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Summary

  1. Jimmy Anderson goes off injured in the Roses match at Old Trafford
  2. In-form Gary Ballance out for 74 for Yorkshire against Lancashire
  3. Surrey's Kumar Sangakkara hits century against Middlesex at Lord's
  4. Alastair Cook and Tom Westley make hundreds for Essex against Hants
  5. Division Two leaders Notts in good position against Glamorgan

Live Reporting

By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Signing off

    Alastair Cook

    There was a fair bit of rain about on the opening day of the latest round of County Championship matches, but that did not prevent some quality cricket being played.

    Alastair Cook and Tom Westley hit centuries in a 243-run stand for Essex against Hampshire, the impeccable Kumar Sangakkara helped himself to an unbeaten 113 for Division One leaders Surrey against Middlesex, and Jake Libby and Riki Wessels both passed three figures for Notts in Cardiff.

    One of the main talking points, though, occurred early in the Roses match at Old Trafford when England paceman Jimmy Anderson had to go off with a groin problem. Despite that, Yorkshire had to fight hard to reach 251-6 at the close, and an intriguing battle is in prospect over the remaining three days.

    We'll be back with you again tomorrow from 10.30ish to bring you events as they happen on day two. Until then, have a good evening.

  2. Close of play scores

    Division One

    Essex 243-2 v Hampshire

    Yorkshire 251-6 v Lancashire

    Surrey 265-5 v Middlesex

    Warwickshire 93-3 v Somerset

    Division Two

    Derbyshire 111-3 v Worcestershire

    Nottinghamshire 335-6 v Glamorgan

    Leicestershire v Kent - no play possible because of rain

  3. Westley wicket brings Hants relief

    Essex 243-2 (79 overs) v Hampshire

    It's a dramatic finish at Chelmsford as Kyle Abbott bowls Tom Westley with the final ball of the opening day's play. Westley made 111 - with the help of 16 fours - and shared a stand of 243 with Alastair Cook, a second-wicket partnership record for Essex in matches against Hampshire.

    After a delayed start and the loss of Nick Browne in the opening over, the day belonged to the two home batsmen, with Cook finishing unbeaten on 114 as he continues his build-up towards the Test seies against South Africa, which starts in early July.

    Essex must be grateful to have so much of his time this season and if Cook stays in for long on day two, then they will certainly have a maximum haul of batting points in their sights.

  4. Derbyshire hampered by Viljoen injury

    Derbyshire director of cricket Kim Barnett has revealed that they will be without South African fast bowler Hardus Viljoen until the end of June with a hip injury.

    "It’s typical of cricket that things come to test you," said Barnett. "This is a test of our guys and the resilience of the squad.

    Viljeon was expected to make his Derbyshire Championship debut, after featuring in five of their One-Day Cup group games. But Barnett revealed: "We had a meeting yesterday when it was decided he wasn’t fully fit and I think he knew that.

    "We just want him to do himself justice. It’s no use him going out at 70 per cent fit and not bowling to his standards so we must get him fully fit and healthy to do what he can do when he comes back.”

    South African fast bowler Hardus Viljeon
  5. Close of play at Derby

    Derbyshire 111-3 (40 overs) v Worcestershire

    After the loss of the first two sessions because of a wet outfield following overnight rain, the sporadic crowd at Derby finally saw some action in an extended two-and-a-half-hour final session.

    Worcestershire claimed three wickets - one in the first over for captain Joe Leach, then also for Jack Shantry and Josh Tongue. But Derbyshire opener Luis Reece had the best of it, remaining unbeaten at the close as the winter signing from Lancashire notched his second half-century for the hosts.

    When he got his first, in Derbyshire's opening game of the season against Northants in April, he went on to reach three figures, posting a career-best 168.

    Reece (53*) will be hoping for more of the same tomorrow, when he and captain Billy Godleman (13*) are due to resume, weather permitting, at 11:00 BST.

    Luis Reece
  6. Tykes fight back at Old Trafford

    Yorkshire 251-6 (96 overs) v Lancashire

    Jack Leaning (54*) and Andy Hodd (41*) survive to stumps in what has been a very important 73-run seventh-wicket partnership for Yorkshire at Old Trafford.

    Losing both openers with only nine runs on the board was a terrible start for the White Rose county, but well though Lancashire bowled, the early loss of Jimmy Anderson with an injury left skipper Steven Croft an important option short.

    Early wickets on day two would put the home side in the driving seat, but it would be a brave person to make predictions following Lancashire's last Championship game, when they were all out for 109 and still won.

  7. Rain forces finish at Lord's

    Surrey 265-5 (72 overs) v Middlesex

    The bad light at Lord's was followed by a rain shower, and although the umpires took a long, hard look at conditions, they have decided that play is over for the day.

    Kumar Sangakkara has been the star of the show so far and will resume on 113 not out - a 151-ball innings featuring two sixes and 11 fours - as the Division One leaders look to push on towards 300 and beyond against the reigning champions.

  8. Close of play in Cardiff

    Nottinghamshire 335-6 (96 overs) v Glamorgan

    Nottinghamshire end the day on top and looking to complete maximum battling bonus points on Saturday morning - but it did not seem that way after the first two sessions in Cardiff.

    .At 155-4 at tea, Glamorgan's bowlers had done well to keep the Division Two leaders pegged back, particularly Timm van der Gugten, who ended with 4-52.

    But Jake Libby went on to extend their fifth-wicket stand to 123, both completing centuries in the process.

    Libby went first for 109 before Wessels followed for 120, while former captain Chris Read weighed in with some late hitting for an unbeaten 45 as 180 came in the final session.

    Nottinghamshire centurions Jake Libby (left) and Riki Wessels
  9. WICKET Wessels (lbw van der Gugten) 120

    Notts 330-6 (94.1 overs) v Glamorgan

    Riki Wessels' 21st first-class century comes to an end - a fourth wicket for Timm van der Gugten - and a second bowling bonus point for Glamorgan.

  10. WICKET Madsen (c Cox b Tongue) 11

    Derbyshire 79-3 (29.4 overs) v Worcestershire

    A third wicket for Worcestershire - and a first for Josh Tongue has Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen caught behind.

    10 more overs to come at Derby after this one.

  11. CENTURY FOR ALASTAIR COOK

    Essex 221-1 (67.5 overs) v Hampshire

    Alastair Cook

    Now that he's given up the England Test captaincy, Alastair Cook's opinion of young leg-spinner Mason Crane may not carry the weight it once did. Cook reaches his second first-class hundred of the summer, and 58th in all, with a boundary off the youngster.

    For those who dislike the term 'run-machine', it is one, nevertheless, that can justifiably be applied to Cook - his last seven innings in all competitions have been 127, 37, 109, 67*, 65, 54 and now this century.

  12. Westley wins race to three figures

    Essex 213-1 (66.5 overs) v Hampshire

    After being tied down in a maiden over from leg-spinner Mason Crane, Tom Westley square drives a boundary in the next off Sean Ervine to beat partner Alastair Cook to a century. It's taken him 178 balls and is his first of the season - and 16th of his career. Not counting any chickens, but Cook shouldn't be far behind.

    Tom Westley
  13. Leaning reaches half-century

    Yorkshire 242-6 (90 overs) v Lancashire

    There are six overs remaining at Old Trafford after Jack Leaning pulls a short ball from Tom Bailey for six to bring up a 146-ball half-century. It's been a fine innings for his side and they should collect a second batting point before stumps.

  14. Essex pair in double-century stand

    Essex 201-1 (63 overs) v Hampshire

    It's a neck and neck race at Chelmsford as Alastair Cook and Tom Westley close in on centuries against Hampshire. Cook has 93 not out, one fewer than his partner, and together they are only 20 short of the second-wicket record stand of 221 for Essex against Hampshire, set by Denys Wilcox and Stan Nichols at Southend in 1936.

  15. Lancashire seek new-ball success

    Yorkshire 228-6 (88 overs) v Lancashire

    Lancashire have taken the new ball, but with Jimmy Anderson hors de combat, it's Ryan McLaren who shares it with Tom Bailey, and neither has been able to make it count - yet.

    Jack Leaning is 46 not out for Yorkshire and although that's nowhere near his highest score, this may be one of his most valuable innings for the county in terms of his development as a batsman. Partner Andy Hodd is batting with greater fluency, on 33 from 46 balls. They have added 51 in 14 overs.

  16. 100 - Nottinghamshire's Riki Wessels

    Notts 290-5 (87 overs) v Glamorgan

    Riki Wessels celebrates another century in Cardiff

    Wessels hits his second ton in as many matches as he becomes Nottinghamshire's second centurion of the day, following Jake Libby who earlier made 109.

    The pair put on 123 for the fifth wicket to help the visitors gain control of this game. And he is now getting further support from 38-year-old Chris Read as Notts, having been 155-4 at tea, now make hay.

    Wessels' latest effort comes on top of his unbeaten 202 in the Division Two leaders' last match - their innings victory over Sussex.

  17. WICKET Thakor (c Mitchell b Shantry) 23

    Derbyshire 58-2 (21.4 overs) v Worcestershire

    Another breakthrough for Worcestershire at Derby as Jack Shantry has Shiv Thakor caught by Daryl Mitchell running back at second slip. But opener Luis Reece still seems to be going nicely.

  18. Bad light at Lord's

    Surrey 265-5 (72 overs) v Middlesex

    That is a disappointment, with the match intriguingly poised at the home of cricket. There are 24 more overs scheduled, so let's hope this interruption is brief, like the one earlier on for rain. Looking at that sky, though (see below), perhaps not. Kumar Sangakkara is 113 not out and Sam Curran has yet to score.

    Lord's Cricket Ground
  19. No play today at Leicester

    The weather is the winner in the end at Grace Road as umpires Russell Evans and Jeff Evans finally call a halt to their attempts to get the Leicestershire-Kent game started.

    They're playing just 32 miles away to the north at Derby. But that's cricket in England, in the middle of May, for you!

  20. WICKET Foakes (c Simpson b Finn) 19

    Surrey 264-5 (70.3 overs) v Middlesex

    Division One leaders Surrey have banked two bonus points but Steven Finn makes another important breakthrough for Middlesex, with the new ball only 10 overs away as Ben Foakes edges to the keeper. Sam Curran is the new batsman, but it's Kumar Sangakkara - now 112 not out - who is the key if the visitors are to push on towards a full set of batting points at Lord's.