LV=CC, June 2: As it happened
Recap the action from the LV= County Championship with Leicestershire needing another 108 for a historic win, Nottinghamshire recovering through Samit Patel's 88, and James Faulkner rescuing Lancashire against Surrey with a maiden ton.
By Matt Somerford, Will Jackson & Bibhash Dash
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7.20pm - Round-ups. Here we go people. This is not a drill!
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Steve Magoffin's 4-48 for Sussex meant Nottinghamshire were forced to rally from 108 for seven, and did so superbly thanks to Samit Patel's 88 and Luke Wood yet again batting well for a half-century, to put them on 228 without further loss and with a lead of 294.
Opener Daryl Mitchell scored his first century of the season, an unbeaten 142 giving Worcestershire the chance to declare on 403 for five with a lead of 180, as Hampshire ended on one for none.
Middlesex lost nine wickets today and finished on 260, with Rikki Clarke and Boyd Rankin taking three each for Warwickshire, who then responded with 58 for two to stretch their lead to 140.
Leicestershire are on course for a historic win, after closing play on 55 without loss, and need another 108 for victory against Essex at Chelmsford, after Charlie Shreck and Ben Raine ran through the hosts' batting.
James Faulkner scored a superb maiden first-class century on debut for Lancashire, as his 121 dragged the Red Rose out of the mire of 108 for six to close the day on 342 for eight and 106 behind Surrey.
Amid a washed out morning, Northamptonshire were in all sorts against Glamorgan after being forced to follow-on - dismissed in the first innings for 157 - but fought back later in the day with a third-wicket century stand between Rob Keogh and Rob Newton to end on 163 for four.
There was no play possible between Derbyshire and Gloucestershire at the 3aaa County Ground, following overnight rain, meaning the hosts are still on 77 for two.
7.10pm - Aaaaaand, pencils down! Or bats, if you so wish. It's STUMPS at Lord's.
Mid v War War lead by 140 runs War 58 for 2 (24.2 overs) Close of Play http://t.co/Pb7dDnpM07 #totalcricketscorer — Warwickshire CCC (@CricketingBears) June 2, 2015
7.08pm - Varun Chopra has moved to 30 for Warwickshire, who have a final over to see out before the close. Round-ups to follow shortly, promise!
7pm - End of the day for Northants and Glamorgan. The former doing better in the second innings after being forced to follow-on.
CLOSE: Northants 163/4 still trailing by 51 runs ahead of the final day's play tomorrow. Newton 89* Rossington 25* #GlavNor — Glamorgan Cricket (@GlamCricket) June 2, 2015
6.50pm - There is still play going on at two locations - the SWALEC Stadium, and Lord's.
Lancashire and Surrey have called it a day. The Red Rose finishing on a credible 342 for eight after being 108 for six.
And that's close: Great end to the day for Lancs, who are 342-8 in reply to 448. Bailey 21, Jarvis 13. Take a bow Faulkner and Clark. — Lancashire CCC (@LancsCCC) June 2, 2015
6.45pm - After bowling well, Warwickshire are stuttering with the bat slightly, as Jonathon Webb is gone to leave them on 33 for two.
And STUMPS is called at the Ageas Bowl, with Hampshire taking a solitary run in their second innings, off the final delivery of the day. They trail by 180.
Close: Notts finish on 228-7 with Patel 88* and Wood 52*, a lead of 294 #NottsvSuss — Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) June 2, 2015
6.36pm - Into the final throes of the day now. STUMPS has been called at Trent Bridge where Notts have rallied well to reach 228 for seven, with Wood getting to his half-century as well.
6.28pm - Newton loses another batting partner, this time with Josh Cobb going for just one and Northants are now 129 for four.
Faulkner gone! Bowled by Dunn for excellent 121. Lancs 312-8. — Lancashire CCC (@LancsCCC) June 2, 2015
6.25pm - It's STUMPS at Chelmsford, where Leicestershire are 55 without loss and need another 108 to win against Essex.
Lancashire have avoided the follow-on, having reached 304 for seven, while Worcestershire break the 400 barrier, and promptly DECLARE! 403 for five the final tally with a lead of 181 on Hampshire.
6.20pm - And a wicket also at the Kia Oval, where Clark has at last fallen for a well-made 63. Lancashire, on 292, have just three wickets left and are still 156 behind.
Opener Ateeq Javid is out for Warwickshire, making just eight.
100 partnership between Patel (84*) and Wood (41*) brought up with a six down the ground, Notts 213-7, a lead of 279 #NottsvSuss — Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) June 2, 2015
6.12pm - Oh dear! The Two Robs have now been reduced to one. Keogh is run out (or possibly couldn't stand any more of my puns) in attempting a second, and he goes for 43. Northants are 123 for three and trail Glamorgan by 91.
6.10pm - Well played Faulkner! The Australian gets to a maiden first-class century on debut for Lancashire - in 141 deliveries - to dig them out of a hole at the Kia Oval.
Leicestershire motor on to 38 without loss after 10 overs, needing another 125 for that win.
200 up for Notts, Patel unbeaten on 74 and Wood moving to 38*, a lead of 266 #NottsvSuss — Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) June 2, 2015
Ben Cox also reaches a personal landmark for Worcestershire, a half-century against Hampshire coming in 53 deliveries.
6.05pm - Amid all the thrilling county action, we must not forget the big stories of the day.
And of course, they are New Zealand's win against England earlier today, which you can read about here. The other major development we're on top of, is that England have named a 14-man squad for the Royal London one-day international series against New Zealand beginning next week.
5.58pm - When it's your game, it's your game. Luke Wood scored a century for Notts, took three wickets, and has now survived being bowled courtesy of a no-ball from Chris Jordan. Insert *will buy lottery ticket later* joke here.
5.50pm - Of the two Robs, Newton is the first to get to a half-century, doing so in 92 deliveries, and he then cracks a four to take Northants into 101 for two.
Lancashire 260-6...Clark 54*, Faulkner 87* — Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) June 2, 2015
5.45pm - Leicestershire are eager to get moving in this run chase. Matthew Boyce and Angus Robson have put on 18 without loss in four overs.
5.35pm - Into the last scheduled hour of the day, which is always a great time to put up a pun or two. Northants are threatening to 'Rob' Glamorgan of their late advantage. Thank you! Your applause means a lot to me...
But Keogh and Newton have indeed put together a superb stand of 75 to bring the bright spark needed after the follow-on was enforced.
Also enjoying the fruits of a rescue act are Lancashire.
Maiden first-class fifty for Jordan Clark. Off 113 balls with 3x4s and 2x6s. 238-6. — Lancashire CCC (@LancsCCC) June 2, 2015
5.30pm - So we have 15 overs left tonight at Chelmsford for Leicestershire to make a start on that run-chase. Elsewhere, Warwickshire have an 86-run lead and 26 overs to bat out today after Middlesex were bowled out for 260.
There's also a FIFTY partnership for Patel and Luke Wood for Notts, who are fighting back with all they've got at 159 for seven.
That's a Leicestershire PB for @Shreck of 5-71. 27 LV=CC wickets for the season so far #wellbowled — Leicestershire CCC (@leicsccc) June 2, 2015
5.20pm - All Out! Essex are finally sent packing for 276 with a lead of 162. James Porter was the last man to go, and it's now over to Leicestershire and whether or not they can pull of that elusive win.
5.15pm - Patel doing really well under the circumstances for Notts, bringing up a half-century. Difficult conditions now for Middlesex who are nine down after Toby Roland-Jones departs for 32.
50 for Samit Patel coming off 65 balls with eight fours, Notts 149-7 with a lead of 215 #NottsvSuss — Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) June 2, 2015
5.10pm - Shreck strikes now for Leicestershire. The end is nigh for Essex, while there's positive news out of the Kia Oval with Lancashire bidding to avoid the follow-on.
100 partnership between Faulkner and Clark arrives..Lancashire 211-6 — Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) June 2, 2015
5.06pm - Ben Raine again on fire for Leicestershire! Eight wickets for the match as he accounts for Graham Napier to leave Essex on 272 for eight. Surely a matter of time before the Foxes are batting again?
And a wicket also at the Ageas Bowl where Joe Clarke's 22-ball six is ended by Danny Briggs.
WICKET - @DannyBriggs19 strikes again! @lewis_mcmanus again takes a good catch to dismiss Clarke (6) - 289-5 - https://t.co/jbx6sz718x — Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) June 2, 2015
5pm - Couple of landmarks to report in now. Mitchell takes 33 deliveries to go from 91 to triple figures for Worcestershire, 248 balls in total for that century. Lancashire make it to 200 as a team with the Faulkner-Clarke combination nearing its own century.
4.55pm - It's as patient as it can get for Worcestershire, as Daryl Mitchell and Joe Clarke try to steady things on 281 for four. Northamptonshire too keep things calm and collected after those two early wickets. They are 42 for two and trail Glamorgan by 172.
NOR are 42-2 (16). Newton 29*, Keogh 7*. #NORvGLA — Northants Cricket (@NorthantsCCC) June 2, 2015
4.50pm - Slowly they circle. Charlie Shreck gets his third wicket for Leicestershire, to get rid of James Foster with Essex on 266 for seven and with a lead of 152.
Can Samit be the saviour for Notts? He's just clubbed Oliver Robinson for successive fours to move to 39.
4.40pm - Two in the same over for Magoffin! Notts go seven down with Gidman out for a duck. Wickets elsewhere, as poor Tom Westley falls three short of a century for Essex. Meanwhile, Colin Munro is out for 34 as Worcestershire are 267 for four.
At the other end of that spectrum, is Faulkner.
James Faulkner has a debut fifty off 61 balls 5x4s. Lancs 175-6. — Lancashire CCC (@LancsCCC) June 2, 2015
4.35pm - But lo! Magoffin strikes yet again for Sussex. Greg Smith is out for just 11, to leave Notts on 108 for six. The beginning of the end?
WICKET.. Magoffin strikes after tea, Smith is caught behind by Brown for 11 and Nottinghamshire aer 108 for 6, a lead of 174 runs #GOSBTS — Sussex CCC (@SussexCCC) June 2, 2015
4.33pm - Notts edge into triple figures at Trent Bridge after tea, while the two Robs (Keogh and Newton) try to keep Northamptonshire afloat at the SWALEC. 15 for two with 200 to make Glamorgan bat again.
4.28pm - Lancashire are continuing that slow progress of recovery, as the partnership between Jordan Clark and James Faulkner reaches 50. Still 290 behind Surrey though with four wickets left.
It's successive fours for Mitchell at the Ageas Bowl, as he ticks into the nineties for Worcestershire.
4.18pm - Essex resume batting after tea, while Notts go in for their tea. The hosts at Trent Bridge under the cosh at 94 for five, but do have a lead of 160. How many will be needed to keep Sussex at bay?
TEA also at Lord's and it will be a welcome break for Middlesex that's for sure.
4.10pm - Not much hanging around at Lord's for the Middlesex batsmen. James Harris is removed for a two-ball duck and Clarke has his third scalp. The hosts are 206 for eight.
WICKET: Coetzer is Bowled by Wagg for 4. NOR are 15-2 (7). Keogh joins Newton 11* at the Crease. #NORvGLA — Northants Cricket (@NorthantsCCC) June 2, 2015
4.05pm - Play has begun at the Ageas Bowl, with Hampshire trying to make inroads into that Worcestershire batting lineup. The visitors are 230 for three, as Daryl Mitchell moves to 80.
And there's a wicket to tell you about from Lord's, as Rayner's short stay comes to an end, Clarke catching him off his own bowling for a second wicket.
4pm - There is, of course, also the small matter of a Test match going on at Headingley today. The final session has begun, with New Zealand needing two England wickets to win. And yes, we have a blogger madly typing away there as well. Proceed by clicking here.
And that is tea...Lancashire 143-6 Faulkner 25*, Clark 10* — Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) June 2, 2015
3.55pm - Middlesex make it to 200 against Warwickshire, still trailing by 142. Will Ollie Rayner and Neil Dexter see out the rest of the day? Will the Bears bite back? And how long will I hold out before tucking into my next meal? These big questions will be answered soon...
Speaking of which, they've taken TEA at Chelmsford where Essex are 235 for five, with Tom Westley on 87. He'll need a good helping of cake and biscuits to help him bat out another extended session.
3.45pm - We are nearing the final session of the day, and we begin with a wicket. Chris Jordan helps pile on the misery for Notts, who have lost wicket number five now for 76. Riki Wessels departs for 26.
Mid v War War lead by 147 runs Mid 195 for 6 (52.3 overs) WKT - Simpson c Evans b Patel 1 http://t.co/Pb7dDn8b8z #totalcricketscorer — Warwickshire CCC (@CricketingBears) June 2, 2015
3.37pm - Glamorgan have enforced the follow-on...and Graham Wagg strikes first ball! Stephen Peters edges behind.
After the latest inspection the umpires have approved a 4pm start at the Ageas Bowl.
WICKET - Middx 192-5. Compton c Trott (long leg) b Rankin 74. #MIDvWAR #TeamMiddlesex — Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) June 2, 2015
3.27pm - Big wicket for Leicestershire. ten Doeschate did so well to bring Essex back into the game but his time is up as Charlie Shreck gets his man. Lead of 106 and five wickets left.
3.23pm - Andrew Salter does as all good spinners do and nips in to dismiss to tail-end. He's finished with 3-5, but will Glamorgan enforce the follow-on?
Sussex have recovered superbly from a disappointing display with the bat and James Taylor is the latest batsman to go cheaply.
ALL OUT: Northants finish their innings on 157 #GlavNor — Glamorgan Cricket (@GlamCricket) June 2, 2015
3.18pm - Leicestershire will be hoping for a similar impact with the new ball when it arrives in 10 overs time. They took two quick wickets last night but an excellent partnership for the fifth wicket has taken Essex's lead up towards the 100 mark.
Cobb is on his way now. It was a good effort from the all-rounder - he made 54 - but he's the ninth wicket to fall with Northants still 214 in arrears.
Further inspection at 3.30pm at Ageas Bowl — Worcestershire CCC (@WorcsCCC) June 2, 2015
3.14pm - STUMPS! No play at the 3aaa County Ground I'm afraid. It has been called off for the day due to a wet outfield.
There is a second wicket for Meaker at the Oval. The first was his first since September, but they're along like London buses as Alex Davies is caught behind.
Wicket: Magoffin has his 8th of the match, Hales caught behind for 5, Notts 38-3 with a lead 104 #NottsvSuss — Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) June 2, 2015
3.06pm - That's the one Surrey wanted. Petersen has one, caught behind off the bowling of Stuart Meaker, and league leaders Lancashire and in real danger of following-on here.
Essex bring up the 200 as ten Doeschate flies past Westley's total of 70. Panic stations for the Foxes?
Meanwhile a patient Nick Compton has passed fifty as he continues to defy the Warwickshire attack. Boyd Rankin is currently in his second over, in the 46th of the innings!
WICKET: Glamorgan's @AndySalts picks up the wicket of Willey for 6 and Northants now 136/8 #GlavNor — Glamorgan Cricket (@GlamCricket) June 2, 2015
2.51pm - Steven Mullaney goes in the next over! Ollie Robinson has him caught by...yep you've guessed it, Chris Jordan.
Steven Croft and Alviro Petersen had staged some sort of recovery but the skipper has fallen to Zafar Ansari for 21.
Wicket: Brendan Taylor is bowled for seven, Magoffin making the breakthrough, Notts 28-1 #NottsvSuss — Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) June 2, 2015
2.38pm - Unlucky for Rossington. In the same over he's been run out backing up at the non-striker's end.
Ben Duckett follows for a duck. Craig Meschede now has three for the innings.
2.35pm - Ryan ten Doeschate and Rossington follow Westley in making half-centuries. Both at almost a run-a-ball.
Do the Foxes have that killer instinct to get over the line? Essex currently have a 75-run partnership...
Great news! The rain has stopped and the ground-staff have begun their clear-up for an umpires inspection at 3pm. — Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) June 2, 2015
2.23pm - James Franklin goes without scoring! As the old saying goes; 'one brings two'.
Tom Westley has passed fifty now and it's turning out to be an important innings. Can he match Angus Robson's century from yesterday?
50 Partnership between Westley and ten Doeschate of which Ryan has contributed 38. Now 148 for 4. #EssvLei — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) June 2, 2015
2.18pm - Just as Eoin Morgan was starting to cut loose in his first Championship game of the season, he's holed out to long leg on 44.
The progress has been smooth for Northants since their restart however, Adam Rossington and Josh Cobb have brought up the 100.
2.12pm - News from Derby is the pitch is still unfit for play, and there will be a further inspection at 3.15pm.
This certainly is a big blow for Lancashire. Ashwell Prince has been in stunning form so far this season. They're in trouble, still 393 behind.
Prince gone! He's been trapped lbw by Curran for 20 and Lancs are 55-3. — Lancashire CCC (@LancsCCC) June 2, 2015
1.53pm - The #WelbeckWizard appears to be Jake Ball....who has picked up a maiden career five-wicket haul with that dismissal.
He quickly follows it up with a sixth as he traps Matt Hobden leg before to give Nottinghamshire a lead of 66 after the first innings.
The #WelbeckWizard scatters the stumps of Craig Cachopa for 54 to reduce the visitors to 185-9, still trailing by 70 runs #NottsvSuss — Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) June 2, 2015
1.45pm - Craig Cachopa has had a tough time of it this year but he's broken the shackles with a half-century at Trent Bridge...but loses his partner Ollie Robinson in the next over.
Essex have edged into the lead at the Essex County Ground, with six wickets remaining.
1.31pm - We're back under way at the Kia Oval after bad light called an early end to the morning session.
There is due to be an inspection at any moment in Wales, and despite reports of a damp outfield, play is due to start in just over 10 minutes time.
Further inspection here at 1.30pm fingers crossed we can be underway around 2pm #GlavNor — Glamorgan Cricket (@GlamCricket) June 2, 2015
1.10pm - Here is a round-up of the scores. The weather has prevented any play in three games this morning, although Leicestershire have dodged the worst of it as they push for that long-awaited Championship win.
Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball made early headway before Luke Wood ended a 69-run stand between Chris Jordan and Craig Cahopa as Sussex went to lunch at 173 for seven – a deficit of 82 runs.
Sam Robson was the only batsman to fall during a session interrupted by rain and bad light as Middlesex reached 101 for two against Warwickshire.
The weather prevented any play this morning at the Ageas Bowl where Worcestershire are 221 for three and just a run behind Hampshire.
Leicestershire claimed a pair of wickets, Ravi Bopara and Jesse Ryder, as they pushed towards an overdue win with Essex still trailing by 12 runs at 102 for four.
Lancashire hit early trouble after bowling out Surrey for 448 as they took an early lunch, due to bad light, at 29 for two.
The umpires were due to inspect at Derbyshire at 2pm after wind blew the covers off last night and left a wet patch in the bowlers’ run-up at one end of the wicket. The hosts are 77 for two after Gloucestershire made 329.
There was also no play before lunch at the SWALEC Stadium where Northamptonshire are 79 for five against Glamorgan.
Lunch: Robinson hits the last ball for an uppish four before the players head off with Sussex 173-7, trailing by 82 runs #NottsvSuss — Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) June 2, 2015
12.50pm - An early lunch is being taken at the Oval due to the bad light while it is raining at Lord's so lunch is set to be called there too. They will inspect again at 2pm at Derby.
Off for bad light. An early lunch will not be taken yet as it was rescheduled for 13.30. We'll keep you posted. #MIDvWAR #TeamMiddlesex — Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) June 2, 2015
12.39pm - Leicestershire have a second wicket this morning as Charlie Shreck pins back the stumps of Jesse Ryder after he hit a 22-ball 20. Essex still trail by 22 runs with four wickets down.
Bad light has sent the players off at the Oval with Lancashire 29 for two.
12.37pm - Wood is back amongst the wickets as he rearranges Jordan's stumps and Sussex are 153 for seven. That was an important stand for the visitors, though, as they edge back into the game.
There will be an inspection at the SWALEC Stadium at 1.10pm.
12.23pm - Surrey have another as Paul Horton nibbles at Matt Dunn and the leaders are 13 for two.
Craig Cachopa and Chris Jordan have put on 50 for the seventh wicket at Trent Bridge. Cachopa was handed a life earlier when Brendan Taylor put him down off Harry Gurney. Jordan is not a man to drop chances himself, this from yesterday is remarkable:
What a catch from Chris Jordan. #LVCC https://t.co/NxzRPNw0R2 — ECB (@ECB_cricket) June 2, 2015
12.12pm - Surrey strike early as Kyle Brown edges Tom Curran to Jason Roy at second slip. It is schools' day at the Oval so there is a bit of a crowd with activities going on around the ground.
WICKET Ravi Bopara is struck on the pads and is on his way for 29. Clint McKay the bowler and Essex are 62 for 3. Tom Westley 22* #EssvLei — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) June 2, 2015
12.04pm - Leicestershire are keeping it tight at the Essex County Ground. Nine of the past 12 overs have been maidens. Ravi Bopara and Tom Westley have, however, refused to be moved.
An early lunch will be taken at 12:30 and an inspection is scheduled for 13:10pm. Fingers crossed play can resume after the interval #LVCC — Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) June 2, 2015
Dunn gone! He's been caught behind off Bailey and Surrey are 448 all out. Jarvis 4-118 and Bailey 3-101 — Lancashire CCC (@LancsCCC) June 2, 2015
11.46am - Ball misses out on a hat-trick after Ben Brown falls to a super catch from Riki Wessels. Chris Jordan keeps out the hat-trick ball, but Sussex are in some bother at 88 for six.
Chris Wright has induced an edge from Sam Robson at Lord's, the opener made 30.
11.40am - It appears unlikely we will get any play in Derby before lunch. The umpires will inspect againt at 12.45pm and lunch will be taken at 1pm.
Wicket: Stumps everywhere from Ball as he has his third, bowling Wright for 15, Sussex 84-5 #NottsvSuss — Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) June 2, 2015
11.30am - Kyle Jarvis strikes with the first ball of the day at the Oval as Stuart Meaker chops on.
There will be a 12.15am pitch inspectaion at the SWALEC Stadium.
Jut over 20 minutes played on day three. Essex 53 for 2. Ravi Bopara 14, Tom Westley 20. #EssvLei — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) June 2, 2015
11.20am - There will be no play before lunch at the 3aaa County Ground as they try to fix up that wet patch caused by the covers blowing off last night.
11.14am - Nottinghamshire's young guns continue to drive their turnaround at Trent Bridge as Jake Ball traps Chris Dent in front and Sussex are 61 for four. Ball is bowling in tandem with Luke Wood, whose maiden ton and two wickets yesterday got Notts up and running.
We are underway — Leicestershire CCC (@leicsccc) June 2, 2015
11.03am - We had a chat with Jason Roy last night after his career-best score yesterday. The Surrey batsman was at his belligerent best against the Lancashire bowlers.
10.58am - The news is better at the Kia Oval with play due to begin at 11.30 and no overs lost. Looks like we are 30 minutes away from a start across London at Lord's too. It is raining at the Ageas Bowl.
All looking a bit more promising pic.twitter.com/jEcOlqDZ3R — Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) June 2, 2015
10.40am - While the news isn't great at most grounds they are hoping to start on time at Lord's and Trent Bridge.
RAIN: Its Pouring it down at the Swalec at the moment.... Prospects of Play very Unlikely at the moment. #NORvGLA — Northants Cricket (@NorthantsCCC) June 2, 2015
#UPDATE: Strong winds overnight blew parts of the covers off and water has got on one end of wicket, which umpires are inspecting #DERvGLO — Derbyshire CCC (@DerbyshireCCC) June 2, 2015
10.30am - The news is not great again this morning with wet weather around the place. It could be another stop-start game at most grounds. We'll keep you posted on what action is taking place through the day. For now I'll grab the updates on when play is set to start at your team's venue...
Sussex begin the day on 39 for three after Luke Wood kick-started a remarkable Nottinghamshire turnaround with a maiden first-class century before claiming two late wickets.
Worcestershire are in the box seat aganist Hampshire, following a Daryl Mitchell half-century, and need just one more run to draw level at 221 for three.
Middlesex will bid to bat through the day as they started at 39 for one after Warwickshire opsted 342 in their first dig.
Jason Roy's career-best 143 propelled Surrey to 435 for eight as they look to pile the pressure on leaders Lancashire.
Leicestershire can sniff a chance to end their long winless run in the Championship as Essex will resume on 43 for two, with a deficit of 71 runs.
Derbyshire are 77 for two after Jack Taylor's 120 from 139 balls helped Gloucestershire post 329.
Northamptonshire are 79 for five and looking to avoid the morning-session collapse they endured yesterday before rain swept in at Glamorgan.