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Strong starts for Hampshire, Middlesex, Northants

Wantage Road, Northampton
Northamptonshire bowled Worcestershire out for 267 on day one at Wantage Road
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Liam Dawson was the only player to score a century as three Specsavers County Championship matches got underway today, Hampshire, Middlesex and Northamptonshire having good days.

Specsavers County Championship Division One

Taunton: Somerset 236ao v Middlesex 51-1

After a late change of pitch at Taunton, Somerset were invited to bat first by Middlesex, and they raced to lunch on 125 for three as Marcus Trescothick (35) and Chris Rogers (57) led the way.

Either side of rain delays in the afternoon, Middlesex fought back and Somerset were 184 for seven at tea, and bowled out for 236 soon after.

Harry Podmore impressed with four wickets while there were three apiece for James Harris and James Fuller.

Craig Overton struck to have Sam Rtrapped in front for a two-ball duck before Nick Gubbins (31) and Steve Eskinazi (7) combined to guide Middlesex to stumps on 51 for one.

Edgbaston: Hampshire 304-4 v Warwickshire

Hampshire overcame a mediocre start to finsh the day on an excellent 304 for four. Openers Jimmy Adams (14) and Will Smith (21) fell cheaply but Tom Alsop and Liam Dawson helped them reach lunch at 85 for two.

Alsop went on to hit 50 in 103 balls and Dawson 116 in 200, the former falling before tea, which was taken on 193 for three.

A rain-interrupted final session saw Warwickshire's final breakthrough of the day when Dawson was trapped in front by Keith Barker but thanks to Adam Wheater's unbeaten 89, Hampshire finished strongly.

Specsavers County Championship Division Two

Northampton: Worcestershire 277ao v Northamptonshire 64-3

Worcestershire handed a Championship debut to George Rhodes but after they won the toss and chose to bat, they were in trouble at lunch as four wickets from Azharullah left them on 63 for five.

Tom Fell began the recovery with 37 befrore Ross Whiteley (66), Ben Cox (74) and Joe Leach (51) all hit half-centuries during a marathon 49.5 over middle session that eventually ended with Worcestershire on 263 for nine.

They added 14 more runs before being bowled out in the evening session, Azharullah finishing with four 68, Ben Sanderson three for 52 and Seekkuge Prasanna two for 54.

Leach then backed up his runs with the wickets of Rob Newton (15), Ben Duckett (4) and Rob Keogh (4) as Northamptonshire reached 64 for three when stumps were drawn.

Adam Rossington was unbeaten on 30 and Richard Levi had 11.

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