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Abysmal Durham cop worst loss of season

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Leicestershire v Durham

The term 'abysmal' would curl itself up into a ball and could slumber into untraceable depths of discomfiture. No one except Durham's players and fans understand the emotion of the aforementioned phrase. To put things in perspective, Durham got knocked out twice inside 53 overs and succumbed to their worst defeat this season on the second day.

After removing Leicestershire's final two wickets for five runs, Durham pinned a self-implosive bomb in their batting rack and crumbled at the rate of knots. Only three of their batters managed double-digit scores as Pakistan's Mohammad Abbas ripped Durham apart with fifers in both innings and the more alarming factor being every Leicester bowler claiming a spot in the wicket's column which paved way for a downright pasting in a game that lasted less than two days. Ironically, all of this happened in Leicester's Grace Road and all Durham could muster at the end of the game was dollops of disgrace.

Brief scores: Leicestershire316/8 (Ateeq Javid 58; Gareth Harte 2-26) beat Durham61 & 66 (Mark Wood 15*; Mohammad Abbas 5-29) by an innings and 194 runs.

Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire

Only 53 overs were possible on day two at the County Ground in Bristol as the trend of ball dominating bat remained intact with rain ruining almost a half-day's play; 49 overs to be precise. And in whatever play was possible, the home team Gloucestershire grabbed great advantage of the moving ball by restricting Northants to 173 and thereby, minimising the lead to a mere 48.

No batsman from either side managed a fifty yet, with Northamptonshire's wicket-keeper Adam Rossington being the only player to have gone past 30, and that, whilst striking in excess of 100 (43 off 29 balls). David Payne and Craig Miles picked up three apiece while the rest of the bowlers accounted for the remaining wickets. With the pitch assisting swing and seam, a lead of 48 could prove very handy for the visitors, but there's always weather on the radar.

Brief scores: Northamptonshire173 (Adam Rossington 43; David Payne 3-29)lead Gloucestershire125 (David Payne 23*; Brett Hutton 4-65) by 48 runs.

Sussex v Warwickshire

Ian Bell (112) and Jonathan Trott (124) cracked hundreds while Keith Barker bagged a three-wicket haul to ensure Warwickshire ended Day 2 versus Sussex in ascendancy,on Wednesday (September 19). Sussex were 224 for 5, still trailing by 216 at stumps.

Warwickshire, who started the day on 308 for 2, lost the wicket of Bell in the 106th over. Trott and Sam Hain (53), however, continued to add useful runs to take the score past the 400-run mark. Trott also compiled his 46th first-class hundred in the process. It was Sussex's talisman, Jofra Archer, who lifted the home side's spirits by running through the lower order to bag a four-wicket haul, while Danny Briggs took three scalps.

In pursuit of a sizeable score, Warwickshire had a disastrous start as they found themselves struggling at 14 for 3. Barker, the swing bowler, took all the first three wickets to fall. Michael Burgess (46) and Luke Wells (26) steadied the innings with a 72-run stand before the duo fell in a space of just one run. At that crucial stage, Ben Brown, the captain, and David Wiese joined forces to share an unbeaten stand of 137 to calm down the nerves of the camp.

Brief scores:Warwickshire440 (Jonathan Trott 124, Ian Bell 112; Jofra Archer 4-66) lead Sussex224/5 (David Wiese 66*, Ben Brown 58*; Keith Barker 3-37) by 216 runs.

Kent v Glamorgan

Kent found themselves right on top at stumps on Day 2 in their match against Glamorgan in Canterbury. The visitors were precariously placed at 33 for 4 in the second essay, still needing 217 runs to make Kent bat again.

After bowling out the home side for 436, Stephen Cook, Nicholas Selman, Kiran Carlson and Kieran Bull all were dismissed in the space of just over 13 overs. Darren Stevens took two scalps while Joe Denly and Matt Henry took one each for the hosts.

Earlier, Zak Cralwey's maiden first-class hundred (168) strengthened Kent's chances of getting promoted to Division One as they gained maximum bonus points. Sam Billings, batting at No.7, also cracked an impressive hand of 85. The home side, eventually, ended with a sizeable lead of 250.

Brief scores: Glamorgan 186 & and 33/4 (Darren Stevens 2-10) trail Kent 436 (Zak Crawley 168; Kieran Bull 3-64)by 217 runs.

Middlesex v Derbyshire

Matthew Critchley (87*), the talented all-rounder, propped up Derbyshire's innings as the East Midlands county finished the day at 222 for 6 against Middlesex at Lord's. Derbyshire were still in arrears by 201 runs at close of play.

After Middlesex notched up a substantial 423 in their first innings, the visitors slid to 62 for 4. Billy Godleman (28), the captain, and Critchley shared a timely stand of 65 before the former fell to Martin Andersson. Critchley, however, shared an alliance of 60 with Gary Wilson to keep the opposition at bay. Even after Wilson was dismissed by Ethan Bamber, the all-rounder added useful runs with Anuj Dal.

For the hosts, Sam Robson and Max Holden essayed hundreds in the first innings. On the other hand, Tony Palladino, the former Essex pacer, took a four-for for the visitors.

Brief scores: Middlesex423 (Sam Robson 134, Max Holden 119; Tony Palladino 4-92) lead Derbyshire 222/6 (Matthew Critchley 87*; Ethan Bamber 3-35) by 201 runs.