Lyth helps Yorkshire stay afloat

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Boyd Rankin & Ali Brown

Boyd Rankin cleans up Ali Brown as Notts slide to 131 for five, but Mark Wagh stood firm to claim an unlikely lead for the visitors

Adam Lyth continued his impressive form as Yorkshire began steadily in response to Essex's 399 in their keynote LV= County Championship clash at Chelmsford.

The 22-year-old left-hander struck a well-constructed 75 as Yorkshire, the Division One leaders, reached the close on 227 for five.

Mark Wagh (127 not out) and Chris Read (83) found an escape route for Nottinghamshire against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The title contenders lost half their side for 131 following a three-wicket spell by Neil Carter, but recovered to take a first-innings lead of 60 in closing the second day on 373 for nine.

Luke Sutton's second championship century of the season carried Lancashire out of danger at Emirates Durham ICG in a game which has lost 75 overs on the first two days.

With 13 overs to bat, Durham reached 27 for one in reply to 344, in which Sutton was unbeaten on 101 after going in with Lancashire struggling on 110 for five.

Murali Kartik produced an exemplary display of left-arm spin bowling to lead a determined Somerset fightback on the second day against Kent at Taunton.

Starting the day on 122 for seven, the hosts added 83 to gain an unlikely batting point, with Zander de Bruyn making 44 in a total of 205 all out.

Kent looked to be progressing nicely at 76 for one in reply. But then Kartik got to work from the River End, sending down 14 overs unchanged for figures of 5-50 as the visitors were dismissed for 172.

By the close Somerset had moved to 128 for two in their second innings.

Alex Wakely & Chris Tremlett

Alex Wakely survives Chris Tremlett's appeal on his way to 50, but Surrey struck back fiercely by claiming six wickets after tea

In Division Two, Robert Croft was one away from taking 1,000 first-class wickets for Glamorgan following the first day against Leicestershire at Swansea.

The 40-year-old off-spinner went into the game on 997 wickets and needing three more to become the first Glamorgan player to achieve the double of 1,000 wickets and 10,000 runs.

Croft claimed two of those wickets today as Leicestershire finished the day on 225 for five, with half-centuries for James Taylor and Jacques du Toit.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan made a seamless transition to county cricket on his Worcestershire debut at Derby.

Tim Groenewald took three wickets to reduce Worcestershire to 66 for four but Shakib’s 90 and James Cameron’s career-best 89 carried the visitors to 279, with Derbyshire closing 236 runs behind on 43 without loss on day one.

Luke Wright hit the last ball of the day from Steven Finn for six to reach his first hundred of the season in spectacular style after leading a lower-order fightback by Sussex on the first day in their match with Middlesex.

Wright has so far helped add 92 for the last two wickets for the Division Two leaders, who recovered after losing four wickets for 17 runs to reach 413 for nine at stumps at Uxbridge.

On the second day at the Brit Insurance Oval, Mark Ramprakash’s fantastic 248 helped put Surrey in total control against Northamptonshire.

The former England batsman, backed up by Matthew Spriegel’s 103, led Surrey to a total of 620 for seven declared.

Surrey then took six wickets in the evening session in reducing the visitors to 174 for eight at stumps, Gareth Batty starring with 3-40.