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Live Reporting

By Ged Scott and Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

  1. Signing off

    That's it for the day then, folks.

    County Championship cricket always seems to take bit of a back seat when there's an England game on, especially an exciting ODI in a home World Cup. But, even so, there wasn't a great deal of excitement around in the day's seven games.

    Leading the way as chief blockers were Warwickshire. They made just 181-3 from 93 overs in the battle of the bottom two against Nottinghamshire. On a slow pitch, against some tight Notts bowling, Dom Sibley batted all day for his unbeaten 81.

    Next in line were Yorkshire who posted 289-6 as Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore both narrowly missed out on centuries against Essex.

    That left centre stage for Somerset and George Bartlett, who made 137 as the One-Day Cup winners and maybe county champions elect posted 344 against last year's winners Surrey.

    There were more tons in Division Two, where Liam Livingstone posted his seventh first class century for Lancashire to put the leaders in a commanding position on 347-7 against Leicestershire at Aigburth.

    Stiaan van Zyl’s marathon hundred set Sussex on course for a 24-point win over Middlesex at Lord’s.

    The South African left-hander batted for just over seven and a half hours for his 173, while wicketkeeper Ben Brown weighed in with 107, in Sussex declared on 481-9, after bowling out the hosts for 138 on day one.

    It was hard going for Division Two's bottom club Durham against Derbyshire. Just 254-9 in the day, with half-centuries for Alex Lees and Jack Burnham.

    But, on the day when England lost, despite a Joe Root century the day's top scorer was for the only Welsh county, younger brother Billy Root's career-best 229 out of 448-8 for Glamorgan against Northants.

    Billy Root
  2. Close of play scores

    After opening day's play

    Division One

    Somerset 344 v Surrey 0-0

    Warwickshire 181-3 v Nottinghamshire

    Yorkshire 289-6 v Essex

    Division Two

    Durham 254-8 v Derbyshire

    Lancashire 347-7 v Leicestershire

    Middlesex 138 & 9-0 v Sussex 481-9 dec (after day two)

    Middlesex trail by 334 with 10 wickets remaining

    Northamptonshire 209 v Glamorgan 452-9 (after day two)

    Glamorgan lead by 243 with one wicket remaining

  3. Root gives Glamorgan big lead

    Northamptonshire 209 v Glamorgan 452-9

    No declaration by Glamorgan as bad light ends play with seven overs remaining at Wantage Road.

    The visitors lead by 243, thanks principally to Billy Root's 229 - the highest score by a Glamorgan player against Northants in the County Championship.

    They are in a magnificent position after being 20-3 and 120-5 earlier in their innings, with Dan Douthwaite (44), Tom Cullen (63) and Marchant de Lange (36) all making important contributions in support of Root.

    Ben Sanderson was the pick of the home attack, taking 4-104, three of them at the start of the innings when Marnus Labuschagne and David Lloyd were both bowled offering no shot.

  4. WICKET de Lange c Wood b Procter 36

    Northamptonshire 209 v Glamorgan 452-9

    Tow in three balls for Luke Procter as Marchant de Lange backs away and slogs to deep mid-wicket, where Luke Wood takes the catch safely. Last man Michael Hogan comes out to join Timm van der Gugten.

  5. WICKET Root c Bavuma b Procter 229

    Northamptonshire 209 v Glamorgan 448-8

    Billy Root's immense innings comes to an end as he swings a full toss from Luke Procter to Temba Bavuma stationed out in the deep.

    That shot suggests Glamorgan are looking to declare and have a couple of over at Northants before stumps. The lead is 239.

    Highest scores for Glamorgan against Northants

    • 229 Billy Root, Northampton 2019
    • 228* Roy Fredericks, Swansea 1972
    • 227 Steve James, Northampton 1998
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  6. Root bats on for Glamorgan

    Northamptonshire 209 v Glamorgan 447-7

    So only one game still in play, with Billy Root now 227 not out for Glamorgan against Northants.

    To put his innings into some sort of context, it's his fourth first-class century and has improved a previous career-best of 133, made for the Leeds/Bradford university side against Sussex in 2016.

    There are nine overs to go, and Glamorgan lead by 237.

  7. Durham dig in at Riverside

    Durham 254-8 v Derbyshire

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    For the first time this season, Durham managed to gain two batting points in a home fixture. There were loud cheers when the 250 mark was reached.

    They also showed some fighting spirit with the bat, which has been generally missing so far in the 2019 Championship.

    Alex Lees made 63, his highest score so far, while Jack Burnham top-scored with 67 before falling to the second delivery with the new ball from ravi Rampaul and Ben Raine departed the same way first ball.

    That was the only real wobble of the day though - and 254-8 doesn't look too bad at this stage.

  8. Surrey survive final overs

    Somerset 344 v Surrey 0-0

    Job done by Surrey openers Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman who play out 12 dot balls after they bowled out Somerset for 344 shortly before the close.

    The home side began and ended the day well, reducing Somerset to 35-3 and then taking their last five wickets for just 46 runs with the second new ball.

    But in between, George Bartlett shone for Somerset with a marvellous career-best innings of 137, during which he shared stands of 95 with both Tom Banton (44) and Steven Davies (40).

    Surrey will need to bat well against a strong Somerset bowling attack to establish some sort of first-innings advantage.

  9. Lancashire's day in Liverpool

    Lancashire 347-7 v Leicestershire - close

    Michael Perkins

    BBC Sport

    Lancashire finish the day just three short of a fourth batting point against Leicestershire.

    But that score looked a very unlikely prospect when the fifth wicket fell from the first ball of the 37th over with the score on 128.

    Liam Livingstone and Steven Croft then took over from there, in a stand of 136.

    Livingstone took full advantage of being dropped on 71 to reach a superb century full of plenty of boundaries muscled to the fence.

    Croft also made a half century and batting since has looked relatively straightforward for Josh Bohannon, on 41, alongside Tom Bailey, on 29 - in a so far unbroken stand of 64.

  10. Close of play - Sussex enjoy splendid day at Lord's

    Middlesex 138 & 9-0, Sussex 481-9 dec

    No doubting who's on top at Lord's after Sussex centurions Stiaan van Zyl and Ben Brown put Middlesex to the sword.

    After bowling out Middlesex for 138, Sussex were only 31 ahead when they resumed this morning on 169-4.

    But, having put on 13 overnight, van Zyl and Brown both hit tons as they added a further 164 together.

    Van Zyl made 173 and Brown 107 before an unbeaten 51 from Will Beer as Sussex declared on 481-9 - a lead of 343.

    Middlesex, who got through the day's final four overs on 9-0, will have to bat out of their box to save this one.

  11. Nervy finish for Surrey

    Somerset 344 v Surrey 0-0

    Surrey have two overs to face before stumps at Guildford, and the first of them is a maiden by Craig Overton to Rory Burns.

  12. Essex fight back at Headingley

    Yorkshire 289-6 v Essex - close

    Dom Bess and Jonny Tattersall survive the final 14 overs of a keenly contested opening day at Headingley, with neither side having established clear supremacy in the game.

    Yorkshire made a good start, despite the needless run out of Gary Ballance, but neither Adam Lyth (95) or Tom Kohler-Cadmore (83) was able to go on to a big score as Essex fought back.

    From 224-2, the visitors claimed four wickets for 28 runs, but Bess (30) and Tattersall (20) kept them at bay, even when they took a belated new ball.

  13. Playing for time in Liverpool

    Lancashire 338-7 v Leicestershire

    Three overs left in the day at Aigburth.

    And a 50 partnership for Josh Bohannon and Tom Bailey.

    Bailey now on 28, Bohannon on 34.

    12 more runs for a fourth batting point tonight. Don't rule it out.

  14. for Billy Root

    Northamptonshire 209 v Glamorgan 392-7

    What a day for the Root family.

    Joe makes a hundred for England in the World Cup against Pakistan and brother Billy doubles up for Glamorgan at Wantage Road, reaching 200 not out off 232 balls with a boundary off Luke Wood.

    It has been a brilliant innings after being dropped on nought and the Welsh county lead by by 183 with 13 and a bit overs remaining.

  15. Close of play

    Warwickshire 181-3 v Notts

    Just three overs to go at Edgbaston. And they're coming off, because of rain.

    So, having gone past the official 18:00 BST close of play time, that's it for the day.

    Two landmarks in sight . . . the Warwickshire 200 and Dom Sibley's century.

    He ends the day on 81, off 264 balls. Six hours and five minutes' worth of commendable discipline and patience.

    That's something to look forward to in the morning, perhaps. But this has not been the most fun day in cricket history.

  16. WICKET Brooks c Foakes b Morkel 14

    Somerset 344 v Surrey

    It's rarely dull when Jack Brooks is out in the middle and the Somerset number 11 slices Morne Morkel up and over gully for four twice in the same over.

    But his side are six runs short of a fourth batting point when he edges Morkel's final delivery behind, giving Ben Foakes his fourth catch of the innings. Former South Africa paceman Morkel finishes with 4-64.

    Surrey will now face a nervy mini-session before stumps.

  17. Sussex declare at Lord's

    Middlesex 138 v Sussex 481-9 dec

    Sussex declare after Will Beer reaches a maiden first-class fifty. They lead by 343 and Middlesex will have their work cut out to extricate themselves from this situation.

  18. Lancashire accumulate at Aigburth

    Lancashire 328-7 v Leicestershire

    Josh Bohannon and Tom Bailey are still moving the Lancashire score along in pursuit of a fourth batting point in Liverpool.

    Bohannon is on 34, Bailey on 21.

    A long time since the Division Two leaders left the potentially perilous position of 128-5 behind.

    Eight overs left tonight.

  19. WICKET J Overton b Clarke 20

    Somerset 324-9 v Surrey

    Rikki Clarke

    Another one gone at Guildford as Jamie Overton attempts an optimistic swish at a full-length ball from Rikki Clarke which goes on to hit off stump.

    Somerset have now lost four wickets in five overs - but they may well be content with this score after being 35-3 during the morning.

  20. Cook back in action

    Yorkshire 280-6 v Essex

    Having persisted with a Simon Harmer-Ravi Bopara combination for nine overs after the new ball became available, Essex have now turned to Sam Cook.

    He finds the edge of Dom Bess' bat but the ball beats a diving second slip and runs away for four - taking the all-rounder to 23 not out.