Somerset in charge

  • Last Updated: July 14 2014, 20:38 BST

Somerset looked poised to inflict Northamptonshire's ninth loss of the LV= County Championship season after taking a commanding advantage going into Tuesday's final day of their Division One clash.

Chris Jones: Top-scored for Somerset
Chris Jones: Top-scored for Somerset

Visitors Somerset resumed on 72 for three and made 249 for eight - opener Chris Jones top-scoring with 87 - before declaring with a lead of 403.

James Kettleborough made 58, but the remainder of Northamptonshire's top five made a total of 23 as the hosts finished the day on 108 for five, needing 296 more for an unlikely victory with five second-innings wickets in hand.

Sam Hain scored his second century in seven first-class matches as Warwickshire reached 472 before reducing Durham to 62 for three on day two at Chester-le-Street.

Hain finished unbeaten on 109 after enjoying a seventh-wicket stand of 101 with Rikki Clarke.

Durham's reply was twice interrupted by rain and bad light, cutting 21 overs from the day's allocation, and they struggled against impressive bowling from Keith Barker, who ended the day with figures of two for 22 off 11 overs.

Nottinghamshire's Steven Mullaney scored 82 runs and was dropped four times against former county Lancashire at Liverpool.

Title-chasing Notts responded to Lancashire's 225 with 261 all out.

Lancashire reached 55 for two from 13 before bad light stopped play prematurely and the hosts will resume 19 ahead with Ashwell Prince and Usman Khawaja at the crease.

In Division Two, Worcestershire lead Leicestershire by 89 runs with eight second-innings wickets remaining at the end of day two at New Road.

Greg Smith hit 85 to help his county close in on the home team's total of 321, although they fell 41 runs short of first-innings parity as Saeed Ajmal took four for 66 in his last appearance before leaving for Pakistan's short tour of Sri Lanka.

The visitors responded when Nathan Buck removed Daryl Mitchell and Tom Fell in five balls, leaving promotion contenders Worcestershire on 48 for two at stumps.

Adam Wheater scored a century to rescue Hampshire from 30 for four against Essex on day two following Sunday's washout.

The visitors were still in disarray at 97 for seven at lunch, with Wheater on 43, but he posted a useful partnership with Championship debutant Nathan Rimmington.

Australian Rimmington finished not out 65 in Hants' 246, with Sajid Mahmood taking three for 54.

Tom Westley was unbeaten on 35 at stumps with Essex on 70 for one, trailing by 176.

A day one century from Will Tavare and an unbeaten 88 from Will Gidman took Gloucestershire to 304 for six against Derbyshire at Cheltenham.

Tavare continued his impressive debut season in county cricket with 17 fours and two sixes in his 269-ball innings of 135, while Gidman also has a hundred in his sights after striking 14 boundaries.