Craig Overton picked up four wickets as Nottinghamshire folded for a paltry score © Getty
Somerset added 85 runs to their overnight total of 307 for 7 and then pushed Nottinghamshire further to the corner by bundling them out cheaply and enforcing follow-on, on Day 2 in Taunton. Craig Overton (4 for 53), Tom Abell (2 for 21) and Lewis Gregory (2 for 36) wreaked havoc as Nottinghamshire managed just 134 runs, despite Ross Taylor’s 79. In their sorry scorecard, the next best contribution was 19 from opener Steven Mullaney.
With a massive deficit staring at them, Mullaney bettered his show, and had his opening partner Jake Libby for company. The pair scored unbeaten fifties and took Nottinghamshire to 112 for no wicket at stumps, the team still trailing by 146 runs.
Brief scores: Somerset 392 (Matt Renshaw 106, Steven Davies 92, Tom Abell 57; Matthew Carter 5-113) lead Nottinghamshire 134 (Ross Taylor 74; Craig Overton 4-53) & 112/0 (Steven Mullaney 54*, Jake Libby 54*) by 146 runs
The Lancashire-Essex clash at Manchester continued to hang in the balance after two completed days of play with the hosts still holding an 80-run advantage with only four wickets left to get. Defending champions Essex began well in their bid to claim first-innings honours when Alastair Cook and Tom Westley put on a 110-run stand for the second wicket. Joe Mennie then turned the game with three quick wickets, including those of the two well-set batsmen.
Ryan ten Doeschate (43) added 81 for the sixth wicket with Adam Wheater before running himself out, leaving Wheater with the unenviable task of shepherding the lower-order to overhaul Lancashire’s first innings total of 301.
Brief scores: Lancashire 301 (Jordan Clark 79, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 58; Simon Harmer 3-35, Samuel Cook 3-65) lead Essex 221/6 (Alastair Cook 58, Ryan ten Doeschate 43; Joe Mennie 3-40) by 80 runs.
After Rory Burns (151), Ben Foakes (90) and Ollie Pope consolidated Surrey’s solid start, on Day 2, Rikki Clarke dealt another blow to Hampshire with a five-wicket haul. Rilee Rossouw put up brief resistence but that was too little to provide recovery for the home side, as they folded for just 135 runs. Second day’s play ended with the end of Hampshire’s innings, after Clarke, Sam Curran (2 for 31), Morne Morkel (2 for 33) and Jade Dernbach (1 for 30) shared the spoils.
Brief Scores: Surrey 368 (Rory Burns 151, Ben Foakes 90; Fidel Edwards 5-93) lead Hampshire 135 (Rilee Rossouw 46; Rikki Clarke 5-29, Morne Morkel 2-33) by 233 runs