Northamptonshire Vs Sussex - Wantage Road
Day two at Wantage Road was all about Ben Duckett and his truly magnificent 282* as the left-hander tormented the Sussex bowlers to almost single handedly guide Northamptonshire to 481/7 on a rain-affected day. On his way to a historic knock, Duckett broke a few records including surpassing the highest individual score against Sussex by a Northants batsman (Rob Bailey's 204) while his 367-ball innings was the eighth-highest for a Northamptonshire batsman. Now that's how you begin the season.
Essex Vs Gloucestershire - Essex County Ground
When you call for the other batsmen to make their cases for an England spot with a solid start to the season (something that Ben Duckett and Keaton Jennings took a bit too seriously), it becomes obvious that you must do the same being the Captain of England's Test Team. Alastair Cook did just that at Chelmsford with a 182-ball century (105) alongside Tom Westley, who himself scored 122 in a partnership worth 222 - a club record for the second wicket against Gloucestershire - before the pair departed in quick succession allowing Gloucestershire to claw their way back into the game. By stumps, Essex were 287/6 and led by 25 runs.
Durham Vs Somerset - Emirates Durham ICG
Keaton Jennings' hopes of playing for England were done a world of good to, thanks to his two centuries in two days (116 and 105*) making him only the third batsman to achieve the feat after Dean Jones and Paul Collingwood. Earlier in the day, Somerset, who had already been reduced to 30/3, were on the receiving end of some class bowling by Graham Onions in particular whose 4/62 gave his side a lead of 77 runs (Somerset 179 A.O). That lead was stretched to 300 by stumps as Durham ended the day at 223/4.
Nottinghamshire Vs Surrey - Trent Bridge
It was the Jackson Bird show at Trent Bridge where Surrey's misery continued after a largely humiliating first day. Following Steven Mullaney's gung-ho effort to power Notts to 446, Bird ensured there was no letting the opponent off the hook as the Aussie took 4/56 to help bowl the visitors out for 225. Surrey were 14/0 (f/o) at the end of the second day's play.
Hampshire Vs Warwickshire; Worcestershire Vs Kent
There was no play either at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton or New Road at Worcester where rain was the main highlight.