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Warwickshire edge ahead on 20-wicket day

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Warwickshire vs Hampshire, Birmingham

After there was no play on the first day, 20 wickets fell on the manic second day. Warwickshire surged ahead in the contest at Edgbaston bowling out Hampshire for 116 after they were shot down for 188.

Out of the 188 scored by Warwickshire, Dominic Sibley scored 92 while seven batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores. Aaron Thomason and Chris Wright scored 26 each but they couldn't find a way past the dominating Fidel Edwards, who ended with 5 for 49.

In response, George Bailey waged a lone battle with a half-century while Ryan Sidebottom and Oliver Hannon-Dalby went about dismissing the other batsmen. Sean Ervine battled for a 39-ball to score 16 but couldn't carry on. Hannon-Dalby and Jeetan Patel shared seven wickets between them as they game moved at a brisk pace.

In their second essay, Warwickshire batted out 1.2 overs without any damage to end the day with a lead of 72.

Brief scores: Warwickshire 188 (Dominic Sibley 92*; Fidel Edwards 5-49) & 0/0 lead Hampshire116 (George Bailey 55; Oliver Hannon-Dalby 4-29) by 72 runs.

Somerset vs Middlesex, Taunton

While a spin-friendly track at The Cooper Associates County Ground put Somerset in danger of losing points over a poor pitch, the hosts managed to make short work of Middlesex's reply of a total of 236, bowling out the visitors for 142. Having earned one bonus point with the bat on Day 1, Somerset extended their bonus points tally to 4 thanks to their bowling effort today. They now have 131 championship points to give Hampshire stiff competition in their bid to avoid relegation, although the seventh-placed team had a good day with the ball themselves, earning three bonus points.

Despite being bowled out for 236 on Day 1, Somerset had managed to reduce Middlesex to 18 for 3 at the end of the day's play. They continued their good work with the ball on the second day as they picked up two early wickets to leave the visitors reeling at 22 for 5. A fighting partnership between Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling led Middlesex's brief recovery but their resistance could only result in a 73-run stand, following which the Somerset bowlers ran through the batting order to help their team pick up a sizeable lead.

Although they lost Edward Byrom and George Bartlett early in their second innings, Somerset managed to get back on track thanks to James Hildreth, who scored an unbeaten 82. Hildreth received good support from Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell as the hosts ended the day 253 ahead.

Brief scores: Somerset 236 & 159/3 (James Hildreth 82*, Tom Abell 34*; James Harris 1-24) lead Middlesex142 (Paul Stirling 41, Dawid Malan 38; Jack Leach 4-54, Craig Overton 3-7) by 253 runs.

Lancashire vs Surrey, Manchester

In the battle for the second spot, Lancashire gained the upper hand against Surrey thanks to skipper Simon Croft's hundred that helped the hosts score 67 more than what the visitors had managed in their first innings.

Starting the day at 17 for 0, in reply to Surrey's total of 201 for 8 declared, Lancashire's openers were involved in a 69-run stand that helped the home team begin their reply in a solid fashion. Surrey, however, clawed back into the contest by triggering a collapse that was led by Rikki Clarke, reducing Lancashire to 84 for 5. But Croft came up with a superb knock under pressure, batting well with the lower order batsmen to help Lancashire finish ahead of Surrey in their first innings.

Surrey openers Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman managed to put on a good partnership that helped their side wipe out the deficit. Both batsmen remained unbeaten as they helped Surrey end the day with a 12-run lead.

Brief scores: Surrey 201/8 decl. & 79/0 (Mark Stoneman 44*, Rory Burns 27*) lead Lancashire268 (Steven Croft 115, Alex Davies 54; Rikki Clarke 3-29, Gareth Batty 3-70) by 12 runs.

Essex vs Yorkshire, Chelmsford

Despite not putting up a strong batting performance on Day 1 - being bowled out for 227 - Essex came back strongly on the second day at the County Ground in Chelmsford, bowling out Yorkshire for 111 to seize control of the game. The hosts ended the day with a lead of 250 runs with still eight wickets remaining in their second essay.

Yorkshire, who began their reply at the start of Day 2, got off to a cautious start before they lost wickets in a heap. While Adam Lyth got off to a good start, he didn't receive much support from the other end as Kraigg Brathwaite and Alex Lees departed cheaply. Following Lyth's departure for 35, Yorkshire's innings fell apart in dramatic fashion as they were reduced to 75 for 5 before losing their last five wickets only 21 runs, with Neil Wagner, James Porter and Simon Harmer bagging three wickets apiece.

Essex lost Varun Chopra and Ravi Bopara early in their innings, both trapped in front by Jack Brooks, but Daniel Lawrence and Nick Browne led the recovery with an unbeaten 128-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Brief scores: Essex 227 & 134/2 (Daniel Lawrence 75*, Nick Browne 53*; Jack Brooks 2-31) lead Yorkshire111 (Adam Lyth 35; Neil Wagner 3-21, James Porter 3-29, Simon Harmer 3-36) by 250 runs.