Jamie Smith’s half-century helps Surrey beat Warwickshire

Jamie Smith’s unbeaten half-century helped Surrey take control on a thrilling second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division One clash at Edgbaston.

Warwickshire were bowled out for 150, but the champions were then reduced to 99 for four in reply before Smith reclaimed the lead, adding 44 with Ben Foakes, 32 with Cameron Steel and 35 with Jordan Clark.

Smith resumes the third day unbeaten on 57 with Surrey 211 for eight and 61 runs ahead.

Tim Murtagh dismissed England opener Zak Crawley for a golden duck and missed out on a hat-trick on a day of highlights between Middlesex and Kent at Lord’s.

Kent were all out for 186 in the morning session, Ben Compton top scoring with 52 as Murtagh and Ethan Bamber finished with four wickets each, but Middlesex were in early trouble as they slumped to 90 for six.

Ryan Higgins (71) rescued the hosts with his fourth half-century of the season, helping Middlesex to 229 for a lead of 43, before Murtagh was quickly back among the wickets as Kent came out for the second knock.

Murtagh, who turned 42 in August, dismissed Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond off the first two balls of the innings before forcing Jack Leaning to defend the hat-trick delivery.

​​​​Leasing would end up finishing the day unbeaten on 19, alongside the prolific Compton (15no) as Kent closed on 40 for two, still trailing by three runs.

In Division Two, Brydon Carse gave the England selectors a nudge ahead of the Ashes by scoring his first first-class debut and taking three wickets to put dominant Durham firmly on course for victory against Derbyshire at the Riverside.

Carse started the day needing 23 runs to reach three figures and went through the gears to get his first from 113 balls before Durham declared soon after on 452 for nine, with the paceman unbeaten on 108.

The home side then went through Derbyshire as Matthew Potts and Ben Raine reduced the visitors to six from four. Luis Reece top-scored with 56, but his team had to continue after being bowled out for 165.

Derbyshire were soon in more trouble as they crashed to 92 for five at the crease, still adrift on 195,

At Bristol, a trademark defensive masterclass from captain Cheteshwar Pujara against Sussex in a promising position against Gloucestershire.

India’s Test star Cheteshwar Pujara has again fired for Sussex (Adam Davy/PA)

After a delayed start at 1.50pm due to a soaked outfield, the visitors managed to take their first innings from 47 for 1 to 302 for four, India’s Test star Pujara leading the way with 99 not out, and Tom Alsop 67 and James Coles added. best occupation 74.

Leicestershire piled the pressure on Glamorgan at the Uptonsteel County Ground as England bowler Rehan Ahmed and Australian prospect Peter Handscomb narrowly missed centuries.

Ahmed (90) and Handscomb (95) shared a partnership of 177 for the sixth wicket as Leicestershire made 407 after being put into bat.

Glamorgan skipper David Lloyd was then dismissed for a duck before Eddie Byrom and Marnus Labuschagne fought back with a second-wicket partnership of 124, but they closed the day still 94 runs short of avoiding the former at 164 for five. .

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