Simon Kerrigan, Lancashire's promising left-arm spinner, finished with a career-best 6-74 as Essex, at once stage 226-4, were bowled out for 307 at Old Trafford but after Lancashire were then dismissed for 184 it is the visitors who have the upper hand going into the third day.
Lancashire might have been obliged to follow on yesterday but for the batting heroics of their pace bowler Saj Mahmood, whose run-a-ball 58 was his fourth half-century of the season.
Yorkshire topped 400 at the Rose Bowl, where Adam Lyth's opening-day century was supplemented by half-centuries from Andrew Gale and Adil Rashid but had to settle for only three of the five batting bonus points. Hampshire responded well in reply, however, reaching 162-3 when bad light stopped play. A stand of 94 between Jimmy Adams and Neil McKenzie ended when Adams edged Oliver Hannon-Dalby to first slip.
James Hildreth hit 131 out of 290 for Somerset at Taunton. Andrew Miller was Warwickshire's stand-out bowler, finishing with 5-72. Bowled out for 127 in their first innings, however, Warwickshire were still 52 behind when they closed on 111-3.
Murray Goodwin scored an unbeaten 109 off 122 balls with two sixes and 17 fours but Sussex are still 276 in arrears at Hove against Worcestershire, for whom Ben Scott earlier hit 98.Reuse content