Somerset began the latest round of County Championship fixtures strongly with Tom Abell scoring a ton, taking the score to 339 for seven against Lancashire. Elsewhere the bowlers dominated in the rest of the fixtures on the first day with as many as five bowlers registering their five-wicket hauls.
Batting first after winning the toss, Durham started steadily with a 77-run brisk opening stand. Keaton Jennings (33) fell in the 15th over and this was followed by another steady partnership.
But Harry Gurney (6-61) rattled Durham with three quick strikes between the 31st and the 33rd overs, to reduce the team to 121 for five. Stuart Poynter’s (42) knock along with a few contributions from the lower order helped Durham score 244 before being bowled out in 64.4 overs.
Nottinghamshire lost three two quick wickets inside five overs but Jake Libby (51 not out) and Michael Lumb (68 not out) scored unbeaten fifties to guide the team to 129 for two in 31 overs at stumps on day one.
Yorkshire won the toss and then decided to bat first. Yorkshire were unable to start steadily as Hampshire struck at regular intervals to reduce them to 119 for four.
However, fifties from Jake Lehmann (58) and Tim Bresnan (56) took the team past the 200-run mark. Gareth Berg's (5-54) five-fer restricted Yorkshire to 275 for nine at the end of day one.
Lancashire opted to field after winning the toss. The plan did not go well as Marcus Trescothick (60) and Tom Abell (135) added 134 runs for the opening wicket, laying a strong foundation for the innings.
After Trescothick’s dismissal, Abell joined hands with Chris Rogers (47) and eventually brought up his ton. Rogers’ wicket triggered a collapse as Somerset were reduced from 227 for one to 287 for seven.
However, Peter Trego (49 not out) stayed unbeaten and guided Somerset to 339 for seven before the play came to an end on day one.
Batting first after winning the toss, Middlesex lost two quick wickets upfront. Steady knocks from the middle order by Nick Compton (33), Dawid Malan (57) and Stevie Eskinazi (49) prevented Middlesex from capitulating as Josh Poysden (5-53) and Chris Wright (4-41) shared nine wickets between them.
Contributions from the lower order pushed Middlesex to 242 in 91.1 overs before being bowled out. Warwickshire openers Varun Chopra (0 not out) and Ian Westwood (1 not out) negotiated the two overs safely with Warwickshire’s score reading 1 for naught, a deficit of 241 runs at stumps on day one.
Derbyshire opted to bat first after winning the toss. Ben Slater (110) and Billy Godleman (31) shared a 91-run opening stand. Three quick wickets fell but Godleman and Neil Broom (36) shared a 78-run stand for the fourth wicket to prevent a complete collapse.
Slater scored a century but Derbyshire lost wickets in quick succession and were bowled out for 242 runs in 81.5 overs. In the 12 overs Gloucestershire faced, they scored 27 runs for the loss of their skipper, Gareth Roderick (4) and trailed Derbyshire by 215 runs.
Worcestershire won the toss and opted to bat but were rattled by David Masters’ (7-52) triple strike in the 13th over. Masters took two more wickets in the spell and reduced Worcestershire to 48 for five.
Fifties from George Rhodes (59) and Ben Cox (63) provided a fightback but Worcestershire were bowled out for 230 runs in 68.2 overs with Masters taking seven wickets in total.
Essex lost Nick Browne (0) in the second over but an unbeaten 110-run stand between Alastair Cook (43 not out) and Tom Westley (58 not out) took Essex to 111 for one at stumps and reduced the deficit to 119 runs.
Batting first after winning the toss, Northamptonshire started solidly with a 140-run opening stand between Ben Duckett (80) and Rob Newton (78). Both Duckett and Newton went past their fifties but fell short of the three-figure mark.
Once the pair were dismissed, Northamptonshire were unable to put together a substantial partnership and were bowled out for 269 runs in 82.3 overs with Kiran Carlson (5-28) taking five wickets.
In the 11 overs they faced, Glamorgan knocked 23 runs off the deficit and ended the first day, trailing Northamptonshire by 246 runs.
Having put Sussex in to bat first, Kent made use of that decision by striking thrice inside 10 overs. Ben Brown’s (54) fifty was the only saving grace for Sussex as only four more players, reached double figures.
An all-round bowling display from Kent saw Sussex succumbing to 180 runs in 40.5 overs. Kent were not allowed a good start as Steve Magoffin (3-57) dismissed the top three batsmen at regular intervals.
Nevertheless, handy knocks from Joe Denly (48) and Sam Northeast (44) along with a fifty from Sam Billings (64) took Kent to 211 for five in 53 overs at stumps on day one.
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