Surrey vs Yorkshire
Surrey claimed the advantage on day 2 after Ollie Pope had the saved the opening day for the hosts. Yorkshire suffered a batting collapse at the top and only Kohler-Cadmore could muster a fifty while Jon Tattersall remained stranded on 45 as Yorkshire were bowled out for 179. Tom Lawes did the bulk of the damage with a four-fer. Yorkshire were asked to follow-on and are 89 for 2 at stumps on day 2. Table toppers Surrey go into the third day bearing all the aces.
Somerset vs Northamptonshire
Somerset managed to get into the driver’s position after end of day 2. Their innings ended at 389 with Rob Keogh picking up four wickets for Northamptonshire. In reply, the Northants unit only had Will Young battling it out for them. Craig Overton and Josh Davey shared the ruins for Somerset and had the visitors reeling at 184 for 6 at stumps on day 2.
Hampshire vs Kent
The game moved quickly, rather rapidly, between Kent and Hampshire. Kent’s 165 in the first innings could only muster a meagre 57 as an answer from Hampshire. Kent were bowled out for 269 in their second innings as their skipper Jack Leaning scored a ton. Set a target of 378, Hampshire were 105 for 4. Day 3 ideally should see the final rites of the match being performed.
Gloucestershire vs Warwickshire
Gloucestershire fell 19 short in the first innings exchange against Warwickshire. Zafar Gohar also starred with the bat for the hosts. And his partnership with Taylor ensured Gloucestershire were able to bridge the gap. But then Warwickshire were reduced to 58 for 5 in their second innings, with the centurion from the first innings Dom Sibley getting out for a blob. Tom Price was the star with a four-fer for the visitors.
Essex vs Lancashire
Lancashire and Essex played out a low scoring thriller at the County ground with the visitors taking the game by 38 runs on day 2. Lancashire managed 131 and 73 where as Essex managed 107 and 59 on a wicket where bowlers ruled the roost. Defending a double-digit score, George Balderson picked a hat-trick and with Will Williams snared up 9 of the 10 wickets to bowl out Essex for 59. This win has helped Lancashire to climb to number 3 in the table.
Worcestershire vs Nottinghamshire
Powered by Gareth Roderick ton, Worcestershire tallied up 390 in their first innings. This after they were reduced to 99 for 5 on day 1. This fightback also wrestled back the momentum and Nottinghamshire barely put up a fight in their first innings as they were bowled out for 128. They were asked to follow-on. In the second essay too, the Notts were in trouble at 129 for 6 and Worcestershire would look to close the game early on day 3.
Leicestershire vs Middlesex
From 293 for 8 to 297 all out, Leicestershire put an early closure to Middlesex’s innings. However, their batters couldn’t take much advantage of that and were rattled early. They were 66 for 5 before Harry Swindells and Tom Scriven scored fifties to arrest the slide. Leicestershire then managed to get things back on track and finished the day at 273 for 9.
Glamorgan vs Derbyshire
David Lloyd continued to grab the headlines on the second day as well as he scored a triple hundred to help his side breach the 500 mark. In reply Derbyshire seemed a jaded batting unit and lost wickets in a flurry. Harry Came and Anuj Dal have conjured up 60 runs for the sixth wicket and Derbyshire still trail by 415 runs with only five wickets left.
Durham vs Sussex
Durham hogged the control of the game against Sussex as three of their top four batters scored fifties. Three of them crossed the 80 run barrier but none managed a ton. Chris Benjamin also scored a fifty and like his mates failed to register a triple digit score as Durham declared on 459 for 7. Sussex will have to wipe of a deficit of 291 going into day 3.