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April 20, 2006
Glen Chapple produced a valiant 70 from 106 balls, as Lancashire recovered their poise to grab a useful 30-run lead in a low-scoring dogfight at Old Trafford. His efforts, coupled with Tom Smith's first runs in first-class cricket (26), thwarted Hampshire's best efforts, although James Bruce eventually finished off the innings for 224 with a career-best 4 for 52. By the close, however, Hampshire had inched themselves back in front, thanks to an unbeaten opening stand of 54 between Michael Brown and James Adams.
Durham's Gordon Muchall and Phil Mustard took their sixth-wicket stand against Kent at Canterbury to 249 before they were separated, Muchall finishing on a career-best 219 and Mustard 130. In reply to Durham's 574 for 9 declared, Kent ambled to 169 for 2 in 68 overs, David Fulton leading the way with 62.
Jonathan Trott recorded his ninth first-class hundred, Nick Knight made 73, and the debutant Dane Freddie Klokker made a useful 40 as nightwatchman, as Warwickshire built themselves an imposing platform against Sussex at Hove. Click here for a full report on this match .
After a day of thumb-twiddling at Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire finally made it onto the pitch on the second day of their match ... but not for long. Only 14 overs were possible before rain and bad light closed back in, in which time Notts progressed to 69 for 1. The only casualty of the day was the captain, Jason Gallian, who fell for 5 to the rookie Australian, Mitchell Claydon. Darren Bicknell and Russell Warren made it to the close without further loss.
Marcus Trescothick was dismissed twice in the day for a total of 16 runs, as Somerset lurched towards an ignominious innings defeat against a Jon Lewis-inspired Gloucestershire at Bristol. Responding to an imposing total of 437, Somerset were given the run-around by Lewis, a recent England reject, who grabbed a magnificent 7 for 38 in 14.3 overs, including Trescothick in both innings. Following on, Somerset would scarcely have improved on their miserable total of 143 had it not been for a defiant 153 not out from the Australian legspinner, Cameron White, as they closed on 267 for 8.
Alastair Cook's 88 and 51 from Andy Flower, did not seem enough to save Essex from the follow-on at Chelmsford after they slid to 180 for 7 in reply to Northants' 397. Darren Gough polished off the Northants tail to finish with 5 for 82, but Essex slipped until James Middlebrook and Graham Napier added an unbeaten - and vital - 54 for the eighth wicket to steer them to within 14 of temporary respite.
Surrey's hopes of a winning start to life in the second division looked less than likely when they closed on 256 for 4 at The Oval, still a long way behind Derbyshire's 492. Fifties from Scott Newman and Mark Ramprakash were the foundation of Surrey's innings after Ant Botha had completed his third first-class hundred in the morning.
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