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LV=CC, April 27: As it happened

The latest round of LV= County Championship games started with wickets tumbling aplenty at Lord's, Trent Bridge, where Ian Bell hit a hundred, and Wantage Road.

By Dominic Farrell, Matthew Sherry & Rob Barnett

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7.05pm – Here’s the close-of-play scores on day one of the latest round of LV= County Championship games.

Division One

At Lord’s Middlesex, who won the toss, are 64 for three in reply to Yorkshire’s 178 in which Steven Finn took 4-50.

Northamptonshire, having chosen to bowl first, are 133 for eight, 14 ahead of Lancashire on first innings, with James Anderson taking 5-37 at Wantage Road.

Ian Bell made 122 of Warwickshire’s 263 as Andy Carter returned 5-55. Bell then saw his side reduce Nottinghamshire, who won the toss, to 43 for six by stumps at Trent Bridge as Chris Wright claimed 3-7.

In the 32 overs possible at the County Ground Somerset reached 83 for three versus Sussex, who opted to field first.

Division Two

Leicestershire, put in to bat by Glamorgan, are 221 for four at Grace Road.

Hampshire, bolstered by Jimmy Adams’ unbeaten 56, are 153 for two against Surrey, who won the toss, at the Ageas Bowl.

In the 3.5 overs possible at New Road Derbyshire, who chose to bat first, slipped to three for two against Worcestershire.

No play or toss was possible between Gloucestershire and Essex at Bristol.

7.01pm – The close of play arrives in the sole remaining game. Northants are 133 for eight, with Spriegel 43 not out, 14 ahead of Lancashire on first innings. We’ll soon round up the scores for you.

6.50pm – Stumps are drawn at the County Ground where Somerset are 83 for three. Play continues only at Wantage Road.

6.39pm – Further problems for Notts, who have Luke Fletcher run out to herald stumps with them 43 for six, 220 behind Warwickshire.

Sussex’s Steve Magoffin has Nick Compton caught behind for 41, ending a stand of 78 with Marcus Trescothick and leaving Somerset 78 for two.

It’s the close of play at the Ageas Bowl where Hampshire are 153 for two with Adams on 56 and James Vince 24.

6.29pm – Anderson has a five-for when David Murphy is trapped in front. Northants are 116 for eight, three behind on first innings.

Notts are in further trouble at 36 for five as Oliver Hannon-Dalby has Riki Wessels lbw.

6.17pm – Matt Spriegel, who has taken on significant batting responsibility for injury-hit Northants, is holding firm in the face of James Anderson and Glen Chapple. He has Steven Crook for support.

In-form Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams raises his third fifty of the season.

5.59pm – Wright has a third wicket, pinning James Taylor lbw, and Notts are in trouble at 17 for four, 246 behind on first innings.

5.51pm – They’re done for the day at Lord’s with Middlesex 64 for three in reply to 178.

At Wantage Road Simon Kerrigan breaks through in his second over, leaving Northants 92 for six.

5.40pm – Stumps are drawn at New Road with Derbyshire three for two against Worcestershire.

Surrey’s Stuart Meaker traps Liam Dawson in front for 19, but rain soon intervenes at the Ageas Bowl where Hampshire are 112 for two.

At Trent Bridge Warwickhire’s Wright strikes again to oust Steven Mullaney, making Notts seven for two.

5.30pm - Middlesex, for whom Eoin Morgan is looking good on 24, are headed off alongside Yorkshire with rain falling at Lord's.

5.25pm - Play is done for the day at Grace Road, where Leicestershire have ended on 221 for four against Glamorgan.

5.12pm - Play is set to restart in just under 15 minutes in Worcester, while Notts have lost a first wicket, Chris Wright trapping Phil Jaques lbw.

4.52pm - It's raining again at New Road but the four overs played were enough to bring a couple of wickets, Charles Morris bowling Stephen Moore after Gareth Andrew castled Billy Godleman.

4.40pm - Chris Jordan, who has bowled outstandingly again, grabs a wicket in his first over as Chris Jones feathers behind.

4.35pm - Plenty happening at Trent Bridge as Bell moves to three figures just after Andy Carter pins Jeetan Patel in front.

4.30pm - Things are moving forward in lightning-quick fashion at Wantage Road. Anderson followed up the scalp of Peters by castling Rob Newton later in the over for a third wicket. Inspired by the England man, new coach Glen Chapple then got rid of Andrew Hall in the next over.

Warwickshire, for whom Ian Bell is edging towards a century, have lost Keith Barker, who was pinned in front by Harry Gurney.

4.15pm - A couple of wickets have fallen, with Middlesex immediately undermined by Jack Brooks ousting Chris Rogers, while Hampshire's fine start has been hampered by the loss of Michael Carberry - who edged Tom Curran to slip. 

3.55pm - Warwickshire might want to reserve a quiet corner for Bell during the tea break. They reach the interval on 223 for six at Trent Bridge, with the England man 97 not out.

Everyone gets 20 minutes to catch their breath at Wantage Road as well, where Northants are 32 for two in response to Lancashire's 119 all out.

Leicestershire are 221 for four after two sessions against Glamorgan and Cobb and O'Brien take tea on the verge of deserved fifties.

Meanwhile, Hampshire are in fine shape having reached 50 without loss after 15 overs against Surrey.

3.48pm - Tim Murtagh bowls Jack Brooks to end with 3-48 and wrap up the Yorkshire innings for 178. Tea is taken at Lord’s.

There will be a further inspection at the County Ground at 4pm, while Worcestershire and Derbyshire are hoping for a 4.30pm start at New Road.

3.45pm - Anderson checks the Coetzer masterplan by winning the second verdict of the Northamptonshire innings. The score is 29 for two after the Scotland international departs for 18. This game is progressing at a furious pace.

3.40pm - Play has been abandoned for the day without a ball being bowled at Bristol. Gloucestershire and Essex will return in hope tomorrow, with teams to be announced and a toss to be made.

3.36pm - Lancashire have the breakthrough as captain, coach and opening bowler Chapple pins James Middlebrook lbw. But new man Kyle Coetzer has perhaps rightly decided this is not a day for hanging around. He has 14 from five balls and Northants are 25 for one.

Leicestershire bring up 200 and Cobb is five shy of a half-century.

3.30pm - A couple of edges to the slips to report in Division One. Sidebottom becomes Steven Finn’s third victim and Yorkshire are 161 for eight with Plunkett 47 not out.

Warwickshire are 192 for six after Luke Fletcher finds Woakes’ edge. Bell remains on 77 and is joined by Keith Barker.

3.24pm - The players are back out at Wantage Road. Anderson has the ball in his hand and Lancashire will need to make significant inroads during the remaining 49 overs to salvage something from day one.

3.22pm - Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams take Hampshire to 19 without loss in the sixth over against Surrey.

Plunkett and Sidebottom have now added 40 for Yorkshire’s eighth wicket, while Cobb and O’Brien bring up a half-century alliance at Grace Road.

3.15pm - Anderson’s fun is at an end as Muhammad Azhar Ullah bowls him to join Crook on three wickets. Lancashire are all out for 119 - a recovery of sorts from 80 for nine and the England seamer’s 28 was his team’s top score. Nevertheless, Northants will be delighted with their work having won the toss and can look to take a firm grip on this match by close of play.

3.12pm - Chris Woakes is proving a fine foil for Bell at Trent Bridge. The all-rounder has 26 in a sixth-wicket stand of 63.

Cobb and Niall O’Brien are similarly getting Leicestershire back on track following Wagg’s post-lunch burst. The former has 33 and the score is 178 for four.

3.10pm - They’re taking tea at Bristol and thereafter it might be realistic to expect Gloucestershire and Essex to give up the ghost for the day.

3.03pm - Bell brings up a half-century and, at 163 for six, Warwickshire need their captain to kick on.

James Anderson is showing the Lancashire batsmen how it should be done with a trio of fours and they have 100 up.

Liam Plunkett has taken a similar approach for Yorkshire to move on to 29 amid 143 for seven.

2.47pm - Chapple’s counter-attacking defiance is at an end as Steven Crook increases his old team’s misery. The Lancashire captain miscued to mid-on for 26 and, with the score 80 for eight, he’ll expect to have the new ball in his hand pretty soon.

2.44pm - I'll temper that praise of Middlesex's slip fielding with news that Rayner just dropped Ryan Sidebottom!

2.40pm - They’ve had plenty of success today but that’s the wicket Middlesex wanted - Ballance is on his way for 20 as Robson continues the hosts’ excellent work in the cordon. Harris now has 3-32 and Yorkshire are 117 for seven with their tail exposed.

Glamorgan might want to make a note of what Wagg had for lunch at Grace Road - he's got another as Ned Eckersley edges behind for 42 and Leicestershire are 137 for four.

2.35pm - To continue today’s theme, Surrey have won the toss and will field against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Meanwhile, the groundstaff and covers are regrettably back in action at New Road due to more rain.

2.31pm - In news away from today’s action, Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has confirmed Tim Bresnan will return to action for the county’s second XI at Headingley tomorrow.

2.23pm - Josh Cobb keeps out Wagg’s hat-trick ball but there are wickets to report in Division One. 

Yorkshire have slumped to 100 for six as Hodd edges James Harris to Sam Robson at slip on the back foot, while Warwickshire are 118 for five as Andy Carter bowls Tim Ambrose for six. Much of the visitors’ hopes appear to rest with Ian Bell, who is 34 not out.

2.21pm - One brings two for Glamorgan as Angus Robson chops on to leave Wagg on a hat-trick…

2.19pm - Disappointment for Matthew Boyce, who edges Graham Wagg behind to Mark Wallace to depart one run shy of a half-century. Leicestershire are 117 for two at Grace Road.

They are still grappling with a wet outfield at the County Ground and there will be further inspection at 2.45pm.

2.08pm - More success for Middlesex at Lord’s as Tim Murtagh takes a second wicket via a second-slip catch from Ollie Rayner. Adil Rashid is the man to go for six and Yorkshire are 97 for five as Andy Hodd joins Gary Ballance.

1.55pm - Glen Chapple might have hoped for a day with his feet up after assuming coaching duties at Lancashire but the veteran has no such luck. Andrew Hall has bowled Tom Smith for five and Chapple is in at number eight with the Red Rose 36 for six.

1.49pm - Peter Siddle strikes on his Nottinghamshire home debut as Ateeq Javid nicks to Riki Wessels in the cordon. Warwickshire are 96 for four and appear to have a tough session ahead.

The covers are off at Hove but its raining again at Worcester and Bristol.

1.43pm - Northamptonshire pick up where they left off this morning as Olly Stone has Jos Buttler caught behind off the second ball of the afternoon session. Lancashire are 24 for five and in all sorts of strife.

1.05pm - Lunch is being taken in the four games that were able to start this morning. Here's a summary of how things stand:

Division One

Yorkshire were asked to bat and are 76 for four against Middlesex at Lord’s. England seamer Steven Finn has 2-20.

Lancashire are 24 for four having been asked to post a total by Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. Muhammad Azhar Ullah, Olly Stone. Steven Crook and Andrew Hall have a wicket apiece

Warwickshire were put in by Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge and are 94 for three, with Will Porterfield the last man out for 56.

No play was possible this morning in the game between Sussex and Somerset at the County Ground

Division Two

Leicestershire were asked to bat by Glamorgan and are 82 for one at Grace Road. Matthew Boyce is unbeaten on 36.

No play was possible in the games between Gloucestershire and Essex, Hampshire and Surrey, and Worcestershire and Derbyshire.

12.56pm - Wickets are tumbling in Division One on the stroke of lunch. Williamson edges James Harris on the drive to Ollie Rayner at second slip and Yorkshire are 74 for four.

For the second match in succession, Porterfield is unable to kick on from a half-century to three figures as he pushes forwards to give Mullaney a return catch. Warwickshire are 93 for three.

Leicestershire were not unduly upset by Smith’s demise and they are 79 for one against Glamorgan in Division Two. Matthew Boyce is 35 not out.

12.52pm - Unfortunately that planned inspection at the County Ground will have to wait. Rain is coming down once again in Hove.

Lancashire’s woes increase at Wantage Road as Andrea Agathangelou chops on to Andrew Hall and departs for a painstaking one. Jos Buttler joins Luker Procter at the crease with the score 23 for four. No visiting batsman has reached double figures as yet.

12.38pm - Porterfield clouts Carter to the fence twice in the space of three balls to move to fifty. Warwickshire motoring now with these two and the score is 86 for two.

12.36pm - It’s an eventful start for Bell, who has 15 from 10 deliveries. That includes three fours but he was also dropped by Phil Jaques off Luke Fletcher moments ago. Will Nottinghamshire rue that error?

12.30pm - An England man hoping to fare better than Root is Ian Bell, who comes to the crease with Warwickshire 62 for two after Andy Carter has Evans taken at short-leg for 13.

12.25pm - Finn grabs himself some England dressing room bragging rights with a beauty that jags back and traps Joe Root lbw for nought. The score is 55 for three and the big paceman has Middlesex on the charge.

12.20pm - Breakthrough for Glamorgan as Graham Wagg dives to hold on at short extra-cover to dismiss Greg Smith for 28. Jim Allenby is the bowler celebrating and Leicestershire are 49 for one.

12.14pm - Shortly after Lees and Williamson bring up their fifty partnership, Finn removes the former caught behind down the leg side for an attractive 34. Yorkshire are 55 for two.

Also two down but in a considerably greater spot of trouble are Roses rivals Lancashire as Olly Stone uproots Luis Reece’s off stump with the score on 12. Seamer Stone is playing his first championship match since August 2012.

12.13pm - Porterfield continues to contribute the lion's share for Warwickshire. The Ireland international has 41 of 52 for one alongside Laurie Evans at Trent Bridge.

12.01pm - And from his 22 ball Horton goes, edging Mohammad Azhar Ullah to Andrew Hall at first slip. Lancashire are five for one.

11.58am - Either side of the break in play, Lancashire are making careful progress under leaden skies at Wantage Road. They’re four without loss in the eighth over, with in-form opener Paul Horton yet to score from 21 deliveries.

11.49am - An update from the Ageas Bowl, where Hampshire and Surrey are waiting to get stuck into one another; lunch will be taken at 1pm as usual before the umpires inspect once again at 1.30pm.

11.45am - Steven Finn is into the attack impressively for Middlesex with a maiden. It could be an intriguing passage of play at Lord’s.

11.40am - Harry Gurney has the breakthrough for Nottinghamshire as he tempts Chopra into the drive and Steven Mullaney pouches a catch at second slip. Warwickshire are 33 for one.

11.33am - Williamson and Adam Lyth are apparently trying to outdo each in terms of cover-driven fours. A partnership for the purists at HQ!

11.29am - The carnage hoped for by fielding captains is yet to emerge. Warwickshire have progressed to 28 without loss at Trent Bridge, Will Porterfield rattling along to 23 from 20 deliveries to dominate the scoring alongside a considerably more circumspect Varun Chopra.

Yorkshire are 18 for one following Lees’ early dismissal, while Leicestershire are 22 for no wicket against Glamorgan in Division Two

11.15am - The first wicket of the day goes down at Lord’s, where Tim Murtagh has encouraged Alex Lees to edge behind for two. Kane Williamson is the new batsman and Yorkshire are six for one.

Meanwhile, a combination of bad light and drizzle has them back inside at Wantage Road. Lancashire are three without loss.

11.05am - The plans for an 11.30am start between Gloucestershire and Essex now look somewhat ambitious as it’s raining again at Bristol.

10.59am - The teams have emerged from their respective pavilions and we’re about to get cracking. Given how the tosses have gone, it is certainly not unreasonable to expect early wickets.

10.43am - The big story at Lord’s is the decision of Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale to make way in order to accommodate returning England batsman Joe Root, who will skipper the side.

10.40am - Here’s the news from the tosses around the county. Four are yet to take place and four teams have been asked to bat - that probably gives you a decent idea of the conditions we are dealing with!

Division One

Middlesex have won the toss and will field against Yorkshire at Lord’s.

Northamptonshire have won the toss and asked Lancashire to bat first at Wantage Road.

Nottinghamshire have won the toss and invited Warwickshire to post a total at Trent Bridge.

The toss for the game between Sussex and Somerset at the County Ground has been delayed due to rain. There will be an inspection at 11.30am

Division Two

Gloucestershire and Essex must wait to toss the coin due to inclement weather at Bristol.

Hampshire and Surrey have been similarly unable to get away on time at the Ageas Bowl.

Glamorgan have won the toss at Grace Road and asked hosts Leicestershire to bat.

Rain has also delayed the toss for the game between Worcestershire and Derbyshire at New Road, where there will be no play before lunch.

10.24am - Along with the bad news below from New Road, we’re also facing a delayed start at the County Ground where the covers are still on.

10.15am  - Unfortunately there is a fair bit of rain in their air so we are unlikely to get cracking on time in all eight matches. Here they are in full:

Division One

Middlesex v Yorkshire

Northamptonshire v Lancashire

Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire

Sussex v Somerset

Division Two

Gloucestershire v Essex

Hampshire v Surrey

Leicestershire v Glamorgan

Worcestershire v Derbyshire

10.05am - Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the latest round of LV= County Championship matches. We have a full schedule today, with four games getting under way in both Division One and Division Two.

Check out our preview for the top flight, as Lancashire captain and club stalwart Glen Chapple takes on first-team coaching duties for the first time at Northamptonshire.

In Division Two, Saeed Ajmal's return to Worcestershire could spell bad news for Derbyshire, while England captain Alastair Cook will look to continue his purple patch with Essex at Gloucestershire.

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