Clarke to the fore for rampant Warwickshire
Rikki Clarke inflicted further misery on Lancashire as unbeaten Warwickshire continued to dominate proceedings at Edgbaston against the team that pipped them to last year’s LV= County Championship crown.
After resuming on 289 for four this morning, Warwickshire pressed on to a mammoth 557 for six declared, thanks largely to Tim Ambrose’s 96 and an unbeaten 123 from Clarke, who also reached three figures in the reverse fixture at Aigburth last month.
Requiring 408 just to make their opponents bet again, Lancashire then slumped to 61 for five, Chris Wright and Chris Woakes claiming two wickets apiece after Keith Barker had made the initial breakthrough.
Steven Davies struck 104 and Tom Maynard added 63 not out as Surrey battled hard to avoid the follow-on against Somerset at the Kia Oval.
The visitors eventually declared on 512 for nine this morning, last man Jamie Overton finishing unbeaten on 34 from 35 balls.
Davies then underpinned Surrey’s reply with a brisk 125-ball innings containing 12 fours and two sixes. After he became the first of three batsmen to fall for the addition of only five runs, Maynard picked up the baton and received good support from Gareth Batty in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 59.
At stumps, Surrey were 226 runs in arrears on 286 for six.
Moeen Ali’s 85 was not enough to prevent Sussex from gaining the upper hand against Worcestershire at New Road.
All of Worcestershire’s top seven reached double figures in reply to Sussex’s 315 all out, but Moeen was the only man to make it past 34.
The hosts ended day two 84 behind on 231 for seven, with Jack Shantry and Ben Scott occupying the crease.
Martin Guptill and Wayne Madsen compiled centuries as Derbyshire moved into a commanding position against Glamorgan.
The Division Two joint leaders, who started the day on 22 without loss, soon overcame the early loss of Paul Borrington for 15 as Guptill and captain Madsen added 170 for the second wicket.
The New Zealand batsman hit 20 fours and a maximum in his 189-ball 132 until he became Michael Reed’s second victim.
But Madsen went on to complete his ton from 192 deliveries and, despite three quick wickets from Marcus North, remained unbeaten with 122 of Derbyshire’s 335 for five, which earned them a lead of 99.
Phil Jaques and Gary Ballance led the Yorkshire fightback against Hampshire at Headingley Carnegie.
Michael Bates completed his maiden hundred, but Simon Katich fell four runs short of a double century as the hosts fought back to claim the remaining five wickets for 74 runs.
Replying to Hampshire’s 415, the White Rose lost Adam Lyth, Joe Root and Andrew Gale early as they slipped to 32 for three.
But Jaques and Ballance, who both struck centuries in last week’s remarkable victory at Gloucestershire, were unbeaten on 59 and 26 in Yorkshire’s 100 for three, still 327 runs adrift.
Essex lost three late wickets after Mark Pettini and Tom Westley had shared a third-wicket stand of 135 at Grace Road.
Seamer Masters took two wickets today - to complete figures of 6-82 - along with Charl Willoughby, whose 3-99 included Wayne White for 53 as Leicestershire were dismissed for 372.
Matthew Hoggard made a double breakthrough to halt Essex's initial progress, trapping openers Billy Godleman and Alviro Petersen in front, but Pettini and Westley led the recovery.
However, White bowled Pettini for 57 and trapped Westley in front for 81 with the final ball of the day to limit Essex to 239 for five.
Northamptonshire took control against Kent at Canterbury.
Unbeaten on 104 and 57 in an overnight 244 for four, David Sales and James Middlebrook respectively made 140 and 73 - extending their stand to 205.
Even when the duo departed the runs still flowed as Con de Lange, who made 39 not out, and David Willey, with 64 from 85 balls, added 100 before Northamptonshire’s innings was ended with the score on 418.
Lee Daggett continued his recent good form by bowling Scott Newman for 16, before Hall dismissed Ben Harmison and Rob Key for 32 and 48 respectively in successive overs to reduce Kent to 123 for three at the close.