- County Championship round-up
Derbyshire tested by champions Warwickshire
Derbyshire battled through a searching examination by champions Warwickshire before they were dismissed for 226 on their return to Division One in the LV= County Championship at Edgbaston.
Even without three frontline seamers Warwickshire looked to have too much firepower until they were held up by a spirited half-century from Tony Palladino.
Deep in trouble at 154 for 8, the newly-promoted visitors scrambled a batting bonus point as Palladino exposed limitations in the bowling unit with eight fours and a six before he was last out to Tom Milnes for 68.
It took a fine catch by Jim Troughton, running back from mid-off, to end the allrounder's last-wicket partnership of 55 with Mark Turner (18 not out). In four overs to the close the home side's openers, Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood, trimmed the deficit to 212 by making 14 without loss.
Toby Roland-Jones produced career-best bowling figures for Middlesex to help dismiss Nottinghamshire for just 278 on the opening day. Ed Cowan with 61 and James Taylor, who scored 55, were the outstanding performers for the home side, on a surface that continued to provide assistance throughout the day. However, Roland-Jones took 6 for 63 runs to put the hosts on the back foot at Trent Bridge. Middlesex had replied with 12 for 0 at the close.
Durham recovered from 94 for 5 to make 250 all out after being put in by Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick at Chester-le-Street.
Yorkshire's 150th anniversary celebrations got off to a cheerless start on the first day of the new season at Headingley where they were bowled out for 96 by a rampant Sussex. Dismissed in 46.1 overs, Yorkshire had an early success of their own but they then came up against the flashing blade of Chris Nash, and when bad light ended play with 19 overs remaining Sussex were 104 for 3 and leading by eight runs - all the wickets having fallen to Ryan Sidebottom.
Dan Housego and Hamish Marshall batted their way into the record books as Gloucestershire reached 300 for 3 in their Division Two match against Essex at Chelmsford.
Steven Crook claimed four wickets and captain Stephen Peters cracked a half century to put Northamptonshire in a strong position at the end of the first day against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium. After being put into bat the Welsh county were bowled out for 134 in 50 overs with the last nine wickets falling for only 76. Crook took 4 for 30 in 12 overs. In reply Northamptonshire had reached 108 for 3, a deficit of 22, with 20.3 overs of the day remaining when rain brought a premature close with Peters on 60 not out.
Australian newcomer George Bailey marked his Championship debut by making 93 as Hampshire recovered to 286 for 4 after losing both opening batsmen without a run on the board. Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan decided to field under overcast skies at the Rose bowl and was rewarded with the wickets of Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry in the first five overs.
Moeen Ali prospered at Old Trafford for the second year running to help Worcestershire make an encouraging start to their clash against Lancashire.. The allrounder top-scored with 78 off 188 balls in the battle of last season's relegated sides as the visitors closed the campaign's first day on 227 for 6 from 96 overs after being invited to bat.