Kabir overcomes tragedy as Worcestershire takes charge
Day 2 report
Frizzell County Championship Division One
Division One Table
Lancashire 130 for 2 trail Kent 602 for 6 by 472 runs
Carl Hooper was Lancashire's only source of hope as his former county Kent took absolute control on the second day at Blackpool. Ed Smith had been the star of day one with a superb 203, but Matthew Walker came close to matching him, easing to 150 with 19 fours before mistiming Hooper to long-on. Lancashire's misery wasn't over even then - Mark Ealham joined the rout with 95 as Kent declared on 602 for 6, their ninth-highest total in history, and the highest at Stanley Park. Hooper had already bowled 51 overs in the match, but his day's work wasn't finished. Rob Ferley grabbed two quick wickets with his offspin, and it was left to a pair of half-centuries from Hooper and Mark Chilton to prevent a bad day for Lancashire getting any worse.
Middlesex 58 for 2 trail Warwickshire 496 by 438 runs
Ashley Giles continued his annus mirabilis with the bat - and then took a wicket with his third ball - to leave Middlesex with it all to do at Southgate. Giles's 96 from 139 balls made the difference between an average total and an excellent one, as Warwickshire's last three wickets added 187 between the showers to reach 496 all out. Neil Smith and Melvyn Betts contributed a brace of 30s, and Giles had seemed set for a century until he holed out to Abdul Razzaq at long-on. Middlesex's captain, Andrew Strauss, started brightly with 37 from 40 balls, but Giles had him caught at short-leg, before Dougie Brown cleaned up James Dalrymple for a duck. Sven Koenig was left clinging on at the close.
Sussex 340 for 5 lead Leicestershire 320 by 20 runs
Phil DeFreitas added three wickets to his first-innings century, but it was Sussex who finished the day in command thanks to an unbroken 125-run stand between Tony Cottey and Matt Prior. Cottey finished on 138, his third century in consecutive innings, and Prior on 68, as Sussex recovered from a jittery period to finish the day 20 runs ahead of Leicestershire's first innings 320, with five wickets in hand. DeFreitas struck early in the day to remove Murray Goodwin, then returned with two wickets in three balls, whereupon Charlie Dagnall added a couple of victims of his own. At 215 for 5, the match was in the balance, but by the close the scales had tilted south.
Frizzell County Championship Division Two
Division Two Table
Derbyshire 163 and 27 for 4 trail Worcestershire 301 by 111 runs
Kabir Ali overcame a family tragedy to put Worcestershire firmly in charge against Derbyshire at New Road. Kabir had been due to attend the funeral of his two-week-old nephew, who died at the weekend, but he was given the blessing of his father to continue playing and responded with a match-turning 68 from No. 9 and a trio of lbws in a rapid six-over spell with the new ball. Worcestershire had been teetering at 190 for 7 in reply to Derbyshire's 163 when Kabir joined Steve Rhodes (84*) in adding 104 for the eighth wicket, and he then reduced Derbyshire to 27 for 4 in their second innings. Rain brought an early end to the day, by which stage Worcestershire well in sight of victory.
Yorkshire 448 and 2 for 0 lead Durham 327 by 123 runs
Craig White's unbeaten 135 was the difference between the sides on a run-feast of a day at Chester-le-Street, in which 437 were scored. Shoaib Akhtar had threatened to tear through Yorkshire's tail when he dismissed Andy Gray for his overnight 60, and Darren Gough and Ryan Sidebottom didn't last too long either. But Steve Kirby hung around long enough for White to play a few shots, and Yorkshire's total of 448 was more than satisfactory. Durham in reply managed a healthy 327, but a first-innings deficit of 121 may come back to haunt them. Three Durham batsmen made half-centuries, but none exceeded Gary Pratt's 54, as Kirby followed his good work with the bat with 4 for 93. Gough, with a Test recall up for grabs, was lively in his 18 overs, but managed just the one wicket, that of his namesake, Michael.
Hampshire 185 and 114 for 4 trail Glamorgan 437 by 138 runs
Hampshire surrendered 14 wickets in a single day's play to leave Glamorgan in sight of an innings victory at the Rose Bowl. Mike Kasprowicz was the first-innings destroyer, with 5 for 48, as six Hampshire batsmen passed 20, but none exceeded John Francis's 27. Hampshire followed on 252 runs adrift, whereupon it was Robert Croft's turn to take centre stage. He picked up all four of the second-innings wickets to fall - to add to his two from earlier in the day. Simon Katich did at least reach a half-century, but he spoiled the effect by wafting Croft to Alex Wharf at long leg in the final over of the day. At 114 for 4, Hampshire were still 138 runs from asking Glamorgan to bat again.