Keith Barker Bags Seven On Wicket-filled Day 2 In Southampton

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Keith Barker bags seven on wicket-filled Day 2 in Southampton. Keith Barker bagged a career-best 7-46 against Nottinghamshire

Keith Barker Bags Seven On Wicket-filled Day 2 In SouthamptonKeith Barker bagged a career-best 7-46 against Nottinghamshire

Keith Barker bagged a career-best 7-46 against Nottinghamshire

Division 1

Lancashire could only bump up their overnight total of 364 for 8 by nine runs but their bowlers ran riot to bundle out Somerset for just 90 runs. Azhar Ali's 39 was the highest in their abysmal performance as Jack Blatherwick (4 for 28) and Tom Bailey (3 for 9) were all over the batting side. Somerset gave a slightly better account of themselves after being asked to follow-on, thanks to Tom Lammonby's fiery 100 that came off just 103 balls. Azhar Ali too got a half-century but both fell and the side finished the day on 226 for 4, still trailing Lancashire by 57 runs.

After Yorkshire conceded a 47-run first-innings lead to Warwickshire, Jordan Thompson dismantled the visiting side's top order in the second innings, leaving them in dire straits at one stage at 97 for 5. Michael Burgess and Tim Bresnan plotted recovery to an extent but Warwickshire could only go upto 176 when they were bundled out, leaving Yorkshire to chase 224. In chase, Yorkshire lost their top three by the end of the day with just 50 runs on the board and have a fight on their hands going forward from Day 3.

In a 16-wicket Day 2 in Southampton, the Hampshire-Nottinghamshire fixture has swung from one end to the other in a short span of time, setting up for a feisty end to the contest. Nottinghamshire began their day on 29 for 1 in response to Hampshire's Day 1 effort of 226. Their quest for first-innings lead was rocked by left-arm pacer Keith Barker, who picked seven wickets to help bowl out Nottinghamshire for just 155. Interestingly, they had two half-centurions in this poor display – Ben Slater and Liam Patterson-White – but eight of the remaining nine batsmen fell for single-digit scores. Hampshire had a golden opportunity to right the wrongs of their first batting effort, but were soon thwarted by Nottinghamshire's bowlers – Dane Paterson, Patterson-White and Luke Fletcher. Captain James Vince fought with a half-century but Hamshire were down to 133 for 7, with a lead of 204 at the end of the day.

Division 2

Essex's lower order was quickly packed off on Day 2 as they added the team added just 140 runs to their overnight tally of 299/3. Wickets fell quickly once Alastair Cook's fine innings was brought to an end on 165. But even 439 appeared massive for an erring Surrey side who were left licking their wounds at Stumps at 107 for 7 on Day 2. Jamie Porter, Simon Harmer and Sam Cook combined to pick six wickets between them to earn another day of utter dominance for Essex.

Matty Potts decided to follow up his four-wicket haul from Day 1 with a rear-guard batting effort to frustrate Northamptonshire bowlers and extend Durham's first-innings lead in the process. Northamptonshire had Durham down to 163 for 6 before Paul Coughlin and Ben Raine pushed them comfortably past the 200-run mark. From 238 for 6, Potts (81) and Liam Trevaskis (77 not out) added 149 for the ninth wicket. Durham finished on 400 – with a 217-run lead. Northamptonshire openers then played out four overs for 10 runs in their second innings.

Half-centuries from captain Chris Dent and Graeme van Buuren helped Gloucestershire build a strong reply to Glamorgan's 309. At Stumps on Day 2 in Cardiff, the visitors were 224 for 4 with van Buuren unbeaten on 65, having added 40 runs after a double-wicket over from Andrew Salter. Earlier in the day, hosts Glamorgan added only 45 runs to their overnight score with Ryan Higgins taking two of the remaining four wickets.

Division 3

Leicestershire made a storming reply to Sussex's 359 with unbeaten centuries from Hassan Azad (122*) and Lewis Hill (109*) taking the hosts to 291 for 2 in just 72 overs of batting, a scoring rate of 4.04. The pair put on 183 before Stumps on Day 2 with Hill scoring 109 of those runs at a strike-rate of 81.95. Leicestershire's great batting performance was a follow up to an equally thrilling bowling performance that saw them pick the last five Sussex wickets for just 25 runs this morning. Centurion Ben Brown was unbeaten on 133 as Chris Wright finished with figures of 6 for 94. Fynn Hudson-Prentice, who retired hurt after being hit on the head, didn't come out to bat again.

Kent took complete control of their fixture against hosts Derbyshire, stretching their lead to 276 by Stumps on Day 2. Having posted 285 on the opening day, Kent bowled their opponents out for 156 with Grant Stewart claiming a five-fer (5-23) in 13 overs. No. 9 Sam Conners' 39 was the highest score for Derbyshire. In Kent's second innings, openers Zak Crawley (68) and Jordan Cox (58*) put on a 114-run stand. Crawley made it a pair of half-centuries for this game but would have liked to have kicked on once to make a 100 having recently been dumped from the England Test side.

Middlesex recovered after conceding a first-innings lead to Worcestershire before moving back ahead by 206 runs at Stumps on Day 2 at Lord's. Despite making only 144 in the first innings, they were set for a small lead when they had Worcestershire at 101 for 8 on the opening day. But the final two wickets added 70 runs for the visitors, giving them a 27-run lead. At the centre of the visitors' resistance was a counter-attacking 51-ball 61* from Josh Baker. Defeat loomed large for a clearly shaken Middlesex, who then slipped to 39 for 4 in their second innings with Charlie Morris derailing the top-order. But the hosts had a fightback of their own. Max Holden (46), Martin Andersson (45), John Simpson (59*) and Luke Hollman (40*) combined for a series of partnerships to take the hosts to 233 for 6 by the end of an enthralling second day, and back into the ascendancy.

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