Thursday's action in the LV= County Championship.
LV= County Championship leaders Durham enjoyed a profitable second half of day two to take the momentum in their clash with Derbyshire.
Durham slipped from 173 for two at lunch to 277 for seven at tea and were bowled out for 298 despite half-centuries from Paul Borrington (75) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (53).
Chris Rushworth took five for 47 and Graham Onions four for 62 for the leaders who reached 82 for two in response, Tony Palladino with both wickets.
Nearest challengers Yorkshire were looking to build a first-innings lead against Sussex as Kane Williamson compiled an unbeaten 80 at Hove.
Last man Lewis Hatchett hit 21 before falling to Ryan Sidebottom (four for 50) to end the hosts' innings.
The Tykes closed on 246 for four in reply, Williamson putting on 164 with Adam Lyth, who fell seven short of a century, and 45 with Andrew Gale before James Anyon pegged them back with the late wickets of Gale and Jonny Bairstow.
Nick Compton's exemplary technique shone through as Somerset gained a first-innings lead of 65 over Surrey on the second day of their relegation battle at Taunton.
The England discard hit 66 in testing conditions to help his side make 260 in reply to Surrey's 195 on a day curtailed by 19.3 overs because of poor light.
By the close Surrey had made 13 without loss in their second innings and trailed by 52.
Nottinghamshire piled up 430 for seven declared against Middlesex, who reached 96 without loss in reply at Lord's.
Steven Mullaney made 125 and David Hussey (67) and Andre Adams (80) both scored at more than a run a ball to power Notts to a declaration at tea.
But Chris Rogers hit 67 and opening partner Sam Robson also could not be shifted in the evening session.
In Division Two, Paul Horton scored his second successive hundred as Lancashire moved closer to promotion with a strong day two performance against Leicestershire at Old Trafford.
The Sydney-born opener, captaining Lancashire for the first time in the Championship with Glen Chapple out injured, underpinned a first innings score of 344 for four from 97 overs at the close with an unbeaten 150 from 260 balls, including 22 fours.
With third-placed Essex missing out on three batting bonus points in their match at Kent, Lancashire - who have already secured four - need 12 more points to secure a return to Division One and 20 more to go up as champions.
Essex nevertheless took command of their clash with Kent at Canterbury as David Masters took six for 41 to bowl the hosts out for 107.
Essex fell from 186 for four overnight to 276 all out despite 46 from captain James Foster, but that was nothing compared to the carnage to come.
Only four Kent batsmen reached double figures, Ben Harmison top-scoring with 30 not out from number five, as Masters was ably backed up by Graham Napier (three for 36). Following on, they were eight without loss in 10 overs, Masters bowling four overs for no runs.
Hampshire made 428 against Worcestershire thanks to their middle and lower order, with half-centuries for Sean Terry, Chris Wood and Matt Coles while Michael Bates scored 41.
Worcestershire were 101 for two in reply with Sri Lanka star Thilan Samaraweera unbeaten on 40.
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