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Westley and Lawrence scored quickfire hundreds

Westley and Lawrence scored quickfire hundreds

Group 1

Essex showed plenty of intent on the second day against Derbyshire in order to try and push for a victory after the opening day got washed out. Led by their skipper Tom Westley and Dan Lawrence, Essex's batsmen, helped their side post 412/3 in just 76 overs. While Westley made 106 off just 112 balls, Lawrence helped himself to a quickfire unbeaten 152 off just 133 deliveries before the declaration. Their bowlers backed up that stunning batting effort by reducing Derbyshire to 35/3 by stumps.

A disciplined bowling effort from Durham saw them pick up the first innings lead over Warwickshire on the second day. After getting bowled out for 250 on the opening day, Durham put up a strong show with the ball. Chris Rushworth's five-wicket haul was instrumental as no batsmen from the opposition managed to go past 50. After picking up a slender 33-run lead, Durham made a strong start with the bat in their second innings to extend their advantage. They lost Alex Lees for 12 but Will Young and skipper Scott Borthwick batted through the day to take the lead past 100.

Group 2

After a washed out opening day, no play was possible till Lunch in Taunton on Day 2. When rain relented, Surrey were led by skipper Rory Burns who went on to score a fifty as Surrey ended the day on 191 for 4. He stitched stands in the middle before being bowled by Marchant de Lange for 55. Ollie Pope then kept Surrey in the game only to fall before close of play on a day when 59 overs were bowled.

Kyle Abbott's six-wicket haul was instrumental on Day 2 to keep Middlesex to just 172 after having started the day at 56 for 4. While wickets were falling around him, Nick Gubbins stood tall with a half-century, but the next-best score of 27 came from Blake Cullen at No.9. Hampshire had their tails up, but not for long, being reduced to 9 for 3 thanks to Ethan Bamber's double strike. They recovered from there with skipper James Vince leading the way with a vital 62 as they ended the day on 131 for 7.

Group 3

Despite the entire first day getting washed out, and bad light forcing early Stumps on the second day, this match has moved ahead rather quickly thanks to some very seamer-friendly conditions. And Yorkshire needed the experience of Joe Root, unbeaten on 34 and battling it out under fading light, to keep the game in balance after Michael Neser continued his purple patch with the ball and ripped through Yorkshire's top-order with three wickets in his first spell. Earlier, Glamorgan's innings lasted under two sessions, with Steven Patterson and Harry Brook bundling them out for 149 with three-wickets each. Had it not been for the last three wickets that put on 67 runs, things could've been a lot more embarrassing for the hosts.

Zak Crawley, with an unbeaten fifty, raised hopes of a revivalfrom Kent, after having been rolled over for just 145 in the first innings. Sussex, on the other hand, would be pretty disappointed at none of their batsmen being able to convert their starts, and despite the 111-run lead they got, they'd feel they squandered the opportunity they had to bat the visitors out of this game. Now although Kent have a 27-run lead and eight wickets still in hand, with this pitch having flattened out and the ease with which Lancashire chased their target in the previous game on this ground, they'd be hoping for a target in excess of 250