Somerset hamper Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire were frustrated in their efforts to rein in LV= County Championship Division One leaders Yorkshire as Somerset claimed maximum batting points at Taunton, reaching 423 for six at stumps.
James Hildreth led the way with 142, a knock which left him just 12 runs shy of the 1,000-mark in first-class cricket this season.
He managed 18 fours and compiled his tally off 187 balls before becoming the fourth victim of Darren Pattinson.
Jos Buttler added 88 to the Somerset total, including the hosts’ only six of the day, and Craig Kieswetter was among the runs with 43 not out.
Lancashire were limited to 262 for eight against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
The Red Rose made a poor start and were 41 for three when Mark Chilton fell for 17, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul mustered up all the experience gained in 126 Test matches for the West Indies with 118 off 217 balls, including 16 fours.
However, they then lost their composure having reached 204 for five with Luke Sutton, Glen Chapple and Chanderpaul losing their wickets in relatively quick order to leave Sajid Mahmood and Simon Kerrigan at the crease at stumps.
Second-from-bottom Kent were doing their best to rein in fourth-placed Essex at Canterbury and finished day one on 360 for six.
Martin van Jaarsveld led the way with 106 off 152 balls and former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones fell one short of a century as he became former Australia leg-spinner Bryce McGain’s fourth victim of the day.
Division Two leaders Sussex were indebted to young bowler Lewis Hatchett as they took the early initiative against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Hatchett, in only his second championship appearance, claimed his first five-for at the cost of just 47 as the hosts were bowled out for 204. Andrew McDonald top-scored with 63 before being trapped lbw by Monty Panesar.
Sussex did not make the most convincing of starts to their reply and reached 128 for four at stumps, with Chris Nash on an unbeaten 52. Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard took three wickets.
David Lucas took 4-68 as Northamptonshire bowled Worcestershire out for 287 on day one at New Road.
Ben Cox’s 59 was the best the hosts could muster, with Matt Mason and opener David Wheeldon also contributing half-centuries.
Northants were three for one in reply at stumps as Mason claimed the wicket of Stephen Peters for a six-ball duck.
Rock-bottom Middlesex had a good start against Surrey at Lord’s, bowling the visitors out for 167 and then putting on 179 for two at stumps.
Tim Murtagh led the home attack with 5-52, with Mark Ramprakash Surrey’s top-scorer on 44.
Scott Newman hit 54 in Middlesex’s reply with Owais Shah unbeaten on 44 off 47 balls.