Wayne Parnell scored 51 not out and took 3-48 against Sussex to help his side stay in control going into day three.
Kent posted 304 all out on day one, with Sean Dickson and Darren Stevens both scoring 68 to help keep their side’s first innings together. Jofra Archer (7-67) and Ajmal Shahzad (3-91) did well to help restrict Kent to 152-6 before Parnell walked to the crease.
A crucial partnership with Stevens saw the pair take their side to 275-7 before Stevens lost his wicket on 68. Parnell’s innings was vital to take his side past three hundred, as Archer continued to strike picking up the remaining three wickets.
Sussex ended day one on 11-1 with Matt Coles picking up a wicket in the second last over of the day.
Parnell, joined by Mitchell Claydon and Coles, put in a magnificent bowling display to restrict Sussex to 192-9 on day two, but a 10th-wicket partnership of 99 between Ben Brown (90) and Jofra Archer (60) saved Sussex’s innings as they were bowled out for 291 by tea.
Kent are currently on 82-2 going into day three with a 95-run lead.
Northamptonshire vs Derbyshire:
Durban-born Daryn Smith scored 19 for Derbyshire on day one to see his side post 219 on day one.
Rory Kleinveldt bowled 21 overs and picked up 2-57 to help restrict the hosts to 281 in their first innings on day two.
Cobras batsman, Richard Levi, only managed 11 runs before losing his wicket, as his side just managed to pass the deficit by stumps on day two.
Northamptonshire are currently on 291-9 with a 10-run lead.
Glamorgan vs Worcestershire:
Marchant de Lange was Glamorgan’s top-scoring South African with 11 runs on day one as his side posted 207 all out in their first innings. Worcestershire’s reply was brutal as they posted 403 on day two thanks to a century from Tom Kohler-Cadmore.
De Lange managed to take 2-92 to help bowl out the opposition.
Jacques Rudolf improved on his two score in the first innings, but only managed 29 before losing his scalp. Colin Ingram remains unbeaten on 41, after falling for a duck in his first innings on day one.
Glamorgan trail by 55 runs and are currently on 141-3 going into day three.
Gloucestershire vs Leicestershire:
After finding themselves on 236-4 at stumps on day one, thanks to a 127-run third-wicket partnership between Graeme van Buuren (79) and Will Tavaré (101), three more half-centuries on day two helped Gloucestershire declare on 466-8.
They currently have Leicestershire on 165-6, with a 301-run lead.
Middlesex vs Hampshire:
Middlesex found themselves on 290-6 on day one thanks to 82 from Johannesburg-born Stevie Eskinazi and Sam Robson’s 84. Day two saw them post 356, with Kyle Abbott picking up 2-87 and Gareth Berg picking up 1-62.
Hampshire’s reply saw them at 209-4 at stumps, trailing by 147 going into day three.
Somerset vs Essex:
A low-scoring game saw Somerset post 209 with Proteas opener, Dean Elgar, scoring 34 and Simon Harmer taking 2-51. Essex replied by posting 60-2 by stumps on day one, before collapsing to 129 all out on day two. Roelof van der Merwe was Somerset’s top bowler with 3-26.
Somerset then posted 174 in their reply, as Elgar (27) top-scored with James Hildreth (35), while Harmer took 1-26.
Essex are currently on 10-0 going into day three, with a deficit of 245 runs.
Lancashire vs Surrey
An 182 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul and 140 from Jordan Clark saw Lancashire post 470 over day one and two. Ryan McLaren scored 28 and took 0-40 as Surrey posted 112-2 by stumps on day two.
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