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Summary

  1. Stirling & Robson hit tons for Middlesex
  2. Bopara & Browne 50s drive Essex v Warwickshire
  3. James Anderson removes centurion George Bailey on return for Lancs
  4. Patel passes 150 for Notts

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By Gary Smee

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Stumps - day one

Nick Browne
Rex Features

So, on the hottest day of the year so far, the batsmen have enjoyed themselves.

There's also been a bit for the bowlers, but we've seen a lot of hard toil.

Myself and Matt Henry will be back tomorrow from 10:45 BST with all the shenanigans from day two.

Hope you can join us then.

Close of play scores

Division One

  • Middlesex 337-4 v Yorkshire
  • Lancashire v Hampshire 351-8
  • Essex 263-5 v Warwickshire

Division Two

  • Worcestershire 95-3 v Kent 260
  • Notts 345-4 v Leicestershire
  • Durham v Glamorgan 221-7

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Close of play at Old Trafford

Lancashire v Hampshire 351-8

So, after a VERY long day, the final game draws to a close at Lancashire.

And it's a day that's ended up in Hampshire's favour thanks to George Bailey's brilliant 127 and Kyle Abbott's unbeaten 76.

It's been a great fightback from 177-6 from the visitors.

Lancashire v Hampshire 341-8

Kyle Abbott and Brad Taylor are content to see things through to the close for Hampshire now.

Plenty of defensive strokes, two overs to go. Come on fellas, get a move on, Eastenders is on in a bit.

Average of 602 for Samit

Samit Patel's last four innings for Notts. Decent...

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Lancashire v Hampshire 334-8

So, things are winding down for the day with just one match remaining at Old Trafford.

There are five overs to go in Manchester.

Kyle Abbott is continuing to battle for Hampshire - the South African is 64 not out.

Stumps at Lord's & 150 for Robson

Middlesex 335-4 v Yorkshire

Sam Robson, take a bow.

The Middlesex opener reaches his 150 in the final over of the day with a four off Adil Rashid - his 18th boundary of the innings.

Robson has batted all day, in temperatures of 32 degrees. Get that man some water!

Close of play at Trent Bridge

Notts 345-4 v Leicestershire

Nottinghamshire and Samit Patel simply can't stop scoring runs.

The all-rounder finishes day one unbeaten on 157. He's been there for 222 balls and struck 17 fours and a six.

Riki Wessels will resume day two on 28 with Notts looking to post a huge score against their East Midlands rivals.

Stumps at New Road

Worcestershire 95-3 v Kent 260

Joe Clarke has played a little gem of an innings for Worcestershire before the close at New Road.

The 21-year-old has made 34 off just 38 balls, and found good support in fellow youngster George Rhodes (16 not out).

It's going to be a pivotal second morning.

150 for Samit Patel

Notts 336-4 v Leicestershire

Stupendous Samit. Sublime Samit. Superb Samit. Stunning Samit.

Take your pick.

The Nottinghamshire all-rounder is an absolute run machine at the moment as he reaches his 150 just before stumps.

That's 629 runs at an average of 90 for the 32-year-old this season.

Not long to go lads. Hold on in there!

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WICKET Bailey (b Anderson) 127

Lancashire v Hampshire 314-8

Jimmy has his wicket now alright! And it's the big one.

Hampshire captain George Bailey chops on and is out for a superb 127.

Can Lancashire finish off the visitors this evening? There are still nine overs to go after this one.

Close of play at Durham

Durham v Glamorgan 221-7

Durham have fought back superbly in the final session, reducing Glamorgan from 166-2 to 221-7.

Paceman Chris Rushworth led the fightback, finishing day one with 5-40.

Wicketless return for Anderson

Hampshire 311-7 v Lancashire

James Anderson is still giving it his all for Lancashire but has not picked up a wicket in 19 overs.

It's been a tough evening session for the bowlers at Old Trafford, with George Bailey and Kyle Abbott making hay in the sunshine.

And there could be more damage to come - there are still 10 overs left today.

Stumps at Chelmsford

Essex 263-5 v Warwickshire

Ravi Bopara 50
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A steamy, topsy-turvy first day at Chelmsford comes to a close, with honours just about even.

Two late wickets from Rikki Clarke gave the visitors a boost, but Ravi Bopara will resume in the morning on 84 with James Foster by his side.

'Dramatic turnaround at Durham'

Durham v Glamorgan 213-7

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

It's been a dramatic turnaround in the evening sunshine at the Riverside with Chris Rushworth claiming three wickets with the second new ball for a five-wicket haul.

Nick Selman reached a cautious hundred off 249 balls before becoming one of Rushworth's victims.

The Durham paceman had already claimed his 500th wicket for his county when he uprooted Aneurin Donald's off-stump.

David Lloyd on 7 then fell lbw as Rushworth celebrated his fifth of the day, and Matthew Potts had debutant Tom Cullen caught at slip, also for 7.

The evergreen Ryan Sidebottom

Middlesex 308-4 v Yorkshire

The 39-year-old has some record...

Ryan Sidebottom
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WICKET Franklin (b Sidebottom) 17

Middlesex 302-4 v Yorkshire

Wow, where did that come from?

Just as Middlesex looked set to bat out the day, Ryan Sidebottom bowls skipper James Franklin.

Can Yorkshire get key man Sam Robson in the nine overs that remain. He must be exhausted by now.

Fifty for Kyle Abbott

Lancashire v Hampshire 296-7

Kyle Abbott is playing some innings for Hampshire here.

The South African, who certainly knows which end to hold the bat, has raced to a 54-ball half-century.

Hampshire are approaching 300, George Bailey has an unbeaten century, it's looking very rosy for the south coast side.

Five-wicket haul for Rushworth

Durham v Glamorgan 203-6

Where did that come from? On a day made for batting, Durham paceman Chris Rushworth picks up his fifth wicket, pinning David Lloyd lbw. The big man has 5-40 from 18 overs - incredible.

At New Road, Worcestershire are now three down against Kent - Matt Coles has removed Daryl Mitchell to leave the hosts 53-3 and 207 behind.

Notts are continuing to rattle along against Leicestershire - Samit Patel (131 not out) and Riki Wessels (20 not out) have put on 67 for the fifth wicket. Notts are 306-4.

Hampshire on the charge

Lancashire v Hampshire 286-7

This is some recovery by Hampshire at Old Trafford.

Having been 177-6, the visitors are now approaching 300.

Kyle Abbott has raced to 45 in a quickfire stand of 54 with captain George Bailey (113 not out).

Lancashire's bowlers are wilting in the furnace.

300 up for Middlesex

Middlesex 300-3 v Yorkshire

All three of Middlesex's home games have ended in draws so far.

It doesn't seem like it's getting any easier for the bowlers at Lord's on the evidence of today.

The 300 is up for the hosts and Sam Robson is continuing on his merry way. The 27-year-old is up to 133.

Ali out after blitz

Worcestershire 45-2 v Kent 260

Oh Moeen, why do you do this to us?!

After smacking nine fours in his first 15 balls, the England all-rounder holes out to deep mid-wicket off Matt Coles for 37.

It was stunning while it lasted, but he needed to go on for Worcestershire.

'Match is evenly poised'

Essex 233-5 v Warwickshire

Nick Gledhill

BBC Essex

Rikki Clarke wicket
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Rikki Clarke's double strike with the new ball has left this match evenly poised approaching the end of the first day.

Things were looking ominous for the visitors as Nick Browne and Ravi Bopara added 127 for the fourth wicket, both gaining in fluency as conditions eased with the older ball.

Clarke's dismissal of Ryan ten Doeschate was particularly important given the Essex captain's prolific form. But Bopara is still there and heading for a deserved hundred.

Ali on the attack

Worcestershire 33-1 v Kent 260

Hello Moeen!

The Worcestershire number three has come out all-guns blazing at New Road, racing to 25 off 11 balls with six fours.

We could be in for some carnage in the final hour if the England man stays at the crease.

Middlesex slowing down

Middlesex 283-3 v Yorkshire

After the Paul Stirling blitz, Middlesex are going about proceedings in a calmer fashion in the evening sunshine at Lord's.

Skipper James Franklin is in defensive mode alongside century maker Sam Robson (126 not out).

Still 16 overs to go in London. Phew.

Selman gone

Durham v Glamorgan 199-5

Nick Selman's concentration is finally broken as Chris Rushworth strikes for Durham.

The Glamorgan opener is out lbw for 103. Great knock in the cauldron of the north east though.

WICKET Ten Doeschate (lbw b Clarke) 4

Essex 227-5 v Warwickshire

Rikki Clarke
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Warwickshire are fighting back late in the day at Chelmsford!

Seamer Rikki Clarke picks up his second wicket in consecutive overs trapping Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate lbw.

The hosts are in danger of letting this good platform slip with 10 overs left on day one.

Century for Nick Selman

Durham v Glamorgan 199-4

Talk about a gritty knock from Glamorgan's Nick Selman.

The 21-year-old reaches his fifth first-class hundred from a marathon 249 balls. Concentration of the highest order.

Meanwhile at Worcestershire, Moeen Ali has just come in after Brett D'Oliveira edged Darren Stevens to slip for a duck.

The England all-rounder gets away with a couple of boundaries, the hosts are 10-1 in reply to Kent's 260 all out.

WICKET Browne (b Clarke) 84

Essex 223-4 v Warwickshire

Rikki Clarke wicket
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How often do you see a wicket after a drinks break?

Nick Browne is bowled by Rikki Clarke with the new ball just 16 short of his century.

That's a huge late boost for the visitors on such a stifling day.

Century for Samit Patel

Notts 262-4 v Leicestershire

Samit Patel is in the form of his life.

The Nottinghamshire all-rounder brings up his third century in just 10 days following a Championship 257 not out and a match-winning 122 not out against Essex in the One-Day Cup semi-final.

Today's numbers - 172 balls, 10 fours, 203 minutes.

Essex 221-3 v Warwickshire

Towel yourself down Nicholas, it's like a sauna at Chelmsford.

Browne has moved to 84, Ravi Bopara is on 70 and their partnership is worth 125.

14 overs to go there.

Nick Browne
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Kent bowled out for 260

Division Two update

A gutsy last-wicket stand of 30 between Mitch Claydon and Yasir Shah finally ends at the hand of Worcestershire paceman John Hastings as Shah is caught by Joe Leach.

Leicestershire have also made a breakthrough, Dieter Klein bowling Michael Lumb for 36, but Notts are still in a fine position at 253-4. Samit Patel is just seven away from his ton.

It's still slow going at Chester-le-Street where Glamorgan are 182-4 off 80.4 overs.

Chris Rushworth has just dismissed Aneurin Donald - Nick Selman is unbeaten on 92.

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WICKET Stirling (lbw b Rashid) 111

Middlesex 262-3 v Yorkshire

Paul Stirling finally goes after making a superb maiden Championship century.

Adil Rashid gets him lbw.

Middlesex are still in an excellent position at Lord's.

WICKET Berg (lbw b Parry) 27

Lancashire v Hampshire 232-7

Hampshire are seven down at Old Trafford.

It's probably not the man they wanted, but it's still a crucial breakthrough from spinner Stephen Parry.

Gareth Berg attempts a sweep, but is struck on the pad by the left-armer and up goes the finger.

Kyle Abbott joins skipper George Bailey in the middle.

Century for George Bailey

Lancashire v Hampshire 220-6

Brilliant from George Bailey.

With wickets falling around him, the Australia batsman has brought up his century to hold this Hampshire innings together.

It came off 145 balls with 15 fours.

Gareth Berg is providing good support for his skipper at the other end, and the visitors are creeping up towards a competitive total.

'Safety-first approach'

Durham v Glamorgan 171-3

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

Durham have kept the brakes firmly applied into the evening session despite Nick Selman approaching his third century of season.

The young Brisbane-born opener kept up his studious approach while Colin Ingram was caught behind for 33 off teenage seamer Matty Potts, playing just his second game.

But a slow pitch and a safety-first approach have made for a soporific day's play so far- only time will tell whether Glamorgan's tactics are the right ones.

'Legend'

Middlesex 249-2 v Yorkshire

Middlesex opener Nick Gubbins, who is away with England Lions, enjoyed Paul Stirling's first four-day century for his county it seems...

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'Bailey feeling at home'

Lancashire v Hampshire 202-6 - tea

Scott Read

BBC Radio Manchester Sport

On a hot day in Manchester, Australian George Bailey will be feeling right at home and he's held the innings together superbly for Hampshire.

Should he go onto reach three figures in would be his first in the County Championship for Hampshire.

Lancashire have bowled really well throughout the day and have made runs tough to come by for the visitors.

Maiden Championship 100 for Paul Stirling

Middlesex 244-2 v Yorkshire

Paul Stirling joins his partner Sam Robson in the century club moments later. It's come off just 120 balls.

The Irishman now has five first-class tons, but four of them have been for his country.

Yorkshire are toiling. Badly.