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Summary

  1. Jimmy Anderson goes off injured in the Roses match at Old Trafford
  2. In-form Gary Ballance out for 74 for Yorkshire against Lancashire
  3. Surrey's Kumar Sangakkara hits century against Middlesex at Lord's
  4. Alastair Cook and Tom Westley make hundreds for Essex against Hants
  5. Division Two leaders Notts in good position against Glamorgan

Live Reporting

By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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Alastair Cook
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There was a fair bit of rain about on the opening day of the latest round of County Championship matches, but that did not prevent some quality cricket being played.

Alastair Cook and Tom Westley hit centuries in a 243-run stand for Essex against Hampshire, the impeccable Kumar Sangakkara helped himself to an unbeaten 113 for Division One leaders Surrey against Middlesex, and Jake Libby and Riki Wessels both passed three figures for Notts in Cardiff.

One of the main talking points, though, occurred early in the Roses match at Old Trafford when England paceman Jimmy Anderson had to go off with a groin problem. Despite that, Yorkshire had to fight hard to reach 251-6 at the close, and an intriguing battle is in prospect over the remaining three days.

We'll be back with you again tomorrow from 10.30ish to bring you events as they happen on day two. Until then, have a good evening.

Close of play scores

Division One

Essex 243-2 v Hampshire

Yorkshire 251-6 v Lancashire

Surrey 265-5 v Middlesex

Warwickshire 93-3 v Somerset

Division Two

Derbyshire 111-3 v Worcestershire

Nottinghamshire 335-6 v Glamorgan

Leicestershire v Kent - no play possible because of rain

Westley wicket brings Hants relief

Essex 243-2 (79 overs) v Hampshire

It's a dramatic finish at Chelmsford as Kyle Abbott bowls Tom Westley with the final ball of the opening day's play. Westley made 111 - with the help of 16 fours - and shared a stand of 243 with Alastair Cook, a second-wicket partnership record for Essex in matches against Hampshire.

After a delayed start and the loss of Nick Browne in the opening over, the day belonged to the two home batsmen, with Cook finishing unbeaten on 114 as he continues his build-up towards the Test seies against South Africa, which starts in early July.

Essex must be grateful to have so much of his time this season and if Cook stays in for long on day two, then they will certainly have a maximum haul of batting points in their sights.

Derbyshire hampered by Viljoen injury

Derbyshire director of cricket Kim Barnett has revealed that they will be without South African fast bowler Hardus Viljoen until the end of June with a hip injury.

"It’s typical of cricket that things come to test you," said Barnett. "This is a test of our guys and the resilience of the squad.

Viljeon was expected to make his Derbyshire Championship debut, after featuring in five of their One-Day Cup group games. But Barnett revealed: "We had a meeting yesterday when it was decided he wasn’t fully fit and I think he knew that.

"We just want him to do himself justice. It’s no use him going out at 70 per cent fit and not bowling to his standards so we must get him fully fit and healthy to do what he can do when he comes back.”

South African fast bowler Hardus Viljeon
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Close of play at Derby

Derbyshire 111-3 (40 overs) v Worcestershire

After the loss of the first two sessions because of a wet outfield following overnight rain, the sporadic crowd at Derby finally saw some action in an extended two-and-a-half-hour final session.

Worcestershire claimed three wickets - one in the first over for captain Joe Leach, then also for Jack Shantry and Josh Tongue. But Derbyshire opener Luis Reece had the best of it, remaining unbeaten at the close as the winter signing from Lancashire notched his second half-century for the hosts.

When he got his first, in Derbyshire's opening game of the season against Northants in April, he went on to reach three figures, posting a career-best 168.

Reece (53*) will be hoping for more of the same tomorrow, when he and captain Billy Godleman (13*) are due to resume, weather permitting, at 11:00 BST.

Luis Reece
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Tykes fight back at Old Trafford

Yorkshire 251-6 (96 overs) v Lancashire

Jack Leaning (54*) and Andy Hodd (41*) survive to stumps in what has been a very important 73-run seventh-wicket partnership for Yorkshire at Old Trafford.

Losing both openers with only nine runs on the board was a terrible start for the White Rose county, but well though Lancashire bowled, the early loss of Jimmy Anderson with an injury left skipper Steven Croft an important option short.

Early wickets on day two would put the home side in the driving seat, but it would be a brave person to make predictions following Lancashire's last Championship game, when they were all out for 109 and still won.

Rain forces finish at Lord's

Surrey 265-5 (72 overs) v Middlesex

The bad light at Lord's was followed by a rain shower, and although the umpires took a long, hard look at conditions, they have decided that play is over for the day.

Kumar Sangakkara has been the star of the show so far and will resume on 113 not out - a 151-ball innings featuring two sixes and 11 fours - as the Division One leaders look to push on towards 300 and beyond against the reigning champions.

Close of play in Cardiff

Nottinghamshire 335-6 (96 overs) v Glamorgan

Nottinghamshire end the day on top and looking to complete maximum battling bonus points on Saturday morning - but it did not seem that way after the first two sessions in Cardiff.

.At 155-4 at tea, Glamorgan's bowlers had done well to keep the Division Two leaders pegged back, particularly Timm van der Gugten, who ended with 4-52.

But Jake Libby went on to extend their fifth-wicket stand to 123, both completing centuries in the process.

Libby went first for 109 before Wessels followed for 120, while former captain Chris Read weighed in with some late hitting for an unbeaten 45 as 180 came in the final session.

Nottinghamshire centurions Jake Libby (left) and Riki Wessels
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WICKET Wessels (lbw van der Gugten) 120

Notts 330-6 (94.1 overs) v Glamorgan

Riki Wessels' 21st first-class century comes to an end - a fourth wicket for Timm van der Gugten - and a second bowling bonus point for Glamorgan.

WICKET Madsen (c Cox b Tongue) 11

Derbyshire 79-3 (29.4 overs) v Worcestershire

A third wicket for Worcestershire - and a first for Josh Tongue has Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen caught behind.

10 more overs to come at Derby after this one.

CENTURY FOR ALASTAIR COOK

Essex 221-1 (67.5 overs) v Hampshire

Alastair Cook
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Now that he's given up the England Test captaincy, Alastair Cook's opinion of young leg-spinner Mason Crane may not carry the weight it once did. Cook reaches his second first-class hundred of the summer, and 58th in all, with a boundary off the youngster.

For those who dislike the term 'run-machine', it is one, nevertheless, that can justifiably be applied to Cook - his last seven innings in all competitions have been 127, 37, 109, 67*, 65, 54 and now this century.

Westley wins race to three figures

Essex 213-1 (66.5 overs) v Hampshire

After being tied down in a maiden over from leg-spinner Mason Crane, Tom Westley square drives a boundary in the next off Sean Ervine to beat partner Alastair Cook to a century. It's taken him 178 balls and is his first of the season - and 16th of his career. Not counting any chickens, but Cook shouldn't be far behind.

Tom Westley
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Leaning reaches half-century

Yorkshire 242-6 (90 overs) v Lancashire

There are six overs remaining at Old Trafford after Jack Leaning pulls a short ball from Tom Bailey for six to bring up a 146-ball half-century. It's been a fine innings for his side and they should collect a second batting point before stumps.

Essex pair in double-century stand

Essex 201-1 (63 overs) v Hampshire

It's a neck and neck race at Chelmsford as Alastair Cook and Tom Westley close in on centuries against Hampshire. Cook has 93 not out, one fewer than his partner, and together they are only 20 short of the second-wicket record stand of 221 for Essex against Hampshire, set by Denys Wilcox and Stan Nichols at Southend in 1936.

Lancashire seek new-ball success

Yorkshire 228-6 (88 overs) v Lancashire

Lancashire have taken the new ball, but with Jimmy Anderson hors de combat, it's Ryan McLaren who shares it with Tom Bailey, and neither has been able to make it count - yet.

Jack Leaning is 46 not out for Yorkshire and although that's nowhere near his highest score, this may be one of his most valuable innings for the county in terms of his development as a batsman. Partner Andy Hodd is batting with greater fluency, on 33 from 46 balls. They have added 51 in 14 overs.

100 - Nottinghamshire's Riki Wessels

Notts 290-5 (87 overs) v Glamorgan

Riki Wessels celebrates another century in Cardiff
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Wessels hits his second ton in as many matches as he becomes Nottinghamshire's second centurion of the day, following Jake Libby who earlier made 109.

The pair put on 123 for the fifth wicket to help the visitors gain control of this game. And he is now getting further support from 38-year-old Chris Read as Notts, having been 155-4 at tea, now make hay.

Wessels' latest effort comes on top of his unbeaten 202 in the Division Two leaders' last match - their innings victory over Sussex.

WICKET Thakor (c Mitchell b Shantry) 23

Derbyshire 58-2 (21.4 overs) v Worcestershire

Another breakthrough for Worcestershire at Derby as Jack Shantry has Shiv Thakor caught by Daryl Mitchell running back at second slip. But opener Luis Reece still seems to be going nicely.

Bad light at Lord's

Surrey 265-5 (72 overs) v Middlesex

That is a disappointment, with the match intriguingly poised at the home of cricket. There are 24 more overs scheduled, so let's hope this interruption is brief, like the one earlier on for rain. Looking at that sky, though (see below), perhaps not. Kumar Sangakkara is 113 not out and Sam Curran has yet to score.

Lord's Cricket Ground
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No play today at Leicester

The weather is the winner in the end at Grace Road as umpires Russell Evans and Jeff Evans finally call a halt to their attempts to get the Leicestershire-Kent game started.

They're playing just 32 miles away to the north at Derby. But that's cricket in England, in the middle of May, for you!

WICKET Foakes (c Simpson b Finn) 19

Surrey 264-5 (70.3 overs) v Middlesex

Division One leaders Surrey have banked two bonus points but Steven Finn makes another important breakthrough for Middlesex, with the new ball only 10 overs away as Ben Foakes edges to the keeper. Sam Curran is the new batsman, but it's Kumar Sangakkara - now 112 not out - who is the key if the visitors are to push on towards a full set of batting points at Lord's.

The tourists are here

Sussex v South Africa - play starts 17:30 BST

As well as our seven Championship games, we also have live radio commentary on the opening match of South Africa's tour, a limited-overs contest with Sussex at Hove (choose the relevant stream at the top of this page).

Play is starting late - at 17:30 BST - because of rain, and the teams will now play 32 overs each - which is neither fish (50 overs) nor fowl (T20).

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Further delay at Leicester

Leicestershire v Kent - start delayed

The weather in Leicester is proving to be a bit of a tease. With umpires Russell Evans and Jeff Evans having finally agreed a 17:00 start, with 24 overs to play, rain returns shortly after the teams have been confirmed. You have to think that may be the last chance of play gone. Or maybe not.

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Sangakkara oozing class

Surrey 247-4 (66 overs) v Middlesex

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at Lord's

Kumar Sangakkara
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Kumar Sangakkara bisects cover and extra-cover on a packed offside to complete his 59th first-class century and his third hundred in the Championship this season.

The Sri Lankan batsman oozes class in almost every shot he plays, whether it's his signature drive or when he's using the flight of the spinners to send the ball into the stands.

WICKET Libby (c Cooke b van der Gugten) 109

Nottinghamshire 231-5 (77 overs) v Glamorgan

Just three overs after reaching his century, Notts opener Jake Libby's 291-minute stay at the crease comes to an end. But he has massively helped repair the Division Two leaders' 123-run fifth-wicket stand with Riki Wessels, who remains on course for a ton of his own on 74.

It was a fine catch too to dismiss him, wicketkeeper Chris Cooke taking off to his right to dive in front of first slip and successfully pouch a third wicket for Timm van der Gugten.

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WICKET Rafiq (c Croft b Parry) 16

Yorkshire 178-6 (73.5 overs) v Lancashire

That's not a great dismissal in this situation as Azeem Rafiq obligingly hits spinner Stephen Parry to mid-wicket. Jack Leaning has fought hard for his 31 not out, but Yorkshire need a significant partnership from him and new batsman Andrew Hodd. And don't forget that the Lancashire attack is a bowler light after Jimmy Anderson went off injured during the morning.

SANGAKKARA MAKES HUNDRED FOR SURREY

Surrey 242-4 (65 overs) v Middlesex

Kumar Sangakkara
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Kumar Sangakkara races toward a century with two successive sixes off Ollie Rayner and reaches three figures with three runs in the off-spinner's next over. It has taken the Sri Lankan left-hander 132 balls - and it's no wonder Surrey call him 'King' Kumar. A thoroughbred cricketer.

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100 - Nottinghamshire's Jake Libby

Notts 220-4 (74 overs) v Glamorgan

Notts opener Jake Libby reaches only the fourth first-class century of his career.

He has so far put on an unbroken stand of 120 for the fifth wicket with Riki Wessels, who is not far off a hundred of his own on 71.

Three of Libby's four first-class hundreds have all been on Test match grounds - at Nottingham, Chester-le-Street and now here in Cardiff too.

Three of Jake Libby's four first-class hundreds have all been on Test match grounds - at Nottingham, Chester-le-Street and now here in Cardiff
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Play on the way at Leicester

The weather in the East Midlands is clearly getting brighter.

After Derbyshire's delayed start against Worcestershire at 16:00 BST, it is now reported that Leicestershire and Kent will get underway at Grace Road at 17:00 BST.

Second-wicket pair 'deliver' for Essex

Essex 141-1 (43 overs) v Hampshire

Nick Gledhill

BBC Essex at Chelmsford

The combination of Alastair Cook and Tom Westley has delivered again for Essex who have moved into a strong position on the opening day.

Hampshire were unlucky not to add to the early wicket of Nick Browne in favourable bowling conditions but as these eased during the afternoon the pair have looked increasingly comfortable.

With a strong home batting line-up to come Hampshire need early breakthroughs in this final session.

WICKET Bresnan (b McLaren) 13

Yorkshire 160-5 (67 overs) v Lancashire

Another important breakthrough for Lancashire, as Ryan McLaren finds a way through the defences of Tim Bresnan. Having signed a new contract with the White Rose county earlier in the week, Azeem Rafiq is the new batsman.

Bresnan's partnership with Jack Leaning (28 not out) was worth just 21 runs in 10.3 overs, a clear indicator of the accuracy of Lancashire's bowling.

Early wicket for Worcestershire

Derbyshire 8-1 (3 overs) v Worcestershire

Play finally got under way at 16:00 BST at Derby - and Worcestershire already have an early wicket. The recalled Ben Slater is bowled by visiting skipper Joe Leach for two, off the last ball of the first over. This will be a long session if it stays fine.

WICKET Sibley (c Voges b Helm) 54

Surrey 197-4 (56 overs) v Middlesex

Adam Voges atones for dropping Dominic Sibley at slip off Tom Helm on 22 by catching the same batsman off the same bowler to end his 114-run partnership with Kumar Sangakkara, who remains on 64 not out.

That is an important wicket for Middlesex, who will be hoping to add two or three more between now and the close. Ben Foakes is the new batsman.

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Ballance wicket boosts Lancashire

Yorkshire 155-4 (64 overs) v Lancashire - tea

Scott Read

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Still no sign of James Anderson since he limped off during the morning session with what looked like a groin injury, sustained during his sixth over.

In his absence, Lancashire have bowled well and Yorkshire have ticked along at around two and half runs per over.

The wicket of the in-form Gary Ballance in the second half of the afternoon session was a huge boost for Lancashire. If they can strike early after tea, they'll be in a position of strength even with a bowler light.

Rained off for day at Taunton

Warwickshire 93-3 (32.5 overs) v Somerset

Play has been called off for the day at Taunton. Jonathan Trott is 30 not out and Sam Hain has eight, and both sides will hope for better luck with the weather on day two.

Play abandoned for the day at Taunton
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Essex on top against Hants

Essex 141-1 (41 overs) v Hampshire

A highly productive session comes to an end for Essex, with Tom Westley 77 not out and Alastair Cook unbeaten on 59. There are 38 overs remaining in the day's play and Hampshire need to pick up a wicket or two after tea to check the home side's progress.

Slow going at Sophia Gardens

Nottinghamshire 155-4 (64.0 overs) v Glamorgan

Peter Miller

BBC Sport

The slow going continues in Cardiff where Nottinghamshire have put on 91 runs for the loss of two further wickets in the session between lunch and tea.

Notts have relied very heavily on the batting of Jake Libby, who has batted beautifully for his 74 from 187 balls.

The next highest score in the innings thus far has been the 32 so far made by Riki Wessels in a partnership with Libby that is now worth 47.

The pick of the Glamorgan bowlers has been 19-year-old Lukas Carey who has taken just one wicket but has been a consistent threat throughout.

Sibley passes fifty

Surrey 194-3 (53 overs) v Middlesex

A second Championship half-century of the summer arrives off 94 balls for Dominic Sibley with a single from the bowling of Tom Helm. He picks up a boundary off Steven Finn in the next over as Surrey continue to build a position of strength against their closest rivals.

Tea scores round-up

Division One

Essex 130-1 v Hampshire

Still in play

Yorkshire 155-4 v Lancashire

Surrey 175-3 v Middlesex

Play has resumed after early tea, which followed rain hold-up

Warwickshire 93-3 v Somerset

Early tea being taken after second rain delay.

Division Two

Derbyshire v Worcestershire

No play before tea. Game to start at 16:00 BST.

Nottinghamshire 155-4 v Glamorgan

Leicestershire v Kent

Start delayed because of rain. Inspection at 16.00

Sun returns to Lord's

Surrey 175-3 (48 overs) v Middlesex

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at Lord's

The sun has returned to Lord's ahead of a rather lengthy and crucial final session.

There should be two hours and 40 minutes play, weather permitting, to make up for the rain that brought about an early tea break.

After a poor session saw Middlesex miss run-out opportunities and drop catches, early wickets will be key but Kumar Sangakkara (52 not out) and Dominic Sibley (44 not out) are eight runs shy of a century partnership and are looking well set.

4 o'clock start at Derby

Finally, they're going to set some cricket at Derby! After a third inspection of the day from umpires Steve O'Shaughnessy and Russell Warren, Derbyshire and Worcestershire are going to get underway at 16:00 BST. There'll be 40 overs left in the day. And Worcestershire have elected to bowl first.

Steve Rhodes' side have made two changes to the side who so thrillingly beat Northants by 20 runs in their last Championship appearance 28 days ago.,

Spinner Nathan Lyon replaces compatriot John Hastings, who is away with the Australia squad preparing for the Champions Trophy, as is Moeen Ali, with /England. Worcestershire have opted to replace him with an extra bowler, left-armer Jack Shantry.

From the side that lost by 169 runs to Kent in their last game, Derbyshire make three changes. Ben Slater, Tom Taylor and Ben Cotton come in for Gary Wilson, Tom Milnes and Will Davis. Daryn Smit will keep wicket.