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LV=CC, April 28: As it happened

All the action on day two of the latest LV= County Championship games, with the contests at Wantage Road and Trent Bridge poised for day-three conclusions.

By Rob Barnett, Callum Dent & Dominic Farrell

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6.52pm - Here's how things stand at the halfway-point in the latest round of LV= County Championship games. Join us tomorrow, when we look set for results in the games at Trent Bridge and Wantage Road.

Division One

Yorkshire are 213 for four following a fine half-century by Joe Root and lead Middlesex by 268 runs in their second innings at Lord’s.

Lancashire are 244 for five in their second dig at Wantage Road, 199 ahead of Northamptonshire. Jos Buttler and Tom Smith are unbeaten on 66 and 44 respectively.

Nottinghamshire are 126 for three in pursuit of 300 for victory over Warwickshire at Trent Bridge. The visitors were earlier bundled out for 152 second time around.

Sussex are 25 for one versus Somerset at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground after Marcus Trescothick notched a century in his team’s first-innings 372.

Division Two

Glamorgan are 126 without loss in response to Leicestershire’s first-innings 500. Jacques Rudolph and Gareth Rees have both passed fifty, while Niall O’Brien starred with 133 for the home team. 

Hampshire, for whom James Vince is 118 not out, are 289 for three facing Surrey. No play was possible after lunch at the Ageas Bowl

Worcestershire are 31 without loss - 188 behind - in their first knock versus Derbyshire at New Road. Captain Wayne Madsen was left high and dry on 111 amid his team’s 219 all out.

Gloucestershire, who this morning lost the toss ahead of a midday start, reached 104 for six against Essex at Bristol before the weather exerted further influence.

6.22pm - Similarly they’re done for the day at Wantage Road, where Buttler and Smith have steered Lancashire to 244 for five in their second innings, a lead of 199 over Northamptonshire. Where’s your money tomorrow, folks?

That leaves just the matches at Lord's and Trent Bridge on-going and we’ll have a close-of-play summary for you shortly.

6.19pm - Stumps at New Road, where Worcestershire have moved to 31 without loss in response to Derbyshire’s 219 all out.

At Taunton Somerset and Sussex will go again tomorrow with the latter 25 for one. The hosts were all out earlier for 372 in their first innings.

6.19pm - Stumps at New Road, where Worcestershire have moved to 31 without loss in response to Derbyshire’s 219 all out.

6.16pm - Jaques goes to 50 and Nottinghamshire are 102 for one - in a game where the last two completed innings mustered 116 and 152. The hosts need 198 more to beat Warwickshire and everything will be up for grabs at Trent Bridge tomorrow.

6.12pm - One brings two and Middlesex are admirably still fighting hard late in the day. Root goes for 63, lbw to Finn as he did first time around. Yorkshire are 201 for four, 256 ahead.

6.07pm - That’s stumps at Grace Road, where Glamorgan have progressed serenely to 126 without loss in response to Leicestershire’s first-innings 500. Bowlers on both teams must be casting envious glances towards conditions on offer elsewhere in the country!

6.04pm - Steven Finn has his sixth wicket of the match as Williamson’s attempted cut flies to Sam Robson at gully. The New Zealander goes for 37 to end a 98-run stand with Root and new man Gary Ballance gets up and running with a four.

5.56pm - Further heavy rain means we’re done for the day at Bristol. Despite some excellent work from Essex’s bowlers during what play was possible today, the day one washout means the draw is favourite at halfway.

5.51pm - Somerset have a vital early scalp at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground. In-form opener Ed Joyce edges Alfonso Thomas behind to Craig Kieswetter.

Rees joins Rudolph in bringing up a fifty at Grace Road.

5.42pm - Another England man to raise his bat is Yorkshire’s Root, who recovers from a first innings duck to chalk a stylish Lord’s fifty. The White Rose are 229 ahead with eight second-innings wickets remaining and firmly in charge.

5.38pm - Ten runs from two balls for Lancashire and Buttler has nothing to do with it - Crook’s bouncer flies over the wicketkeeper for six no balls and four byes follow! Buttler does indeed move to his half-century during the next over - an innings that has shifted the momentum of this gripping match back into Lancashire’s favour.

5.25pm - Gregory falls three short of a third first-class half-century as Luke Wells holds on at deep extra-cover. It gives Chris Jordan a five-wicket haul but Somerset will be buoyed by a total of 372 all out. The last-wicket pair added 75 of those and Myburgh finished on 37.

Phil Jaques and Michael Lumb bring up 50 for Nottinghamshire, who are one down chasing 300 versus Warwickshire.

5.17pm - Mark Footitt holes out for 17 to hand Saeed Ajmal figures of 4-60 and Derbyshire are 219 all out - Madsen carrying his bat for 111.

Yorkshire are on to 151 for two - 205 ahead of Middlesex. Kane Williamson and Joe Root have 25 and 31 respectively.

Bad light has them back indoors once again at Bristol.

5.09pm - Essex pick up where they left off at Gloucestershire as James Foster pouches Cameron Herring behind to give David Masters a fourth wicket. The hosts are now 104 for six.

Somerset’s last-wicket pair have moved the score on to 356 for nine to chalk up an unlikely fourth batting point. Johann Myburgh is 36 not out, while last man Lewis Gregory has raced to 32 from 31 balls.

Glamorgan openers Jacques Rudolph and Gareth Rees bring up a 50 stand.

5.01pm - Buttler relying on his natural instincts at Wantage Road as he takes nine from a Steven Crook over to move Lancashire’s lead into three figures.

4.57pm - Breakthrough for Warwickshire. Steven Mullaney edges Keith Barker to Ian Bell at third slip and Nottinghamshire are 28 for one.

4.48pm - This could be a potentially decisive turn from Hall after tea. Northants’ veteran all-rounder now removes Paul Horton for 48. Tom Smith joins Jos Buttler at the crease, and Lancashire are five down and only 85 runs ahead.

4.43pm - Tim Groenewald proved a valuable ally to Madsen on his way to three figures but becomes Charles Morris’ third victim for a handy 24. The partnership was worth 56.

4.37pm - CENTURY FOR WAYNE MADSEN! That really is a captain’s innings in every sense of the term from the Derbyshire skipper. A single takes him to 100 from 228 deliveries, containing 12 fours amid a team total of 187 for eight.

4.27pm - James Anyon bowls Peter Trego and Sussex have a third bowling bonus point against Somerset. Can their opponents eek out another with the bat from 297 for nine?

Northants are firmly back in charge against Lancashire now as Luke Procter is run out without facing a ball.

4.22pm - That’s an important breakthrough after lunch for Northamptonshire at Wantage Road as Ashwell Prince departs stumped off Andrew Hall for 47. It didn’t appear the tidiest piece of work from David Murphy but the home wicketkeeper and his team-mates won’t mind one jot. The score is 109 for four, meaning Lancashire lead by 64.

4.15pm - Yorkshire head to lunch happy with their afternoon’s work at Lord’s. On 119 for two they lead Middlesex by 174 runs.

In Division Two, Worcestershire and Derbyshire are back out in the middle at New Road. 

4.08pm - Jeetan Patel is caught at long-on by Fletcher off Gurney for a brisk 20 and Warwickshire are 152 all out. Just the 14 wickets over two sessions at Trent Bridge today! It means Nottinghamshire will begin their pursuit of 300 for victory after tea.

3.52pm – The weather has won at the Ageas Bowl, where play between Hampshire and Surrey has been called off for the day. 

Ashwell Prince and Paul Horton have rebuilt superbly at Wantage Road, helping Lancashire build a lead of 57. 

Tea has been taken at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground and New Road. 

3.41pm – Steven Finn has collected his first second-innings wicket, having Lyth superbly caught by Rayner for 54. Joe Root joins Kane Williamson in the middle at the home of cricket. 

Nottinghamshire have snared another scalp as Barker tries to cut Fletcher and only succeeds in edging behind to Chris Read. 

3.37pm – Charlie Shreck's dismissal, run out for 31 off 24 balls, has prompted an early tea at Grace Road with Leicestershire 500 all out. 

In-form Lyth raises his bat for the third time this season, passing 50 as Yorkshire extend their lead over Middlesex to 145. 

At Trent Bridge, Ambrose has been trapped lbw by Andy Carter to leave Warwickshire, leading by 260, 113 for seven. 

3.28pm – Yorkshire have lost their first wicket at Lord's with 82 on the board. Spinner Ollie Rayner has bowled Lees, who offered no shot, and the young left-hander has departed for 33. 

Tim Ambrose and Keith Barker have edged Warwickshire into three figures at Trent Bridge. Their lead is now 248. 

3.16pm – Hildreth's resistance has ended on 18, caught in the slips off Chris Jordan to leave Somerset 267 for seven. 

Jigar Naik has passed fifty for Leicestershire, who are 478 for nine. 

3.05pm – Chris Woakes is the latest Warwickshire batsman to lose his wicket, edging Luke Fletcher to second slip to depart for nine. 

Ajmal continues to hurt Derbyshire, adding Tony Palladino to his list of scalps today, while Leicestershire continue to occupy the crease at Grace Road. They are 444 for nine after Anthony Ireland is bowled by Will Owen for three. 

3.03pm – Read ecb.co.uk's story on Sangakkara joining Durham here

2.55pm – Craig Kieswetter and James Hildreth have been charged with the task of rebuilding Somerset's innings following the loss of Trescothick to Steve Magoffin for a superb 116. 

Leicestershire are now 434 for eight after Jim Allenby ends Taylor's 77-ball 63. 

2.46pm – Batting looks to be getting easier at Lord's, where Adam Lyth and Alex Lees' opening partnership now totals 54, extending Yorkshire's lead to 109 in the process. Lancashire continue to rebuild at Wantage Road and have finally moved into the lead. 

Derbyshire are now 121 for seven after Charles Morris dismisses Wainwright lbw while the rain has now arrived at Bristol and a delay is likely. 

2.38pm – The loss of Bell has sparked a collapse that has seen Warwickshire, who are 204 runs ahead, lose three wickets for just two runs to slip to 57 for five. After having the England batsman caught behind, Harry Gurney accounted for Ateeq Javid in similar fashion a ball after Peter Siddle dismissed Will Porterfield, the Australian's third wicket. 

2.25pm – Somerset skipper Trescothick has compiled his first century of the season. But soon after his partnership of 139 with Petersen comes to an end when the latter is stumped by Ben Brown off Ashar Zaidi 14 short of a ton of his own.

Warwickshire have suffered a blow with the loss of Ian Bell to leave them 55 for three, a lead of over 202. 

2.23pm – Rob Taylor and Jigar Naik have secured maximum batting points for Leicestershire. 

2.11pm – Saeed Ajmal, making his season bow for Worcestershire, is on a hat-trick after ruining Dan Hodgson's Derbyshire debut by trapping the on-loan Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman lbw. However, David Wainwright keeps the Pakistan spinner at bay and Derbyshire are 83 for six after choosing to bat.

Lancashire's batting troubles continue as Andrew Hall traps Andrea Agathangelou lbw for a duck. 

2.05pm – Away from LV= County Championship action, champions Durham have pulled off a coup by securing the services of Sri Lanka international Kumar Sangakkara. The 36-year-old will play four-day matches against Yorkshire and Sussex in preparation for his country's tour of England. 

2pm – Somerset's Alviro Petersen brings up a half-century before taking his fifth-wicket stand with Marcus Trescothick into three figures while Lancashire, trailing by 16, have lost Luis Reece to Muhammad Azhar Ullah for 10.

At Bristol, Will Gidman edges David Masters to England Test captain Alastair Cook at first slip and departs for 21, leaving Gloucestershire 66 for five. 

1.47pm – Niall O'Brien's stunning innings comes to an end just two balls after the restart. The Irishman was caught in the deep for 133 to hand Glamorgan seamer Graham Wagg his fourth scalp. 

1.12pm – After an eventful morning session here are the lunch-time scores:

Division One

Middlesex were 123 all out on the stroke of lunch in reply to Yorkshire’s 178 at Lord’s.

Lancashire are 21 without loss in their second innings at Wantage Road, 24 behind Northamptonshire who today were dismissed for 165 as Matt Spriegel was last out for 64.

Warwickshire are 21 for one in their second dig, 168 in front of Nottinghamshire who were today all out for 116 at Trent Bridge.

Somerset are 174 for four versus Sussex at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, with Marcus Trescothick unbeaten on 78.

Division Two

Leicestershire, inspired by Niall O’Brien’s unbeaten 133, are 343 for six against Glamorgan at Grace Road.

Hampshire, for whom James Vince is 118 not out, are 289 for three facing Surrey at the Ageas Bowl.

Derbyshire are 78 for three versus Worcestershire at New Road.

Gloucestershire, who this morning loss the toss ahead of a midday start, are 49 for four hosting Essex at Bristol.

1.02pm – Steven Patterson dismisses Steven Finn to leave Middlesex 123 all out, 55 behind Yorkshire. It’s lunch at Lord’s and all the other games. We’ll soon round up the scores.

12.48pm – Middlesex slump to nine down as Jack Brooks cleans up Ollie Rayner and Plunkett likewise accounts for Tim Murtagh.

Glamorgan’s John Glover sends Ben Raine on his way, but O’Brien is still going strong.

12.40pm – Napier makes it two wickets in as many overs, bowling Hamish Marshall to leave Gloucestershire 27 for four.

12.31pm – It’s all happening! Vince goes to a hundred for Hampshire, Yorkshire’s Liam Plunkett yorks John Simpson, knocking out his middle stump, Peter Siddle has Varun Chopra caught behind to make Warwickshire nought for one and Essex’s Graham Napier likewise removes Alex Gidman.

12.24pm – Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes makes it three breakthroughs in an over to dismiss Notts, who have lost four wickets in eight balls, for 116 – a first-innings deficit of 147.

Northants are also all out, for 164, 45 ahead of Lancashire, as Smith gets Spriegel caught behind for a valiant 64.

Derbyshire have recovered from three for two to 55 for no further loss with Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul rebuilding.

Half-centurion Marcus Trescothick and Alviro Petersen have also shared a fifty partnership, for Somerset.

12.14pm – Lancashire’s Tom Smith has Olly Stone lbw for 15, ending a handy ninth-wicket stand of 39 with Spriegel that has put Northants 36 ahead on first innings.

Samit Patel makes an important fifty, but goes to Oliver Hannon-Dalby for 54 as Warwickshire take a first wicket of the day. Notts are 115 for seven, 148 behind on first innings.

In Division Two O’Brien has a maiden first-class ton for Leicestershire, from just 117 balls, Essex’s David Masters strikes twice in an over to leave Gloucestershire nought for two and Surrey’s Zafar Ansari snares Adams for 65, halting an alliance of 120 with Vince.

11.56am – Sidebottom strikes again, crucially ousting Morgan for 33 thanks to a stunning second-slip catch from Adam Lyth. Middlesex are 83 for six, 95 behind on first innings.

James Vince raises a fifty for Hampshire, who soon after shares a century partnership with captain Jimmy Adams.

11.39am – Ryan Sidebottom has a second scalp this morning, trapping Joe Denly in front to leave Middlesex, who still have Eoin Morgan at the crease, in a spot of bother.

11.35am – The toss takes place at Bristol: Essex opt to bowl first in what must be favourable conditions after a day of rain.

11.27am – Matt Spriegel, who has held Northants’ first innings together, brings up a determined half-century, which has given the Wantage Road hosts a precious lead over Lancashire.

11.09am – Leicestershire fifth-wicket pair Niall O’Brien and Josh Cobb soon raise fifties as their partnership nears three figures.

An 11.30am toss and midday start is scheduled at Bristol.

10.50am – The one match that could not start yesterday is Gloucestershire versus Essex at Bristol. Unfortunately they won’t be beginning on time there today with an inspection scheduled for 11am.

10.40am – Good morning and welcome to our live blog coverage on day two of the latest LV= County Championship games. Here’s how they stand:

Division One

At Lord’s Middlesex, who won the toss, are 64 for three in reply to Yorkshire’s 178 in which Steven Finn took 4-50.

Northamptonshire, having chosen to bowl first, are 133 for eight, 14 ahead of Lancashire on first innings, with James Anderson taking 5-37 at Wantage Road.

Ian Bell made 122 of Warwickshire’s 263 as Andy Carter returned 5-55. Bell then saw his side reduce Nottinghamshire, who won the toss, to 43 for six by stumps at Trent Bridge as Chris Wright claimed 3-7.

In the 32 overs possible yesterday at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground Somerset reached 83 for three versus Sussex, who opted to field first.

Division Two

Leicestershire, put in to bat by Glamorgan, are 221 for four at Grace Road.

Hampshire, bolstered by Jimmy Adams’ unbeaten 56, are 153 for two against Surrey, who won the toss, at the Ageas Bowl.

In the 3.5 overs possible at New Road Derbyshire, who chose to bat first, slipped to three for two against Worcestershire.

No play or toss was possible between Gloucestershire and Essex at Bristol.

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