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Scott Brothwick scored a century for Durham

Scott Brothwick scored a century for Durham

The second round of the County Championship began on Thursday (April 15) with a number of local derbies taking place across the country. Here is a round-up of all the action.

Group 1

Eighteen wickets fell on the first day between Essex and Durham at Chelmsford. Durham ended it on top having bowled Essex out for just 96, with Brydon Carse and Chris Rushworth taking three wickets apiece. Such was Durham's dominance that only three Essex batsmen reached double figures. Scott Borthwick then scored a hundred as Durham reached 148 for 8 by the close but a flurry of late wickets, including that of Borthwick, kept Essex in the game.

Derbyshire enjoyed a similarly dominant day in their game with Worcestershire having ended proceedings on 360 for 8 after being asked to bat first. Leus du Plooy, who was dismissed for 98, added 137 for the second wicket with Billy Godleman and then Matt Critchley, who made runs in the first round to help salvage a draw against Warwickshire, scored his fourth first-class hundred. It was a tough day for Worcestershire's bowlers and particularly West Indian fast-bowler Alzarri Joseph who was expensive. He did pick up two late wickets, however.

The opening day between Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire at Trent Bridge ended nicely poised. Notts, who included Stuart Broad in their line-up, were eventually bowled out for 273 and owed much to a half-century from Liam Patterson-White which helped rescue his team from the perilous position of 119 for 6 earlier in the day.

England quick Olly Stone picked up two wickets while captain Will Rhodes claimed four of his own. Notts picked up two wickets before the close, with Broad removing India Test batsman Hanuma Vihari in the penultimate over, which left Warwickshire 24 for 2. The visitors also had a potential injury concern over opener Dom Sibley who has not yet batted.

Group 2

After racking up more than 600 in their only innings against Leicestershire in round one, Hampshire found things tougher against Middlesex, who included Steven Finn and rested Tim Murtagh, on the opening day at the Ageas Bowl. Ethan Bamber, Finn and Martin Andersson all claimed two wickets while only Ian Holland and Sam Northeast, who made 64 and 63 respectively, were able to make much of an impression for the hosts although some useful lower order runs helped their cause. At the close, the match was evenly poised with Hampshire 281 for 8.

Somerset, who completed a remarkable come-from-behind victory against Middlesex last week, began their game against Gloucestershire at Taunton in strong style too. Having been put in, Somerset made 312 in their first innings with the main contributions coming from Steven Davis and Craig Overton who both made half-centuries and combined for a 116-run partnership for the sixth wicket. They were, however, bowled out just before the close and Gloucestershire, with Kraigg Brathwaite opening the batting, got through a testing little period unscathed.

Rain affected the match at The Oval between Surrey and Leicestershire which meant only 76.2 overs were possible. In the action that did take place, the visitors had significantly the better of play having opted to bat first after winning the toss. Leicestershire were 215 for 3 at the close, with opener Hassan Azad making 55 and Sam Evans registering his second first-class century off 225 balls.

Surrey included West Indian fast-bowler Kemar Roach in their team, replacing the rested Reece Topley, but it was Jordan Clark and Jamie Overton who claimed the wicket-taking spoils.

Group 3

Following his hundred against Glamorgan in the opening round, Adam Lyth continued his good form with 97 for Yorkshire against Kent at Canterbury, helping his team to reach the dominant position of 358 for 8 by the close. There were also runs for Harry Brook, who made 54, and a number of contributions from Yorkshire's lower order. Darren Stevens, named on the morning of the game as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year, picked up three wickets while Matt Milnes impressed once again with two more scalps, including that of England Test captain Joe Root.

Kiran Carlson made an unbeaten hundred as Glamorgan scored 285 all out in their first innings against Sussex in Cardiff. Opener David Lloyd chipped in with 84 after the visitors won the toss and elected to field first. The pick of the Sussex bowlers was Ollie Robinson who took 4 for 50 while Jack Carson claimed three wickets of his own. By the close, Sussex were 99 for no loss in reply, with Aaron Thomason passing fifty and Tom Haines unbeaten on 43.

Lancashire reached 264 for 8 by the close of their game against Northamptonshire at Old Trafford. There were half-centuries for opener Alex Davies and number three Josh Bohannon but no Lancashire batsman could kick on to a score of real dominance. That was the theme of the innings as all of the top seven reached double figures but nobody could score more than Bohannon's 68. Six of the wickets were shared by Tom Taylor and Simon Kerrigan, the former Lancashire spinner, who took three apiece.