Will Young marked his Nottinghamshire debut with an unbeaten century to set the crowds’ reaction on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship game against leaders Surrey at the Kia Oval.
The New Zealand international, who has a three-game contract with the Trent Bridge team, provided immediate value with a flowing 106 shot that didn’t fall out and ended up leading them to 248 for five, 107 behind Surrey lay.
Young shared a second-wicket partnership of 134 with Haseeb Hameed, who reached 67, while Surrey’s Jamie Overton took his first two wickets on his return to bowling this summer after recovering from a back injury.
Surrey had previously totaled 355 points in their first innings, with Nottinghamshire all-rounder Lyndon James taking the last two wickets and a career-best total of six for 74.
Tom Westley’s 28th first-class hundred and his Century partnership with Paul Walter saved Essex from a poor start at Blackpool before the visitors were eliminated at 282 after a late effort by Lancashire.
Skipper Westley scored 135, his third century of the season, while Walter eventually retired at 76.
Tom Bailey led a good response at six for 59 from Lancashire, who closed at 37 for one, 245 back.
Rob Yates put together a double century to put Warwickshire in the lead at Canterbury against Kent.
The visitors declared their first inning at 549 for seven, a 378 lead before reducing Kent to 55 for one.
Yates posted his highest first-class score of 228 with 23 fours and a six after battling for almost nine hours, while Australia’s Glenn Maxwell hit 81 in his first championship appearance in four years.
Chris Rushworth tossed Tawanda Muyeye to a duck throw early in Kent’s second inning, with the hosts going on 323 runs.
Ryan Higgins scored the sixth half-century of the season, leading Middlesex to just their second batting bonus point of the season and a first-inning lead over Northamptonshire in the Division One basement fight at Merchant Taylors’ School.
Higgins made 64 points to steady the ship from 127 for five to 277 overall, giving them a 58-point lead. Mark Stoneman contributed 51, while Northamptonshire off-spinner Rob Keogh contributed three for 52 and Ben Sanderson contributed three for 77.
Higgins returned to impress with the ball as Northamptonshire struck again, beating both Ricardo Vasconcelos (22) and Justin Broad (five) to give the visitors a 55-2 finish.
James Rew became Somerset’s youngest double centurion in first class cricket when Somerset took control at Taunton against Hampshire.
The 19-year-old took his points tally from 77 to 221 overnight before going last in his side’s first innings with 500 innings total.
Kasey Aldridge (88) and Dom Bess (54) also contributed to Somerset’s impressive recovery from 80-five before Hampshire ended up limping to 58-two.
In the second division, Alex Lees scored his third century in as many innings to put leaders Durham in a strong position at Chester-le-Street against Gloucestershire.
Lees covered the innings with a clean-shooting 195, his highest scoring as a Durham player, while Graham Clark had 82 after the hosts were reduced to 109 for four in response to Gloucestershire’s 316.
Brydon Carse finished the day undefeated with 60 in Durham’s 433 for eight runs, giving them a 117-run lead.
Opener Finlay Bean hit a career-best 135 and cemented Yorkshire’s position against Worcestershire in a rainy New Road.
The 21-year-old, who was twice out on opening day, had 177 points with Adam Lyth (79) – Yorkshire’s best opening tally in seven years.
Worcestershire fought back, with seaman Adam Finch taking five wickets for 100, but Yorkshire maintained control after Matthew Fisher and Ben Coad missed both opening balls and the hosts finished with 46 for two.
On another rainy day in Cardiff, Glamorgan lost by six hits on their return to action against captain David Lloyd but stabilized the ship and edged out runners-up Leicestershire 54-1.
Lloyd – who will soon be leaving the Welsh capital – was bowled by Matt Salisbury before Zain-ul-Hassan restored the hosts’ composure on 32 points as part of a 44-year partnership with Sam Northeast.
Derbyshire wicketkeeper Brooke Guest scored an unbeaten 80 to snuff out Sussex’s promotion hopes in a rain-soaked Hove as his side took 212 for three in response to Sussex’s 402, 190 back.