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  1. Alastair Cook out for 65 for Essex
  2. Surrey's Sangakkara makes 94-ball century
  3. Sri Lankan out for 171
  4. Stokes takes two wickets on Durham return

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By Gary Smee

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Stumps - day one

So there we have it - on probably the coldest late-April day in living memory - all of our games are done and dusted on day one.

We'll be back tomorrow from 10:55 BST with live text updates and ball-by-ball commentary from all seven games.

I hope you thaw out by then. For now, goodbye!

Cold spectators Chelmsford
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Close of play scores

County Championship - day one

Division One:

Warwickshire v Yorkshire 177-4

Surrey 394-5 v Somerset

Durham v Middlesex 358-7

Division Two:

Leicestershire v Kent 227-7

Gloucestershire 336-5 v Worcestershire

Essex 335-3 v Northants

Derbyshire v Glamorgan 308-6

Click here for full scorecards.

Close of play

Essex 335-3 v Northants

Our final game of the day comes to a close at Chelmsford where Essex have dominated with the bat.

If Dan Lawrence scores the six runs needed for a half-century tomorrow, then Essex's top five will have all scored fifties.

Not often you see that.


Essex 331-3 v Northants

Essex are in such a strong position at Chelmsford and Ravi Bopara is playing a key part in that with a half-century - Essex's fourth of the innings.

Dan Lawrence is unbeaten on 44.

WICKET Bragg (lbw b Durston 129)

Glamorgan 308-6 v Derbyshire - Stumps

Will Bragg is out late in the day at Derby, lbw to Wes Durston.

Fine knock and a career-best for the batsman though.

It's now stumps.

Play to resume at Chelmsford

Essex 319-3 v Northants

Well, that's fairly unexpected news. I suppose you've got to give the spectators their money's worth on a day like this.

25 mins sitting around and now we're coming back for 5.5 overs! It's got marginally brighter. Perhaps. Maybe #countycricketlive #bbccricket

Close of play

Kent 227-7 v Leicestershire - Stumps

They've been off the field for a while and the umpires eventually decide enough is enough at Grace Road.

Daniel Bell-Drummond hit a fine century for Kent but you'd have to say it has been Leicestershire's day.

'Middlesex in decent position'

Middlesex 358-7 v Durham - Stumps

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Chester-le-Street:

"Middlesex' decision to have a bat on this Chester-le-Street wicket proved a good one as they prospered on a decent wicket in the chilly north-east air.

"Captain Adam Voges was one of the beneficiaries as he made 50, while Dawid Malan made 74 and Nick Gubbins 60.

"The bright spot from Durham's point of view is the fact nobody managed to go on and get three figures, but Middlesex are in a decent position at 358-7 and could yet reach maximum bowling points."

WICKET Harris (lbw b Stokes 8)

Middlesex 358-7 v Durham - Stumps

Ben Stokes
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It seems quite fitting that Ben Stokes has the final say on day one at Chester-le-Street.

The Durham all-rounder traps James Harris lbw with what proves to be the last ball of the day.

Middlesex are probably still slightly on top, but Durham have done well to take wickets at regular intervals.

Close of play

Surrey 394-5 v Somerset - Stumps

Day one is finished at The Oval.

The spectators who braved the cold were treated to a magnificent innings of 171 from Kumar Sangakkara and an entertaining 85 from Jason Roy.

Bad light stops play

Essex 319-3 v Northants

Bad light and probably the close @EssexCricket 319/3 #bbccricket

Best for Bragg

Glamorgan 297-5 v Derbyshire

Bragg is currently unbeaten on 127. 

Career-best innings for Will Bragg, passing his previous best of 120 with a four off Derbyshire's Andy Carter. Glamorgan 293/5 #bbccricket

Ballance and Leaning settle champions

Yorkshire 177-4 v Warwickshire - Stumps

BBC WM's Mike Taylor at Edgbaston:

"Contrasting unbeaten half-centuries from Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning steadied Yorkshire after their top order misfired for the second time this week.

"Having chosen to bat, they lost four wickets for 39 either side of lunch, as Warwickshire's seamers gradually found a more testing line of attack.

"The Bears' high-point came when Chris Woakes bowled the in-form Jonny Bairstow off an inside edge. 

"Afterwards, though, Ballance batted with great care after an unsteady start, and Leaning with a little more freedom. Between breaks for bad light, they have already added 92, and left the match roughly level going into tomorrow."

Stumps at Edgbaston (really!)

Yorkshire 177-4 v Warwickshire - Stumps

Okay, it definitely is the close at Edgbaston now. Yorkshire pair Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning will both resume on 50 in the morning.

'Marshall puts Gloucestershire on top'

Gloucestershire 336-5 v Worcestershire - Stumps

BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley at Bristol:

"A fine century by Hamish Marshall in a stand of 179 with Kieran Noema-Barnett turned the day Gloucestershire’s way, with 158 runs coming in the post-tea session.

"Worcestershire had whittled away at the top order, with Matt Henry on his debut bowling a fine post-lunch spell, but rather lost their way, as the second new ball was somewhat wasted.

"In the morning session Chris Dent held Gloucestershire together and when he went just after lunch it looked as if Worcestershire’s decision to bowl first would be justified.

"But Marshall and Noema-Barnett changed all that on a wicket that became more evenly paced as the day went on."

WICKET Roy (lbw b Gregory 85)

Surrey 394-5 v Somerset

Nope, Jason Roy won't get to his hundred. He's out for 85, lbw to Lewis Gregory.

He hit 11 fours in his 88-ball innings.

Runs, runs, runs

Surrey 393-4 v Somerset

Surrey's Jason Roy moves to 84 with a couple of fours off Craig Overton. Will he get to his ton before the close?

A minimum of 10 overs left if the light holds out.

View from the commentary box late in the day @BBCLondonSport @bbcbristolsport @bbcsomerset

View from the commentary box late in the day @BBCLondonSport @bbcbristolsport @bbcsomerset

Maybe not stumps at Edgbaston!

Yorkshire 177-4 v Warwickshire

Hmm, it appears it may not be curtains in Birmingham.

It's now come to light there's an inspection at 18:00.

Ignore my last post, it's been a long day!

BBC WM's Mike Taylor at Edgbaston:

"No play since 17:20 at Edgbaston due to bad light.

"Umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Nigel Cowley will inspect again at 18:00." 

Stumps at Edgbaston

Yorkshire 177-4 v Warwickshire

That's it for the day between Yorkshire and Warwickshire I'm afraid as the light is unlikely to get any better.

Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning will both resume on 50 for the White Rose County in the morning.

Play resumes at The Oval

Surrey 377-4 v Somerset

Ah, we could be in for some more batting carnage. Play is about to get back under way at The Oval with Jason Roy in attack mode. 

The 25-year-old is 69 off 69 balls.

WICKET Simpson (lbw b Onions 38)

Middlesex 338-6 v Durham

Durham keep on picking up wickets at crucial times and they've done it again.

Graham Onions traps John Simpson leg-before for 38 as another Middlesex batsman gets a start and then gets out.

The new ball is taken by Durham midway through the 86th over and Onions gets Simpson LBW for 38 with the 1st delivery. #bbccricket


Gloucestershire 292-5 v Worcestershire

BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley at Bristol:

"A fine century from Marshall off 172 balls with 11 fours has put Gloucestershire into a good position.

"With Kieran Noema-Barnett on 63, they have added 135 for the sixth wicket."

Bad light stops play

Yorkshire 177-4 v Warwickshire

BBC WM'S Mike Taylor at Edgbaston:

"Two overs after his more experienced partner reached 50, Jack Leaning guided Jeetan Patel behind point to complete his own half-century. 

"It has been a more fluent contribution than Gary Ballance's 50, but together they have brightened Yorkshire's day.

"It is the only brightening taking place at the moment though, as the applause for Leaning was immediately drowned out by the engine of the hover cover, announcing another delay for bad light."

Gary Ballance Jack Leaning
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Glamorgan 241-3 v Derbyshire

We've got our second century of the day and it's come at Derby where Will Bragg brings up his ton off 171 balls.

Will Bragg hits Glamorgan's first Championship century of the season. Glamorgan 244/3 v Derbyshire. #bbccricket

'A gloomy and very chilly Chelmsford'

Essex 273-3 v Northants

BBC Radio Northampton's Alex Winter at Chelmsford:

"The wicket of Tom Westley has taken the fluency out of the innings with Ravi Bopara struggling to find his touch.

"Essex have got to sit in and ensure the get to the close still well in touch.”

Bopara is on 32 and Dan Lawrence has moved to 18 for the hosts.

Daniel Lawrence
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Bad light stops play

Surrey 377-4 v Somerset

This is probably the best news of the day for Somerset's bowlers who have been run ragged by Surrey's batsman.

After Kumar Sangakkara's 171, Jason Roy has continued the assault, moving to a run-a-ball 69.

50 for Gary Ballance

Yorkshire 172-4 v Warwickshire

The fight back is most definitely on at Edgbaston as Gary Ballance brings up his half-century off 119 balls.

Resilient stuff from Yorkshire, Ballance and Jack Leaning who is four away from his fifty.

'Glamorgan in the driving seat'

Glamorgan 220-3 v Derbyshire

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Derby:

"Will Bragg moved into the nineties as his patient knock put Glamorgan in the driving seat under the Derby lights.

"But Tony Palladino kept the home side in it bowling Chris Cooke for 40 to claim his third wicket, after Cooke and Bragg had added 113."

Runs flowing at The Oval

Surrey 350-4 v Somerset

The batting dominance continues in south London as Surrey bring up their 350 and fourth batting bonus point.

Jason Roy is 48 not out off 56 balls and all-rounder Zafar Ansari is on 21.

There are still 18 overs left today. 

Arctic blast

Glamorgan 208-3 v Derbyshire

It's a bit nippy in our commentary box. #bbccricket

It's a bit nippy in our commentary box. #bbccricket

Will Bragg's innings for Glamorgan is warming a few cockles though - he's on 91.

Resumption at Edgbaston

Yorkshire 154-4 v Warwickshire

The players are making their way back out onto the field at Edgbaston.

Resumption at Edgbaston preceded by a quick Tractor Grand Prix, dragging the outfield-drying rope. #bbccricket

Resumption at Edgbaston preceded by a quick Tractor Grand Prix, dragging the outfield-drying rope. #bbccricket

'Marshall leads Gloucestershire fight back'

Gloucestershire 242-5 v Essex

BBC Hereford and Worcester's Dave Bradley at Bristol:

"Hamish Marshall and Keiran Noema-Bartnett are taking Gloucestershire into a good position, as Worcestershire’s attack has looked little lifeless since tea, Moeen Ali bowling several full tosses.

"The bowlers have not been helped by a couple of sharp chances going down.

"The new ball will be Worcestershire’s hopes of a breakthough, but having been put in Gloucestershire will be happy to be within reach of 250 with five wickets down.

WICKET Westley (b Sanderson 64)

Essex 247-3 v Northants

Another Essex batsman in fine form, Tom Westley is out, bowled by Ben Sanderson.

What can forgotten England man Ravi Bopara do? He's 25 not out.

Ravi Bopara
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Rain stops play

Yorkshire 154-4 v Warwickshire

Some better news from Edgbaston...

Covers coming off and lighter skies at Edgbaston, with 4.50 resumption now in the offing. 13 overs lost. #bbccricket

Covers coming off and lighter skies at Edgbaston, with 4.50 resumption now in the offing. 13 overs lost. #bbccricket

Ali's quiet return

Gloucestershire 227-5 v Worcestershire

Moeen Ali is currently bowling for Worcestershire, but the England spinner isn't having things all his own way.

Kieran Noema-Barnett has just struck him for two fours in his eighth over as he moves to 42 not out. The over went for 13.

Hamish Marshall is on 64.

Moeen Ali
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WICKET Sangakkara (c Overton b Groenewald 171)

Surrey 313-4 v Somerset

A simply stunning innings from Kumar Sangakkara comes to an end as he's caught at deep cover by Craig Overton off Tim Groenewald for 171.

The numbers - 176 balls, 24 fours and four sixes. Breathtaking!

Stokes strikes!

Middlesex 267-5 v Durham

Middlesex are now five down, and it's that man Ben Stokes with his first wicket.

Adam Voges is the man to go as he edges the Durham all-rounder to Scott Borthwick at second slip for 50.

That's two wickets straight after tea for Durham and both the set batsmen are out.

Rushworth strikes

Middlesex 267-4 v Durham

He was the leading wicket taker in the country last season, and Chris Rushworth makes another crucial breakthrough for Durham this afternoon.

Dawid Malan edges the paceman behind for 74. 

Malan wafts at a ball from Rushworth and the bowler gets his 1st of the day as he edges behind for 74. @Middlesex_CCC 267-4. #bbccricket

WICKET Bell-Drummond (lbw b Dexter 124)

Kent 222-7 v Leicestershire

Ah, is that Kent's last hope of building a decent first-innings score gone? Daniel Bell-Drummond falls for a fine 124, trapped lbw by the medium pace of Neil Dexter.

300 up for Surrey

Surrey 300-3 v Somerset

This is just silly batting from Kumar Sangakkara. The Surrey number three is pretty much hitting a boundary in every over as he moves to 164 not out.

England limited-overs opener Jason Roy is on 26 as Surrey bring up their third batting bonus point.