Alastair Cook hit 58 as Essex reached 221-6 in reply to Lancashire’s 301 all out in the Specsavers County Championship Division One clash at Old Trafford.
Joe Mennie took 3-40 for the hosts in an impressive 16-over return, before rain washed out all but seven balls of the evening session, meaning Essex will start day three 80 runs in arrears.
Craig Overton’s four-wicket burst put Somerset in charge against Nottinghamshire in their match at Taunton – the seamer’s 4-53 pushed the visitors to 134 all out in reply to Somerset’s 392, with Ross Taylor hitting 74.
After following on, Nottinghamshire reached 112-0 to trail by 146 at the close on day two, with Jake Libby and Steven Mullaney both unbeaten on 54.
Rory Burns’ 151 drove Surrey into total control against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, before Rikki Clarke took 5-29.
Surrey ripped through Hampshire with the hosts all out for 135, still trailing by 233 and staring down the barrel of following on when the match resumes on day three.
Ian Bell’s first Championship century since April 2016 edged Warwickshire into slim ascendancy against Glamorgan at Edgbaston in Division Two.
Bell was left unbeaten on 106 as Warwickshire hit 250 in reply to Glamorgan’s 220, racking up his 53rd first-class ton, while Jonathan Trott weighed in with 57.
Timm van der Gugten bagged 4-65 for Glamorgan, with the Welshmen then reaching 55-0 in their second innings.
Derbyshire reduced Durham to 155-6 in their second innings at the Riverside, with Durham leading by just 46 runs heading into day three.
Darren Stevens hit 89 as Kent asserted control over Gloucestershire in Bristol – the 42-year-old shared a 161-run stand with Joe Denly, who put together a fine 107 in Kent’s record first-innings total of 582-9.
Stevens then took 2-11 in eight overs as Gloucestershire slipped to 44-4 at the close of day two – trailing by 538 runs and requiring a further 388 to avoid the follow-on.
Finally, Alex Wakely’s unbeaten 51 handed Northamptonshire a 152-run lead over Leicestershire at Wantage Road – Wakely built partnerships of 51 with Ricardo Vasconcelos and an unbroken 44 with Adam Rossington.