Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Sam Cook powers Essex's demolition job on Northamptonshire. Sam Cook finished the game with 10 wickets to his tally
Sam Cook finished the game with 10 wickets to his tally
James Vince made a half-century for Hampshire in their game against Lancashire in Liverpool but his late dismissal and that of Liam Dawson's has kept things pretty even going into day three. The visitors had been reduced to 24 for 4 in their second innings before Vince and Joe Weatherley put on 54 and then Vince and Liam Dawson combined for a crucial 80 run partnership. Their dismissals pegged Hampshire back, however, leaving them with a lead of 160 at the close but with just three wickets in hand.
Nottinghamshire's failure to pick up a third batting point all but ended their title hopes but they finished day two at Trent Bridge on top against Yorkshire. After Notts were bowled out for 297, four wickets for Joey Evison helped them dismiss the visitors for just 73 in their first innings. The follow-on was enforced and although Yorkshire did better second time round, thanks to Adam Lyth who made 74 not out, they still trail Notts by 54 runs with seven wickets remaining.
Warwickshire ended the second day at Edgbaston on top against Somerset. Earlier in the day, the home side finished their first innings on 367, with Danny Briggs scoring 53 not out from number nine to seal what could be a crucial fourth batting point. By the close, Somerset had lost five wickets and were still trailing by 128. Briggs was the most successful Warwickshire bowler with two wickets while there was one each for Chris Woakes, Liam Norwell and Tim Bresnan.
Essex completed a demolition job on Northamptonshire by wrapping up an innings victory midway through the first session of day two. The match totalled just 96.3 overs of play which made it the shortest County Championship match scheduled to last four-days ever. Sam Cook was Essex's star bowler with ten wickets in the match. Northants made an embarrassing 45 all out in their second innings.
Gloucestershire sealed a seven-wicket victory against Durham at Bristol. After bowling out the visitors for 140 on the opening day, Gloucestershire bundled them out cheaply for a second time. Pakistani spinner Zafar Gohar picked up another six wickets, to add to his five from the first innings, to help Gloucestershire bowl Durham out for 131. The home side then reached their victory target of 54 for the loss of three wickets.
Glamorgan ended the second day at the Oval against Surrey in charge after declaring their first innings on 672 for 6. Captain Chris Cooke made an unbeaten 205 from number six and he found good support from Dan Douthwaite, who made a half-century, and Callum Taylor. Surrey had reached 45 without loss by the close but they trail by a huge 627 runs.
Middlesex took charge of their game against Kent on the second day at Canterbury. They picked up the last six wickets in Kent's first innings for just 56 runs – Ethan Bamber and Martin Andersson took three wickets apiece – and then a hundred from Mark Stoneman helped the visitors reach 298 for 6 by the close, leading by 307 runs with four wickets in hand.
Sussex are behind the eight-ball in their match against Derbyshire at Hove. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 465 on the second morning and had then reduced Sussex to 255 for 6 by the close despite a defiant 150 not out from Ben Brown at number three. Even so, the home side still trail Derbyshire by 210 runs with just four first innings wickets remaining.
Half-centuries from Jake Libby and Charlie Morris helped Worcestershire reach 378 for 6 at the close against Leicestershire at New Road, a lead of 156. Libby and Morris' efforts were backed up by Worcestershire's numbers four to eight who all scored 35 or more while Callum Parkinson was Leicestershire's best bowler, finishing the day with three wickets to his name.