After a week of NatWest T20 Blast action, attention turns back to the Specsavers County Championship where eight matches started today with sides battling for early bonus points and positions of ascendency.
Ahead of the Roses clash Yorkshire awarded county caps to Azeem Rafiq, Jack Leaning and David Willey before the start of play. Lancashire made the early running, getting to lunch on 83 without loss and tea on 187 for one before Yorkshire launched a late fightback.
Lancashire won the toss and thanks to Haseeb Hameed's 114 and Luke Procter's 79, were going well until Yorkshire took six wickets after tea to peg them back to 299 for seven at stumps. Jack Brooks led the charge with three for 51 while there were two wickets apiece for Tim Bresnan and Ryan Sidebottom.
Leaders Middlesex started well at Lord's by bowling Durham out for 240 and followed that up by closing on 100 for one, just 104 runs adrift.
Ollie Rayner bagged four for 17 and James Franklin three for 26 as Durham were bowled out in 59.3 overs. Opener Mark Stoneman top scored with 46 before Durham lost four wickets with the score on 74, then two more with the score on 105 as Middlesex took control.
They then closed on 100 for one, Nick Gubbins not out on 42 and Nick Compton on an unbeaten 10.
This clash pits two sides battling to avoid relegation against each other and an action-packed first day ended with Hampshire 280 runs ahead.
They were 103 for four for lunch after choosing to bat, but were able to recover late in the day thanks to Adam Wheater (102), Lewis McManus (56) and Liam Dawson (54) before they were bowled out for 319, Luke Wood taking three wickets for Nottinghamshire.
The home side then saw Jake Libby trapped in front by Ryan McLaren for 11 before closing on 39 for one.
Batting first, Surrey were 63 for one at lunch before Warwickshire took three wickets in the afternoon session to reduce their visitors to 151 for four at tea. They consolidated an excellent day's work by dismissing Surrey for 252 shortly before stumps.
Bad light prevented any further play meaning Warwickshire will begin their second innings tomorrow morning.
Rory Burns made 50, Kumar Sangakkara marked his return with 47 and Steven Davies 38 as Warwickshire consistently broke partnerships before they got completely dominant. Rikki Clarke took three for 46 against his former side and Jeetan Patel claimed four for 58.
As expected, Yorkshire loanee Will Rhodes went straight into Essex's side as they looked to take advantage of Kent not playing to go back to the top of Division Two.
They reached 67 for one at lunch, then 167 for two at tea as Nick Browne completed an opening day century. He closed not out on 116 as Essex finished on a very healthy 291 for four, already picking up crucial bonus points.
Support came from Tom Westley (72) and Ravi Bopara (44).
Leicestershire made good progress throughout the day to close on 330 for five. Northamptonshire fought back after they batted through the afternoon session without losing a wicket, Mark Pettini closing on 109 not out. Mark Cosgrove had earlier struck 111.
The pair added 218 together for the fourth wicket after Leicestershire had been reduced to 61 for three and their partnership set their side on course to take the day one honours, despite Ben Sanderson taking three for 39.
Gloucestershire slipped to 92 for four at lunch but recovered to bat through until tea without losing another wicket, getting there on 213 for four. The final session was more even and they closed on 332 for seven.
Michael Klinger led the way with an unbeaten 106 in 244 balls while Phil Mustard made 71 in 99 deliveries and Craig Miles was unbeaten on 56 at stumps as Sussex failed to capitalise on reducing the visitors to 19 for three and 34 for four early on. Steve Magoffin finished the day with figures of four for 62.
The wickets tumbled at New Road where Glamorgan put aside their NatWest T20 Blast disappointment to dismiss the hosts for 163 at tea. The wickets were shared around as Glamorgan struck early and often and from 37 for five, Worcestershire managed something of a recovery thanks to Ross Whiteley's 40 and Joe Leach's 43.
Michael Hogan was the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers with four for 44 as Graham Wagg, Lukas Carey and Craig Meschede took two apiece.
Glamorgan then closed on 118 for five with Will Bragg's unbeaten 75 resisting Worcestershire's fightback.
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