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  1. James Vince makes 75 off 74 balls for Hampshire against Worcestershire
  2. Middlesex 136-4 at close v Northants in only game with play in Division Two
  3. Essex's title defence starts with wash-out at Headingley
  4. No play on opening day at Old Trafford, Edgbaston and Canterbury.
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  6. Choose your commentary at the top of the page

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By Josh Hunt and Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Until tomorrow...

    Sam Robson

    And with that, a dark and rainy day has reached its end.

    The forecast for tomorrow is still a little uncertain across the country, though there is at least some hope that play may get started at Headingley, Old Trafford, Edgbaston and Canterbury.

    Thank you so much for joining us for the first day of the new County Championship season.

    We will be back from around 10:30 tomorrow morning providing the skies are clear. Until then, goodbye.

  2. Finely poised at Hampshire

    Hampshire 290 v Worcestershire 40-2

    Chris Egerton

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcestershire would like to have conceded fewer than 290, bowling first under heavy cloud cover, but they will be relatively pleased with their reintroduction to Division One cricket.

    When they pitched the ball up, Steve Magoffin and especially Joe Leach caused all the Hampshire batsmen problems especially when the floodlights first came on early in the afternoon.

    But despite the loss of Tom Fell late on, Worcestershire may well enjoy better batting conditions and this game feels evenly poised after the opening day.

  3. Close of play scores

    Division One

    Hampshire 290 v Worcestershire 40-2

    Lancashire v Nottinghamshire - no play on Friday

    Yorkshire v Essex - no play on Friday

    Division Two

    Middlesex 136-4 v Northamptonshire

    Kent v Gloucestershire - no play on Friday

    Warwickshire v Sussex - no play on Friday

  4. Pears nightwatchman survives

    Hampshire 290 v Worcestershire 40-2 (18 overs)

    That's your lot as Josh Tongue does indeed survive the final over, collecting a boundary off Kyle Abbott for good measure as Worcestershire reach stumps 250 runs in arrears, with eight wickets remaining.

  5. Tongue's ordeal

    Hampshire 290 v Worcestershire 36-2 (17 overs)

    One over to go at the Ageas Bowl and it's nightwatchman Josh Tongue to face the music from Kyle Abbott. Can he hang on for Worcestershire?

  6. WICKET Fell (b Abbott) 16

    Hampshire 290 v Worcestershire 32-2 (15.5 overs)

    Very similar to James Vince's dismissal earlier in the day as Kyle Abbott nips one back just enough to beat Tom Fell's forward prod. That will be a big disappointment for Worcestershire after Fell and Daryl Mitchell had fought so hard to try and see it through to stumps. Josh Tongue is sent out as nightwatchman.

  7. Fell's late flurry

    Hampshire 290 v Worcestershire 32-1 (13.3 overs)

    Tom Fell

    It was a little streaky but Tom Fell has his first boundary from a thick edge off a ball by Gareth Berg. Emboldened by seeing it run away past the slip cordon, he adds two more from the first two deliveries of Brad Wheal's next over, a perfect off-drive followed by an authoritative pull shot, moving on to 15 not out and overtaking partner Daryl Mitchell.

  8. 'Advantage Middlesex on day one'

    Middlesex 136-4 (48.5 overs) v Northamptonshire

    Isabelle Westbury

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    After a morning session in which proceedings were marginally tipped in Northants’ favour, the afternoon swung back to the hosts.

    Resuming on 64-4, John Simpson was dropped on three before combining with Paul Stirling to put on 68 together before bad light forced an early tea with Middlesex on 132-4.

    No play was possible for almost three hours before the umpires’ megatron declared that play could be resumed once more.

    Only 3.5 overs were possible however and Middlesex will be relieved to go into the second day only four down and with 136 runs on the board. Advantage to the home side.

  9. Edwards takes a rest

    Hampshire 290 v Worcestershire 14-1 (10 overs)

    Fidel Edwards is taken off after a four-over burst with the new ball which brought him the wicket of Brett D'Oliveira at a cost of only two runs.

    Brad Wheal is his replacement and starts with a maiden to Tom Fell. Eight left for Worcestershire to face.

  10. Stumps at Lord's

    Middlesex 136-4 (48.5 overs) v Northamptonshire

    Sanity prevails at Lord's, as the umpires decide the light is not going to get any better and play is abandoned.

    Middlesex won't be too unhappy with the scorecard after being made to bat, though Northamptonshire will know a couple of early wickets tomorrow would put them firmly in command.

    To those of you who saw that I - Josh, not Paul - had originally written Nottinghamshire instead of Northamptonshire here, I am very sorry. It has been a long, long day.

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  11. Worcestershire aim for survival

    Hampshire 290 v Worcestershire 13-1 (8 overs)

    Daryl Mitchell runs a ball from Kyle Abbott down to third man for the first boundary of Worcestershire's innings. There are potentially 10 still to be bowled and the visitors's first priority is to avoid any further damage after the earlier dismissal of Brett D'Oliveira by Fidel Edwards.

  12. Bad light stops play, again

    Middlesex 136-4 (48.5 overs) v Northamptonshire

    In a surprise to absolutely nobody, bad light forces the teams off again at Lord's.

    That could well be it for the day.

  13. Post update

    Middlesex 135-4 (48 overs) v Northamptonshire

    Different session, same approach.

    Middlesex - put in to bat earlier - are prioritising keeping wickets in hand over putting runs on the board.

    Just three runs have been added in three overs since the restart, as Doug Bracewell and Richard Gleeson keep it tight for Northants.

  14. Hants look for more wickets

    Hampshire 290 v Worcestershire 4-1 (4 overs)

    Good stuff so far from Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards, who are determined to keep Worcestershire's batsmen in check. The latter has begun with two maidens - one of them a wicket maiden - and it looks like Hampshire may be finishing the stronger after a see-saw day.

  15. Back under way at Lord's

    Middlesex 132-4 (45 overs) v Northamptonshire

    If - and it's a big if - the conditions hold up, there will be 21 overs to be bowled tonight at Lord's.

    Paul Stirling will resume on 36, with John Simpson alongside him on 31.

  16. WICKET D'Oliveira (c Vince b Edwards) 1

    Hampshire 290 v Worcestershire 4-1 (1.4 overs)

    James Vince and Fidel Edwards

    Not the start Worcestershire wanted as Brett D'Oliveira tries to play to leg and gives a catch to mid-off via a leading edge. It's an immediate breakthrough for paceman Fidel Edwards and Tom Fell is the new batsman, joining Daryl Mitchell at the crease.

  17. Lord's restart set for 17:40

    Middlesex 132-4 (45 overs) v Northamptonshire

    Good news for Middlesex and Northamptonshire fans.

    The light has improved, with play set to restart at 17:40.

    There were a minimum of 51 overs to bowled when the teams left the field, though clearly they won't get through all of those tonight.

  18. Play to resume at Lord's?

    Middlesex 132-4 (45 overs) v Northamptonshire

    That's what BBC Northampton commentator Alex Winter's thinking anyway...

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  19. WICKET Edwards (c Cox b Leach) 1

    Hampshire 290 (75.4 overs) v Worcestershire

    That's the lot for Hampshire as Fidel Edwards is squared up by a short-of-a-length delivery from Joe Leach and edges a comfortable catch to keeper Ben Cox's right. Gareth Berg is left unbeaten on 75, the same score James Vince made earlier in the innings, after a final-wicket stand of 48.

    In first-day-of-the-season conditions that's a decent total, but Worcestershire skipper Leach made a good start to the campaign with 4-42 from 15.4 overs - and the wicket of Edwards was his 250th in first-class cricket.

    Joe Leach
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  20. Any chance of more play at Lord's?

    Middlesex 132-4 (45 overs) v Northamptonshire

    BBC Radio London's Kevin Hand is pessimistic...

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