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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
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By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Signing off

    Riki Wessels

    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. 

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Wessels completes double century

    Nottinghamshire 429-9 v Sussex (75.4 overs)

    Riki Wessels

    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. 

  13. 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. 

  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    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.  

  16. 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. 

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.  

  20. One-Day Cup podcast

    Jonathan Trott

    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.