Essex 76 and 22-1 trail Hampshire by 156 runs
Champions Essex were skittled all out for 76 as Kyle Abbott ran riot for Hampshire in their Specsavers County Championship match at the Ageas Bowl.
Essex lost their five remaining first innings wickets for just 43 runs in just under an hour as they scored their lowest score of the season.
Abbott, who took two wickets as Essex collapsed to 33 for five on the opening day, grabbed four morning scalps in a rampant spell.
The South African had Dan Lawrence’s off stump cartwheeling in his first over of the day before top scorer Ryan ten Doeschate was lbw.
Compatriot Simon Harmer and Neil Wagner were both leg before to consecutive deliveries with Abbott celebrating his fourth five wicket haul of the season – as he ended up with six for 20.
Ian Holland has James Foster lbw to end Essex’s torment – as they were bowled out in double figure for the first time since 2014.
Hampshire, who boasted a first innings lead of 178, enforced the follow on before Varun Chopra gloved behind.
Gloucestershire 12-0 v Glamorgan 442
Kiran Carlson, Glamorgan’s 19yr old middle order batsman was dismissed today for 191, and was only nine runs short of becoming the county’s youngest double centurion. Carlson, who faced 319 balls and struck 2 sixes and fours, was at the crease for 7 hours 23 minutes and was the last man out as Glamorgan scored 442 in their first innings.
He was given solid support by Ruaidhri Smith, who scored 38, and added 97 for the ninth wicket, which enabled Glamorgan to gain four batting points. After Smith was dismissed by Jack Taylor, the off spinner trapped Marchant De Lange two balls later, and Taylor took his third wicket when Carlson chipped to mid-on.
Benny Howell, who hasn’t featured in championship cricket for over 12 months, opened the batting with Chris Dent and the opening pair took the visitors to 12 for 0 at lunch.
Lancashire 165 trail Middlesex by 68 runs
There’s been mostly good and some bad news for county champions Middlesex in their battle to avoid relegation from the first division of the Specsavers County Championship.
On the second day of their match against Lancashire at Lord’s they had to wait only 15 minutes before taking their sixth wicket, Tim Murtagh having Steven Croft caught behind after an airy shot. Croft had added just four runs to his overnight 33.
Jordan Clark fell to the same combination four overs later, Tom Bailey prodded forward and edged to second slip, Ryan McLaren was well caught by the diving Steve Finn at mid-on and finally Matt Parkinson was lbw for a duck.
Lancashire, who had resumed on 113 for five, were all out for 165, giving Middlesex an important lead of 68 in a low-scoring match.
The only set-backs for Middlesex are that they lost Nick Compton just before lunch, when they were 14 for one, and that Toby Roland-Jones has not taken the field and is having a scan on his sore back.