Nottinghamshire back in the groove

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Neil McKenzie, Steven Mullaney & Charlie Shreck

Nottinghamshire's Charlie Shreck, right, celebrates after removing Neil McKenzie, left, for a golden duck at Trent Bridge this morning

Defending champions Nottinghamshire made a strong start to their first game of the LV= County Championship season against Hampshire at Trent Bridge.

After winning the toss and choosing to field, home captain Chris Read saw his decision vindicated as the visitors were bowled out for 218.

New Zealand pace bowler Andre Adams led the assault with 5-54, while Charlie Shreck - recalled from his loan spell with Kent because of injuries to Darren Pattinson and Andy Carter - claimed 4-51.

Jimmy Adams and Liam Dawson put on 91 for the first wicket but thereafter only Dominic Cork, who top-scored with 48, made much of a contribution.

Nottinghamshire replied with six without loss from two overs before the players left the field for bad light early in the evening session.

Elsewhere in Division One, Durham started and finished the first day of their match against Yorkshire strongly - but struggled in between.

Michael Di Venuto hit 74 at the top of the order and put on 106 with opening partner Will Smith, but Ryan Sidebottom and Richard Pyrah each took three wickets to spark a slump at Headingley Carnegie.

However, from 134 for six Durham rallied to close on 326 for nine. Stand-in wicketkeeper Michael Richardson, playing in place of injured skipper Phil Mustard, hit 67, while Liam Plunkett finished unbeaten on 65 not out and received fine support from number 10 Callum Thorp, who was dismissed for 41 shortly before the close.

Varun Chopra compiled 174 not out as Warwickshire took control of their match against Somerset at Taunton, after Marcus Trescothick had put the visitors into bat.

Chopra received good support from Darren Maddy, Will Porterfield and Tim Ambrose, who made 67, 45 and 40 respectively, as Warwickshire ended day one on an imposing score of 416 for six.

Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis trapped three Glamorgan batsmen lbw in Cardiff, but visitors Gloucestershire then lurched to 76 for five in reply to 202

Charl Willoughby claimed three wickets for Somerset, but new overseas signing Ajantha Mendis endured a disappointing day as he returned 1-124 from 24 overs.

In Division Two, Middlesex’s quest for a big total was undermined as young Essex paceman Reece Topley picked up 5-64 at Lord’s.

In only his third first-class appearance, the 17-year-old A level pupil from the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook caught the eye with a second successive five-wicket haul.

Nine home batsmen made 15 or more but no-one could better opener Scott Newman’s 38 as Middlesex were dismissed for 277.

Essex’s reply lasted 11 balls, without the addition of any runs, before bad light ended play early.

Ian Saxelby took 5-53 as Glamorgan were shot out for 202 at Cardiff, although visitors Gloucestershire also struggled with the bat in reply.

Jon Lewis trapped three of Glamorgan’s first four batsmen leg before en route to figures of 3-40 and the hosts were indebted to Ben Wright’s 83 and 58 from Graham Wagg as they scraped their way to a solitary batting point.

Gloucestershire then stumbled to 76 for five in their first innings, with James Harris and Adam Shantry each claiming two wickets.

Leicestershire’s bid to record a second win in two games faltered as they were dismissed for 230 after being put into bat at Derbyshire.

However, things could have been much worse for the visitors were it not for the efforts of Claude Henderson, who followed up his unbeaten 80 in last week’s victory over Glamorgan with 77 from 73 balls and shared a 10th-wicket stand of 96 with the obdurate Matthew Hoggard.

Tim Groenewald finished with 5-59 for Derbyshire, who closed on 101 for four with Wayne Madsen unbeaten on 41. England Lions seamer Nathan Buck returned 3-42 for Leicestershire.

Kent could only muster 202 in their match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road, with captain Rob Key’s 46 the biggest contribution.

Chaminda Vaas picked up 3-70 and was the pick of the bowlers for Northants, who ended the day on 86 for three.

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