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Summary

  1. Middlesex openers hit centuries against Essex
  2. James Vince 143 not out for Hampshire against Yorkshire
  3. Lancashire hit back after collapsing against Somerset
  4. Riki Wessels makes career-best 202 not out for Notts
  5. Moeen Ali out for 50 for Worcestershire against Northants
  6. Get involved #bbccricket

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By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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Signing off

Riki Wessels
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It was a supposed to be a day when helpful overhead conditions meant that seam bowlers would thrive, with no toss required any of the nine County Championship matches.

That may have been true at Old Trafford and New Road, where 18 and 16 wickets went down respectively, but elsewhere batsmen showed they weren't just prepared to stand back and face the music.

Openers Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins both made centuries as Middlesex gained early supremacy against Essex; Ian Westwood met Warwickshire's batting problems head-on with a superb 153 and Hampshire skipper James Vince helped himself to an unbeaten 143 against Yorkshire.

No-one, though, was the equal of Notts batsman Riki Wessels, who swashbuckled his way to an unbeaten 202 not out - the first double hundred of his career - to lead them to 447 all out against Sussex in Division Two.

What will tomorrow hold? Join us again at 10:30ish to follow the twists and tuns of day two. Until then, I bid you adieu. 

Absolutely brilliant from Sam Robson and @ngubbins18 👍💪 the best opening pair in county cricket #middlesex #countycricket

Close of play scores

Division One

Hampshire 281-4 v Yorkshire

Lancashire 109 v Somerset 153-8

Middlesex 255-1 v Essex

Warwickshire 292-6 v Surrey

Division Two

Gloucestershire 265-7 v Durham 

Kent 238-8 v Derbyshire

Leicestershire 275-5 v Glamorgan

Nottinghamshire 447 v Sussex 11-3

Worcestershire 188 v Northamptonshire 102-6

Notts in command

Nottinghamshire 447 v Sussex 11-3 (6 overs)

Well played Delray Wilkins, who draws on the experience gained from his one previous first-class appearance for Sussex to negotiate the final over of the day from a fire-up James Pattinson. 

Notts, however, are as firmly in the driver's seat as someone who forgot they had a tube of superglue with no cap on in their back pocket before climbing into their car to go to the shops. 

It's going to be a hard day tomorrow for Sussex, thanks chiefly to Riki Wessels, whose career-best 202 not out was the foundation of the imposing Notts total.

WICKET Whittingham (b Pattinson) 0

Nottinghamshire 447 v Sussex 7-3 (3.1 overs)

They're coming and going faster than I can type. The extra pace of James Pattinson is far too much for Stu Whittingham and he departs for a second-ball quacker, with his flattened off stump a distance away from the hole it was originally stuck in. Has the next Sussex batsman had time to put his pads on?

CARNAGE at @TrentBridge. @SussexCCC 7/3 chasing 447... #bbccricket 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼 twitter.com/izzywestbury/s…

WICKET Finch (lbw Broad) 2

Nottinghamshire 447 v Sussex 7-2 (2.3 overs)

I bet Sussex wish the umpires hadn't decided to re-start the game following the earlier bad light. Harry Finch follows opening partner Chris Nash back to the pavilion as he shoulders arms and Stuart Broad's lbw appeal is upheld.

It says a lot for Sussex's faith in 19-year-old Delray Rawlins that he is sent out to bat in this situation, with nightwatchman Stu Whittingham at the other end. In theory, three overs remain.

WICKET Nash (lbw Pattinson) 1

Nottinghamshire 447 v Sussex 7-1 (1.5 overs)

Were those prescient words, or were they prescient words (see 18:42 entry)? Australia fast bowler James Pattinson strikes in his opening over to send back Chris Nash. 

Notts seek early breakthrough

Nottinghamshire 447 v Sussex 4-0 (1 over)

So, just one game remaining, with Sussex eager to reach the close at Trent Bridge without losing a wicket. Stuart Broad and James Pattinson share the new ball. This might not be a straightforward task for the Sussex openers. To emphasise the scale of their challenge, England's Jake Ball has to wait for his chance to bowl.

Westwood stars for Bears

Warwickshire 292-6 v Surrey (84 overs)

No further play is possible at Edgbaston where the undoubted star of day one was Warwickshire opener Ian Westwood. Recalled to the team after heavy defeats in their opening two matches, he responded with an innings of 153 - and hit the first two sixes of his Championship career in the process. Rikki Clarke and Keith Barker are the not out batsmen, with both yet to score. 

Elgar stands firm for Somerset

Lancashire 109 v Somerset 153-8

Dean Elgar and Jack Leach play out the final six and a bit overs as Somerset end day one at Old Trafford with a 44-run lead and just two wickets remaining. South Africa Test star Elgar has so far made a vital 66 not out, after being dropped earlier in his innings, on a day when 18 wickets fell for 262 runs.

Liam Livingstone was the star of Lancashire's earlier effort, making 68 with a six and 11 fours, but only one other Red Rose batsman reached double figures as Craig Overton claimed 5-47.

Vince plays captain's knock

Hampshire 281-4 v Yorkshire (85.3 overs)

There won't be any more play at the Ageas Bowl where Hampshire are in a handy position, thanks mainly to the efforts of skipper James Vince, who will resume on 143 not out on day two. His innings has lasted 233 balls so far and included 20 boundaries. 

Once again, Ben Coad was the pick of the Yorkshire attack, claiming 3-49 from 18.3 overs - and he now has 21 at a cost of only 13.52 runs each this summer.

WICKET Ball (b Archer) 18

Nottinghamshire 447 v Sussex (77.5 overs)

Riki Wessels finishes unbeaten on 202 as Sussex paceman Jofra Archer bowls Jake Ball for 18 to end a last-wicket stand of 65 in 9.1 overs. Archer has huge potential, but conceding 155 from 27.5 overs may smart a bit, even though he took three wickets. 

It was a brilliant innings by Wessels, with his runs made from just 177 balls, and has put Notts in a great position to press for their third victory of the summer.

Wessels completes double century

Nottinghamshire 429-9 v Sussex (75.4 overs)

Riki Wessels
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And there it is, a career-best 200 not out for Riki Wessels, made from only 170 balls, and completed with a single off Jofra Archer. It has been an exhilarating knock, containing seven sixes and 22 fours, by a batsman who came to the crease with his side in trouble on 84-4. 

Wessels nears career-best score

Nottinghamshire 417-9 v Sussex (75 overs)

Were back out at Trent Bridge, where Riki Wessels has his sights on the first double century of his career. A boundary and a single off Stuart Whittingham take him to 193 not out, six short of his career-best of 199 against Sussex in 2012. 

WICKET C Overton (lbw McLaren) 8

Lancashire 109 v Somerset 146-8 (46 overs)

Another one bites the dust at Old Trafford as all-rounder Ryan McLaren claims his fourth victim. Lancashire have done really well to haul themselves back into the game, and providing the last two Somerset wickets don't extend the lead too much, the Red Rose will approach day two with some optimism - providing conditions are not so bowler-friendly.

Just to update you, play has now ended for the day in the Division Two matches at Canterbury, Leicester and Worcester - and they remain off for bad light at Trent Bridge, where Notts are 417-9 against Sussex, with Riki Wessels 188 not out.  

Riki pure class. IMO best our batsman. Joy to watch. Wish was there Underlines poor decision to 'rest' last year #bbccricket @bracecricket

Procter double boosts Lancashire

Lancashire 109 v Somerset 144-7 (45 overs)

Wickets continue to tumble at Old Trafford, where Luke Procter sent back Lewis Gregory and Josh Davey with successive deliveries. The medium-pacer now has 3-30 from five overs and there's a good chance here that Somerset opener Dean Elgar, now 61 not out, could carry his bat through the entire innings. 

Robson's day at Lord's

Middlesex 255-1 v Essex (67.2 overs)

After a couple of looks at the overhead conditions, the umpires decide there will be no further play at Lord's. It certainly hasn't been the day Essex must have hoped for - and it must come as some relief that they at least managed to separate Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins.

The two Middlesex openers put on 241 in 63 overs before Gubbins fell for 101, but Robson is 144 not out and the visitors badly need to get rid of him early on day two.

Westwood finally falls

Warwickshire 292-6 v Surrey, Westwood 153

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

It's been an entertaining day's cricket on a cold day at Edgbaston. It's been dominated by Ian Westwood, who batted brilliantly to make 153 on his return to the team.

But Surrey deserve credit for the way they have stuck to their task in the field. They have never looked ragged and although wickets have been hard to come by they have done enough to keep themselves in the game.

Their rewards have come. Mark Footitt finally got Westwood, caught by Scott Borthwick as the opener became the second wicket to fall to the new ball. 

Bad light has brought a halt to play 12 overs before the scheduled close.

WICKET Ervine (c Bairstow b Coad) 48

Hampshire 272-4 v Yorkshire (83 overs)

That's 20 wickets for the season now for Ben Coad as he has Sean Ervine caught behind, ending a partnership of 110 with James Vince for the fourth wicket. Vince remains on 139 not out as he and Liam Dawson look to prevent any further damage before stumps.  

One-Day Cup podcast

Jonathan Trott
Rex Features

This is the final round of Championship matches until 19 May as the Royal London One-Day Cup takes centre stage over the next few weeks.

The first group matches take place next Thursday and BBC Sport has been talking to Jonathan Trott, Tim Bresnan and Gareth Batty about the prospects for this season's 50-over competition.

You can hear their views in a special podcast by clicking the link here.

Even contest at Bristol

Gloucestershire 265-7 v Durham (77 overs)

As Bob Hunt prophesied (see 17:20 entry), that's your lot for the day in Bristol. Seems wrong somehow that bad light should end play at a ground called Brightside.  

It's been an even contest with Durham fighting back well following half-centuries by Chris Dent (59) and Will Tavare (61). Paul Collingwood was arguably the pick of the Durham attack, taking 2-29 from 10 overs, and he also took three catches to underline his continuing worth to the side at the age of 40.

Yorkshire look for positive finish

Hampshire 258-3 v Yorkshire (80 overs)

The delay for bad light is brief at the Ageas Bowl and David Willey takes the new ball for Yorkshire after the teams return to the middle. 

Ageas Bowl
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WICKET Trego (lbw McLaren) 19

Lancashire 109 v Somerset 123-5 (40 overs)

Every run is going to be precious for Somerset now as they try to 'put some clear water' between themselves and Lancashire on first innings. Peter Trego becomes Ryan McLaren's third victim of the innings, but Lewis Gregory announces his arrival with a boundary. Dean Elgar remains on 55 not out.  

WICKET Ambrose (lbw S Curran) 23

Warwickshire 290-5 v Surrey (80.3 overs)

After watching elder brother Tom pick up three Warwickshire wickets, Sam Curran strikes for the first time by removing Tim Ambrose. Ian Westwood is still there on 151 as Rikki Clarke arrives in the middle.

Delay at New Road

Worcestershire 188 v Northamptonshire 102-6 (22 overs)

Bad light has become a common theme in this text commentary, which is a real shame, because we've had some great action around the nine county grounds today. Off they go at New Road, where Worcestershire have fought back well after a poor batting performance. 

Ben Duckett is 45 not out for Northants, with partner Steven Crook on two. Josh Cobb was the last man dismissed, lbw to Ed Barnard for seven, three balls before the umpires called a halt.

Northants in danger of conceding a very dangerous first-innings deficit, particularly with a sunny forecast tomorrow... #bbccricket

Westwood wears down Surrey

Warwickshire 285-4 v Surrey (78 overs)

Ian Westwood has lost some of the fluency he had earlier in his innings, it's taken him 12 overs to go from 140 to 150, but this has been an invaluable knock for his side. He reaches 150 with a single off Jade Dernbach and has so far faced 216 balls and hit two sixes and 21 fours. Tim Ambrose is busy at the other end, hitting four boundaries in his 20 not out off 21 balls so far.

Hants held up by light

Hampshire 258-3 v Yorkshire (80 overs)

There are 16 overs remaining at the Ageas Bowl as the umpires lead the players off. This has definitely been Hampshire's day so far, thanks largely to an unbroken stand of 101 between James Vince and Sean Ervine. Vince now has 137 to his name, with Ervine on 39, and Yorkshire haven't managed a wicket since the 27th over.

Elgar reaches half-century

Lancashire 109 v Somerset 101-4 (35.3 overs)

Somerset are just a few runs short of a first-innings lead as South Africa batsman Dean Elgar takes a single off Ryan McLaren to reach a 111-ball half-century, featuring seven fours. Jimmy Anderson is now taking a breather with the impressive figures of 1-19 from 14 overs.

Light closes in at Bristol

Gloucestershire 265-7 v Durham (77 overs)

Bob Hunt

BBC Radio Gloucestershire

They've gone off for light at Bristol just when Durham began to get on top. Keaton Jennings dismissed  Phil Mustard and Craig Miles with successive deliveries, both caught by Paul Collingwood in the slips.

Mustard had done well against his former employers, having put on 64 with Jack Taylor, and Taylor is still there with a trademark quickfire 41.

I can't see them coming back on this evening, so the day will end with Durham perhaps the slightly happier of the two sides.

Bowlers stay on top at New Road

Worcestershire 188 v Northamptonshire 90-5 (17.5 overs)

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's been a bowler's day at New Road. Northants have been trying to counter-attack, going along at a good lick, hoping to flick over some runs before the inevitable seemingly happens. As a consequence, there have been two batsman caught at point and Richard Levi should have been caught via a leading edge before he was lbw.

So where will this day end? Probably with bad light preventing many of the 25 overs still to be bowled, it's very gloomy here. Sunny weather tomorrow and potentially a better batting day, but can Northants get there in any kind of shape? Ben Duckett is 43 not out.

Play to resume at Canterbury

Kent 214-8 v Derbyshire

Fabian Cowdrey

Former Kent all-rounder

The umpires have been checking their watches enthusiastically as players limber up on the side of the pitch.

Fortunately, they have said play can resume, with the hosts 214-8. An exciting conclusion to the day's play awaits us here at the St Lawrence Ground.

WICKET Javid (c Burns b T Curran) 14

Warwickshire 263-4 v Surrey (73.3 overs)

There's still no shifting Ian Westwood at Edgbaston - he's on 148 not out - but the persevering Tom Curran picks up his third wicket of the innings as Ateeq Javid goes. Tim Ambrose is the new Warwickshire batsman.

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WICKET Mustard (c Collingwood b Jennings) 38

Gloucestershire 255-7 v Durham (74 overs)

England batsman Keaton Jennings shows his value as a bowler as he finds the edge of Phil Mustard's bat and Paul Collingwood leans forward at slip to take a low catch. The 'Colonel' is on his way against his former club and Gloucestershire lose their seventh wicket at the start of Jennings' next over as Collingwood takes another one to dismiss Craig Miles for a second-ball duck. 

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Wessels wallops Sussex

Nottinghamshire 403-9 v Sussex (71 overs) - bad light stopped play

It's hard to believe that Notts were 88-5 at one stage of their innings, as Riki Wessels takes them to maximum batting points by clobbering Stiaan van Zyl for the seventh six of his innings. He's clearly having no problems seeing it, on 186 not out, but the umpires nonetheless decide that the light isn't good enough for play to continue. A real shame for the spectators in the ground.

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Gloomy at Canterbury

Kent 214-8 v Derbyshire

The poor light has spread from London to the South East, where Kent and Derbyshire have been forced from the pitch at the Spitfire Ground. 

Adam Rouse (21) and James Harris (5) are the two batsmen to walk off, while Will Davis and Luis Reece have three wickets each for the away side.

Bad light at Canterbury #bbccricket

Bad light at Canterbury #bbccricket

Westwood clears the rope

Warwickshire 260-3 v Surrey (71 overs)

Before this match, Warwickshire opener Ian Westwood had not managed a single six in 155 first-class appearances. Now he has two to his credit, both off Surrey seamer Jade Dernbach, the second pulled away over the short leg-side boundary. 

Hampshire look for big total

Hampshire 211-3 v Yorkshire (71 overs)

Hampshire collect their first batting bonus point as James Vince hits two successive fours off David Willey at the Ageas Bowl. Yorkshire would very much like to see the back of the Hampshire skipper, who can be hard to keep in check when his confidence is high. It's 16 fours in total for the right-hander, whose partnership with Sean Ervine for the fourth wicket is now worth 55. Floodlights now on.

James Vince
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Northants survive hat-trick attempt

Worcestershire 188 v Northants 67-4

Northants have survived a hat-trick attempt from Worcestershire's Joe Leach.

The right-armer dismissed Rob Keogh and Adam Rossington in successive deliveries but Richard Levi was able to negotiate the hat-trick ball.

He's alongside England batsman Ben Duckett (36) in the middle as Northants look to rebuild.

Light hold-up at Lord's

Middlesex 255-1 v Essex (67.2 overs)

It's become a little murky overhead at the home of cricket, prompting umpires Paul Baldwin and Ian Gould to take the players off the field. Middlesex opener Sam Robson is 144 not out, with 24 fours so far in his 196-ball innings, and Stevie Eskinazi has a single to his name.

Let-off for Elgar

Lancashire 109 v Somerset 71-4 (24 overs)

Now how significant will that prove to be? Dean Elgar is dropped by fellow South African Dane Vilas after Jimmy Anderson produces one to find the edge. It's a tough chance at third slip, but you don't want to be giving chances to batsmen with seven Test centuries to their credit.

Anderson's frustration turns to delight, though, in his latest over as he has Steven Davies caught behind by Alex Davies for one with one that leaves the left-hander off the pitch.

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