John Crawley, 150 not-out overnight, added a further 161 runs on day two of Hampshire's match against Nottinghamshire. Crawley remained unbeaten on a career-best 311 as Hampshire declared on 714 for 5. Nottinghamshire were then dismissed for just 213, with Mascarenhas - who earlier struck a blistering hundred - taking 5 for 55. In their second innings, the champions closed on 1 without loss, trailing by exactly 500 runs.
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Neil Carter took four wickets for Warwickshire who bowled Gloucestershire out for just 118 at Edgbaston, to give the home side the advantage of a 90-run lead. In their second innings, Warwickshire are 197 for 3, with Nick Knight ending the day not-out on 77. They lead by 287 runs with seven wickets remaining.
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On the second day at Old Trafford, Lancashire just scraped past Leicestershire's first-innings score of 165 to post 191. John Maunders took four wickets in eight overs, including the prize scalp of Andrew Symonds and Stuart Broad grabbed 3 for 57. However, Leicestershire stumbled to 158 for 7 and hold a slender lead of 132.
98 for 2 overnight, Northamptonshire quickly overhauled Yorkshire's first-innings total of 177 to declare on 476 for 9. Usman Afzaal struck 157, and the young Australian Steven Crook hit 97 at nearly a run a ball. Monty Panesar then added to his five wickets in the first innings, when Riki Wessels stumped Joe Sayers for just 6. Yorkshire are 22 for 1 and trail by 277 runs.
Derbyshire lost just three wickets against Somerset at Taunton, where there were big hundreds for Steve Stubbings and Hassan Adnan. Stubbings, 45 not-out overnight, reached his hundred in 251 mins off 221 balls; Hassan Adnan was altogether quicker, needing 148 balls for his. He was finally out for a career-best 191, as Derbyshire ended the day on 549 for 4. They lead Somerset by a commanding 290 runs.
Essex's last three batsmen added 177 runs as they reached a commanding 574. Timothy Phillips struck 89, and Graham Napier also reached fifty. Worcestershire, undaunted, reached 244 for 2, with Stephen Moore not-out on 124.