Walker makes Flintoff sweat for wickets
Matthew Walker's superb 197, his 20th first-class hundred, led Kent to an imposing 440 on the second day against Lancashire at Canterbury. Walker was last man out, run out, but shared in a fine fifth-wicket partnership of 135 with Dwayne Bravo who clobbered two sixes in his 76. After his two wickets yesterday, Andrew Flintoff - in his comeback game following injury to his ankle - went wicket less today but nevertheless has come through 19 overs without alarm. Indeed he bowled with menace and pace, on a flat and lifeless pitch and in conditions more akin to the subcontinent than England. After Walker and Bravo's fine partnership Walker found great support in Amjad Khan (38) with whom he put on 121 for the ninth wicket to further frustrate Lancashire. In reply, the visitors lost Ian Sutcliffe and Mark Chilton to end the day in the perilous position of 56 for 2, still trailing by 166 runs.
Michael Yardy and Chris Adams powered Sussex to a solid 374 for 5 on the first day against Middlesex at Southgate. Chris Silverwood struck two early blows for the hosts, trapping Richard Montgomerie for a three-ball duck and Carl Hopkinson for just 8. Yardy and the ever-prolific Murray Goodwin (67) stablised the ship in putting on 159 for the third wicket. Though Yardy fell three short of a deserved ton, Adams made amends to bring up his hundred from 156 balls with 12 fours and three massive sixes.
Tim Bresnan and Jason Gillespie gave Yorkshire the honours on the first day against Warwickshire at Scarborough, sharing seven wickets to dismiss the visitors for 201 inside 66 overs. Bresnan removed Warwickshire's top three before Gillespie cut inroads in the middle-order; Warwickshire were indebted to Heath Streak's defiant unbeaten 68, from 100 balls with 10 fours, to take them up to a score of respectability. Though Warwickshire grabbed a couple of quick wickets in Yorkshire's reply, the home side sprinted to 122 and trail by just 79.
Michael Powell held the Glamorgan innings together against Essex at Chelmsford. He made an unbeaten 157 as the visitors reached 312 for 5 after winning the toss. Essex made early inroads to reduce Glamorgan to 40 for 3 with Andy Bichel striking twice in his opening spell and Darren Gough once. Powell then found solid support from Richard Grant, who contributed 44 to a fourth-wicket stand of 137. Powell's chanceless ton came up in 154 balls with 15 fours - many of which were creamed through the covers. Alex Tudor came in for particular punishment but enjoyed some belated success when he bowled Grant with a delivery that jagged back into the righthander. James Middlebrook was rewarded for an accurate spell soon after tea when he had James Franklin caught by Andy Flower at slip but that was to be Essex's last success of a soporific day. Mark Wallace (47 not out) ably assisted Powell to the close with little cause for alarm.
Click here to read the bulletin from Guildford as Justin Langer hammered a double hundred for Somerset against Surrey.
Hassan Adnan was at the helm of two rescues for Derbyshire today at Leicester - and he left them strongly placed by stumps, having made 117. Adnan shared a fourth-wicket stand of 88 with Marcus North and then put on 260 with James Pipe (87*) as Derbyshire made 355 for 8. Stuart Broad had the visitors in early difficulty, a double-strike setting them wobbling at 10 for 2 and he ended with four wickets, including that of Adnan. Nicholas Walker pounced to have them 67 for 3 but from Leicestershire's bowlers took their foot off the gas as Derbyshire's batsmen zoomed on. There was a sting in the tail of the day for Derby, though, as they lost three wickets for 10 runs just before the close.