Flintoff in a hurry
All day two of four
County Championship Division One
Middlesex v Lancashire, Lord's
Andrew Flintoff smashed a run-a-ball 111 in Lancashire's imposing total of 565 for 7 declared against Middlesex at Lord's. The overnight centurions Mark Chilton and Stuart Law also piled on more runs, Chilton made 119 and Law fell an agonising two runs short of 200. Jimmy Anderson then warmed up for England's first Test by taking two wickets as Middlesex finished on 163 for 4, still 402 behind.
Nottinghamshire v Surrey, Trent Bridge
Azhar Mahmood's blistering 98 put Surrey on course for a comfortable win over Notts at Trent Bridge. Taking a leaf out of Alec Stewart's book, Mahmood hit 12 fours and four sixes, to help Surrey to a first-innings lead of 182. Martin Bicknell trapped his brother, Darren, lbw for 0 in the second ball of Nottinghamshire's second innings, and soon added the scalp of Jason Gallian. Then James Ormond followed up his five first-innings wickets with three more - including Usman Afzaal for a second-ball duck - as Notts ended on 94 for 6.
Warwickshire v Sussex, Edgbaston
Mo Sheikh (57*) had a day to remember against Sussex at Edgbaston. With the help of No. 11 Alan Richardson (47), Sheikh added a valuable 74 runs for the last wicket as Warwickshire were all out for 422. Richard Montgomerie and Murray Goodwin made a steady start to Sussex's reply, but both they, and Chris Adams, fell to Sheikh's medium pace as he finished with the sparkling figures of 3 for 16 off 17 overs, including 10 maidens. Sussex trail by 306 runs with seven wickets remaining.
Glamorgan v Gloucestershire, Cardiff
Heavy showers meant that only five overs and one ball were possible at Cardiff. Gloucestershire advanced their total by 15 runs, but lost Jonty Rhodes, lbw to David Harrison for 47.
Yorkshire v Derbyshire, Headingley
Dominic Cork played a captain's innings of 92 as Derbyshire finished the day in a strong position. Luke Sutton top-scored for Derbyshire with 127, as he and Cork shared a sixth-wicket stand of 159. Worryingly for the England selectors, Matthew Hoggard, Chris Silverwood and Richard Dawson failed to take any wickets, but Ryan Sidebottom took 7 for 97. Better news was Michael Vaughan's return to runs with his 47, as Yorkshire ended on 203 for 4.