Flintoff strikes thrice
Andrew Flintoff fell for a second consecutive duck but his international-class bowling came to the fore on the second day of Lancashire’s LV County Championship clash against Durham.
Flintoff, hoping for an England recall ahead of the first Test against New Zealand, repeated his mixed first-day fortunes by bagging a pair with the bat and then running through the Durham top order in a devastating spell of pace bowling to leave the visitors 28 for three going into the third day.
Twenty wickets fell on the first day, and following a 77-run opening stand by Lancashire pair Paul Horton and Mark Chilton, ball dominated bat once again.
The hosts closed on 293 all out, with Horton’s 108 - ended only by a run-out, after 17 fours and a six - the mainstay.
New Zealand have two spinners in their party, and another Kiwi, Paul Wiseman, caused the bulk of the damage with 4-87 for Durham.
Flintoff lasted just five balls as he sought to repair the damage of an opening day duck and was cleaned up by Garry Park without scoring.
But he returned with fire in his belly to bowl a spell of 3-7 - claiming all scalps before conceding a run.
At Trent Bridge, Kent recovered from 33 for four overnight to post a first-innings lead of 36 against Nottinghamshire.
But with the home side moving to 106 for two at stumps, both sides remain very much in the game.
Vital knocks from Ryan McLaren (57) and Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat (67) underpinned Kent’s 238 all out before Matthew Wood (50 not out) guaranteed Notts got off to a good start in their second innings.
Hampshire notched a big first-innings lead against Somerset at Taunton, making 359 all out in response to 194.
But Marcus Trescothick (62no) was involved in two solid partnerships to leave the hosts on 159 for one and fighting hard to stay in contention.
John Crawley earlier followed Kevin Pietersen to a fine century, making 104 from 194 deliveries, and found staunch support from Michael Lumb (76).
Trescothick made 83 alongside Neil Edwards (50) and added a further 76 in partnership with skipper Justin Langer (34no) before the close.
Both unbeaten batsmen may need to convert their starts into major scores if Somerset are to deny Hampshire, who rolled them over for just 126 in the first innings on day one.
In Division Two, former England one-day batsman Jonathan Trott hit a restrained 104 for Warwickshire against Derbyshire at Derby.
His knock included just 36 in boundaries and lasted 200 balls to help the visitors establish a 40-run lead despite the best efforts of Tom Lungley (4-70).
Derbyshire were forced to face two awkward overs before the close but finished the day on four without loss.
Sixteen wickets fell at Chelmsford on an eventful second day between Essex and Middlesex.
Resuming on 263 for seven, the Middlesex innings was ended for 302, Ryan ten Doeschate taking his wicket tally to four.
Essex then subsided from 125 for two to 207 all out, with 20-year-old seamer Danny Evans weighing in with a destructive 6-35.
Tom Westley (60) and Jason Gallian (56) had provided the batting side with solid foundations but the lower order had no answer to Evans.
But the wickets continued to fall after the changeover, South African strike bowler Andre Nel taking 3-8 in his five-over stint in the evening session.
That included England’s Andrew Strauss, for 12, leaving Middlesex on 19 for three and the result up for grabs.