Strauss comes good for Middlesex
Andrew Strauss finally found some form with the bat as Middlesex made an impressive start to their pursuit of 490 against Surrey at the Brit Oval.
The England captain closed the second day of the LV= County Championship Division Two clash on 54, having watched former England batsman Mark Ramprakash convert his overnight 125 into 223.
Strauss, who has scored only 262 runs in 11 previous championship innings this season, helped Middlesex to 148 without loss in partnership with ex-Surrey opener Scott Newman, who was 79 not out.
In Division One, Lancashire captain and Warwickshire seamer Andrew Miller each claimed five victims on an extraordinary day at Edgbaston in which 20 wickets fell.
Miller, a product of Lancashire's academy, swung the ball and exploited some low bounce in a used pitch to claim a maiden five-wicket haul and reduce his native county to 22 for six.
But Lancashire still finished the day well on top on 152 for eight - 393 ahead - having decided not to enforce the follow-on despite taking a first-innings lead of 241 after Warwickshire were dismissed for 113 thanks to Chapple’s 5-27.
Jimmy Adams enjoyed more success against leaders Nottinghamshire as his patient innings of 96 helped Hampshire eke out a first-innings lead of 35.
The left-hander batted for just over four hours and hit 17 fours before he was dismissed by Paul Franks, having compiled his third half-century in his last three visits to Trent Bridge.
Former South Africa batsman Neil McKenzie made 55, while Nottinghamshire seamer Andre Adams cleaned up the tail to finish with 4-56 as Hampshire were bowled out for 305.
Murali Kartik claimed his first wickets for Somerset as Yorkshire were bowled out for 405 on the second day at Taunton.
The Indian left-arm spinner marked his debut as overseas player by helping wrap up the tail after the visitors resumed on 296 for four. He finished with 3-106 from 35.5 overs, while Ben Phillips claimed 4-76 from 36.
It took a last-wicket stand of 46 between David Wainwright, who made 39, and Oliver Hannon-Dalby to take Yorkshire past 400.
By the close Somerset had reached 226 for four, with Arul Suppiah unbeaten on 78 and Zander de Bruyn having made 47.
Contrasting hundreds from Dale Benkenstein and Ben Stokes ensured champions Durham reached a respectable 347 for six and held their own against fellow strugglers Kent at Canterbury.
While Benkenstein played the tortoise in making 114, 18-year-old Stokes became the hare, racing to 122 not out off only 142 balls as Durham moved to within 77 of Kent’s first-innings 424.
Back in Division Two, Andrew Hall took three wickets his first match since becoming Northamptonshire skipper as the hosts took control against Sussex on an enthralling first day at Wantage Road.
The South African all-rounder, handed captaincy duties after Nicky Boje resigned yesterday, claimed 3-19 from seven overs as Sussex were skittled for 175 on a lively pitch. Tthe last six wickets tumbled for just nine runs off 44 deliveries, while Lee Daggett finished with 3-38.
Opener Chris Nash led the Sussex resistance with 78 off 116 balls, but Northants ended the day on 118 for five - trailing by 57.
Netherlands international Alexei Kervezee laid on a family celebration with a maiden first-class century as Worcestershire systematically put Derbyshire on the rack at New Road.
The 20-year-old’s Rotterdam-based parents were in the crowd when the milestone was reached during Worcestershire’s progress to 559 for eight declared, the biggest total in Division Two this season.
After being kept in the field for 142 overs, Derbyshire collapsed to 138 for six against an impressive Worcestershire seam attack despite Chris Rogers’ 50.
Ben Wright and captain Jamie Dalrymple cracked half-centuries as Glamorgan made inroads into Gloucestershire's competitive 417 at the SWALEC Stadium.
Gloucestershire were bowled out for 417 in their first innings with five players passing 50, before Glamorgan reached 257 for three by the close - 160 behind - with Wright 77 not out.