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By Gary Smee

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  1. 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
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 50 FOR RAVI BOPARA

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. '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."

  9. WICKET Harris (lbw b Stokes 8)

    Middlesex 358-7 v Durham - Stumps

    Ben Stokes

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Bad light stops play

    Essex 319-3 v Northants

  12. Best for Bragg

    Glamorgan 297-5 v Derbyshire

    Bragg is currently unbeaten on 127. 

  13. 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."

  14. 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.

  15. '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."

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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." 

  19. 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.

  20. 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.