LV=CC & YB40, May 15: As it happened
10:40pm - RESULT! Worcestershire 110/9 (25 overs) lose to Kent 111/7 (23.1 overs) by three wickets - What a captain's innings from Tredwell, who finishes unbeaten on 42 from just 40 balls to see his side home. Jones struck 30, while Coles chipped in with a useful six not out. That brings another fine day of county action to a dramatic end.
10:10pm - Geraint Jones and James Tredwell are responding to Adam Ball falling cheaply, leaving Kent needing 46 off as many balls with four wickets remaining.
9:46pm - And suddenly we have a really interesting game brewing. Gareth Andrew takes a return catch off Darren Stevens, Shantry traps Harmison lbw and Daryl Mitchell pins Rob Key in front. Kent are 35 for five chasing 111.
9:27pm - Well, well, well. Maybe we have a game on; Jack Shantry has claimed two early wickets, having Billings caught and bowled before trapping Nash lbw.
8:50pm - The visitors have stuttered to just 110 for nine in 25 overs at Canterbury, Coles finishing with impressive figures of 4-20.
8:21pm - Worcestershire are now 75 for six having lost Neil Pinner and Gareth Andrew. What sort of score can they salvage in the remaining six overs?
7:56pm - That catch was impressive yet pales in comparison to the one Ben Harmison has just taken. Running back at mid-off, the former Durham man clings on one-handed with the ball coming over his shoulder to oust Alexei Kervezee and leave Worcestershire 50 for four.
7:37pm - Davies has his second wicket, but he may want to thank Sam Billings. Thilan Samaraweera pulled to deep midwicket, where Billings took the catch and - having realised he was about to tread on the boundary - threw the ball back in the air before collecting again. Brilliant.
7:23pm - Kent continue to enjoy the better of the opening exchanges, Daryl Mitchell edging Matt Coles to slip. Worcestershire are 19 for two after five overs.
7:05pm - The Spitfires have a wicket in the first over with Moeen Ali caught by Brendan Nash off a leading edge for a duck trying to guide Mark Davies through midwicket.
In the championship, here’s a quick round-up of the scores from across the country at the end of the first day's play:
Derbyshire finish on 158 for six against Sussex at the County Ground.
Nottinghamshire ended on 273 for nine against Surrey at Trent Bridge.
Middlesex are 293 for eight versus Somerset at Taunton.
Yorkshire are 11 for none in reply to Warwickshire’s 128 at Edgbaston.
7pm - Stumps at the SWALEC Stadium with the game in the balance, Essex ending on 10 for two in reply to Glamorgan’s 231.
Play is over for the day at Derby too but not before Sussex grab two wickets in five balls. Madsen edged Chris Jordan behind to Ben Brown for 63 before Monty Panesar accounted for Alasdair Evans, lbw for a duck. The home side finish on 158 for six.
At Canterbury, the Worcestershire openers are marching out to the middle.
6:51pm - Lyth and Joe Sayers emerge unscathed as Yorkshire finish the day on 11 without loss. A pretty much perfect day’s cricket from the White Rose.
Glamorgan have a second wicket with nightwatchman Masters out lbw to Hogan for four.
6:41pm - A rain-interrupted day at Wantage Road has ended with the hosts 91 for four.
Yorkshire have five overs to navigate at Edgbaston...
6:35pm - Kent Spitfires captain James Tredwell has won the toss and elected to field at Canterbury. The Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Worcestershire Royals will start at 7pm with the game reduced to 25 overs a side.
6:31pm - Essex have only seven overs to bat out at the end of the first day at the SWALEC Stadium lose a wicket quickly. Tom Westley is bowled by Hogan for a duck to get the ball rolling for Glamorgan in the first over.
The end of play at Nottinghamshire sees the hosts end on 273 for nine as they share an even first day with Surrey.
6:25pm - Three wickets in two overs have ended things nicely for Yorkshire as Warwickshire are dismissed for 128. Plunkett finishes a fine day by picking up Chris Wright and Boyd Rankin for ducks to end with 5-32. Patterson earlier removed Jeetan Patel to claim his third wicket as Troughton runs out of partners on 65.
Glamorgan have been bowled out for 231. Dean Cosker is the last man to perish, caught by Bopara for 18 at mid-on, as Essex’s talismanic bowler Masters finishes with 5-44.
Madsen has a half-century at Derby, meanwhile.
6:16pm - Mullaney goes for 68, lbw to Linley, as Surrey close in on wrapping up the Nottinghamshire innings. It’s been nip-and-tuck all day at Trent Bridge but Mullaney’s knock has certainly kept the hosts handily placed.
Dan Redfern has not lasted long at Derby, trapped lbw by James Anyon for a nine-ball duck as Sussex pick up a late wicket.
It’s all over for the day at Taunton with Middlesex finishing on 293 for eight. At 158 for one, the hosts appeared to be running out of ideas, but they have bounced back thanks mainly to Overton - who ends the day with 4-65. Dexter’s unbeaten 78 leaves honours even.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Congratulations to Wayne Madsen (46*) who has now passed 5,000 career first-class runs. Well done Mads! Derbyshire 128-3
6:05pm - Yorkshire have their seventh wicket as Milnes nicks Patterson to second slip where Lyth takes his third catch of the day.
David Masters has not been in the action for a few hours, but is back causing problems for Glamorgan once more now to claim his fourth wicket of the innings. Michael Hogan offers the catch to Reece Topley for nine, meaning Essex require just one more wicket to cap a fine bowling performance.
Leicestershire continue to make inroads to Northamptonshire’s batting line-up. This time it’s Alex Wakely who goes, bowled by Ollie Freckingham for 18. The home side are 70 for four.
5:57pm - Chanderpaul was droppped on 14 but has not been unable to make Sussex pay, falling to Magoffin just six runs later. The hosts are 114 for three.
A 66-run eighth-wicket partnership has come to an end at Trent Bridge as Ajmal Shahzad is ousted by Jade Dernbach, caught behind after top-edging an attempted hook. Shahzad made just eight from 84 balls but offered much-needed support to Mullaney, who remains unbeaten on 55.
5:44pm - Jim Troughton has been Warwickshire’s only source of resistance this afternoon and he has now raised his bat to acknowledge the applause which greeted his half-century. He was given a reprieve after Adam Lyth dropped a sharp chance at second slip off Plunkett but looked otherwise secure. The hosts are 96 for six with Tom Milnes the other man looking to halt Yorkshire’s progress.
Dexter and Steven Mullaney have also passed 50 for Middlesex and Nottinghamshire respectively. Dexter now has a new partner at the crease, however, after Toby Roland-Jones departed for 21 to become Overton’s fourth victim.
@GlamCricket on Twitter: Glam 200/7 our first batting point secured
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: It's six down! Sidebottom gets one to go round a corner from left to right. Huge in swinger. Clarke gone lbw. 71-6.
5:35 pm - It’s been a really important innings from Allenby for Glamorgan but, unfortunately for the hosts, it has now come to an end. The Australian right-hander made 77 before he was trapped lbw by Bopara on the back foot.
In the other Division Two game, Matthew Spriegel has gone for 11. Robbie Williams is the man celebrating after Matthew Boyce snaffled the catch.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: 100 UP! A single down to fine-leg by Chanderpaul (13*) moves Derbyshire onto 100-2 (33 overs) Madsen 26*
@SussexCCC on Twitter: Play resumes..!! Short delay for a brief shower.. Derbyshire 97-2.
5:02pm - There was a brief rain delay at Edgbaston, but play has restarted. Somerset, meanwhile, continue to impress at Taunton, Gareth Berg and James Harris falling in quick succession.
4:50pm - Somerset’s good day continues as Jack Leach ousts John Simpson, while Nottinghamshire have moved beyond 200 and earned a first batting bonus point versus Surrey.
In Division Two, Jim Allenby has reached his half-century with Glamorgan 179 for seven versus Essex. Play has just restarted at Wantage Road, where Northamptonshire are hosting Leicestershire.
@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: Northants Cricket can announce that captain Stephen Peters is set to miss up to six weeks of the 2013 season after suffering a broken finger
@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: And that is tea! What a session. Warwicks are 64-5 from 30 overs. We still have 29 to come today. Troughton 28 no and Clarke 8 no.
4:19pm - The White Rose are marching on, Steven Patterson getting in on the act when bowling Chris Woakes to leave Warwickshire 55 for five.
Tea has been taken at Trent Bridge with Nottinghamshire 185 for seven having lost Paul Franks cheaply.
4:05pm - Plunkett is on fire for Yorkshire, picking up his third wicket when having Tim Ambrose taken at second slip.
Play has restarted, meanwhile, at the SWALEC Stadium with Glamorgan 147 for seven.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: WICKET! Plunkett traps Maddy lbw propping forward for a duck. 42-3.
3:48pm - Yorkshire have their second wicket and it’s a really special catch for Richard Pyrah. Will Porterfield tries to force Sidebottom through point off the back foot on 14 but sees Pyrah cling on superbly.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is striding to the crease at Derby after Billy Godleman edges Chris Jordan to Luke Wells in the slips having made 26.
Dexter and Simpson have put on 34 in a useful fifth-wicket stand for Middlesex, meanwhile.
3:39pm - Tea is being taken at the SWALEC Stadium and that is because Ravi Bopara has removed Wagg for 13, caught behind by James Foster. The dismissal coincided with a rain shower, bringing to an end a session almost completely dominated by Essex. The visitors have taken four wickets for just 45 runs so far this afternoon with Glamorgan floundering on 142 for seven.
Elsewhere, Linley has got through Taylor’s defences to bowl the Nottinghamshire captain for 47.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: 141 for 6 and a 27 runs stand is frustrating Essex. Allenby 17 Wagg 13. Graham Napier had two chances dropped in the slips.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Sidebottom and Patterson have made life as a batsman extremely uncomfortable so far. 27-1 after 13. Plenty of close calls.
3:28pm - Meaker is back in the attack at Trent Bridge and the England international immediately takes his third wicket of the day, Riki Wessels bowled for one.
Derbyshire have passed 50 with Hughes still the only man to fall but the umpires are once more taking the players from the field at Wantage Road.
3:12pm - Patel has fallen for 35, having added 60 for the fourth wicket with Taylor. Gary Wilson was the man to take the catch at first slip off Linley with Nottinghamshire now 148 for four.
Steve Magoffin has ousted Chesney Hughes for 15, with Ed Joyce claiming the catch at third slip in the game at Derby.
An early breakthrough for Leicestershire sees James Middlebrook gone for two, caught by Jigar Naik off Ollie Freckingham.
No news is good news for fans of Glamorgan as Jim Allenby and Graham Wagg get to work on their rebuilding job.
3:06pm - Of all the places for a breakthrough to emerge, it’s Taunton where Somerset are back in the game. First, Rogers edges Jamie Overton to Jos Buttler for 57. It’s a gem of a delivery from the teenager. Denly then leaves a straight one on 55 from Jack Leach which clips the off stump.
Finally, Dawid Malan nicks Overton through to Marcus Trescothick for two. Neil Dexter and John Simpson are now the men in the middle with Middlesex 162 for four. A crazy couple of overs in the south west!
Ryan Sidebottom has found the edge of Varun Chopra’s bat to give Yorkshire a boost. Adam Lyth took the simple catch at second slip ensuring the Warwickshire opener is made to trudge back to the pavilion having made just four.
Would you believe play has resumed at Wantage Road! It’s been a frustrating day weather-wise but at last, it looks as though we can enjoy play at all six games.
2:52pm - For a fleeting moment we had six live games taking place but unfortunately Northamptonshire and Leicestershire have been able to only manage a couple of overs before being forced to leave the field for rain.
Derbyshire and Warwickshire have suffered no early setbacks and Glamorgan have taken the sting out of Essex’s attack.
Taylor and Patel are edging towards a fifty partnership while Denly has his first fifty of the season at Taunton.
Surely it’s only a matter of time before the bowlers are back in the ascendancy?
@EssexCricket on Twitter: Players started to go off the field when a passing shower arrived but before they could reach the pavilion, the rain stopped.
2:35pm - Further bad news for Glamorgan. Wicketkeeper-captain Mark Wallace is bowled round his legs by David Masters for five. That’s Masters’ third wicket of the day and the hosts are now suddenly in serious bother on 114 for six. The rain is coming down once more, however, to stop Essex’s momentum.
Whisper it quietly, but we actually have live action at all five of our other games!
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Players are out ready for the start of play. 59 overs to be played today and the sun is out. Hughes and Godleman to open
2:28pm - It was just a spot of light drizzle in South Wales meaning the players have returned to the field at the SWALEC Stadium.
Samit Patel has teamed up with Taylor for Nottinghamshire and we’re awaiting play imminently at Derby, Edgbaston and Wantage Road.
Chris Rogers has brought up his half-century at Taunton while his partner, Joe Denly, has made 40 all in fours! The visitors are making steady progress, now 136 for one.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Yorks have won the toss and elected to bowl.
2:11pm - Topley has his second wicket in three balls and it’s a big one for the away side. Top scorer Stewart Walters is the man to depart for 67 after offering a chance to Greg Smith who takes the catch with ease at deep point. Rain arrives immediately afterwards with Glamorgan needing some respite from Topley’s onslaught.
Sussex have won the toss and have unsurprisingly elected to field at Derby but the covers are back at Wantage Road.
2:05pm - Nottinghamshire number three Lumb has gone for 44 and its Stuart Meaker who has made the breakthrough once more, with Tim Linley taking the catch.
Essex have also claimed another scalp with Murray Goodwin bowled for four by Reece Topley. Glamorgan are 104 for four and in need of some stability with the visitors in command.
@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: 2pm start with the further loss of 5 overs. 67 overs left today
1:53pm - Middlesex have passed 100 at Taunton, as have Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium, but unfortunately there’s no prospect of play currently at Edgbaston or Wantage Road.
We’ll have a 40-minute wait until things get started at Derby, meaning the only other place with live action is Trent Bridge, where Michael Lumb and James Taylor are laying the foundations for their third-wicket partnership.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Play against Sussex to begin at 2.30pm. Join us at the County Ground!
@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: Play delayed once again as the covers come back on. #miserablecricketingweather
1:23pm - The toss has taken place at Wantage Road and Leicestershire have asked Northamptonshire to bat. Play is due to start at 1:40pm.
@DerbyshireCCC on Twitter: An inspection will take place at 1.40pm. Hopeful of some cricket shortly after
@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: We will have a further inspection at 1.30pm. Since I last tweeted, the covers have been put back in place.
1pm - England, pictured below, have been training at a dry if chilly Lord’s. Here are the lunchtime LV= County Championship scores:
Middlesex are 92 for one versus Somerset, who won the toss, at Taunton.
Nottinghamshire are 59 for two against Surrey, who chose to bowl first, at Trent Bridge.
Derbyshire versus Sussex at the County Ground has had no play due to rain.
Rain meant there was no play before lunch between Warwickshire and Yorkshire at Edgbaston.
Glamorgan are 97 for three versus Essex, who opted to field first, at the SWALEC Stadium.
Northamptonshire against Leicestershire at Wantage Road has had no play due to rain.
12:55pm - Surrey strike just before lunch as Stuart Meaker bowls Ed Cowan for a patient 15, making the Trent Bridge hosts 54 for two.
12:46pm - Stewart Walters reaches a smooth half-century but Marcus North then becomes Masters’ second victim, for eight, leaving Glamorgan 87 for three. Meanwhile Notts have raised their fifty for the loss of Hales.
12:37pm - Middlesex have lost their first wicket, Robson caught at second slip off Jamie Overton for 42, leaving the visitors to Taunton 76 for one.
@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: Further inspection at 1.10pm. Still cloudy and very slight drizzle in places here at the County Ground.
@YorkshireCCC - The mopping up process has started. Blotter is chugging around the outfield and there are 5 members of ground staff clearing rain off covers
12:10pm - Middlesex and Glamorgan have reached 50, with no wickets having fallen in the last 10 minutes at the three games with play.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: Essex unhappy with shape of the ball and umpires agree to change it. Glamorgan 49 for 2. Walters 23, North 3.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: The Ground Staff are hard at work removing standing water from the covers. Lunch will be taken at 12.30pm. Inspection at 1.15pm
12pm - After an hour’s play at Trent Bridge, Taunton and the SWALEC Stadium, Middlesex are faring best of the sides batting as they are still without loss. Glamorgan have lost both openers while Notts are recovering from the early wicket of Hales.
@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: another inspection at 12.15pm but Early lunch will be taken at 12.30pm. Could start at 1.10pm.
@GlamCricket on Twitter: Bragg departs for 17 off the first ball from Napier. Glam 30 f 2
11:33am - Chris Rogers and Sam Robson have given Middlesex a solid start versus Somerset on what is traditionally a good batting track at Taunton.
@EssexCricket on Twitter: WICKET - David Masters encouraged Ben Wright to push forward and he is caught by Ben Foakes at bat/pad for 6. Glamorgan 6 for 1.
@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: A late change for the County as Rob Keogh will replace skipper Stephen Peters who was injured during a net session this morning
11:12am - There’s nothing like writing ‘no wickets so far’ to make one fall. Notts’ Alex Hales is the man to go, bowled by Jade Dernbach for four.
11:10am - Play has begun at Trent Bridge, Taunton and the SWALEC Stadium. No wickets so far.
@Derbyshire CCC on Twitter: Good news! The rain has stopped at the County Ground. Inspection will take place at midday
@Leicestershire CCC on Twitter: UPDATE: Inspection at 11am at Wantage Road after all of the heavy rain
10:50am - Of course, England begin their summer tomorrow with the first Investec Test versus New Zealand at Lord’s. Click here for an exclusive video of captain Alastair Cook looking forward and back.
@Nottinghamshire CCC on Twitter: Chris Read has missed out with a neck injury - Wessels will keep, and Taylor captains Notts
10:40am - Here’s what’s happening round the grounds. Unfortunately rain has caused a few delayed starts.
Somerset opted to field first versus Middlesex at Taunton.
Surrey chose to bowl first against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Derbyshire versus Sussex at the County Ground has a delayed start.
There will be no play before lunch between Warwickshire and Yorkshire at Edgbaston.
Essex have opted to field first versus Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.
Northamptonshire against Leicestershire at Wantage Road has a delayed start.
10:15am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live text commentary on six LV= County Championship games and the Yorkshire Bank 40 match between Kent and Worcestershire due to start at 4:40pm.