Centurions put Bears on top

  • Last Updated: July 19 2012, 19:54 BST

Jim Troughton and Chris Woakes both hit centuries at Taunton as LV= County Championship Division One leaders Warwickshire moved into a strong position on day two against Somerset.

Chris Woakes: Century for Warwickshire

After losing all but 10.4 overs of the opening day to rain, the Bears racked up 387 for seven as Troughton reached 132 not out and England one-day international Woakes added 107 from number eight.

Opener Varun Chopra fell seven short of his hundred, while veteran seamer Alfonso Thomas picked up three for 54 for the home side.

Second-placed Nottinghamshire were frustrated, with no play possible against Surrey at Trent Bridge. That left then waiting on 178 for five.

At Old Trafford, Worcestershire rolled Lancashire over for 162, ending the day 138 in front.

The reigning champions resumed on 13 without loss in response to the Pears 291 all out but crumbled as Moeen Ali took six for 67 and Shaaiq Choudhry claimed four for 38.

Opener Paul Horton's 34 was the Red Rose's best and there were important contributions from number 10 Kyle Hogg (21no) and last man Simon Kerrigan (20) before Worcestershire's second innings reached nine without loss.

Durham and Sussex were looking evenly matched at Arundel, with the hosts moving to 100 for three in reply to 231 all out.

Durham, 92 for four overnight, built their total around 50 from Scott Borthwick and 43 from Dale Benkenstein, while Steve Magoffin turned in figures of three for 28 from 22 overs.

Chris Rushworth struck early in the response and Callum Thorp added two wickets - including Luke Wells for 41 - before Murray Goodwin and Michael Yardy saw their side to three figures without further loss.

In Division Two, Ian Saxelby took career-best figures six for 48 as Gloucestershire dismissed Leicestershire for 162 at Cheltenham.

With day one washed out and no play possible until after lunch today, the tumble of wickets accelerated proceedings and by stumps Gloucestershire were 40 for two.

Saxelby struck twice with the new ball and then claimed the last four wickets in 19 deliveries to ensure he bettered his previous best return of six for 69 and helped dismiss the Foxes in 52 overs.

The second day of Derbyshire and Yorkshire at Chesterfield was abandoned due to rain without a ball bowled, leaving the hosts 135 for seven in their first innings, 84 behind.

On day one at Canterbury, Kent posted 310 for four in a productive 81 overs against Glamorgan.

Former West Indies batsman Brendan Nash made 110no in 190 balls, with Darren Stevens racing to 120no in 142.

James Harris took all the wickets to end with four for 80.

It was a batsman's day at Chelmsford too, with Hampshire's Neil McKenzie 134no in a stumps score of 303 for six.

Sean Ervine's 55 was the next best score, while David Masters, Graham Napier and Ryan ten Doeschate each took two wickets for Essex.