Hopes of survival of Yorkshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship were dashed at Headingley as Gloucestershire opened a second innings lead of 211 runs with four wickets remaining.
Pakistani spinner Zafar Gohar inspired Gloucestershire on day two by claiming five of seven morning wickets as Yorkshire slipped to 183 all out after a first-innings 190 from 80 for three overnight.
Gloucestershire’s second innings slipped to 74 for five as 13 wickets fell on the day, but they rebounded to close at 204 for six thanks to sixth-wicket pair Ollie Price (54) and Jack Taylor (67).
Entering the game 15 points clear of second-bottom Warwickshire, Yorkshire knew a maximum of 10 points would seal Division One’s safety, but they have only clinched three so far.
Warwickshire, who must win to avoid relegation, endured a frustrating second day at Edgbaston, where Hampshire lag with 268 runs and 10 wickets remaining.
Home opener Rob Yates (104) completed his seventh first-class century as Warwickshire declared for four at 272 and the visitors reached four without a loss before the end.
With Yorkshire in jeopardy, the escape hatch is still open for the 2021 champions who have enough bonus points to overtake the White Rose, but Warwickshire is yet to win this match.
Kent ensured Division One survival at Canterbury by going 405 for seven, a 203 lead, in response to Somerset’s 202 All Out.
Kent have already taken all eight bonus points available and the declaration of second to last Warwickshire means they can now only overtake Yorkshire.
Somerset’s Lewis Goldsworthy (94) was the top scorer for his side but added just one to his overnight tally, while Kent’s Nathan Gilchrist had a career-best six at 61.
Kent’s opening players Tawanda Muyeye (85) and Zak Crawley (79) responded with an opening score of 176. Ollie Robinson scored 52 in his last match before joining Durham.
Northamptonshire Trail Essex of 231 runs with eight wickets remaining after being closed for two at Wantage Road 32 on a rain-affected second day.
With just 29 overs bowled, Essex tail-ender Ben Allison hit a career-best 69 after resuming at 37 as the visitors all went out for 263.
Allison then took the wicket from Ricardo Vasconcelos as Northamptonshire struggled with the reply in bowler-friendly conditions.
Lancashire’s Keaton Jennings fell agonizingly short of a double century at Old Trafford, where Surrey lags behind with 389 runs and five wickets remaining.
Jennings was sacked by Jamie Overton for 199lbw and George Balderson was the last man from four runs before his first first-class century as Lancashire fielded 512 for their first innings. Surrey closed to 123 for five in response.
In Division Two, Nottinghamshire included the title with 662 declared for five against Durham – the seventh-highest total in their 181-year history.
After Haseeb Hameed and Matt Montgomery posted centuries on day one – Montgomery built his first ton to 178 – Lyndon James’ career-best 164 didn’t stay out and skipper Steven Mullaney’s 136 struggled to hold the Durham attack.
Durham closed down to 53 for two in response, 609, as fading light forced an early close for the second straight day.
Chris Cooke (141) and Shubman Gill (119) both made impressive hundreds as Glamorgan collected 533 for eight in their must-win game against Sussex at Hove.
Sussex responded positively on day two and was 86 for one as poor light forced the players with 13 overs to bowl after there were two brief rain delays earlier in the day.
Glamorgan need to win to overtake Middlesex and claim second place in promotion.
Billy Godleman (158 not out) and Luis Reece (116) shared an opening tally of 251 as Derbyshire severely dented bottom-league Leicestershire’s chances of ending their winless run this season.
Derbyshire ended day two at the Incora County Ground in a dominant position with 356 for two to lead by 107.
Middlesex resume on day three at New Road 146 to two, a deficit of 79 runs after Toby Roland-Jones (four to 50) and Ryan Higgins (three to 52) helped limit hosts Worcestershire to 225 overall .
Visiting pair Pieter Malan (68 not out) and Max Holden (35 not out) have shared an undefeated third wicket record of 73.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/gloucestershire-yorkshire-county-championship-pakistan-ollie-robinson-b2176688.html Yorkshire’s hopes of survival were dealt a blow as Gloucestershire opened the 211-run lead