Durham in the ascendancy

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Mark Davies

Mark Davies strikes to remove Alex Hales as Durham fight back well following a disappointing start to day two against Notts

LV= County Championship leaders Nottinghamshire are facing the prospect of conceding a first-innings deficit to Durham following a closely-fought second day at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Notts started the day well as they captured Durham's final four wickets for the addition of 10 runs to bowl them out for 372.

In reply, half-centuries from skipper Chris Read and Ali Brown, plus 48 from Australian Adam Voges, helped Nottinghamshire to 257 for six by the close.

In Division Two, Derbyshire pulled off one of the most astonishing wins in first-class history as they recovered from being bowled out for just 44 in their first innings to beat Gloucestershire by 54 runs.

The amazing victory at Bristol was set up by youngster Chesney Hughes, whose unbeaten 96 in the second innings guided Derbyshire to 236 all out.

That set Gloucestershire 125 to win but some ill-disciplined batting saw them crash to 70 all out and an embarrassing defeat inside two days.

Tim Groenewald was the pick of Derbyshire's bowlers today with 4-22, while new-ball partner Graham Wagg claimed 3-31.

Warwickshire looked to be edging closer to Division One survival as 22 wickets went down on the second day against fellow strugglers Kent at Edgbaston.

A troublesome match for batsmen continued to unravel in Warwickshire’s favour when the visitors faltered again after being set an imposing 324-run victory target.

They looked to be out of contention altogether after crumbling to 36 for four as Chris Woakes and Neil Carter quickly took their combined match haul to 13 wickets.

A partnership of 95 between Martin van Jaarsveld, who reached 44 not out after being dropped at cover on 17, and Geraint Jones gave Kent renewed hope.

However, Jones was lbw to Woakes for 41 in the final over and, after closing the day on 131 for five, Kent need a further 193 to upset the odds.

Lancashire are on course for their fifth win of the season after taking charge against Hampshire at Liverpool on day two

The hosts, replying to Hampshire’s below-par first-innings 160, posted a commanding 398 from 134 overs today.

Kyle Hogg, who impressed with the ball yesterday, top-scored with 81 off 111 balls – the highest score of the match so far.

Facing a deficit of 238, Hampshire openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams reached 15 for none at the close from seven overs of their second innings.