LV=CC, April 10: As it happened
6:36pm - Stumps have now been drawn in all eight games and reports are already starting to appear on ecb.co.uk. Below are the scores on the doors at the end of a thrilling first day of LV= County Championship action.
Warwickshire 14 for none in reply to Derbyshire’s 226 at Edgbaston.
Middlesex 12 for none in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 278 at Trent Bridge.
Sussex 104 for three in reply to Yorkshire’s 96 all out Sussex at Headingley.
Durham 250 all out versus Somerset at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Worcestershire 227 for six against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Hampshire 286 for four versus Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl.
Northamptonshire 108 for three in reply to Glamorgan’s 134 all out at the SWALEC Stadium.
Gloucestershire 300 for three against Essex at Chelmsford.
Chris Devine at Warwickshire v Derbyshire: The 2012 champions probably hold the edge after day one, but Derbyshire will take plenty of heart from their fightback, led by Tony Palladino. A couple of early wickets tomorrow, when Warwickshire will reply on 14 without loss in reply to 226, would leave this game intriguingly set up.
Dominic Farrell at Lancashire v Worcestershire - Luke Procter dismissed Neil Pinner for a hard-earned 29 to leave this game nicely poised with Worcestershire 227 for six at stumps. Debutant all-round Wayne White and spinner Simon Kerrigan joined Procter in taking two wickets apiece, but I make it marginally the visitors' day after they were asked to bat by Glen Chapple. Moeen Ali made a wonderful 78 but may be kicking himself for missing out on three figures, while Pears captain Daryl Mitchell climbed off his sickbed to reach a fluent, unbeaten 36 at the close that belied his general demeanour.
6:20pm - Another side bites the dust; Notts are all out for a very decent 278, Roland-Jones picking up where he left off last term with career-best figures of 6-63.
6:11pm - And we have stumps at the Emirates Durham ICG, where Steve Kirby bowled Scott Borthwick for 45 to dismiss the hosts for 250. The end of the day has also been reached at Headingley, where play has not restarted, meaning Sussex end in a wonderful position.
Chris Devine at Warwickshire v Derbyshire: The visitors are finally all out, but only after Palladino and Turner had added 55 in 11.1 overs for the final wicket. A total of 226 is more than looked likely and Warwickshire have a few awkward overs to negotiate before stumps.
6:04pm - If you fancy some cricket chat this evening, by the way, why not listen to the ECB Podcast. Alastair Cook, Charlotte Edwards, Boris Johnson and an LV= County Championship preview make up a packed Episode 95.
6:02am - Things are starting to settle a little with some games finishing, but there is news. Durham are now nine down for 243; Nottinghamshire have lost Andre Adams, but subsequently reached 275 for eight.
Chris Devine at Warwickshire v Derbyshire: Palladino brings up his fifty – and Derbyshire’s first batting point – with the sun peeking through for the first time today at Edgbaston. The number nine then celebrates by pulling Oliver Hannon-Dalby for six!
Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Sussex: Sidebottom is trying his hardest to drag Yorkshire back into this game. Moments after Nash had taken Sussex into the lead, the former England seamer located the edge and Jonny Bairstow held on. That was a fine knock from Nash, who struck 13 fours in his 80. However, the bad news is the players have gone off for bad light which could bring a premature end to the close of play.
5:40pm - Toby Roland-Jones has a new nut in hand, which can only mean one thing: yes, a wicket. He grabs his fifth when Ajmal Shahzad falls.
5:30pm - News aplenty! Play has been abandoned for the day at the Ageas Bowl with Hampshire in a solid position on 286 for four. Meanwhile, we have our first centuries! Congratulations Hamish Marshall, who got there first, and Gloucestershire team-mate Dan Housego. They have put on an unbroken 186 to leave their side 257 for three against Essex.
Dominic Farrell at Lancashire v Worcestershire: Lancashire have the second new ball in hand now, while Daryl Mitchell really does not look well at all. The poor old chap is squatting down or leaning heavily on his bat between most deliveries - going beyond the call of duty for his team who have just passed 200.
5:23pm - And now rain has struck at the SWALEC Stadium with Northamptonshire 108 for three, 26 behind. Where rain is expected, in the north-east, Nelson has struck! Durham have just lost Callum Thorp for 23 to be 222 for eight versus Somerset.
5:15pm - Middlesex are hitting back, with Riki Wessels’ run-out for 30 leaving Nottinghamshire 222 for six. Yorkshire are attempting to do likewise as Ryan Sidebottom ousts Michael Yardy, yet Sussex are just nine adrift on 89 for seven responding to 98. Meanwhile, in Division Two, Northants have strengthened their position; Stephen Peters has moved past 50 to leave his side 96 for three replying to Glamorgan’s 134.
5.05pm - Nottinghamshire's overseas player Ed Cowan caught the eye earlier today with a half-century against Middlesex. Watch the video interview with him below where he gives his hopes for the season.
Good news from Chris Devine: Only a short delay at Edgbaston - where the floodlights are on. The umpires have summoned the players back out to the middle and Warwickshire will now hope to wrap up Derbyshire's first innings this evening.
5pm - Nottinghamshire’s Taylor is out, caught at gully for 55 off Neil Dexter, to put the Trent Bridge hosts on 204 for five.
Dominic Farrell at Lancashire v Worcestershire: Moeen Ali is out for 78 when a century appeared there for the taking. In the afternoon session, when he also brought up 5,000 career first-class runs, Worcestershire's number three launched a towering straight six off Simon Kerrigan. Looking to repeat the trick he picked out Ashwell Prince at long-on. Pears captain Daryl Mitchell is in at seven, having foregone his customary opening role due to a sickness bug.
4:50pm - There’s also bad news at the Ageas Bowl where rain has interrupted at 286 for four with James Vince on 77 and Ervine 57. They have added an unbroken 136, part of a fine recovery from nought for two.
Disappointing news from Chris Devine: Oh dear; now we're off for bad light at Edgbaston. Derbyshire have moved on to 169 for eight, with Tony Palladino unbeaten on 30.
Chris Devine at Warwickshire v Derbyshire: National selector Geoff Miller believes it is too tricky to pick a winner of this year's championship. However, he is hoping to see his old county Derbyshire fare well on their return to the top flight. "It will be interesting to see how they cope in Division One," Miller told ecb.co.uk at Edgbaston. "They have certainly deserved it and it's now up to them to perform at the higher level." At the moment, Karl Krikken's side are 164 for eight, with Chesney Hughes having edged Chris Wright to first slip shortly after tea.
4:40pm - James Taylor has a fifty for Nottinghamshire, as does Chris Nash for Sussex and Sean Ervine for Hampshire. Northamptonshire have lost two wickets since tea, Michael Reed removing David Sales and Alex Wakely in consecutive balls.
4:25pm - Play has resumed after tea at most of the eight grounds hosting LV= County Championship action today.
4.15pm - It is the tea interval around the country. On a seamer-friendly day of many wickets so far, two games are into their second innings. They are at Headingley and the SWALEC Stadium.
Derbyshire 152 for seven versus Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Nottinghamshire 189 for four against Middlesex at Trent Bridge.
Sussex 53 for one in reply to Yorkshire’s 96 all out Sussex at Headingley.
Durham 167 for six versus Somerset at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Worcestershire 161 for four against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Hampshire 251 for four versus Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl.
Northamptonshire 51 for one in reply to Glamorgan’s 134 all out at the SWALEC Stadium.
Gloucestershire 189 for three against Essex at Chelmsford.
Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Sussex: Brooks is enduring a poor start to life at Yorkshire, conceding 21 off two overs after Chris Nash smashed five fours in seven balls. Nash has shown the hosts how to play on this surface, hitting seven fours in an unbeaten 45 as Sussex reach 53 for one at tea. The visitors are threatening to rack up a lead in the final session.
Dominic Farrell at Lancashire v Worcestershire: In further unseasonably good news for batsmen, Moeen has proceeded serenely to 72 not out at tea. Moeen returned match figures of 12-96 on this ground last July, his occasional off-spin benefiting from a raging turner. There appear to be no such gremlins in the pitch this time round and one imagines Worcestershire would have gleefully taken 161 for four after two sessions when asked to bat this morning. Lancashire's Simon Kerrigan returned to the field before the session ended but is yet to bowl again.
3:45pm - With tea approaching, batsmen appear to be having some joy around the country, not least Dan Housego and Hamish Marshall who are enjoying an unbroken century partnership for Gloucestershire against Essex. James Vince has a fifty for Hampshire, who have moved from nought for two to 214 for four versus Leicestershire.
Some good news for Yorkshire from Callum Dent: The hosts have made an early breakthrough, but it is not one of their new signings that has trapped Luke Wells lbw. Former England seamer Ryan Sidebottom, opening alongside Steven Patterson, has opened his account for the season, with Liam Plunkett and Jack Brooks yet to get the nod from skipper Andrew Gale.
Do not just take it from me. Here is Chris Devine at Warwickshire v Derbyshire: It’s all going the way of the champions now at Edgbaston. Chanderpaul became a second victim for Patel as I had a quick chat with national selector Geoff Miller (more on that later). I then got back to my seat in time to see Ross Whiteley slip in the middle of the pitch to be run out. And I’m afraid Tom Poynton has just been caught at first slip off Patel, leaving Derbyshire 117 for seven.
3:15pm - No, your eyes are not deceiving you: some good news for a batsman. Gloucestershire’s Dan Housego has moved past 50 to leave his side 142 for three versus Essex. Hampshire are beyond 200 in their clash with Leicestershire, while Glamorgan are in further trouble having been dismissed for 134 against Northants, Andrew Hall finishing with three wickets and Steven Crook four. In Division One, Jeetan Patel has claimed the prized scalps of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and that of Tom Poynton either side of Ross Whiteley being run out. Derbyshire, having been in a promising position, are now 117 for seven!
A second successive update from Callum Dent: What a sorry start to life back in the top flight for Yorkshire, who are 96 all out. Jordan dismisses Jack Brooks and then holds on at first slip off Azeem Rafiq's wild hack to provide Steve Magoffin with his second scalp. They have put a huge amount of pressure on their new-look bowling attack now.
Callum Dent at Yorkshire versus Sussex: Jordan shows former club Surrey what they are missing by bowling Ryan Sidebottom to collect a five-for on his Sussex championship debut. Yorkshire are still six runs short of three figures. Sussex have Tweeted: "WICKET..and it's 5 wickets for Chris Jordan on his #LVCC debut for Sussex! He bowls Ryan Sidebottom for 2 and Yorkshire are 94/8 now".
Ah, Dominic Farrell from Lancashire against Worcestershire: A mixed few moments for the Red Rose, who will be worried by Simon Kerrigan hobbling off the field having pulled up with an apparent foot problem. That brought Wayne White into the attack to make Alex Kervezee his second victim, pouched at second slip by Steven Croft - a far easier catch than the sharp chance offered to him earlier by Moeen Ali off Glen Chapple. The Worcestershire stylist was on 42 at the time and has now passed 50, the highlight of which was a straight six off Kerrigan.
2:43pm - Just a quick one. Derbyshire fans can blame Chris Devine for this: Redfern has fallen having added just four runs since our man at Edgbaston started gushing praise; they are now 105 for four.
2:41pm - Thankfully, we’ve avoided the shame of the season’s first centurion being an Aussie; only joking Hampshire fans. What an introduction from George Bailey, who departs to Ollie Freckingham having delivered a 133-ball 93. Leicestershire are certainly fighting back in that one! Meanwhile, Durham’s strife continues as Paul Collingwood falls lbw to Somerset’s Peter Trego; they are now 95 for five. Sussex all-rounder Jordan continues to enjoy a dream championship debut, too, as Liam Plunkett is caught and bowled, leaving Yorkshire seven down, still 18 shy of moving into three figures. Glamorgan are in a similarly poor position versus Northamptonshire having now lost skipper Mark Wallace.
My, my, our men at the grounds are busy today - and it seems Derbyshire are looking the best of the Division One newcomers for now... Chris Devine has chipped in with this: Dan Redfern has got his side moving in some style. The young left-hander is driving beautifully through the cover region and has just taken three successive fours off Hannon-Dalby. Redfern already has 30.
Close your eyes, Yorkshire fans! This from Callum Dent at Headingley: Yorkshire are in huge trouble now as Gary Ballance falls, the latter providing the excellent Chris Jordan with his third wicket and wicketkeeper Ben Brown his fourth catch.
2:20pm - While you're waiting for the next update, why not check out our chat with Gloucestershire coach John Bracewell in the video below?
2:13pm - Those of you who thought conditions would become more batsman-friendly were misguided. Yes, there's still plenty happening for the seamers - much to the detriment of England's Jonny Bairstow, who has fallen to Sussex seamer James Anyon for 29 to leave Yorkshire 58 for five. Glamorgan have lost Murray Goodwin and Jim Allenby in quick succession to be 87 for six versus Essex, while Hampshire are 141 for three against Leicestershire following Liam Dawson's departure for 46.
Dominic Farrell at Lancashire v Worcestershire: Big wicket for Lancashire as Simon Kerrigan gets Thilan Samaraweera! The Worcestershire batsman clearly gained the upper hand in this tussle after lunch, but the ball after sending the slow left-armer to the third-man fence he top edged a back-foot cut to be gleefully snaffled behind by Gareth Cross. Samaraweera was absolutely furious with himself as he trudged off.
1:56pm - Elsewhere in Division One, Ed Cowan's first knock of the season has ended; he has been ousted by the ever-impressive Toby Roland-Jones for 61, leaving Nottinghamshire 98 for three.
Chris Devine at Warwickshire v Derbyshire: Wes Durston has failed to make the most of his earlier reprieve. He falls lbw in the third over after lunch to give Oliver Hannon-Dalby his first championship wicket for Warwickshire.
1:40pm - We are under way again around the country.
1pm - That’s lunch on the first day of the championship season after all eight toss-winning captains chose to bowl first. The lunchtime scores are as follows:
Derbyshire 50 for two versus Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Nottinghamshire 95 for two against Middlesex at Trent Bridge.
Yorkshire 40 for four versus Sussex at Headingley.
Durham 68 for four against Somerset at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Worcestershire 72 for two against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Hampshire 114 for two versus Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl.
Glamorgan 63 for four against Northamptonshire at the SWALEC Stadium.
Gloucestershire 71 for three versus Essex at Chelmsford.
Dominic Farrell at Lancashire v Worcestershire: Moeen Ali and Thilan Samaraweera already looking like being the crucial partnership for Worcestershire, having put on an unbroken 36 for the third wicket at lunch. Lancashire's England Lions spinner Simon Kerrigan is sizing up recently retired Sri Lanka star Samaraweera in what could prove to be an intriguing battle.
Chris Devine at Warwickshire v Derbyshire: A big let-off for Wes Durston, on 26, just before lunch. He slashes hard at Clarke and is put down by Jeetan Patel in the gully.
Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Sussex: The visitors must feel sorry for struggling Yorkshire as Luke Wells, attempting to run out Jonny Bairstow, concedes four overthrows. Then it's the battle of the England team-mates here as Monty Panesar is thrown the ball on the stroke of lunch.
12:35am - Yorkshire are in trouble at 18 for four as Jordan strikes again, having Alex Lees caught behind. Durham have lost two more wickets, with Peter Trego snaring Will Smith and Alfonso Thomas removing Dale Benkenstein for nought. The latter was caught behind by Craig Kieswetter, who has been preferred as wicketkeeper to Jos Buttler. Australians Cowan and Bailey respectively have the first Division One and Two fifties of the year.
Dominic Farrell at Lancashire v Worcestershire: The visitors have lost both openers at Emirates Old Trafford, having seen off an hour of the new ball. Lancashire debutant White claimed a wicket in his first over when Matthew Pardoe chipped to mid-off and Luke Procter pinned Michael Johnson plumb in front for 18. Penny for the thoughts of skipper Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg, who slogged away for 15 overs between them without reward.
Chris Devine at Warwickshire v Derbyshire: There have been five strong lbw appeals in the last half-hour at Edgbaston, where Wright - who has today signed a four-year contract extension until the end of 2016 - and Rikki Clarke are piling on the pressure.
12:20pm - In Division Two, George Bailey is dominating a stand so far worth 60 with Liam Dawson for Hampshire’s third wicket and Worcestershire are one wicket down versus Lancashire, Wayne White having removed Matt Pardoe. Glamorgan have reached 50 without further loss and Gloucestershire are two down against Essex, with David Masters having both opening batsmen caught behind.
12:05pm - Nottinghamshire are the first side to reach 50, doing so without loss, but soon after Toby Roland-Jones snares Alex Hales and Michael Lumb in the same over. Yorkshire are 11 for three as as skipper Andrew Gale tickles a wayward Chris Jordan delivery down the leg-side to Ben Brown. At Durham, who start the season on -2.5 points for breaking salary cap regulations, Somerset’s Steve Kirby has made Mark Stoneman Durham’s first wicket, bowling him for 24.
Chris Devine at Warwickshire v Derbyshire: Wayne Madsen collected four from the first ball of this match, but it has been hard work for batsmen since then with the ball nipping around as you would expect. Wright already has two scalps, which has brought Shivnarine Chanderpaul to the crease. Can the overseas signing dig in on his Derbyshire debut?
11:50am - Newly-promoted Yorkshire are nine for two versus Sussex as Steve Magoffin has fellow Australian Phil Jaques lbw. Callum Dent says: "Anyon and Magoffin have used the seamer-friendly conditions to their advantage this morning". Sussex’s Luke Wright, who is partaking in the Indian Premier League, earlier tweeted: "Fair to say there must be some very cold slip fielders in County Cricket today!"
Mike Gatting - who won the County Championship six times (Middlesex and Kent shared it in 1977) - gives his thoughts on this year's campaign:
"I think it will be another exciting competition and my prediction is that Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, Middlesex or Surrey will win it,” he said.
"Middlesex have a great chance. They have a strong seam attack with the addition of James Harris - he is a very good signing.
"Over the river, Surrey, with Graeme Smith as captain, will be up there. They have a battery of quick bowlers and will be a real force if Chris Tremlett stays fit. With the bat, look out for their young opener Rory Burns.”
11:30am - In the top flight, Warwickshire’s Chris Wright has had Derbyshire’s new signing Billy Godleman caught at slip and Sussex’s James Anyon has bowled Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth. Australia batsman Ed Cowan, who could well play in the Ashes, announced himself for Nottinghamshire by hitting the game’s first three balls, bowled by Middlesex’s Tim Murtagh, for four. Cowan has since settled down.
11:25am - Leicestershire have made a great start, Matthew Hoggard following up Wyatt’s strike by having Michael Carberry caught behind to leave Hampshire nought for two. The other Division-Two wicket so far has gone to Northamptonshire’s David Willey, who has likewise snared Glamorgan’s Ben Wright for a duck.
11:10am - Wyatt, one of Leicestershire’s players to commit to the club today, has taken the first wicket of the campaign, bowling Hampshire's Jimmy Adams for nought.
11am - The LV= County Championship season has begun! In other news, England batsman Nick Compton is one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year and five Leicestershire players have signed contract extensions. They are Josh Cobb, Nathan Buck, Greg Smith, Ned Eckersley and Alex Wyatt.
10:50am - Here is some team news from our guys at the grounds:
Chris Devine at Edgbaston: Young all-rounder Tom Milnes gets a chance to impress for Warwickshire in the absence of Chris Woakes, while there is also a place for Oliver Hannon-Dalby, signed from Yorkshire in the close season. Derbyshire's line-up contains a certain Shivnarine Chanderpaul...
Callum Dent at Headingley: Alex Lees, Liam Plunkett and Jack Brooks will make their championship debuts for Yorkshire, while former Surrey all-rounders Rory Hamilton-Brown and Chris Jordan are included in Sussex's XI.
Dominic Farrell at Old Trafford: Wayne White is given a Lancashire debut while Worcestershire hand bows to Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera and Western Australia wicketkeeper Michael Johnson.
10:45am - Unsurprisingly, given the early season conditions that will likely favour seam bowlers, all eight captains who won the toss put their opponents into bat. Details are below. By the way, a change to playing regulations this season states that pitches should ideally start firm and dry. The heavy roller will again be allowed after the start of the match.
Warwickshire chose to bowl versus Derbyshire at Edgbaston.
Middlesex opted to bowl against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Sussex elected to bowl versus Yorkshire at Headingley.
Somerset decided to bowl against Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Lancashire elected to bowl against Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Leicestershire decided to bowl versus Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
Northamptonshire opted to bowl against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.
Essex chose to bowl versus Gloucestershire at Chelmsford.
10:30am - Weather permitting, and conditions around the country are dry if cold, the toss will be taking place at all eight championship games. News of these follows shortly.
10:20am - As always, we have exclusives with both England and county players plus coaches, such as Peter Moores, Jos Buttler and Steve Rhodes. Also, Steven Finn spoke exclusively about Middlesex's hopes for this year's championship. Click on the video to watch the full interview.
Regular ecb.co.uk blogger Chris Woakes, of Warwickshire, has texted his thoughts ahead of today's play: "We are confident of winning the title again but it will be tough. There are some strong teams in Division One, like Somerset as always. I reckon Middlesex have a good side too."
10:10am - Our aim is to keep you updated on every county fixture. Today we have Chris Devine at Edgbaston for the meeting between defending Division One champions Warwickshire and newly-promoted Derbyshire, while Callum Dent is watching Yorkshire take on Sussex at Headingley and Dominic Farrell will be reporting from Emirates Old Trafford, where Lancashire are hosting Worcestershire.
10am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk's new live blog coverage of the county summer.
We will be bringing you updates from around the shires on every round of domestic fixtures, starting with this week's season-opening LV= County Championship matches.
Play will begin across the country in an hour's time - and there is much to look forward to.