Lawrence has Surrey on the ropes

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Gloucestershire secured a first-innings lead of 256 over Surrey at The Oval yesterday, then reduced their hosts to 59 for 3 to complete two days of total domination by the early Championship leaders.

Jack Russell (59) and Tim Hancock (49) produced an eighth-wicket stand of 81 in 19 overs to keep the pressure on Surrey, for whom Alex Tudor finished with 6 for 101, while David Lawrence claimed two of the three Surrey second-innings wickets in a five-over burst before bad light brought an early close.

David Boon (45) and Martin Speight (47no) pushed Durham towards a useful first-innings lead against Essex at Chelmsford despite being frustrated by the weather. Resuming at 122 for 3 in reply to 237, the visitors finished a rain-restricted day on 236 for 5.

Dean Jones made his second Championship half-century of the season for Derbyshire in a rain-affected day at Lord's. Bad light claimed 50 overs and at the end of it Middlesex were 108 for 3 in their second innings, 76 ahead.