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Summary

  1. Surrey 342-7 v Essex as they start title defence
  2. Yorkshire's Gary Ballance 120 not out v Hampshire, Joe Root makes 94
  3. Yorkshire in command on 310-3
  4. James Anderson takes 3-41 for Lancashire v Middlesex
  5. Australia opener Cameron Bancroft makes 33 in first innings as Durham captain

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By Adam Williams and Ben Pheazey

All times stated are UK

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  1. And that's a wrap

    Ballance

    So that's where we'll draw stumps ourselves at the end of the first day.

    A few impressive innings from across those nine fixtures.

    Hats off to Gary Ballance though, who will resume on 120 not out tomorrow for Yorkshire against Hampshire.

    You can read how he performed as well as all the other day's reports on the counties page of the BBC Sport website.

    We'll be back for day two from 10:45 BST on Friday. Thanks for being with us.

  2. Close of play scores

    Stumps

    Division One:

    Ageas Bowl: Hampshire v Yorkshire 310-3

    Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 263 v Somerset 74-3

    The Oval: Surrey 342-7 v Essex

    Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Kent 367-5

    Division Two:

    Chester-le-Street: Durham 210-8 v Sussex

    Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 433-4 v Northamptonshire

    Bristol: Gloucestershire v Derbyshire 256-7

    Grace Road: Leicestershire v Worcestershire 348-4

    Lord's: Middlesex 236-9 v Lancashire

  3. Post update

    We're just about done for the day - stand by for a full look at the scores at stumps...

  4. Close of play at Edgbaston

    Warwks v Kent 367-5

    And in the second city, Kent reach stumps on 367-5 in their first innings.

    Zak Crawley's earlier century backed up by Heino Kuhn's 72 and Ollie Robinson's unbeaten 59.

  5. Close of play at Trent Bridge

    Notts 263 v Somerset 74-3

    Tres and Broad

    All done for the day in Nottingham where it's been left interestingly poised.

    Notts dismissed for a battling 263 and then Somerset close on 74-3 in reply. That's a bit of a recovery from 36-3 early on.

  6. Close of play at The Oval

    Surrey 342-7 v Essex

    The Oval

    And that ends the first day's proceedings at The Oval where more than 2,500 came through the famous gates I'm told.

    Ryan Patel finishes unbeaten on 70. Essex will feel a bit happier having picked up some late wickets.

  7. Close of play at Ageas Bowl

    Yorkshire 310-3 v Hampshire

    All done for the day as Yorkshire close on 310-3.

    Gary Ballance finishes unbeaten on 120 after Joe Root made 94 earlier.

  8. WICKET Trevaskis b Jordan 54

    Durham 201-7 v Sussex

    Liam Trevaskis falls for 54 towards the close and then Chris Jordan picks up two wickets in two balls as he dismisses James Weighell first ball.

    Durham now 201-8.

  9. WICKET T Curran lbw b Harmer 8

    Surrey 341-7 v Essex

    Essex bag another late wicket in the penultimate over of the day as Simon Harmer has Tom Curran leg before.

  10. Durham edge to first bonus point

    Durham 201-6 v Sussex

    It's definitely been a day for digging in at Chester-le-Street but Durham have battled their way past 200 thanks to Liam Trevaskis' half-century...

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  11. Notts fight back at Trent Bridge

    Notts 263 v Somerset 67-3

    Luke Wood has had a good day with a battling 52 but goes a bit awry with the ball as Tom Abell pounces on width outside off stump for successive boundaries.

    Much tighter line now. Abell defends.

    Three overs left before stumps.

  12. WICKET Finn c Jennings b Bailey

    Middx 236-9 v Lancs

    It's all over - for tonight.

    Superb line and length from Tom Bailey, who gets one to move away from Steven Finn and brush the outside edge en route to Keaton Jennings at slip.

    That's 4-51 from Tom Bailey and the close of play.

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  13. Middlesex in trouble at Lord's

    Middx 236-8 v Lancs

    One last effort tonight for Graham Onions, but he drifts down leg with the second ball of his over and that's an easy four runs for Toby Roland-Jones.

    Ooh! He plays down the wrong line of the fifth ball and the ball squirts away through the vacant third slip area for four.

    He blocks the last. And... breathe.

  14. WICKET Clarke lbw b Siddle 0

    Surrey 332-5 v Essex

    Essex strike again late in the day and yes, it's that man Peter Siddle again.

    Rikki Clarke falls without scoring as Siddle has him plumb in front all three to give Essex a second bowling bonus point.

  15. WICKET Eckersley c Brown b Jordan 40

    Durham 190-6 v Sussex

    Late in the day breakthrough for Sussex as they manage to end Ned Eckersley's long vigil in the middle.

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  16. 50 for Ollie Robinson

    Warwks v Kent 341-5

    That's a maiden first class 50 no less for the Kent Academy graduate.

    81 balls and eight fours.

  17. Elsewhere in Division Two

    Aside from Lord's and Chester-le-Street, here's the latest:

    Worcestershire have reached 337-4 against Leicestershire at Grace Road, where Daryl Mitchell made 114 and Hamish Rutherford is on 116 not out.

    Harvey Hosein and Matthew Critchley are digging in for Derbyshire, where the visitors are 246-5 against Gloucestershire.

    There are two centurions at Cardiff, where Marnus Labuschagne (121) and Billy Root (105 not out) have dominated for Glamorgan against Northants.

    The hosts are 373-4.

  18. WICKET Jacks b Siddle 88

    Surrey 332-5 v Essex

    And just like that - Will Jacks is gone!

    Peter Siddle gets the breakthrough again for Essex as Jacks just drags one back on to his stumps to fall 12 shy of what would've been a very well-deserved century.

  19. Patel and Jacks rattle on

    Surrey 332-4 v Essex

    Ryan Patel (68 not out) and Will Jacks (88 not out) take their fifth-wicket partnership past 150 now as we move into the final stages of this first day.

    Jacks has played a very enjoyable knock to really hammer home the defending champions' opening day advantage.

  20. WICKET Root b Dawson 94

    Yorkshire 291-3 v Hampshire

    Root out

    No century for Joe Root sadly to go with his brother Billy's ton for Glamorgan earlier.

    The England Test captain is bowled by Liam Dawson as he tries to work him away into the legside.

    That finally breaks a mammoth partnership for Yorkshire's third wicket with Root and Gary Ballance (111 not out) worth 182 runs.

    Root out