LV County Championship Division One, day one
Michael di Venuto passed 100 runs for Durham on his way to 53 before they were bowled out for 270 against Lancashire at Old Trafford. Tom Lungley, on loan from Derbyshire, made his Lancashire debut after a string of injuries left them unable to pick five bowlers but it was spinner Gary Keedy who shone, taking six for 85, including the wicket of di Venuto. Lungley and Stephen Parry picked up two wickets apiece and Lancashire closed on nought without loss.
Chris Read scored a century as Nottinghamshire made 388 against Warwickshire at Trent Bridge. Warwickshire closed on 24 without loss. Read made 110 as the home side appeared to struggle to come to terms with the late withdrawal of Graeme Swann through illness, falling to 43 for three. Adam Voges started the recovery with 68 before Read took control, facing 149 balls before becoming the fourth of Naqaash Tahir's victims. Indian pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth marked his Warwickshire debut with three wickets before Ian Westwood (7) and Ant Botha (16) ensured there was no loss of wickets prior to stumps.
Bottom side Worcestershire could only manage 285 against Sussex, who then closed on 48 for two at Hove. Luke Wright returned five for 66 and Yasir Arafat three for 83 to derail Worcestershire, who lost the toss and then lost their way, Gareth Batty top scoring with 46. Chris Nash (10) and Ed Joyce (2) were the Sussex batsmen to fall before stumps were drawn.
Basingstoke hosted day one of the Hampshire-Yorkshire match and saw the home side bowled out for 250, England hopeful Michael Carberry (23) overshadowed by Jimmy Adams (79) and Michael Lumb (51) before Ajmal Shahzad picked up four wickets to TIm Bresnan's three. Yorkshire were 13 without loss at stumps.
LV County Championship Division Two, day one
Leicestershire struggled on day one of their East Midlands derby against Derbyshire at Grace Road, bowled out for 177 and seeing Derbyshire reach 67 for one at close of play. James Taylor top scored for the Foxes with 45 as Steffan Jones, with four wickets, and Greg Smith, with three, ripped through thee batting line-up. Wayne Madsen was dismissed for 19 when Derbyshire replied, trapped in front by Claude Henderson.
A maiden century for Middlesex opener Sam Robson was the highlight of their opening day against Essex, for whom Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara spent the day in the field at Lord's as the home side racked up 280 for six. Robson made 110 and Dawid Malan 73 after Essex won the toss and decided to insert their opponents. Graham Napier took three for 52 to leave Middlesex in trouble at 64 for three before Robson and Malan hit back.
Kent were held together by a fine innings of 90 from Robert Key before they were bowled out for 277 by Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. Johannes van der Wath picked up three wickets and Monty Panesar and Andrew Hall two apiece before Northamptonshire closed on 38 for one, losing Stephen Peters for eight.
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