LV=CC, April 29: As it happened
6:34pm - A tip of the cap to Chesney Hughes, who has batted through the day for Derbyshire to strike 171 not out against Yorkshire, his highest first-class score. With play having concluded in that game, we are now done for the day around the country.
Join us tomorrow for updates on all three of the matches that started today, together with news on the meeting between Leicestershire and Gloucestershire. In the meantime, here’s a round-up of how things stand:
Essex, invited to field this morning, are 72 for five replying to Hampshire’s 197 at Chelmsford.
6:19pm - Durham close on 34 for one at Trent Bridge, 286 behind Nottinghamshire at the end of an absorbing day that featured several switches in momentum.
Stumps have also been drawn at Chelmsford, where Ben Foakes dashed to 19 not out from 14 balls to give Essex a much-needed late boost. Cook ends the day with 25 to his name.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Hughes completes his highest first-class score after passing his previous best of 167. The 22-year-old now 169*. Well done Ches!
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (320 all out) v Durham (34/1): Shahzad traps Stoneman lbw for 30 and nightwatchman Rushworth makes his way to the middle.
6:10pm - My word - things are going badly wrong for Essex in the closing stages of day one at Chelmsford. Ervine makes it two wickets in his first over - and three for Hampshire in 11 balls - when he has Mark Pettini caught in the slips. Essex, replying to 197, are 53 for five!
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (279/4): Yorkshire make it three wickets for 11 runs as Wes Durston edges a rising Liam Plunkett delivery to Tim Bresnan at gully. Six overs remain.
@hantscricket on Twitter: WICKET: Wheater takes a first catch against his old mates as nightwatchman, Masters (0) edges Ervine behind. Essex: 52-4 (145 behd, 1st ins)
6:01pm - Hampshire may have failed to deliver with the bat, but they are fighting back strongly this evening. Danny Briggs has pinned Bopara lbw for seven with his first delivery and that means Essex are 51 for three, with Cook 23 not out.
5:58pm - Just two runs have come from the last five overs at Headingley. Hughes and new Derbyshire batsman Wes Durston certainly appear to be playing for stumps.
Essex, by contrast, have lifted their tempo, while Durham are 24 without loss after five overs.
5:40pm - England captain Cook did have an Australian for company following Westley’s unfortunate demise. However, Rob Quiney has now fallen lbw to Tomlinson. Essex are 33 for two as Ravi Bopara joins Cook.
Mark Stoneman, meanwhile, has hit three fours from Stuart Broad's first over to get Durham's reply off to a flying start.
Yorkshire have taken the new ball as they seek to build on a couple of evening scalps.
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (275/3): And now another! Chanderpaul pushes Rashid to first slip to depart for four. Can Yorkshire mount a fightback in the 14.3 overs that remain this evening?
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (320 all out) v Durham: Notts are dismissed as Luke Fletcher holes out to leg for Rushworth’s second scalp. The hosts have lost their last four wickets for 13 runs. There will be around 10 overs for Durham to reply on a sun-kissed evening in Nottingham.
5:23pm - Just the 258 runs added for the second wicket by Derbyshire then. Hughes will be determined to see out the day after batting this long. He is seven short of his highest first-class score, which stands at 167.
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (268/2): Finally I can report a wicket at Headingley! Madsen has been dismissed seven short of what would have been a well-deserved century, Steven Patterson locating the edge and Adam Lyth taking the catch in the slip cordon. But just as Yorkshire breathe a sigh of relief, Shivnarine Chanderpaul strides out to the crease!
@hantscricket on Twitter: WICKET: Incredible dismissal! Tomlinson deflects a Cook (10*) shot onto the stumps at the non-striker's end - Westley (16) out! Essex: 26-1
5:17pm - Chris Rushworth has brought a swift end to Ajmal Shahzad’s innings, which means Nottinghamshire are now 316 for nine and Durham have maximum bowling points. It has been a day of fluctuating fortunes at Trent Bridge.
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (261/1): Milestones continue to come here at Headingley. Derbyshire's total and the second-wicket stand goes beyond 250, while Hughes’ second six off Adil Rashid helps him move past 150. Madsen has a landmark of his own in sight, the skipper nine short of a century.
5:05pm - That’s quite a handy double breakthrough for Durham, as things were threatening to get away from them.
Cook and Tom Westley have begun cautiously in reply to Hampshire’s modest 197 at Chelmsford, while Yorkshire’s search for a second wicket goes on ... and on ... and on ...
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (307/8) v Durham: James Taylor has fallen three short of what would have been a second hundred in two championship innings. Facing spinner Gareth Breese, he pushed out defensively and was caught behind. Graeme Swann joins Broad, who added 84 with Taylor, at the crease with the new ball due in two overs. Broad then edges Stokes behind for 46 to make it two wickets in two deliveries.
4:37pm - Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen’s mammoth partnership goes past 200 at Headingley, while Essex have begun their innings; Cook is batting for the first time this summer.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (251/6) v Durham: Stuart Broad is getting a move on after tea with four fours in a Mark Wood over, the first three from consecutive balls including a sweet punch through the covers. The fourth gives the Trent Bridge hosts a second batting point.
4:21pm - Make that 197 all out! Graham Napier sees off James Tomlinson to bring Hampshire's innings to a swift end after the interval.
4:20pm - David Masters is back into his stride in the evening, piling further misery on Hampshire by having David Balcombe taken at first slip by England skipper Alastair Cook. The visitors are now 197 for nine at Chelmsford.
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (204/1): The visitors win the second session and are really putting Yorkshire under some serious pressure. Joe Root, the star of the White Rose’s memorable victory over Durham on Saturday, bowls the last over before tea, but Hughes is still there on 119 while Madsen has 70 to his name.
4:15pm - There's plenty of news as well as action today. I'm afraid this update is disappointing: Craig Kieswetter will be out for four to six weeks with a broken thumb. We'll have the fully story on the site soon.
3:50pm - Tea has been taken at Trent Bridge, where Broad was dropped twice – at slip and gully – either side of pulling Wood for six. Taylor remains unbeaten on 64.
The end of the afternoon session has also been reached at Chelmsford, where Hampshire are 190 for eight, but play continues at Headingley following the delayed start this morning.
3:45pm - Quite an effort from Hughes today; you would imagine he may be opening more often from now on!
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (161/1): Hughes takes his second-wicket stand with Madsen past 150 by pulling a Bresnan bouncer to the longest boundary for a maximum. That moves the opener into the nineties and Hughes then launches Adil Rashid into the Rugby Stand to pass three figures off 160 balls!
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (223/6) v Durham: Stokes has finally taken a slip catch and it’s an excellent one to snare Read and give Wood his second wicket in two overs. Broad is the new man.
3:30pm - If Essex were happy with their day before, they will be delighted now. Topley takes a return catch to end Ervine’s innings on 60. At 170 for eight, Hampshire face a battle to register a single batting point after choosing to bat.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (209/5) v Durham: Mark Wood strikes with the first ball of a new spell, having Mullaney held at second slip for 80 and ending a 111-run stand with Taylor. Chris Read comes to the wicket with a capable tail featuring Broad, Swann and Ajmal Shahzad to follow.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: A single by Hughes (84*) moves Derbyshire onto 150-1 (46.4 overs), the partnership with Madsen (56*) is now worth 140 runs
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (200/4) v Durham: Taylor and Mullaney, having improved the hosts' position with a burgeoning alliance now worth more than 100, have brought up fifties in sunny if still brisk conditions at Trent Bridge. Mullaney’s occupied 68 balls and came via his 10th four, scored mainly through the off side. Before Taylor’s third in as many championship games this year arrived, Mullaney clouted spinner Gareth Breese for two consecutive sixes down the ground.
3:10pm - And now another one for Essex! Bopara has Chris Wood caught by Ben Foakes at midwicket, leaving the Chelmsford visitors 148 for seven.
Madsen has followed Hughes to a fifty at Headingley.
3:02pm - Hampshire become even more reliant on Ervine as former Essex man Adam Wheater holes out off Reece Topley for one.
Mullaney has brought up a brisk half-century for Nottinghamshire, while the more patient Taylor is three short of the same landmark.
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (130/1): Tim Bresnan is back into the attack and should have had his second wicket. However, after Hughes had lashed at a wide delivery, Jonny Bairstow could not hold on diving across first slip. The left-hander is angry with himself after that reckless shot, but he soon regains his concentration to crunch Liam Plunkett through the covers twice in quick succession.
2:54pm - Ervine is our latest half-centurion and his innings is a valuable one as Hampshire look to fight back from a poor morning against Essex.
2:47pm - Wayne Madsen is off the mark for the afternoon, a two off Jack Brooks lifting his second-wicket stand with Hughes into three figures.
@hantscricket on Twitter: Wheater survives a caught behind shout on 0! Hampshire 137-5 (Ervine (45*)
@OptaJim on Twitter: Chesney Hughes has hit his first @LV_Cricket 50 in 15 innings. He turned his last, in July 2011, into 167. Converted.
2:41pm - A clean striker of the ball, Hughes is great to watch when he’s in the mood, and that looks to be the case today. He has scored all of Derbyshire’s runs since lunch, which was taken later than usual due to morning rain.
2:32pm - Essex strike the first blow of the afternoon – and it’s the in-form Vince who falls, lbw to Ravi Bopara for 43! That puts Hampshire back on the ropes at 129 for five.
Taylor and Mullaney have taken their stand past 50 at Trent Bridge.
ecb.co.uk’s Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (105/1): Hughes produces a sublime cut behind square off Jack Brooks to bring up his half-century off 92 balls and Derbyshire's 100. The left-hander then drives the former Northamptonshire seamer for another boundary. Derbyshire are very much on top!
2:21pm - I am reliably informed that the game at Headingley is the 500th first-class fixture to be played there. Things are going Derbyshire's way in the early stages; having resumed after lunch on day one, they are approaching three figures for the solitary loss of Billy Godleman.
2:13pm - Mullaney is making his first championship appearance of the season for Notts and will be keen to capitalise his early-afternoon let-off. He has been the dominant partner thus far in a fifth-wicket stand with Taylor now worth 32.
2:02pm - There is another LV= County Championship fixture starting tomorrow, with Leicestershire hosting Gloucestershire. The away side for that match have confirmed Liam Norwell will miss out due to a strained groin. We’ll have a preview on this site shortly.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (112/4) v Durham: Ben Stokes has shelled his second slip chance of the day off Onions. Ed Cowan survived in the day’s first over and soon after lunch Steven Mullaney has been reprieved. This was a tougher opportunity as Stokes dived to his right from second slip. The score was 111, ‘Nelson’, at the time.
1:58pm - I don’t want to put the wood on young Vince, but his form so far this season has been nothing short of magnificent. Prior to today, he had cracked 314 runs from three first-class innings in 2013 with the aid of two centuries. He and Ervine are continuing to rebuild for the time being.
1:46pm - At Chelmsford, James Vince and Sean Ervine have taken their partnership past 50 and Hampshire's score into three figures. David Masters, who claimed a trio of morning wickets, has unsurprisingly been brought back into the attack for Essex.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (98/4) v Durham: Play has resumed at Trent Bridge where national selector Geoff Miller is among those watching. He’ll have a keen eye on James Taylor and Graham Onions, who have today been named in the England Lions squad to face New Zealand next month. Later in the game Miller will be checking the progress of Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad.
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (89/1): It is now lunch at Headingley, where Derbyshire have weathered the early storm to dominate the opening session. Both Hughes and Madsen have looked comfortable.
1:15pm - So that leaves Headingley, following a delayed start, as the only ground where live action is currently taking place. Hughes, brought in as an opener for this game, is going along nicely alongside his captain, both men reaching 34 not out. I wonder if one of them, or perhaps both, can go on to make a substantial score today?
1:03pm - They have also reached the interval at Chelmsford, where Hampshire are 89 for four. Vince is unbeaten on 16 and Ervine 25.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (98/4) v Durham: Samit Patel had been going well but has fallen to a Stokes long-hop that he looped to point where Scott Borthwick took a head-high catch. Patel’s departure for 17 heralds lunch. It has certainly been Durham’s morning after Notts opted to bat first.
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (59/1): Yorkshire’s back-up seamers have struggled to emulate Bresnan and Brooks, with the solid Madsen hitting Liam Plunkett for successive fours to bring up the Derbyshire 50.
12:48pm - Some further news outside of today's games: Joe Root - in action at Headingley today - has been named England Lions' skipper for next week's clash with New Zealand at Grace Road. For news of the full squad, click here.
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire: Jack Brooks, returning to the Yorkshire side for the rested Ryan Sidebottom, opened with four successive maidens, with just seven runs coming from his six-over spell from the Rugby Stand End.
12:37pm - Masters finishes an outstanding spell of 10-3-16-3 that has left James Vince and Sean Ervine with plenty of hard yakka ahead if they’re to dig Hampshire out of a hole.
At Trent Bridge, James Taylor is again looking in fine fettle having reached 21 yet Nottinghamshire have lost Michael Lumb, trapped lbw by a Ben Stokes yorker, to be 74 for three.
12:23am - Brilliant stuff from Masters, who is showing why he's so important to Essex. George Bailey departs this time as Mark Pettini snaffles a chance at slip. Hampshire are in a spot of bother.
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (15/1): Billy Godleman prodded around for 22 balls before Tim Bresnan put him out his misery, Joe Root taking a smart catch at third slip.
Chesney Hughes was beaten by a beauty from Bresnan, but the left-hander has responded by driving the England all-rounder off the back foot for four.
12:16pm - There will be no repeat heroics from Adams, who is caught behind off Masters to leave Hampshire 44 for three.
11:55am - Onions continues his fantastic start to the season by having Cowan taken at gully for 41, but only after a fine catch from Will Smith above his head.
Hampshire are also two down against Essex, the returning David Masters trapping Liam Dawson in front.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (33/1) v Durham: Alex Hales, normally an attacking batsman who hit 99 in a Twenty20 international here last year, has played an untypical innings, making two from 21 balls before leaving an Onions delivery and falling lbw.
11:35am Jimmy Adams, a double-centurion in Hampshire's win over Worcestershire last week, is rebuilding steadily alongside Liam Dawson. Cowan, meanwhile, is making the most of his reprieve having reached 31 at just shy of a run-a-ball.
Madsen’s emotions are in stark contrast to opposite number Andrew Gale’s. Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Fantastic reaction from @GaleyLad at toss. Punches air after winning first of the campaign. Like he was celebrating a Huddersfield winner!!
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (delayed start): Yorkshire win toss and will bowl, with play to start at 11.45am. Today represents the fourth consecutive toss Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen has lost.
11:15am - The day's first wicket has fallen, Reece Topley having Hampshire opener Michael Carberry, driving, caught behind at Chelmsford.
Elsewhere, Rex Body has stood down as Gloucestershire’s chairman, with Roger Cooke undertaking the role.
11:05am - The toss will take place in 10 minutes at Headingley, while the action is under way elsewhere.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire (4/0) v Durham: Australia Test batsman Ed Cowan begins the game by clipping Graham Onions to the backward square-leg rope. Later in the over the England seamer draws an edge but Ben Stokes cannot hold a regulation chance to his right at third slip. How costly will that prove?
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Nottinghamshire v Durham: I can confirm that prospects of play at Trent Bridge today are good with the ground currently bathed in sunshine although light grey cloud is rolling in. Durham’s bowlers, who were in the field all day on Saturday as they suffered defeat to Yorkshire, are warming up on the edge of the square.
10:44am: I'm hearing good news from Headingley; there will be an inspection at 11am with a view to getting under way 30 minutes later.
10:40am - Thankfully, the weather is not so grim elsewhere. Nottinghamshire, for whom Graeme Swann plays, have opted to bat versus Durham at Trent Bridge, while Hampshire have done likewise against Essex in the only Division Two contest.
ecb.co.uk's Callum Dent at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (delayed start): After driving through a trio of showers en route to the ground, I can confirm the rain is also present in Headingley and the ground staff are applying more covers as I type.
10:21am - I start with some bad news from Headingley: the covers are on and it looks like there will be a delayed toss.
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