Rain causes havoc on opening day
The inclement weather severely disrupted the latest round of LV= County Championship fixtures, with three of the eight matches abandoned on day one without a ball being bowled.
Aigburth saw the most action in Division One as defending champions Lancashire were reduced to 125 for five after 55 overs against Warwickshire.
Play began at 1.45pm after the morning session was washed out and Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton chose to field first.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as Lancashire, looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Sussex, saw their top order play themselves in but fail to go on.
Karl Brown top-scored with a patient 46 off 105 deliveries before he fell to Chris Wright, and the miserly Darren Maddy was the pick of Warwickshire’s bowlers with 2-11 from eight overs to give his side the edge heading into day two.
Chris Read’s unbeaten half-century was a rare highlight for Nottinghamshire as they struggled after being put into bat by Somerset under cloudy skies at Trent Bridge.
Not one batsman from their top five was able to make it to double figures and they slipped to 34 for five, with Peter Trego taking three wickets.
However, captain Read came to Nottinghamshire’s rescue, striking eight fours and a six in his 52 not out to help his side close on 93 for six in the 34.3 overs of play that were possible.
It was the wicketkeeper-batsman’s second fifty of the season and he was ably supported by Steven Mullaney, with the duo putting on a valuable 55 for the sixth wicket before the latter was bowled by Lewis Gregory in the penultimate over of the day.
Both clashes in London - Middlesex versus Durham at Lord’s and Surrey against Worcestershire at the Kia Oval - will start tomorrow after the capital was hit by persistent rain today.
In Divison Two, Hampshire seamer David Balcombe continued his outstanding start to the season with five wickets to put Glamorgan in trouble at the SWALEC Stadium.
Balcombe followed up his 11 Gloucestershire wickets last week with 5-33 from 14 overs as the hosts surprisingly declared on 103 for nine.
That paid small dividends with Huw Waters having Jimmy Adams caught behind, but Liam Dawson was unbeaten on 18 of 29 for one.
Glamorgan chose to bat first but opener Gareth Rees and number three Will Bragg, with 12 and 45 respectively, were the only players to make double figures.
Kent capitalised on winning the toss against Gloucestershire at Canterbury by reducing the visitors to 131 for six from 54 overs.
The opening batsmen went cheaply before Matt Coles sent Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall on their way.
Benny Howell marked his Gloucestershire debut with 44, but he was a third victim for Coles who took 3-37 from 15 overs.
Ian Cockbain and Will Gidman launched a recovery from 73 for five, but Mark Davies made Cockbain his second victim, for 33, and Gidman will resume on 25.
Just 10.5 overs were possible at Derby where Leicestershire reached 24 for one after being put in by leaders Derbyshire.
Tony Palladino trapped Matthew Boyce lbw for one. Greg Smith and Jaques du Toit were unbeaten on nine and 13 respectively.
No play was possible between Yorkshire and Essex at Headingley Carnegie.