Taylor at the double
James Taylor enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a superb double century as Leicestershire dominated Middlesex in their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Grace Road.
The 20-year-old hit 206 not out - less than a year after he made an unbeaten 207 against Surrey - and Australian Andrew McDonald a career-best 176 not out in a total of 464 for three declared in 97 overs.
Middlesex survived the seven overs possible before the close of the second day to reach 19 without loss.
In Division One, leg-spinner Imran Tahir took eight wickets for Warwickshire but Durham still piled up 379 to seize the upper hand at Edgbaston.
Tahir finished with 8-114 from 30.3 overs, but Phil Mustard made his first century as Durham captain to help the visitors build on a 153-run stand for the second wicket between Mark Stoneman and Gordon Muchall, who made 77 and 60 respectively.
Darren Maddy was an early casualty for Warwickshire as they closed on 18 for one.
After yesterday’s wash-out at Headingley Carnegie, Lancashire enjoyed the better of the second day against Yorkshire to reach 272 for five.
South Africa batsman Ashwell Prince made a fluent 78, while Stephen Moore (43), Mark Chilton (42) and Tom Smith (46 not out) also weighed in. Adil Rashid picked up two wickets.
Essex recovered from 118 for five to post 329 against second-placed Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge courtesy of captain Mark Pettini’s dogged 96. James Foster contributed 59, while Steven Mullaney took 4-31.
Nottinghamshire lost Alex Hales and nightwatchman Darren Pattinson during a superb four-over spell from David Masters as they stumbled to 33 for two in reply.
Division Two leaders Glamorgan amassed 363 for eight against Surrey at the SWALEC Stadium, with openers Mark Cosgrove compiling 82 from 107 balls and Gareth Rees making a rather more measured 86.
After a mid-innings wobble, Mark Wallace (58) and James Harris (49) put on 107 for the seventh wicket. Jade Dernbach was the most impressive of Surrey’s bowlers with four wickets.
Worcestershire are well set to overhaul Gloucestershire’s first-innings 245 at New Road as they reached 229 for six thanks largely to 57 from Alexei Kervezee and Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 70.
Chris Taylor top-scored for the visitors with 71, while Worcestershire’s five bowlers claimed two wickets apiece.