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By Paul Grunill

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  1. Signing off

    That is the end of our coverage for today.

    Although the bowlers have had their moments, most notably at Bristol where Glamorgan bowled Gloucestershire out for 262, batsmen have made the most of rain-free conditions, with Chris Woakes, Keith Barker, Scott Borthwick, Nick Browne and Joe Denly all posting centuries.

    Brett D'Oliveira had the chance to follow scores of 128 and 202 not out with another hundred for Worcestershire, but fell agonisingly short on 99, while England spinner Monty Panesar picked up two wickets in his first Championship appearance of the summer for Northants.

    Thanks for your company. We'll be back again on Monday from 10:45 BST or thereabouts. 

  2. Day one scores round-up

    Here's a reminder of how the matches stand after the opening day's play:

    Division One:

    Durham 341-6 v Lancashire

    Warwickshire 372-9 v Nottinghamshire

    Somerset 342-4 v Yorkshire

    Middlesex 298-7 v Surrey

    Division Two:

    Essex 284-3 v Derbyshire

    Gloucestershire 262 v Glamorgan 82-1

    Kent 300-7 v Northamptonshire

    Worcestershire 382-4 v Sussex

  3. Close of play

    Essex 284-3 v Derbyshire

    Dan Lawrence and Nick Browne

    A day dominated by Essex opener Nick Browne, who batted right through the three sessions to finish with an unbeaten 154. Derbyshire's attack kept a rein on the scoring rate, but Browne still managed to hit 23 boundaries to further enhance his growing reputation.

    Tom Westley, the Essex batsman thought to be closest to England selection, made a three-ball duck, but Ravi Bopara (49) and Dan Lawrence (51*) provided Browne with solid support, the latter sharing in an unbroken stand of 103 for the fourth wicket.

  4. Close of play

    Gloucestershire 262 v Glamorgan 82-1

    Very much Glamorgan's day at Bristol, but it could have been even better for the Welsh county, who had Gloucestershire 110-6 at one stage. Teenager George Hankins led the home side's revival with 56, including 10 fours, before Craig Miles (49*) and David Payne (39) added 90 for the ninth wicket.

    Glamorgan soon lost Mark Wallace as they began their reply, but Will Bragg (45*) and Jacques Rudolph (33*) prevented further damage before stumps, and they will start day two 180 in arrears. 

    Glamorgan paceman Timm van der Gugten told BBC Wales Sport:

    "It went pretty well, better than the other games we've played. We bowled really well as a unit, made them play a lot and just asked questions, so it was a good day.

    "We were umm-ing and ah-ing about whether to bowl or bat first, we thought if it (the pitch)  was going to do anything it was going to be in the morning and we got a few wickets early.

    "If we can start well and have wickets in hand, hopefully we can bat all day (on day two)."

  5. Close of play

    Warwickshire 372-9 v Nottinghamshire

    Keith Barker

    Keith Barker was caught behind off Harry Gurney for 113 just two overs before the close at Trent Bridge, but his efforts alongside stand-in Warwickshire skipper Chris Woakes have turned the match around after they were reduced to 17-4 in the morning session.

    Jonathan Trott (68) was the only top-six batsman to reach double figures, but Woakes (121) and Barker added 167 for the eight wicket as conditions became less bowler friendly. Luke Fletcher and Jackson Bird took three wickets each for Notts, who will hope to at least deny Warwickshire an extra batting point on the second day.

  6. Close of play

    Durham 341-6 v Lancashire

    BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

    "Scott Borthwick's century was his first for Durham for nearly a year, although he hit two for Wellington in New Zealand over the winter. 

    "He and Paul Collingwood put on 123 for the fifth wicket against Lancashire, but Borthwick was disappointed to get himself out on 134 when trying to drive spinner Simon Kerrigan for six. 

    "Collingwood will resume on day two on 85, while Tom Bailey was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors, claiming 4-79 in his first appearance of the season."

  7. Close of play

    Kent 300-7 v Northamptonshire

    Much of the attention at Wantage Road was focused on Monty Panesar, who marked his first Championship appearance since August last year by taking 2-94 from 31 overs. However, the England spinner could not dislodge Joe Denly, with the Kent number three reaching the close on 126 not out.

    The visitors were going well on 117-1 and 202-2, but four wickets in the final session have brought Northants right back into the match.

    Kent batsman Joe Denly told BBC Radio Kent:

    "It was a tough one, the pitch was pretty low consistently all day and tough to score with the fields they set. 

    "I felt in pretty good touch for most of the games, so it was nice to spend some time out in the middle and to get that first hundred [of the season].

    "It's disappointing for a few of the lads to get starts and not go on with it."

  8. Close of play

    Worcestershire 382-4 v Sussex

    A productive opening day for Worcestershire at New Road, rounded off by Ross Whiteley (54*) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (43*) adding 101 in 24.3 overs before the close.

    Opener Brett D'Oliveira fell one run short of a third successive Championship century and Joe Clarke underlined his immense promise with a fine innings of 82, but the home side have four batting points and a fifth looks a formality. 

  9. Close of play

    Middlesex 298-7 v Surrey

    Even stevens on the opening at The Oval, perhaps, with Middlesex failing to full capitalise on a 126-run opening stand between Nick Gubbins (91) and Sam Robson (53). 

    Dawid Malan weighed in with 58 and skipper Adam Voges made 47, but none of them was able to go on and play a major innings and the loss of four wickets for 41 after they were 257-3, two of them to Tom Curran (3-80), should certainly have put a spring in the step of the Surrey fielders.

  10. Close of play

    Somerset 342-4 v Yorkshire

    It's been a long, hard day in the field at Taunton for defending champions Yorkshire and keeping the scoring rate down to about 3.5 an over is not a bad effort. Marcus Trescothick (97) and Chris Rogers (91) will feel they should have scored centuries for Somerset, who take no chances in the closing overs.

    James Hildreth will start day two on 68 not out, with partner Peter Trego on seven. The home side have 14 overs left to score 58 for maximum batting points.

  11. WICKET Haggett (c Rossington b Panesar 2)

    Kent 291-7 v Northamptonshire

    Kent's decline continues at Wantage Road as Monty Panesar picks up his second wicket of the day in his 30th over. It's been exactly the kind of workout the England spinner would have been opening for in his opening first-team game of the season, and his figures of 2-93 are certainly respectable.


    Warwickshire 357-8 v Nottinghamshire

    Warwickshire number nine Keith Barker reaches his hundred in the grand style with a six off Brett Hutton. The left-hander has also struck 14 fours in a magnificent effort for his side. Jeetan Patel is now at the other end and they have added 30 in 2.4 overs so far.

  13. 'Tame dismissals' cost Kent

    BBC Radio Northampton’s Alex Winter:

    “Kent should be a little disappointed here - 202-2 earlier on has become 275-6 and Joe Denly’s first century of the season now looks a vital innings.

    “Fairly tame dismissals of Sean Dickson, Darren Stevens and Adam Rouse have cost them complete control. How Northamptonshire would love another before the close.”

  14. Injury blow for Sri Lanka

    The first Test between England and Sri Lanka starts on Thursday and there is bad new for the tourists following their game against Leicestershire...

    BBC Sport's Kalika Mehta:

    "Sri Lanka head coach Graham Ford has confirmed that bowler Dhammika Prasad has been ruled out of the first Test against England at Headingley.

    "It's a huge blow for the visitors with the 32-year-old having taken 5-50 in the second innings for the final Test in Leeds in 2014 to bowl Sri Lanka to a series victory.

    "The final day's play at Grace Road brought them badly-needed runs as Dimuth Karunaratne hit an unbeaten ton and Lahiru Thirimanne finished 40 not out as the game ended in a draw.

    "Leicestershire's much changed young side can be pleased with the three day's work they put, as they impressed with the bat and the ball."

  15. WICKET Woakes (c Read b Bird 121)

    Warwickshire 339-8 v Nottinghamshire

    Jackson Bird claims his third success as Chris Woakes edges to the keeper. His 187-ball innings included 19 fours and has ensured Warwickshire will be competitive in a game they began badly this morning. Keith Barker responds to the ending of their 167-run partnership with back-to-back fours off BIrd to move within six runs of a hundred.

  16. WICKET Stirling (b Curran 7)

    Middlesex 288-6 v Surrey

    Pace bowler Tom Curran was awarded his county cap by Surrey earlier today and there's his second wicket as he sends back Paul Stirling. The home side are now into Middlesex's lower order.

  17. WICKET Allenby (c Ballance b Rhodes 51)

    Somerset 332-4 v Yorkshire

    A badly-needed breakthrough for Yorkshire as Will Rhodes has Jim Allenby caught at mid-off, ending an 85-run partnership with James Hildreth, who is still there on 65.

  18. Woakes and Barker set new record

    Warwickshire 314-7 v Nottinghamshire

    Chris Woakes and Keith Barker have established a new eighth-wicket partnership record for Warwickshire against Notts, beating the 119 by Reg Santall and Norman Kilner at Edgbaston in 1930.

    Woakes hits a boundary off Jackson Bird to take theirs to 153 with Warwickshire now on course for a fourth, and perhaps even a fifth, batting point. 

  19. Kleinveldt lifts Northants

    Kent 275-6 v Northamptonshire

    A double success with the new ball for Northamptonshire as South African paceman Rory Kleinveldt removes Darren Stevens and Adam Rouse. Joe Denly is still there with 116 not out to his name, but Kent are finding it tougher after being 202-2 at one stage.

  20. WICKET Simpson (lbw Batty 12)

    Middlesex 270-5 v Surrey

    Surrey's captain strikes at The Oval and Middlesex have now lost three wickets for 32 runs - but how will the loss of Ravi Rampaul with an injury impact on the home side's hopes to cleaning up the lower order?