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Summary

  1. Notts' Brendan Taylor hits 114
  2. Northants' Duckett makes 189
  3. Surrey 236-8 v Somerset
  4. Derbyshire 142-9 v Sussex

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By Gary Smee

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Stumps - day one

Thanks for joining us today. We've got four more matches starting on Sunday headed by the Roses match at Headingley.

Division One:

Middlesex v Hampshire

Yorkshire v Lancashire

Division Two:

Kent v Leicestershire

Worcestershire v Gloucestershire

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

See you then. 

Close of play at Hove

Sussex v Derbyshire 142-9

A shortened-day's play at Hove comes to a close with Derbyshire in deep trouble.

Shiv Thakor fought a one-man battle at the end - he's 44 not out - but it was very much Sussex's afternoon.

WICKET Taylor (c Machan b Magoffin 14)

Sussex v Derbyshire 141-9

Sussex pick up an eighth wicket in the penultimate over of the day as Tom Taylor is caught by Matt Machan off Steve Magoffin for 14.

That's a big blow for Derbyshire in their quest to build a decent total. Actually, make that two in the over - Tony Palladino also goes, caught by Chris Nash.

Thakor battling for Derbyshire

Sussex v Derbyshire 123-7

Shiv Thakor is in the form of his life. Fresh from his 130 and five-wicket haul against Kent, the Derbyshire all-rounder has moved to 31 off 35 balls with two fours and two sixes.

Derbyshire are enjoying a decent half hour here. Five overs left.

Close of play at Trent Bridge

Notts 353-6 v Durham

That's it for the day at Trent Bridge with Nottinghamshire in a strong position against Durham.

Riki Wessels is unbeaten on 46 and Brett Hutton is there on 33.

Earlier, Brendan Taylor scored his first century of the season, a fine 114, and Samit Patel made 84 as the pair put on 168 for the fifth wicket.

Brendan Taylor, Samit Patel, Graham Onions
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Derbyshire collapsing

Sussex v Derbyshire 97-7

Derbyshire are seven down now as Matt Critchley is caught by Matt Machan to give Stu Whittingham his third wicket.

The young seamer has 3-19, exactly the same figures as Ajmal Shahzad. Spooky!

Stumps at Wantage Road

Northants 376-5 v Essex

It's also the close at Northampton, where the hosts have dominated with the bat off the back of Ben Duckett's 189.

Essex fought back with three late wickets from Ravi Bopara, but Northants are still on for a big first-innings' score.

Close of play at Taunton

Somerset v Surrey 236-8

Unfortunately the thunderstorm in the west country has had the final say and stumps is called.

Very much Somerset's day though and a fine one for Jack Leach who finishes with 4-31.

Plenty of Surrey batsmen got starts, but no one could go on.

Shahzad steaming!

Sussex v Derbyshire 84-6

Ajmal Shahzad
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This is sensational from former England paceman Ajmal Shahzad.

The Sussex bowler picks up his third wicket in quick succession as he bowls Tom Poynton for one.

Derbyshire are in danger of being bowled out inside a session if they're not careful. 13 overs to go.

Wickets tumbling!

Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara takes his third wicket in the space of eight balls as Steven Crook edges him to Tom Westley to leave Northants 364-5.

There also been another wicket at Hove and a second for Ajmal Shahzad. New Zealander Neil Broom is caught by Chris Nash as Derbyshire fall to 83-5 and are in deep trouble.

Another wicket at Wantage Road

Northants 350-4 v Essex

Make that two in the over for Ravi Bopara as Adam Rossington is caught by Jaik Mickleburgh at slip for four.

Not before Northants have brought up their fourth batting bonus point though.

WICKET Duckett (b Bopara 189)

Northants 344-3 v Essex

What a shame for Ben Duckett as he falls 11 runs short of his second double ton of the season.

Ravi Bopara sneaks one through and he's bowled for 189.

The 21-year-old struck 28 fours and one six in his magnificent 255-ball knock and has put Northants in sight of a massive first-innings' total.

Derbyshire four down

Sussex v Derbyshire 71-4

Derbyshire's captain, Billy Godleman, is now back in the pavilion at Hove as he hits Ajmal Shahzad straight to Tom Wells at cover.

Ajmal Shahzad
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WICKET Patel (b Borthwick 84)

Notts 291-6 v Durham

Samit Patel goes 16 short of his century as he misses a straight one from Scott Borthwick. 

Durham are getting themselves back into the game late in the day at Trent Bridge.

Samit Patel
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Duckett approaching 200

Northants 333-2 v Essex

There's 11 overs left in the day at Wantage Road and Ben Duckett needs 22 to bring up his double century.

By my math, or maths, that's two runs an over for the 21-year-old to get there tonight. I wouldn't like to go to bed on 199!

Thunder and lightning

Somerset v Surrey 236-8

This doesn't sound too promising from Taunton...

Thunder and lightening and I am guessing it may be curtains for the day. #bbccricket

WICKET Madsen (c Finch b Whittingham 10)

Sussex v Derbyshire 49-3

What a dream start for Sussex bowler Stu Whittingham. The youngster picks up his second wicket in three overs as Wayne Madsen edges him to Harry Finch at slip.

Derbyshire are in a bit of bother here.

Rain stops play

Somerset v Surrey 236-8

The players are going off at Taunton as a shower arrives out of nowhere! 

It is, to coin a phrase, about to absolute hoy it down here in Taunton . #bbccricket

It is, to coin a phrase, about to absolute hoy it down here in Taunton . #bbccricket

WICKET Taylor (c Rushworth b Weighell 114)

Notts 261-5 v Durham

Big, big breakthrough at Trent Bridge and it's that man James Weighell again. Following his nine wickets at Edgbaston earlier this week, the Durham paceman dismisses Brendan Taylor for 114.

After a low-scoring few overs, Taylor loses patience and lofts Weighell towards mid-wicket but into the hands of Chris Rushworth.

Samit Patel is still going nicely on 72.

Surrey battling at Taunton

Somerset v Surrey 233-8

Ben Foakes and Mathew Pillans are resisting all Somerset have to throw at them in the west country.

The pair's ninth-wicket stand is up to 32 and a second batting bonus point is in sight.

WICKET Rutherford (b Whittingham 13)

Sussex v Derbyshire 33-2

What a story at Hove! Stu Whittingham gets a wicket first ball, bowling Hamish Rutherford.

The 22-year-old Derby-born paceman yorks the New Zealand international for 13 and Derbyshire are two down for not many.

300 up for Northants

Northants 305-2 v Essex

Northants and Ben Duckett continue on their merry way at Wantage Road as he hits Dan Lawrence for back-to-back boundaries to bring up the third batting bonus point.

Duckett is now 36 shy of a double century. Or 136 short of a triple century if you want to look at it that way.

Early wickets for England

Stuart Broad
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After amassing 498-9 declared, England have picked up two early Sri Lankan wickets at Chester-le-Street.

You can follow the action from the second Test here.

'Notts batsmen make most of conditions'

Notts 252-4 v Durham - Tea

BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at Trent Bridge:

"Brendan Taylor and Samit Patel made the most of dry, sunny conditions and a placid surface, as they batted throughout the entire afternoon session at Trent Bridge to reach tea on 252-4.

"Taylor put his poorest form behind him as he registered his first championship century at Trent Bridge, reaching the landmark from 145 balls, with 17 fours.

"After struggling for runs in the early weeks of the season Taylor looked to be back to his best as he registered his 27th first-class hundred and then celebrated wildly with Patel, who has so far helped him add an unbroken 159 for the fifth wicket.

"Patel brought up two milestones when he pulled Paul Collingwood away for a boundary, reaching his 50 from 84 deliveries at the same time as he hit the 10,000 first class run mark.

"Earlier, two wickets for Chris Rushworth and one from Graham Onions had reduced Notts to 27-3, after the home side had elected to bat first."

Wicket at Wantage Road

Northants 279-2 v Essex

Essex have a breakthrough at Northants but probably not the one they wanted.

Rob Keogh nicks Dan Lawrence behind for 41.

Meanwhile Ben Duckett has gone past 150. Can he reach his second double century of the season?

WICKET Batty (lbw b Leach 0)

Somerset v Surrey 201-8

And another one! Surrey have lost three for nowt as skipper Gareth Batty is out lbw to Jack Leach.

I'll let BBC Sport's Elizabeth Ammon sum up proceedings...

Jack Leach has taken three wickets in 5 balls. Surrey in bother. #bbccricket

Early wicket at Hove

Sussex v Derbyshire 0-1

After waiting for five hours, big Chesney Hughes is going to have to put his feet up again.

The Derbyshire opener is dismissed by Steve Magoffin for a duck, caught by Chris Nash.

WICKET T Curran (c Allenby b Leach 0)

Somerset v Surrey 201-7

Oh my word, Surrey's week of batting collapses continues. After losing by an innings to Lancashire in the County Championship, and then being shot out for 92 by Glamorgan in the T20 Blast, they're at it again at Taunton.

Tom Curran goes to just the second ball after tea, caught by Jim Allenby off Jack Leach to give the spinner his third wicket.

It's sunny!

Sussex v Derbyshire - play starts at 16:00

What a difference a few hours makes...

Derbyshire will be batting very shortly.

From rain to sunshine almost ready to go ! @SussexCCC with 40 overs to bowl in the day @BBCSussexSport #bbccricket
From rain to sunshine almost ready to go ! @SussexCCC with 40 overs to bowl in the day @BBCSussexSport #bbccricket

From rain to sunshine almost ready to go ! @SussexCCC with 40 overs to bowl in the day @BBCSussexSport #bbccricket

'Toss decision has backfired'

Northants 259-1 v Essex

BBC Essex's Nick Gledhill at Wantage Road:

"Ryan ten Doeschate's decision not to contest the toss appears to have backfired badly here. 

"The pitch may look green but it is behaving exactly as you would expect at this venue. 

"Ben Duckett has a great chance of registering a second double century of the season. 

"He has a six and 21 fours in his unbeaten 138 and has so far added 92 for the second wicket with Rob Keogh. 

"The eight Essex bowlers used have not bowled badly but they have very little to work with. Northants are on course for maximum batting points and a huge total."

Tea at Wantage Road

Northants 259-1 v Essex

It's also tea between Northants and Essex where the hosts are absolutely dominant.

Ben Duckett can enjoy his cuppa - he's 138 not out - with Rob Keogh providing good support on 35.

If their draw with Glamorgan wasn't a bit of a wake-up call for the Division Two leaders, the first two sessions of this game certainly has been.

WICKET Ansari (c Trescothick b Leach 37)

Somerset v Surrey 201-6 - Tea

Yep, the pattern of the day continues at Taunton as Zafar Ansari is snaffled by Marcus 'safe hands' Trescothick for 37.

No batsman has yet reached fifty for the visitors. And that's tea.

Brendan Taylor hits a century

Notts 242-4 v Durham

Nottinghamshire are now firmly in control at Trent Bridge and it's thanks in the main to Brendan Taylor who brings up his 27th first-class century with a boundary off Graham Onions.

The former Zimbabwe captain has hit 17 fours in his 145-ball knock.

Samit Patel is also there on 65 in a stand worth 149.

Play to start at 16:00

Sussex v Derbyshire - start delayed, rain

We've got a 16:00 start at Hove with 40 overs to be bowled. Super news!

WICKET Davies (lbw b Leach 49)

Somerset v Surrey 196-5

It's been the story of Surrey's innings so far - a batsman gets set and then gets out.

Steven Davies is the latest on the list, pinned lbw by Jack Leach one short of his half-century.

Ben Foakes joins Zafar Ansari in the middle.

Raining boundaries at Northants

Northants 243-1 v Essex

Ben Duckett has taken a bit of a liking to Tom Westley's spin in the last couple of overs. 

After striking the Essex man for a six and a four in his last over, he starts the next with another boundary.

Duckett is now on 127 with Rob Keogh on 30.

10,000 first-class runs for Samit

Notts 220-4 v Durham

Here's the moment Samit Patel reached his fifty. Smile for the camera lads - oh.

Patel also passed 10,000 first-class runs on reaching his half-century.

Samit Patel Brendan Taylor
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Fifty for Samit Patel

Notts 215-4 v Durham

Samit Patel's fine summer continues as he brings up his fifth half-century with a seventh boundary off Durham skipper Paul Collingwood. Four balls later the 31-year-old smacks his eighth four.

Notts are absolutely motoring now.

Covers coming off

Sussex v Derbyshire - start delayed, rain

BBC Radio Derbyshire's Dave Fletcher has some better news from Hove...

Covers off at Hove, inspecting again at 3.30 - tea to be taken at 3.10 #bbccricket

Covers off at Hove, inspecting again at 3.30 - tea to be taken at 3.10 #bbccricket

100 partnership

Notts 199-4 v Durham

Nottinghamshire's middle-order is surely one of the most impressive in Division One.

Brendan Taylor and Samit Patel's stand is now worth 106 to take Notts within one run of their first batting bonus point.