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Yorkshire vs Hampshire

It was another day for the bowlers, which saw nine wickets falling on Day 2, after 15 fell on the opening day at Leeds. Hampshire, who had restricted Yorkshire to 184 in the first innings, faltered themselves to be bundled out for 157 on Wednesday (September 19), after resuming play on 79 for 5. Owing to some lower order contributions from Gareth Berg (25) and Tom Alsop (24), Hampshire managed to cut down the conceded lead to just 27. Tim Bresnan, however, returned a five-wicket haul accounting for batsmen from No.4 to No.8.

In their second dig, an unbeaten half-century from Adam Lyth (60*) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore's 37-ball 33 gave Yorkshire the upper hand in the clash, who extended their lead to 199 when stumps were drawn, ending the day on 172 for 4.

Brief scores: Yorkshire 184 & 172/4 (Adam Lyth 60*, Tom Kohler-Cadmore 33; Liam Dawson 2-49) lead Hampshire 157 (James Vince 25, Gareth Berg 25; Tim Bresnan 5-28) by 199 runs.

Essex vs Worcestershire

Essex tightened their grip on the clash against Worcestershire with quick wickets up front after declaring their first innings for 474, with a lead of 380 - dominating both days of their clash so far. Resuming the day on 252 for 5, Ravi Bopara's unbeaten 133, along with fifties from their No.7 and 8 were instrumental in building towards a solid total, with as many as four half-centurions in their line-up.

Worcestershire, who were bowled out for 94 in the first innings, thanks to a seven-wicket haul from James Porter, got off to a bleak start in the second, being reduced to 4 for 2. It was Porter once again who was the thorn in their flesh, picking up two of the four wickets. Yet, an unbeaten half-century (74) from Joe Clark and Alex Milton (38) staged a fightback to get their innings back on track as they ended the day on 140 for 4, still trailing by 240 runs.

Brief scores: Worcestershire 94 & 140/4 (Joe Clarke 74*, Alex Milton 38; James Porter 2-40) trail Essex 474/7 decl. (Murali Vijay 85, Tom Westley 55, Ravi Bopara 133*, Adam Wheater 66, Simon Harmer 57, Ed Barnard 3-63) by 240 runs.

Somerset v Surrey

Division one County champions Surrey extended their dominance in their penultimate game of the season as they seized advantage over possible runners-up Somerset before rain prevented the final session's play at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.

Resuming day 2 at 368 for 4, South Africa's Dean Elgar made the most of his reprieve - on 84 - by racking up a magnificent hundred against his former county side and while doing so, he denied Somerset their second bowling point and ensured Surrey enjoyed five bonus points from the innings.

Post Elgar's late resistance, Surrey managed to go past 450 and finished at 485 before rattling the home team early with quick wickets. Morne Morkel removed Marcus Trescothick the first ball off the innings while the rest of the bowlers offered regular breakthroughs to restrain Somerset's momentum with the bat. Only Tom Banton showed some character at the top with a 62-ball 30, but in the end it just proved to be a decent score in an otherwise sorry-posing scorecard. With just one wicket remaining and still 363 runs behind the game, Somerset need to produce stuff-of-miracles to gain some points and hold onto the runners-up slot in Division One Championship.

Brief scores: Somerset 122/9 (Tom Banton 30; Conor Mckerr 3-20) trail Surrey 485 (Dean Elgar 110, Mark Stoneman 85; Tom Abell 3-52) by 363 runs

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