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Summary

  1. Middlesex dismissed for 242 by Warwickshire
  2. Somerset's Tom Abell scores 135 v Lancs
  3. Harry Gurney takes 6-61 for Notts v Durham
  4. Kent bowl out Sussex for 180 in Div Two
  5. Glamorgan's Kiran Carlson takes debut five-for

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By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Signing off

    After the batting thrills in England's one-dayer against Pakistan on Tuesday, it was the bowlers who, by and large, had the upper hand on day one of the latest County Championship matches.

    Somerset's Tom Abell and Ben Slater of Derbyshire were the only centurions, while youthful spinners Kiran Carlson of Glamorgan and Warwickshire's Josh Poysden both claimed maiden five-fors.

    Evergreen Essex seamer David Masters took seven, Notts paceman Harry Gurney six and Hampshire's Gareth Berg five, while Middlesex, Durham, Worcestershire, Northants and Kent were all bowled out in a less than a day.

    What will tomorrow bring? I'm not clairvoyant, so I can't answer that. But please join us again tomorrow from 10:40 BST to see how things develop in our eight games.

    Until then, have a good evening.

  2. Close of play round-up

    Here are the scores after the opening day:

    Division One

    Durham 244 v Nottinghamshire 129-2

    Yorkshire 275-9 v Hampshire

    Somerset 339-7 v Lancashire

    Middlesex 242 v Warwickshire 1-0

    Division Two

    Derbyshire 242 v Gloucestershire 27-1

    Worcestershire 230 v Essex 111-1

    Northamptonshire 269 v Glamorgan 23-0

    Sussex 180 v Kent 211-5

  3. Lancashire keep Trego waiting

    Somerset 339-7 (96 overs) v Lancashire (close)

    Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego finished the opening day at Old Trafford one short of a half-century after losing the strike with four balls remaining, but he has put them back on an even keel after Tom Bailey took four wickets in two overs with the second new ball for Lancashire. Tom Abell was Somerset's batting star, making 135 - the third first-class century and highest score of his career.

  4. Trego fights on for Somerset

    Somerset 326-7 (93 overs) v Lancashire

    Somerset have steadied the ship after five wickets went down for 20 runs - four of them to Tom Bailey - when Lancashire took the new ball. Craig Overton was the last to go, bowled by Kyle Jarvis, but Peter Trego is 37 not out as the visitors look to add to the three batting points they have already obtained.

  5. Kent build lead at Hove

    Sussex 180 v Kent 211-5 (53 overs) - close

    Sam Billings enlivened the final session at Hove by hitting 10 fours in an innings of 64 off 80 balls as Kent ended day one in a position of strength against neighbours Sussex at Hove. The home side never really recovered after being reduced to 9-3 at the start of play and even though they have an inexperienced top order for this game, being bowled out in less than 41 overs, despite Ben Brown's 54, was a disappointment for the home crowd. 

  6. Cook makes solid start

    Worcestershire 230 v Essex 111-1 (27 overs) - close

    Alastair Cook

    England Test captain Alastair Cook made an unbeaten 43 out of an unbroken stand of 110 with Tom Westley (58) as Division Two leaders Essex ended day one in a dominant position against Worcestershire at Chelmsford. 

    Veteran seamer David Masters earlier took 7-52 to bowl the visitors out for 230, despite half-centuries by Ben Cox (63) and George Rhodes (59)

  7. Better day for Notts

    Durham 244 v Nottinghamshire 129-2 (31 overs) - close

    After losing their first two wickets cheaply, bottom-of-the-table Notts are in a strong position, thanks to an unbroken stand of 113 between Michael Lumb and Jake Libby at the Riverside. Libby hit a boundary in the final over to move on to 51 not out, while Lumb has 68 to his name. 

    Harry Gurney took 6-61 earlier in the day as Durham were bowled out in 64.4 overs, without a single batsman reaching 50.

  8. Yorkshire seek extra point

    Yorkshire 275-9 (85 overs) v Hampshire - close

    Jack Brooks

    Yorkshire's score is certainly not what they would have been hoping for at the start of play, but it may not be too bad as their two batting points so far is one more than leaders Middlesex managed against Warwickshire. 

    Bad light ended play 11 overs early, but the visitors could collect a third batting point if Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom can add 25 more runs to their unbroken stand of 41 on day two, but Hampshire - for whom Gareth Berg took 5-54 - will hope to finish them off quickly.

  9. Slater takes lead role at Derby

    Derbyshire 242 v Gloucestershire 27-1 (12 overs) - close

    Tom Milnes removes Gareth Roderick for four, but that is Derbyshire's only success in the final 12 overs of play. Craig Miles earlier claimed 4-30 for Gloucestershire as the home side squandered a 91-run opening stand, and there total would have been a whole lot worse but for Ben Slater's 110 off 213 balls.

  10. Day to remember for Carlson

    Northamptonshire 269 v Glamorgan 23-0 (11 overs) - close

    Glamorgan openers Jacques Rudolph and Nick Selman survive to stumps as Northants waste no time in introducing their spinners at Wantage Road.

    The tactic is understandable as eight of their 10 wickets earlier in the day fell to spin, with teenage debutant Kiran Carlson claiming 5-28 for the Welsh county.

  11. Middlesex on back foot

    Middlesex 242 v Warwickshire 1-0 (2 overs) - close

    No doubt Middlesex were expecting one or two difficult days in their quest for a first Championship title since 1993 and today was certainly one of them. Just a single batting point for the leaders at Edgbaston, but they can at least take consolation from Yorkshire also struggling with the bat against Hampshire.

    Josh Poysden and Chris Wright take the bowling plaudits for Warwickshire, sharing nine wickets between them, with leg-spinner Poysden's 5-53 a career-best. 

  12. Wright ends Middlesex resistance

    Middlesex 242 (91.1 overs) v Warwickshire

    It's all over for the Championship leaders as Chris Wright has Harry Podmore caught for 21 to finish with figures of 4-41. It has been a fine effort by the pace bowler, but he has to take seond billing behind spinner Josh Poysden's 5-53. Warwickshire must face two overs before stumps.

  13. WICKET Abell (c Croft b Bailey 135)

    Somerset 274-5 (82.4 overs) v Lancashire

    Tom Bailey

    It's four wickets in two overs for Lancashire pace bowler Tom Bailey, who removes Jim Allenby for a single and three balls later has opener Tom Abell caught behind, before trapping Lewis Gregory lbw with his next delivery. There is no hat-trick, though, as Craig Overton is dropped at mid-wicket from the final delivery and takes a single.

    Abell's 135 is the highest score of his career, he batted for five hours and 25 minutes, faced 249 balls and hit 19 fours.

  14. Lumb stands firm for Notts

    Durham 244 v Nottinghamshire 98-2 (22 overs)

    After hitting three fours in an over from Barry McCarthy, Notts batsman Michael Lumb completes a 61-ball fifty with a single off Scott Borthwick. His stand with Jake Libby, who has 35, is currently worth 92.

  15. Last Yorkshire pair fight on

    Yorkshire 275-9 (85 overs) v Hampshire

    The players leave the field with 11 overs remaining as the light closes in at the Ageas Bowl. It's been an uneven batting display by the 2014 and 2015 champions, who were 57-3 at one stage and later slumped from 216-5 to 234-9, and they will be thankful for the half-centuries by Jake Lehmann and Tim Bresnan.

  16. WICKET Hildreth (c Petersen b Bailey 27)

    Somerset 267-3 (80.5 overs) v Lancashire

    The new ball pays dividends for Lancashire as Tom Bailey removes James Hildreth, who prods forward and edges low to second slip. Tom Abell remains, however, on 130 and another two runs will give him a career-best.

  17. See-saw day continues

    Yorkshire 274-9 (84 overs) v Hampshire

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Ageas Bowl

    "The balance continues to tip here on this first day between bat and ball.

    "Having lost four wickets for just 18 runs after tea, Yorkshire's last pair of Jack Brooks (28) and Ryan Sidebottom (8) have taken the defending champions to a second batting point and potentially the chance of a third as we draw towards the close.

    "This rearguard will doubtless frustrate Hampshire captain James Vince, who earlier dropped two catches in the slips, both of them offered by England team-mate Gary Ballance."  

  18. Middlesex on brink

    Middlesex 224-9 (86 overs) v Warwickshire

    We had Rhodes bowling to Rhodes at Chelmsford earlier today, now it's Patel (Jeetan) bowling to Patel (Ravi) at Edgbaston following the dismissal of Toby Roland-Jones by the former for 12. The Championship leaders may have to settle for just a single batting point here. 

  19. WICKET Northeast (c Nash b Shahzad 44)

    Sussex 180 v Kent 151-4 (36 runs)

    Kent are heading for a first-innings lead at Hove but the size of that lead may not be as big as they'd hoped after the dismissal of skipper Sam Northeast, caught in the slips off Ajmal Shahzad.  Last week's big partnership stars, Darren Stevens and Sam Billings, are now together.

  20. Glamorgan have upper hand

    Northamptonshire 269 (82.3 overs) v Glamorgan

    Debutant Kiran Carlson finishes with 5-28 from 14 overs as fellow spinner Owen Morgan claims the final Northamptonshire wicket at Wantage Road, having Ben Sanderson caught behind. From 185-1, the home side have fallen apart with Chad Barrett - a centurion last week - left on four not out.