- County Championship round-up
Yardy & Joyce put Sussex in charge
Sussex were thankful for notable contributions from James Anyon, Michael Yardy and opening batsman Ed Joyce as they seized control of champions Lancashire during the opening day of County Championship Division One match.
New ball bowler Anyon, born in Lancaster, claimed his second five-wicket haul in a week to help skittle the hosts for just 124 before captain Yardy, who won an important toss, and Joyce fashioned a recovery after Sussex had slipped into trouble early in their response at Liverpool.
Thirteen wickets fell in the day on a pitch offering plenty of help for the bowlers, with Sussex slipping to 15 for three just after tea. But Yardy, in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 122 with the watchful Joyce, steadied the ship with 70 not out as the men from Hove closed on 137 for three from 41 overs.
It was a day for the seamers at Chester-le-Street as Durham dismissed Nottinghamshire for 161 then slipped to 55 for three at the close.
Phil Mustard put the visitors into bat after rain delayed the start until 12.15pm and it was only when conditions became a little brighter in the afternoon that the ball did not dominate. Coming together at 38 for four, James Taylor and Chris Read put on 66 before falling in successive overs. There was another stand of 42 between Paul Franks and Ben Phillips before Graham Onions took three of the last four wickets to finish with four at a cost of 42 runs.
Dawid Malan's unbeaten 172-ball innings of 62 helped counter a strong mid-session performance by the Surrey seamers and ensured honours finished even as Middlesex posted 225 for nine on a rain-affected opening day at Lord's. Having initially struggled to make the most of cloud cover and a pitch that offered some assistance, the newly-promoted visitors hit back to claim five wickets for 56 runs in the afternoon session with Jon Lewis and Jade Dernbach to the fore.
Opening batsman Chris Dent rescued Gloucestershire from trouble with a brave and defiant half-century on a rain-affected first day of the Division Two match with Hampshire. Dent batted through the 60 overs of action to finish with 59 not out as Gloucestershire built a solid recovery from the perils of 63 for three, ending 195 for four.
Warwickshire's injury-hit attack dismissed Somerset for 147 at Edgbaston after overcoming the absence of the leading wicket-takers who took them to the brink of winning last season's County Championship. With Chris Woakes and Boyd Rankin ruled out for the first month of the new campaign, Chris Wright and Keith Barker rolled over Somerset's powerful top order in a rain-shortened morning session.
Matt Coles, Charlie Shreck and Darren Stevens took three wickets apiece as Kent dominated the first day of their match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. Northamptonshire were bowled out before tea for a paltry 132, with Alex Wakely top-scoring with 33 and Coles taking the best figures of three for 32.
A partnership of 83 between West Indies international Brendan Nash and Ben Harmison, 40 not out and 46 respectively, then helped Kent to 127 for three at the close.
Graham Wagg took six for 44 against his old county Derbyshire on the opening day of Glamorgan's match at the Swalec Stadium.
The left-arm seamer claimed the first four wickets to fall as Derbyshire slumped to 130 all out in their first innings, despite winning the toss and opting to bat. It was Wagg's best bowling figures for Glamorgan. But in reply Glamorgan had slumped to 37 for four by the close which came at 7.03pm because of three rain breaks.