Paul Waring held his lead at the Cazoo Classic as players struggled with the wind during day two at Hillside.
The 37-year-old from Birkenhead had made the most of local knowledge to lead after shooting a nine-under-par round on day one at Southport.
The going was tougher on Friday but Waring, who started from the 10th tee, was two under par for the day after five birdies and three bogeys.
A bogey five on the 1st looked to have dropped him down into the chasing pack but birdies on the 2nd, 3rd and 7th meant he was back to two under for the day and 11 under overall.
Frenchman Julien Guerrier was in a three-way tie for second as a bogey on the 9th, his final hole, had Jens Dantorp dropping a shot and sign for a 69 to add to a 66 from the first day.
Richard Sterne is the best-placed South African on six under, for a share of ninth, after carding a second-round 68, followed by Darren Fichardt on five under.
– Report from DP World Tour website