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LV=CC, August 28: As it happened

Second-placed Durham claimed the early advantage against LV=CC leaders Yorkshire by piling up 406 for six on day one at Scarborough. Elsewhere there were hundreds for Leicestershire's Ned Eckersley and Greg Smith of Essex.

6:43pm - Here is a summary of how things stand across the country:

Division One

Leaders Yorkshire suffered a tough day in the field after losing the toss as second-placed Durham racked up 406 for six at Scarborough.

Sussex elected to bat and recovered well in the evening session at Edgbaston to reach 278 for seven against Warwickshire.

Somerset won the toss at Lord's and were indebted to lower-order resistance as they posted 332 for eight against Middlesex.

Division Two

Table-topping Lancashire, another side who opted to bat, closed day one against Hampshire on 295 for eight at Southport.

Northamptonshire enjoyed a fine day after winning the toss at Wantage Road, dismissing Glamorgan for 241 before reaching 85 for nought in reply.

Greg Smith's unbeaten 149 helped Essex to 333 for seven at Bristol against Gloucestershire, who chose to bowl.

Leicestershire reached 270 for seven, thanks largely to a hundred from Ned Eckersley, versus Worcestershire after deciding to make first use of the pitch at Grace Road.

6:35pm - And the day's action is rounded off by Sussex closing with 278 for seven. Jordan and Beer shared an unbroken partnership of 83 to steady the ship.

We will have a full round-up of today's scores on this page in the next few minutes.

6:32pm - Essex lose Graham Napier to herald stumps at Bristol with Smith unbeaten on 149 out of 333 for seven.

Northants close 156 behind on 85 without loss.

6:18pm - Jordan reaches 50 at Edgbaston, where Sussex are 268 for seven.

6:10pm - In the battle of the leading contenders for LV= County Championship glory, Durham have certainly taken the opening-day honours. Having been five for two after winning the toss, they finish day one against Yorkshire with 406 for six on the board. Skipper Paul Collingwood needs 26 more for a century.

Smith is still there for Essex, but skipper James Foster has just gone for 26 to make it 316 for six at Bristol.

6:04pm - Durham do make it past the 400 mark, but lose Phil Mustard - lbw attempting to reverse-sweep Kane Williamson - next ball for 42.

Somerset were seven down just after tea but reach stumps at Lord's on 332 for eight.

6pm - We have a prompt finish at Grace Road, where Leicestershire close on 270 for seven against Worcestershire thanks largely to Eckersley's ton.

Divison Two leaders Lancashire are the next to reach the close. They end day one against Hampshire 295 for eight with the in-form Procter 65 not out.

5:55pm - Northants are 54 without loss after 11 overs - it's been a fine day for Stephen Peters' men after the skipper chose to bowl.

Things haven't gone quite so well for Liam Plunkett, who has sent down 10 wicketless overs against former club Durham at a cost of 57 runs. The visitors to Scarborough are 392 for five with the close approaching.

5:48pm - Gareth Berg breaks through for Middlesex by trapping Barrow lbw for 65.

At Southport, James Vince has grabbed a wicket in his first over, that of Kyle Hogg.

5:40pm - Chawla, who has struck seven fours and two sixes, moves beyond 50 and brings up a century partnership with Barrow in the process.

Essex number three Smith is 134 not out, the highest score of a day that has seen several batsmen prosper.

5:36pm - Like Somerset, Sussex are benefiting from eighth-wicket resistance. Chris Jordan is the senior partner in a stand with Will Beer now worth 40.

5:27pm - Worcestershire continue to chip away in the evening session, James Sykes falling to Jack Shantry for 14.

Northants have made a sound start in reply to Glamorgan's modest first-innings total. The Welsh side could be the only side to lose 10 wickets today.

5:22pm - Middlesex will not have enjoyed the last hour or so. Barrow and Chawla have now put on 87 in 20 overs and Somerset are on the brink of 300.

Another substantial stand is over at Bristol. Foakes is ousted by Will Gidman for 32, meaning Essex are 266 for five.

Tomlinson gets revenge by picking up the wicket of Cross for 26.

Durham are now past 350 and firmly on course for maximum batting points.

5:10pm - Eckersley falls to Alan Richardson for 106, bowled via an inside edge whilst looking to leave.

Gareth Cross is taking the attack to Hampshire with three successive fours off James Tomlinson.

Collingwood has moved past 50 at Scarborough, where Durham could yet make 400 on the opening day.

4:57pm - Copeland finishes off the Glamorgan innings at 241. Northants have a real chance now to enhance their promotion push by securing a significant first-innings advantage.

Hampshire and Middlesex have each taken the second new ball. The latter could really do with a breakthrough as Barrow has now passed 50 in an eighth-wicket alliance worth 74.

Procter also has a half-century to his name.

4:44pm - Stokes' fine innings comes to an end on 127 when he is caught behind off Adil Rashid. Durham remain well placed on 315 for five but will want a few more yet.

Smith completes his hundred and Essex are 239 for four with Ben Foakes also going well.

4:39pm - This is quite a debut for Chambers. He has Ben Brown lbw for a duck to end his 15th over with 3-41.

Eckersley wins the race with Smith, completing a patient hundred from 222 deliveries.

Smith is on to 97 at Bristol, while Barrow and Chawla have taken their stand at 50.

4:33pm - Glamorgan's ninth wicket goes down with 233 on the board as Jim Allenby is caught behind off Trent Copeland.

4:26pm - The Sussex slide continues, Maurice Chambers removing Matt Machan for his second wicket on Warwickshire debut.

Lancashire's sixth-wicket pair - all-rounders Tom Smith and Luke Procter - have taken their partnership past 50 at Southport.

Eckersley and Essex batsman Greg Smith are battling to be the day's next centurion. They are unbeaten on 90 and 89 respectively.

4:21pm - Warwickshire are another side whose day is getting better and better. Sussex were 121 without loss at Edgbaston after 35 overs but now find themselves 186 for five. Ed Joyce is the latest to go, caught behind off Recordo Gordon for 16.

Alex Barrow and Piyush Chawla are adding handy runs for Somerset at Lord's.

4:12pm - Unflustered by the scare mentioned below, Ben Stokes reaches 100 with his 14th four. He and Mark Stoneman have put Durham in a strong position following their terrible start this morning.

Josh Cobb falls to Moeen Ali for 44, ending a stand of 92 with Ned Eckersley and leaving Leicestershire 187 for five.

4:05pm - As other games restart, Glamorgan head to tea on 224 for eight.

Somerset suffer another setback at the start of the evening when losing Lewis Gregory to Ollie Rayner for two.

3:43pm - Durham reach tea in a strong position on 265 for four with Stokes 92 not out while Leicestershire are 172 for four at the interval and Lancashire 207 for five. Meanwhile, Somerset have faded; they are 206 for six following Craig Meschede's departure.

In news outside of these games, Surrey youngster Dominic Sibley could make his championship debut tomorrow against Derbyshire, who are without Tim Groenewald and Chesney Hughes.

3:23pm - The bowlers are enjoying a productive period, Matt Coles ousting Andrea Agathangelou, Benny Howell getting rid of Ryan ten Doeschate, Jeetan Patel accounting for Rory Hamilton-Brown and Crook dismissing John Glover.

3:08pm - Jones becomes the latest Somerset batsman to not make use of a fine start, Dexter claiming a third wicket. Graham Wagg's departure to - yes, you guessed it - Willey leaves Glamorgan six down, while Luke Wells has fallen to Barker for 65.

3pm - Hampshire claim a fourth scalp when Liam Dawson ousts Steven Croft, while Stokes has brought up his fifty.

2:56pm - It's took a while - by his standards! - but Keith Barker has a wicket, trapping Michael Yardy lbw.

2:48pm - Man of the moment indeed. Two in two for Willey, who ousts Mark Wallace in the same manner. Can he get a second hat-trick in a fortnight? Durham, meanwhile, have managed a first batting bonus point.

2:47pm - Chris Jones keeps Somerset ticking over when reaching a half-century, while man of the moment David Willey strikes by having the in-form Murray Goodwin caught behind for 47.

2:44pm - Ryan Sidebottom has a third wicket - his 600th scalp in first-class cricket - at Scarborough and it's the big one. Stoneman is caught behind for 122 to end a partnership of 128 in 27.1 overs with Ben Stokes. Visiting skipper Paul Collingwood walks to the crease with five runs needed for Durham's first batting point.

2:33pm - Crook gets Cooke or is it Cooke who gets Cooke? Well, either way Chris Cooke has rearranged his own stumps, falling hit wicket to Steven Crook.

2:30pm - Ned Eckersley moving to 50 offers some happiness for Leicestershire fans, but it's bad news for supporters of Somerset and Essex. James Hildreth has departed to Neil Dexter for the former and Owais Shah to Craig Miles for the latter.

2:13pm - What an effort from Durham's Mark Stoneman. Having seen his side lose early wickets in their crucial clash with Yorkshire, he has reached a century off just 117 balls. Leicestershire, on the other hand, are now four down having lost Tom Wells to Jack Shantry.

2:04pm - And now it's wickets ahoy! Marcus Trescothick falls for 64, trapped lbw by Tim Murtagh, and Chris Nash falls likewise to Chambers. Well played Maurice!

2:02pm - Fifties ahoy! Greg Smith - the Essex version - and Luke Wells have reached the landmark.

1:49pm - Some more news from around the country: Maurice Chambers has signed for Warwickshire as some may have noticed given he's playing today, while Ben Phillips has been released by Nottinghamshire.

1:05pm - It's lunch time in all of the seven games now. On the stroke of the interval, Nash reached his half-century. Here are the scores:

Division One

Durham are 117 for three after choosing to bat against Yorkshire at Scarborough

Sussex are 107 without loss after choosing to bat Warwickshire at Edgbaston

Somerset are 101 for one after choosing to bat against Middlesex at Lord's

Division Two

Leicestershire are 69 for three after choosing to bat against Worcestershire at Grace Road

Glamorgan are 96 for two after being asked to bat by Northamptonshire at Wantage Road

Lancashire are 133 for two after choosing to bat against Hampshire at Southport

Essex are 89 for two after being asked to bat by Gloucestershire at Bristol 

12:55pm - In better news Red Rose followers, Luis Reece has just reached a fluent fifty.

12:52pm - I Feel For You, Lancashire fans. Prince, who by all accounts was looking a million dollars, has gone, Sean Ervine getting the breakthrough.

12:50pm - You get the feeling that the alliance between Stoneman and Ben Stokes will be key for Durham. It's going well thus far...

12:42pm - Leicestershire lose a second wicket as Joe Leach accounts for Niall O'Brien, while Ashwell Prince and Mark Stoneman have reached half-centuries. Somerset's fine start has been undermined by the loss of Compton, who has departed to Neil Dexter for 31.

12:22pm - Yorkshire claim a third wicket as Will Smith edges Jack Brooks to third slip, where Kane Williamson takes a one-handed, diving catch. It's the leaders who have made the better start in that one.

12:20pm - Somerset, aiming to allay their relegation fears, are on to 54 without loss on the back of unbeaten 27s from Nick Compton and Marcus Trescothick. Meanwhile, Glamorgan are 71 for none with Gareth Rees and Will Bragg going well.

12pm - Bowlers have not necessarily enjoyed the first hour but at least Gloucestershire's Graeme McCarter ends it on a high, having Jaik Mickleburgh caught behind.

11:38pm - Somerset, Sussex and Glamorgan are off to fine starts with the bat. Is there a better place for run-getters than England in August?

11:21am - I thought we weren't seeing many wickets... Well that's now changed with Leicestershire losing Greg Smith and Essex Gautam Gambhir.

11:16am - More good news for you White Rose fans: Lancashire lose an early wicket as James Tomlinson ousts Paul Horton.

11:11am - What a start for Yorkshire! Two wickets come in three balls as Ryan Sidebottom traps Keaton Jennings and Scott Borthwick lbw!

10:49am - There has also been some news away from the action this morning, with Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth signing a contract extension until the end of 2015.

10:35am - We have news from the all-important tosses. Here it is...

Division One

Durham won the toss and elected to bat against Yorkshire at Scarborough

Sussex won the toss and elected to bat against Warwickshire at Edgbaston

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat against Middlesex at Lord's

Division Two

Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat against Worcestershire at Grace Road

Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to field against Glamorgan at Wantage Road

Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat against Hampshire at Southport

Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field against Essex at Bristol

10:15am - For everything you need to know about the fixtures, read our preview here. This promises to be a decisive week.

9:55am - Hello and welcome to's live coverage of today's crucial round of LV= County Championship fixtures. Seven games begin today, including the mouth-watering first-versus-second Division One meeting between Yorkshire and Durham.

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