Michael Burgess’ second consecutive century took Warwickshire to a 217 first-leg lead over Essex after day two of a thrilling fight for the LV=Insurance County Championship at Edgbaston.
Responding to Essex’s 168, the defending champions made 385, with wicketkeeper Burgess following his 178 against Surrey with 170 from 217 balls.
Matt Lamb added 71 and the pressure on Essex was quickly revealed as they lost Nick Browne early in the second set to reach the stumps at zero to one.
At the Kia Oval in England, versatile Sam Curran scored 44 on his first shot since recovering from a stress fracture in his back as Surrey responded with 204 for five to Somerset’s 337.
Ben Foakes hit 63, enjoying an 80-wicket partnership with Ollie Pope, who contributed an attractive 47.
Peter Siddle delivered a significant blow for Somerset when he caught Foakes on the second slip of the last ball from the 59th.
England prospect Josh Bohannon marked his fourth first-class century as Lancashire came out on top against Gloucestershire at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Red Rose closed on 289 for three and with a 37-run lead on a day when only two wickets fell.
Bohannon finished unbeaten on 142 alongside skipper Dane Vilas (39) after fly-half Luke Wells had earlier delivered a well-constructed 59.
A searing century of James Vince put Hampshire in charge of their game with Kent at Canterbury.
Hampshire had 337 for four at stumps, a 32 lead, after Vince made it 111 from 118 balls – including 19 at four.
Nathan Gilchrist of Kent took three for 71 but it was a day to forget for the hosts, who were knocked out for 305, Keith Barker claiming six for 53.
Yorkshire took control against Northamptonshire by building a 177 point advantage at Wantage Road.
Adam Lyth and Dimuth Karunaratne shared an opening partnership of 73 as the visitors built on their 92 first-leg lead after Matthew Revis and Dom Bess shone with the ball to limit the hosts to 204.
Revis took three for 43, his best premier class performance, while Bess returned stingy numbers of two for 31 from 22 overs.
In the Second Division, Shan Masood became the first player in Derbyshire history to post two consecutive centuries as Leicestershire bowlers went to the sword.
The Pakistan international was eventually out for 219, having hit 26 fours and a six, as the visitors racked up 401 points on the day to reach 437 for four and lead by 224.
Masood’s magnificent innings followed his 239 in last week’s draw against Sussex, while Wayne Madsen had 94 and Mattie McKiernan finished the day 63 uneliminated.
Worcestershire club captain Brett D’Oliveira continued his prolific start to the campaign with an unbeaten 169 against Sussex at New Road.
Joe Leach picked up three wickets from seven balls late in the day to put Worcestershire in control as the visitors, despite an unbeaten 85 from Cheteshwar Pujara, closed on 169 for five.
The versatile D’Oliveira batted for seven and three quarter hours in total and was the foundation of his team’s 491.
Centuries of unbeaten Ben Slater and Lyndon James provided Nottinghamshire with a dominant platform against Durham as they shut down 371 for three at Chester-le-Street.
Slater (164) and James (105) took advantage of an unbroken 216 position to help their team build a 141-point lead.
Matthew Potts claimed figures of three for 88 on a tough day for the home side, who were sent off for 230.
In Cardiff, Middlesex took a complete grip against Glamorgan as the home side finished 104 from six in their second run, still 110 points behind.
A one-hundred-and-fifty unbeaten John Simpson from Toby Roland-Jones meant Middlesex went 336 all out to give them a 214-run first-innings lead.
Glamorgan bowler James Harris claimed four for 68 against his former county.