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  1. Host of England Test players and contenders in action
  2. Surrey batsman Ollie Pope scores unbeaten 131 v Yorkshire
  3. Alastair Cook dismissed for 37 as Essex struggle v Worcestershire
  4. Potential England opener Nick Gubbins makes 99 for Middlesex v Gloucestershire; half-centuries for Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan

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That's a wrap

Ollie Pope
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Well, after a few interruptions due to leaden skies and some showers, that is our lot for the opening day in this round.

No doubt who the day belongs to - Surrey's Ollie Pope who will resume in the morning at The Oval on 131 against Yorkshire.

A second century of this County Championship season already for the stylish 20-year-old. Is this the start of more big things to come from this man?

Why not join us for the second day's play from 10:45 BST on Saturday to find out?

Until then, thanks for being with us.

Close of play scores

So, that is indeed it for the day as they have called stumps at Trent Bridge.

Stay right there, we'll have the close of play scorecards for you shortly...

Pears stand firm amid on-off finish

Essex 177 v Worcestershire 47-0 (16.1 overs)

Isabelle Westbury

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Porter on deck
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There was a Chuckle Brothers feel about the on-off nature of the final session of the day, as the umpires played a game of to-me, to-you in trying to decide whether to come off the field for bad light.

It meant a tricky few passages of play for the Worcestershire openers to navigate, but that they did.

Brett D’Oliveira found his feet for the first time this season to finish unbeaten on 34, while his opening partner Daryl Mitchell was also in at the end on seven.

Worcestershire on top at the close of play on day one, with all 10 wickets intact and just 130 runs behind Essex.

Bad light stops play at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 133 v Lancashire 157-4 (41 overs)

It's gloomy at Trent Bridge and the umpires have taken the players off. Considering the time, it's likely they'll jettison the remaining five overs, so that could well be that.

50 for Keaton Jennings

Nottinghamshire 133 v Lancashire 153-4 (39.5 overs)

Keaton Jennings puts away a short one from Samit Patel to move onto 52 not out from 126 deliveries.

It's been a solid knock from the opener, who has found form now.

Bad light stops play (again!)

Essex 177 v Worcestershire 47-0 (17 overs)

Off they come again at Worcester in the evening gloom.

As we're past 18:00 BST now, that will be that for the day.

It's been the hosts who've taken the honours. In reply to the defending champions' poor 177, they will resume tomorrow on 47-0, 130 runs behind with all 10 wickets in hand.

Division Two round-up

Northamptonshire have fought their way back into the match at Edgbaston, where Warwickshire reached 100-4 before bad light suspended play, still 156 behind Northants' 256.

Sam Hain opted to leave a well-pitched off cutter from Steven Crook to give the visitors a fourth wicket and a far less chastening day than they might have expected after they lurched to 52-6 earlier today.

Middlesex have reached their fourth batting point at Lord's, where they are 353-6 against Gloucestershire. Eoin Morgan was the last wicket to fall, lbw to Ryan Higgins for 76.

Glamorgan will be very pleased with their day's work so far as they are approaching stumps on 66-0 after bowling Leicestershire out for 191.

Sussex have recovered slightly to 57-4 after being reduced to 21-4 by Kent at Canterbury. They trail by 158.

Bad light ended play early at Derby, where Derbyshire have made 301-4 off 80 overs against Durham.

Close of play at The Oval

Surrey 366-7 (92.3 overs) v Yorkshire

Pope ton
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And that is indeed the close at The Oval.

Ollie Pope's day without question with an unbeaten 131 for the hosts. Fine knock form the young right-hander.

Back on at Worcester

Essex 177 v Worcestershire 47-0 (16.1 overs)

Amazingly, they're back out there at New Road after that earlier bad light stoppage.

They may even have another 12 overs to bowl tonight if they can get through them!

As they do get back out there, Peter Siddle has a chance missed in the gully as Dan Lawrence can't cling on to an edge from Bret D'Oliveira.

Made to feel your age!

Middlesex 350-5 (93 overs) v Gloucestershire

Kevin Hand

BBC Radio London

Bit of an embarrassing moment for our Middlesex commentator Kevin Hand late in the day as a guest summariser reminds him how long he's been in the job.....

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Bad light stops play at The Oval

Surrey 366-7 (92.3 overs) v Yorkshire

Looks like we're going to lose the last three and a bit overs for the day at The Oval.

Umpires take the players off as it gets a bit gloomier.

Ollie Pope is unbeaten on 131 after a fine knock from the 20-year-old, which has included 22 fours in 194 balls.

Conor McKerr (27 not out) has provided handy support down the order to take them to four batting bonus points. At one stage, Surrey were 69-4 in the morning session.

WICKET Chanderpaul (lbw b Mullaney) 23

Nottinghamshire 133 v Lancashire 143-4 (37 overs)

Steven Mullaney was given some serious tap by Shiv Chanderpaul last over, but he gets the last laugh.

The West Indian steps across his stumps and misses a straight one to be trapped lbw.

Do Lancashire send in a nightwatchman?

Derbyshire in control against Durham

Derbyshire 301-4 (80 overs) v Durham

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Day one at Derby ended at 17:30 BST when bad light stopped play with the hosts 301-4. The umpires decided it was too dangerous to continue with Durham handing the new ball to England fast bowler Mark Wood.

Wayne Madsen will resume day two on 80 and Matt Critchley 35.

It's the second time Durham have put a side in in two games, only for their opponents to put on an opening stand of more than 100. And both times they didn’t take a wicket in the morning session.

Ben Slater with 55 and Luis Reece, with 48, put on 110 for the opening wicket this time, while later in the day Madsen and Billy Godleman added 114 for the fourth wicket with Godleman eventually departing for 61.

Chanderpaul takes Lancashire into the lead

Nottinghamshire 133 v Lancashire 135-3 (35 overs)

Shiv Chanderpaul wallops three successive boundaries off Steven Mullaney to take Lancashire into the lead, for the loss of just three wickets.

Uncharacteristic aggression from the veteran West Indian, who seems to have his eye in now.

Surrey keep cashing-in on runs

Surrey 355-7 (91 overs) v Yorkshire

Into the last five overs of the day at The Oval and Ollie Pope (130 not out) continues to enjoy himself.

Getting some very useful support as well for this eighth wicket from Conor McKerr (17 not out) as Surrey pick up a fourth batting bonus point.

Close of play at Derby

Derbyshire 301-4 (80 overs) v Durham

Bad light has curtailed the action early at Derby on the opening day.

The hosts finishing very much on top there with just four wickets lost. Wayne Madsen unbeaten on 80.

Not a great return for Mark Wood with the ball from his IPL comeback with 0-58 off 14 overs.

Somerset take day one honours amid showers

Hampshire 198-8 (58.1 overs) v Somerset - no play after tea due to rain

A weather-interrupted first day down at Taunton where Somerset will feel the happier after restricting Hampshire's first innings.

Tom Abell once again looking useful with the ball.

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Tom Abell

Abell's wickets give Somerset advantage

Somerset captain Tom Abell takes 3-18 to help reduce Hampshire to 198-8 on a rain-affected first day at Taunton.

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Pope kicking on after ton

Surrey 330-7 (87 overs) v Yorkshire

Ollie Pope (118 not out) seems to be enjoying himself now late in the day at The Oval after reaching his century a little earlier.

He's finding the boundary fairly frequently as Yorkshire's bowlers get a touch lose and Conor McKerr (6 not out) is hanging in there with him.

Division Two round-up

Sussex have had a horrid start to their innings against Kent at Canterbury, with both openers departing inside three overs. Matt Henry has a couple of wickets and Harry Podmore the other as the visitors have been reduced to 16-3 in reply to Kent's 215.

Jonathan Trott has departed early after playing around a straight ball from Brett Hutton and being adjudged lbw at Edgbaston, where Northamptonshire have reduced Warwickshire to 60-3 in reply to the visitors' 256, trailing by 200.

There are no alarm bells for Derbyshire in their evening session of play against Durham, where Wayne Madsen is unbeaten on 80 and the home side reached 301-4 off 80 overs before play was halted by bad light.

Dawid Malan is out for 76 to Matt Taylor, who pinned him back in his crease lbw, but Eoin Morgan (in his first Championship game since 2015) is unbeaten on 62 as Middlesex have reached 327-5 against Gloucestershire.

Meanwhile, at Grace Road, Glamorgan are 20-0 Leicestershire, trailing by 171 runs following the hosts' 191 all out.