Broad does the damage
Stuart Broad wreaked havoc on the Worcestershire batsmen at Trent Bridge as Nottinghamshire took charge of their LV= County Championship Division One clash.
Making his first appearance of the domestic season, the England seamer collected 4-35 to reduce the visitors 140 for four in pursuit of Nottinghamshire’s 504.
Adding to his burgeoning reputation as a genuine all-rounder, Broad had earlier struck 60 in an imposing total which also included 125 for ex-England wicketkeeper Chris Read.
Vikram Solanki hit 50 before falling to Broad as Worcestershire limped to the close on day two.
It was also a productive day for Broad's international team-mate James Anderson, whose 6-56 was key to Lancashire limiting Sussex to 289 all out at Hove.
Anderson, three wickets to the good from yesterday, removed Ed Joyce, who added just one to his overnight 89, Tom Smith and Robin Martin-Jenkins for 67 to boost head coach Peter Moores on his return to his former county.
The Red Rose made a dreadful start to their reply, slipping to two for two as Corey Collymore accounted for Tom Smith and Paul Horton, but Ashwell Prince (56), Mark Chilton (72 not out) and Steven Croft (59no) re-established their advantage as they closed on 209 for four.
In the top-flight games starting today, champions Durham reached 303 for seven thanks largely to Ian Blackwell's 95 and 62 from wicketkeeper Phil Mustard.
Yorkshire wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy took five catches as Matthew Hoggard (2-72) and Tim Bresnan (3-51) hit their straps at the Riverside.
At Edgbaston, Warwickshire's Andrew Miller claimed 3-70 in Hampshire's 310 for seven, to which Michael Carberry contributed 77 and Nic Pothas an unbeaten 83.
In Division Two, 16 wickets fell on another dismal day for the batsmen at Bristol, where Gloucestershire lead Essex by 93 runs with one second-innings wicket remaining.
Ryan ten Doeschate followed up his first-day five-for with a vital 42 for Essex in their total of 177 - a lead of 22 - and the hosts were teetering on 115 for nine by the end of day two.
David Masters (3-12) and Maurice Chambers (3-30) were the chief destroyers as Gloucestershire looked set to post a small victory target tomorrow morning.
Things were more sedate at Canterbury, where Geraint Jones struck 103 and Martin van Jaarsveld 70 as Kent reached 257 for three in response to Northamptonshire's 355.
The visitors had failed to reach maximum batting points when they were finally all out this afternoon as Azhar Mahmood finished with figures of four for 73.
Seventeen wickets tumbled on the first day at Derby as Derbyshire reached 152 for seven in reply to Surrey's inadequate first-innings total of 131.
Graham Wagg was the hero for Derbyshire with 6-35, and he also struck a useful unbeaten 22 in their moderate reply.
The runs flowed at Lord's where Glamorgan closed on 351 for six against Middlesex thanks to Mark Cosgrove's watchful 120.
Half-centuries from Mike Powell (51) and Mark Wallace (58no) also helped to bolster a solid effort from the Welsh county.