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LV= CC, April 24: As it happened

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Evening Session

6:28pm - Play has now come to a close in all six matches. It was Onions who made the final impact of the day, pinning Gale lbw for 25 to leave Yorkshire 57 for three.

Each Division One game appears intriguingly poised, although Nottinghamshire may be the happiest of the top-flight teams after they reached 28 without loss in reply to Derbyshire's 256 on a flattening wicket.

In Division Two, there were good opening days for Lancashire and Northamptonshire, while Hampshire piled on the runs against Worcestershire as captain Jimmy Adams led from the front with a splendid innings of 151 not out.

Here are all the scores at the close of play:

Division One

Yorkshire are 57 for three in reply to Durham`s 237 at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Nottinghamshire are 28 without loss at the County Ground, where Derbyshire were all out for 256.
Surrey are 301 for seven against Sussex at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Kent are 216 for eight in their clash with Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Northamptonshire are 107 for three replying to Gloucestershire`s 192 at Bristol.
Hampshire are 367 for six versus Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl.

6:15pm - Stumps have been drawn at the Kia Oval and Bristol, and there is little play remaining in the four other fixtures.

Jimmy Adams

@hantscricket on Twitter: Rapturous applause as Adams (150*) picks up a chanceless Daddy Hundred (282 balls, 19 fours). Hants: 365-6 (Wood 10*). 1 ov remains today.

6:05pm - London buses and all that ... Anderson waited almost the entire day for his first wicket, but now has a second after Coles picked out Simon Kerrigan at deep backward square.

Lancashire's Roses rivals are recovering well against Durham. Root and Andrew Gale have taken the Yorkshire total to 50 for two.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Kent claim their 1st batting point, 203-7 after 92 overs, Tredwell 27* Coles 4*. 4 overs left today

5:55pm - Surrey's evening struggles continue as Anyon traps Zander de Bruyn lbw for 31, the fifth wicket to go down at the Kia Oval since tea.

Hampshire, the star batting performers of the day, are now six down against Worcestershire but Adams is on the brink of reaching 150.

5:37pm - James Anderson has snared Powell for 57 to pick up his first wicket of the season and reduce Kent to 185 for seven.

The game at Bristol is intriguingly poised following Stephen Peters` departure for 34. Northants are now 86 for three in reply to Gloucestershire`s 192.

5:34pm - Some breaking news concerning England: Kevin Pietersen will miss the Champions Trophy following a repeat MRI scan on his right knee earlier today. We'll have further details on the site shortly.

@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Nottinghamshire will have 12 overs to navigate this evening before the close.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: Chanderpaul is left stranded on 87 as Tim Groenewald is taken in the slips off Luke Fletcher to ensure Derbyshire are dismissed for 256. A century would have been richly deserved.

@hantscricket on Twitter: WICKET: Absolute jaffa from local boy Russell to bowl Ervine (18). Hants 319-5 (83rd ov). Adams still there on 130*. Wheater joins him.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

5:20pm - Surrey continue to undo much of their hard work. Jason Roy, a late call-up to the team after Harinath's injury woe, has gone for a blob to make it 260 for six. That's two wickets in an over for Magoffin.

At the other end of the country, Phil Jaques has been run out for nought following a mix-up with Joe Root, leaving Yorkshire 13 for two in reply to Durham's 237.

5:11pm - There were plenty of wickets for Bresnan and Stuart Broad earlier today. Now another England bowler, Durham's Graham Onions, has reason to celebrate as Adam Lyth plays on in the first over of Yorkshire`s reply at the Emirates Durham ICG.

A second Northants wicket has gone down at Bristol, the vastly experienced David Sales falling to Liam Norwell for five.

The second new ball is doing the trick for Sussex at the Kia Oval. Steve Magoffin has won an lbw verdict against Steven Davies, who made six.

There has also been a breakthrough at Derby, Harry Gurney having Palladino caught behind for 39 to leave Derbyshire 249 for nine after 80 overs. Chanderpaul has 85 and will need assistance from Tim Groenewald to reach three figures.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: Shivnarine Chanderpaul has found another willing ally in Tony Palladino, who struck 68 in the season-opener versus Warwickshire. The lower-order batsman has just hit Samit Patel for an aerial four down the ground and is on to 27, while his partner is 78 not out.

4:59pm - Adil Rashid bowls Mustard for 70 to dismiss Durham for 237. Their last three wickets have realised 125 runs, which number seven Mustard must take much credit for.

Chris Jordan has his second wicket of the day versus former county Surrey, for whom Wilson is leg-before for 124. He is Surrey’s third wicketkeeper to hit a hundred this season.

Mike Powell is holding Kent’s innings together and he has reached a patient half-century.

4:52pm - Kent have now lost four wickets for 26 runs as Glen Chapple bowls Geraint Jones for four.

Northamptonshire have made a good response to Gloucestershire’s 192 all out, but Will Gidman has just had Kyle Coetzer caught behind for 21 to make Northants 45 for one.

Occasional off-spinner Moeen Ali has his third wicket of the day for Worcestershire, with Vince caught at mid-on for 52.

4:43pm - James Vince has eased to a fifty and his fourth-wicket partnership with Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams is now worth 78.

Jonny Bairstow, Adam Lyth & Phil Mustard

Kyle Hogg has had Darren Stevens caught behind for 11 as Lancashire continue to prosper either side of tea. Kent are now 151 for five.

4:34pm - It’s finally tea at the Emirates Durham ICG where the hosts are still batting. Mustard has 67 of 234 for nine.

@lukewright204 on Twitter: Well played @gwilson14. You can get out now tho! Ha

4:26pm - Surrey’s Gary Wilson, who was promoted to three at short notice after Arun Harinath’s injury in the nets this morning, accelerates to a century with a burst of fours.

Mustard is upping the ante with three fours in an Adil Rashid over. Last man Chris Rushworth then takes Tim Bresnan for four to frustrate Yorkshire.

4:16pm - Simon Kerrigan snares Daniel Bell-Drummond for three as Kent’s slow progress puts them 133 for four, all of which were lbws.

@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Phil Mustard goes to 50 in style as he crashes a delivery from Patterson over the ropes and into the car park. Durham 214-9.

4:05pm - From the first ball after tea at the Kia Oval, Vikram Solanki is caught behind down leg off James Anyon for 51 as his alliance with Gary Wilson yields 118.

Afternoon Session

3:58pm - Durham’s Graham Onions is run out for 27 from 21 balls by Patterson to break a stand of 44 with Mustard and leave Durham nine down, which means a delayed tea there. With all the other games at the day’s second interval, here are the teatime scores:

Division One

Derbyshire are 197 for eight facing Nottinghamshire at the County Ground.
Surrey are 181 for two against Sussex at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Kent are 130 for three against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Gloucestershire are 192 all out facing Northamptonshire at Bristol.
Hampshire are 246 for three versus Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl.

Jack Taylor & David Murphy

@hantscricket on Twitter: Take a bow, skipper! Jimmy Adams brings up his 100 with 12th four of his knock. Hants: 245-3 (63rd ov). Vince 31*

3:50pm - Hampshire captain Adams is able to celebrate the first century in this round of fixtures, while Gloucestershire are all out for 192 at Bristol with Herring stumped off Middlebrook for 43.

3:43pm - Nash has fallen to the off-spin of Steven Croft moments after bringing up his fifty, so Kent are 137 for three with Daniel Bell-Drummond joining Mike Powell at the crease. It's tea at the Kia Oval.

3:40pm - Harry Gurney has enjoyed an interesting afternoon. He claimed wickets in his first two overs after lunch, subsequently proved expensive and has now removed Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton to finish his ninth set of six with figures of 3-51.

Solanki has now reached 50 for Surrey, having shared a three-figure partnership with Wilson, while Brendan Nash is another half-centurion, for Kent at Emirates Old Trafford.

3:29pm - Ah, that's a shame. Clare has fallen to Broad for 49, ending a stand of 96 for Derbyshire's seventh wicket. Can the tail hang around to offer further support to Chanderpaul?

The introduction of Adil Rashid has led to another wicket at the Emirates Durham ICG. Callum Thorp has been bowled by the leg-spinner for 21, but 'Colonel' Mustard remains.

3:22pm - The first batting bonus point of the day goes to Hampshire, while Derbyshire and Surrey are continuing to improve their positions with substantial partnerships.

Clare is on course to follow Chanderpaul to a half-century against Notts, while Graeme Smith's men are 161 for two with Wilson and Vikram Solanki appearing settled. Wilson is batting at three only because Arun Harinath was struck on the hand in the nets this morning.

Back in Division Two, Gloucestershire have lost a ninth wicket with David Payne stumped off Andrew Hall for a duck.

3:15pm - Apologies Gloucestershire followers; my last update proved a kiss of death for young Taylor, who has fallen to James Middlebrook for 31.

3:08pm - Together with Derbyshire, who remain six down, Gloucestershire are staging a fightback with the bat this afternoon. The Bristol hosts were 111 for seven when Howell departed, but Jack Taylor and Cameron Herring have since shared 43.

Kent continue to crawl along at Emirates Old Trafford, reaching 95 for two from 51 overs.

Ben Brown & Gary Wilson

Moeen Ali is leading Worcestershire's attempts to peg back Hampshire. The off-spinner has had Bailey caught at slip for his second breakthrough, but Adams remains and is nearing three figures.

3:02pm - Liam Plunkett has got in on the act against his old club Durham, trapping Scott Borthwick lbw in a wicket-maiden. Much responsibility would now appear to lie with Phil Mustard at the Emirates Durham ICG.

2:58pm - A driven four through point has taken Chanderpaul to 50 at Derby, much to the delight of the locals. If Notts fans are concerned by the left-hander's progress, they are likely to be more worried by the following update coming from the @TrentBridge Twitter feed: Word is that Andre Adams has suffered a reoccurrence of his calf injury that he sustained last year, more news on it as we get it.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Bresnan has been outstanding getting back to his best. Bowling with good pace and accuracy

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: It's truly a pleasure to watch Shivnarine Chanderpaul here. Playing in a manner that belies his team-mates' struggles, the West Indies great is elegantly cutting, glancing and punching his way towards a half-century. Derbyshire are approaching 150, but this brief fightback needs to go on.

2:42pm - Bresnan picks up his fourth scalp when bowling Paul Collingwood for a duck. England's selectors will be delighted to see the Yorkshire all-rounder displaying such fine form in his first competitive outing of the season.

A much-needed boost for Worcestershire comes as Chris Russell, who hails from the Isle of Wight, has Liam Dawson caught by Neil Pinner for 26. George Bailey, overlooked for Australia's Ashes squad overnight, joins Adams at the crease.

2:33pm - Derbyshire are refusing to fold against local rivals Notts. Jonathan Clare is counter-attacking effectively alongside Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the pair taking their partnership to 50 in quick time.

Worcestershire have so far been unable to build on their solitary morning wicket at the Ageas Bowl. With skipper Jimmy Adams and Liam Dawson putting together a useful stand, Hampshire are 166 for one and on course for a formidable total.

Surrey have already doubled the number of runs they managed in the morning session.

2:22pm - Durham's wobble continues as Steven Patterson ousts Dale Benkenstein for a third Yorkshire wicket in the space of eight deliveries!

Surrey, meanwhile, are ticking along nicely at the Kia Oval, where Rory Hamilton-Brown has been brought into the attack against the team he previously captained. Gary Wilson has brought up a fifty for the hosts.

Tim Bresnan & Will Smith

Gloucestershire's progress remains shaky, with Benny Howell's departure to Steven Crook leaving his side 111 for seven.

2:16pm - Stuart Broad is not the only England bowler with three wickets to his name today. Tim Bresnan has now matched that tally by having Ben Stokes caught behind for two. At 96 for four, Durham are wobbling...

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: I've just had a little amble around the County Ground to see the familiar face of Graeme Swann - currently recovering from an elbow injury - turning his arm over in the nets.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: WICKET: Bresnan strikes again - Great catch in the deep by Sidebottom as Smith goes for 42. 94-3 (39 overs)

2:07pm - It has been a quite a start to the season for David Willey. The seamer has picked up a fourth wicket for Northamptonshire at Bristol, dismissing Will Gidman to put Gloucestershire in further trouble at 90 for six.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: All the talk from Scarborough is about Jordan Clark's 6 sixes in one over. We believe it's the first occurance in all 2ndXI cricket

1:54pm - Things go from bad to worse for Derbyshire as David Wainwright edges Gurney to Samit Patel in the slips. That leaves Karl Krikken's side 75 for six. Meanwhile, Lancashire have finally got rid of Rob Key, who has fallen lbw to Kyle Hogg for 31.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: This is not the start Derbyshire wanted in the afternoon. Ross Whiteley has departed just after lunch, edging behind to be caught at slip after wicketkeeper Chris Read parried the initial chance.

1:45pm - We're back under way around the country and Chris Jordan has a wicket against his former club Surrey. Rory Burns - a centurion last week - was caught behind for 32 from the sixth ball after lunch.

Morning Session

1pm - It has been a good morning for several of England’s returning players, certainly for Broad who has three wickets to leave Derbyshire four down. Gloucestershire have had a tough time, losing Hamish Marshall caught behind to Willey on the stroke of lunch to have relinquished half their wickets.

Hampshire have enjoyed a strong first session, easing into three figures for the loss of only half-centurion Carberry. Adams has just gone to a fifty too. Here are the lunchtime scores:

Division One

Durham are 72 for two versus Yorkshire at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Derbyshire are 69 for four facing Nottinghamshire at the County Ground.
Surrey are 58 for one against Sussex at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Kent are 53 for one against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Gloucestershire are 70 for five facing Northamptonshire at Bristol.
Hampshire are 127 for one versus Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl.

Jimmy Adams

12:50pm - Surrey are the latest side to breach 50, soon after which Rory Burns and Gary Wilson post a half-century stand.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Jordan Clark has just hit 6 sixes in one over off @Yorkshireccc left-arm spinner Gurman Randhawa in the 2ndXI match at Scarborough

12:40pm - Broad has a third wicket, his second in two overs, as Dan Redfern departs for four to make the hosts 67 for four and possibly regretting their decision to bat first. Shivnarine Chanderpaul remains, however.

Carberry’s fun is over as he falls lbw to Moeen Ali’s spin for 62 from 74 balls. Still, Hampshire are well placed at 113 for one.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Patterson bowling beautifully - great figures 6-4-2-0 on the money with every ball - Durham 58-2 (26 overs).

12:30pm - Billy Godleman, Derbyshire’s winter signing who last week eked out a 265-ball 55 versus Middlesex, is caught behind off Broad for 31 from 77 deliveries - double his strike-rate from that Lord’s innings. Derbyshire are 61 for three.

@TrentBridge on Twitter: Looks like Andre Adams has picked up an injury, he's had to limp off the field half way through an over. Let's hope he's ok!

Carberry heralds a fifty, courtesy of three fours in a Gareth Andrew over, for ton-up Hampshire and Gloucestershire are four down as Crook makes it two wickets in two overs by having Alex Gidman held at second slip for 20.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Big LBW shout from Anderson who thought that he had Key trapped. Kent are 39-1 after 22 overs and Lancs are continuing to bowl well.

12:20pm - Gloucestershire are three down at Bristol as Northants’ Steven Crook has home captain Michael Klinger caught behind. Gloucestershire, Derbyshire and Durham have brought up half-centuries while Hampshire are nearing three figures without loss.

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: Well, the pressure has finally told at the County Ground. Notts have been bowling well - Billy Godleman was dropped at third slip by Ed Cowan - and finally have a second wicket. Andre Adams has pinned Wes Durston in front to leave Derbyshire 49 for two.

12pm - Liam Plunkett, facing former county Durham, is into the Yorkshire attack for the first time today. Adams and Carberry have raised Hampshire’s fifty.

Stuart Broad & Nottinghamshire

@TrentBridge on Twitter: Another big appeal for lbw from Broad, but the umpire says no. Derbyshire 42-1

11:50am - Dale Benkenstein and Will Smith are digging in for Durham after Yorkshire’s early brace of wickets - @Yorkshireccc have Tweeted: Durham 26-2 (12 overs) Benkenstein 7* Smith 8* Bresnan bowling quick!

11:40am - Credit to Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry, Hampshire’s opening batsmen, who remain at the crease versus Worcestershire in the only championship match without a wicket.

@TrentBridge on Twitter: Godleman is dropped in the slips on 10. Derbyshire 29-1

11:30am - Willey, who took a five-for in Northants’ innings-win over Essex last week, has a second Gloucestershire wicket. He bowled Dan Housego for two.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Rob Key currently has his trousers down! Anderson has hit him, how to put this, on the box and is not too happy! Bizarre scenes!

11:20am - Graeme Smith, who made two in his sole innings on his Surrey debut, has fallen to James Anyon for three - caught behind by Ben Brown, who is keeping wicket rather than England Test gloveman Matt Prior.

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: I have just got connected to the internet in time to tell you that England's Stuart Broad has struck in his third over, trapping Wayne Madsen lbw for nine. That's a cracking start to his season.

In Division Two, Lancashire’s Kyle Hogg has trapped Kent’s Sam Northeast lbw and Northamptonshire's David Willey has had Gloucestershire’s Chris Dent caught at second slip.

Keaton Jeninngs & Tim Bresnan

11:10am - Tim Bresnan has struck with his first championship ball of the season. The England seamer sends Keaton Jennings’ off-stump cartwheeling. In the next over Ryan Sidebottom snares Mark Stoneman to leave Durham eight for two.

Elsewhere, fellow England returnees James Anderson and Stuart Broad are also opening the bowling.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Big shout here, Anderson was convinced that Key edged to Cross, but the Umpire isn't convinced. Jimmy has a long chat with Key afterwards!

11am - All six LV= County Championship games that start today are under way in generally good conditions that encouraged all toss-winning captains to bat first. While waiting for the first updates on the action, why not read our exclusive interview with Laurie Evans of Warwickshire who are away to Somerset from tomorrow?

Pre-Play News

10:50am - In team news from round the grounds, all five returning England stars - Bresnan, Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Matt Prior and James Anderson - play as expected. Also, Surrey have included Chris Tremlett, whom they overlooked last week.

ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: The press box is so full for Derbyshire’s first game back in the top flight that I have had to move to the other side of the ground. Conditions are overcast and humid; it feels like a bowlers’ day despite the hosts opting to bat first.

10:40am - The toss has taken place at all six championship games. In contrast to the previous two rounds, the successful captains have all batted first. Here are the details:

Division One

Durham decided to bat first versus Yorkshire at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Derbyshire chose to bat first facing Nottinghamshire at the County Ground.
Surrey opted to bat first against Sussex at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Kent opted to bat first against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Gloucestershire decided to bat first facing Northamptonshire at Bristol.
Hampshire chose to bat first versus Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl.

Steve Waugh, Brad Haddin, Michael Clarke & Mark Taylor

10:30am - Coins are being spun at today’s games. While waiting for toss news, why not read ecb.co.uk’s interview with Rogers and Neil Dexter that hinted at the former’s Ashes inclusion?

10:15am - Australia have named a 16-man squad for this summer’s Investec Ashes, including Middlesex’s Chris Rogers and Nottinghamshire’s Ed Cowan. The latter should play for Notts today at Derby. Brad Haddin is Michael Clarke’s deputy. Both are pictured, right.

10am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live text coverage of the latest round of LV= County Championship games, which should see Tim Bresnan’s return to competitive action. Bresnan, one of five England players set to begin their championship season today, is expected to play for Yorkshire at Durham.

Elsewhere in the top flight Nottinghamshire are the visitors to the County Ground in Derbyshire’s first home fixture since promotion and Surrey host Sussex at the Kia Oval.

In Division Two Lancashire face Kent at Old Trafford, Gloucestershire meet Northamptonshire at Bristol and Hampshire take on Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl.

Want to know what's happening at your county? Interested in how your rivals are faring? Look no further than ecb.co.uk's county-by-county page

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