Keaton Jennings’ century helped put Lancashire on course for their first County Championship win of the season against Division One leaders Nottinghamshire.
Jennings hit 21 fours on his way to 126 at Trent Bridge for his second-successive hundred as Lancashire posted 338 before reducing Notts to 106 for five in their second innings.
Notts, bowled out for 133 first time around, lost their first three wickets for one run in their second innings before reaching 106 for five at the close, still 99 runs behind.
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Lancashire pair Graham Onions and James Anderson shared the wickets in an outstanding spell of new-ball bowling.
Surrey batsman Ollie Pope hit a career-best 158 not out before rain ruined the second day of their match against Yorkshire at the Kia Oval.
The 20-year-old’s third Championship century, in only his 10th first-class game, helped Surrey make 414 after they had resumed on 366 for seven, before they reduced Yorkshire to 40 for three.
England captain Joe Root ended the day unbeaten on 14 with Yorkshire trailing by 374.
England hopeful James Hildreth hit his 43rd first class century to put Somerset in a strong position against Hampshire at Taunton.
The 33-year-old was unbeaten on 125 when bad light ended play, as his side posted 324 for seven in reply to Hampshire’s first-innings total of 231, a lead of 93. Craig Overton contributed 80.
Hildreth played with customary freedom to record his 41st hundred for Somerset, made off 138 deliveries, with 13 boundaries.
Joe Clarke also delivered a perfectly-timed message to the England selectors with another superb century for Worcestershire in their match against Essex at New Road.
Clarke followed up his 157 against Surrey last week with his 11th first class hundred in only his 52nd match, which helped Worcestershire post 238 in reply to Essex’s first-innings score of 177.
Essex reached 143 for four in their second innings to lead by 82 runs.
Division Two leaders Warwickshire’s game against Northamptonshire at Edgbaston is hanging in the balance.
Both sides are eyeing up victory, with Northants reaching 160 for seven in their second innings before bad light ended the second day 14 overs early to see the visitors lead by 151 with three wickets remaining.
Leicestershire turned their Division Two match against Glamorgan on its head at the Fischer County Ground.
Opener Paul Horton hit an aggressive 50, his third half-century of the season, before rain caused an early end with Leicestershire leading by 132 – on 119 for two – with eight second-innings wickets in hand.
It was a remarkable turnaround as the visitors had begun the day on 82 without loss before being bowled out for 178 in reply to Leicestershire’s first-innings score of 191.
At Lord’s, Middlesex reached 455 for eight against Gloucestershire before rain arrived 10 minutes before lunch and prevented any further play.
Middlesex resumed on 356 for six, but only 26 overs were possible and they missed out on a fifth batting point.
Durham’s Mark Wood provided England with some encouragement in his side’s match against Derbyshire at Derby.
The fast bowler generated pace and movement and claimed the wicket of Wayne Madsen, but Derbyshire still finished on top.
Matt Critchley (64) and Daryn Smit (45 not out) lifted the home side’s first-innings score to 427 as Durham trail by 312 after closing on 115 for two.
In Canterbury, Kent, third in the table, lead second-placed Sussex by 159 after reaching 125 for four in their second innings in another rain-affected match.