Hampshire undone by Davies
Mark Davies produced a devastating spell to help title hopefuls Durham fight back as 16 wickets fell on the opening day of their LV County Championship clash with Hampshire at Basingstoke.
Third-placed Durham had been dismissed for 156 as Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas picked up 5-46, and Dale Benkenstein’s decision to bat first appeared to have backfired.
Will Smith (70) top scored for Durham as Imran Tahir mopped up the tail to finish with 3-5 off 4.1 overs.
Hampshire, though, slipped from 48 without loss and 65 for two to finish the day on 65 for six as Davies collected 5-24.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan’s struggles with the bat continued as he failed on his return for Yorkshire in their clash against Kent at Scarborough.
The 33-year-old quit as England captain at the beginning of the month after South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the npower Test series, and he subsequently opted to take a short break from the game.
Vaughan admitted his own form as skipper of the country had not been up to the required standard and hoped to force his way back into the side for the forthcoming tour of India with one eye on the Ashes series in 2009.
Yet made just 10 in a 19-ball innings today before he flashed at in-form seamer Robbie Joseph and edged to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.
Vaughan’s dismissal was a low point on an otherwise good first day for Yorkshire, who had bowled out Kent for 227, with Martin van Jaarsveld (107) and Joe Denly (50) the only players to reach double figures.
Matthew Hoggard and Deon Kruis picked up two wickets apiece but Yorkshire skipper Darren Gough finished the pick of the attack with 2-34.
The home side also lost Andrew Gale for 10 but Anthony McGrath (23 not out) and Jacques Rudolph (28no) ensured their was no further loss as Yorkshire closed on 85 for two.
Second-placed Nottinghamshire endured a tough first day against Sussex at Hove as Murray Goodwin (79) and Michael Yardy (64) hit half-centuries to see the hosts to 292 for five at stumps.
Mark Ealham was the top performer with the ball for the hosts after he picked up 3-61, with Carl Hopkinson (53no) and Robin Martin-Jenkins (13no) set to resume tomorrow.
The first day of Lancashire’s match with Surrey at Blackpool’s Stanley Park was abandoned because of wet weather.
Overnight rain left the outfield boggy and umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Nick Cook called play off at 1pm.
In Division Two, Leicestershire suffered a nightmare first day against Essex at Grace Road after they were bowled out for only 107.
HD Ackerman was unbeaten on 55 but the rest of the Leicestershire side failed to even make double figures as David Masters took five wickets against his former county for the second time this season.
Masters claimed 5-35 and received support from Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate (4-16) as the hosts crumbled.
Essex were in trouble when they were reduced to 34 for three after Nadeem Malik took two early wickets, but skipper Mark Pettini (58), wicketkeeper James Foster (28no) and Jaik Mickleburgh (27no) saw them to 144 for four at stumps.
Johan van der Wath helped Northamptonshire restrict Glamorgan to 286 for nine before bad light brought a premature end to play at Wantage Road.
The South African finished the day with four for 55 with England spinner Monty Panesar (2-62) also among the wickets, while Mark Wallace (72) and Gareth Rees (53) performed well with the bat for the Welsh county.
Elsewhere, Warwickshire progressed to 209 for three against Derbyshire at Edgbaston thanks to an impressive 73 from skipper Darren Maddy.
Jonathan Trott (62no) and Jim Troughton (22no) will resume unbeaten on day two.