Anyon and Panesar shine for Sussex
James Anyon and Monty Panesar claimed three wickets apiece for Sussex on an evenly-contested opening day’s play against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
The duo’s efforts looked to have put the visitors on top heading into day two, but an unbroken partnership of 69 between Tim Ambrose and Chris Woakes helped Warwickshire reach stumps on 261 for six.
Ambrose was largely content to defend and faced 143 balls for his unbeaten 44, while England all-rounder Woakes, who was twice dropped, raced to 45 from 54 balls with the aid of seven fours.
After Sussex had won the toss and elected to field, Warwickshire openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood were each caught behind off Anyon for four.
Will Porterfield and Laurie Evans - on his first championship appearance of the season - led a recovery with 66 and 52 respectively, but, after the former had fallen to Anyon, Panesar then took centre stage.
The former Northamptonshire spinner ended the day with 3-57 from 34 overs and Anyon returned 3-69, but neither could find a way to dislodge Warwickshire’s defiant seventh-wicket pair.
Second-placed Lancashire shaded the opening day of the Roses match at Headingley Carnegie as they reached 304 for seven after being put in to bat by struggling Yorkshire.
Ryan Sidebottom removed Stephen Moore for a duck in his second over of the morning and also accounted for Karl Brown and Mark Chilton either side of lunch en route to figures of 3-51 from 19 overs.
Ajmal Shahzad also struck twice for Yorkshire, but half-centuries from Steven Croft and Tom Smith kept Lancashire on course for a competitive first-innings score.
Returning captain Glen Chapple and Sajid Mahmood then shared an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 53 in 7.5 overs and will resume tomorrow on 25 and 27.
Rain ensured no play was possible at the Rose Bowl, where rock-bottom Hampshire are hosting Nottinghamshire.
The hosts elected to bat first upon winning the toss, but persistent showers prevented the teams from taking the field and play was abandoned for the day at 5pm.
In Division Two, Will Gidman claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket as Gloucestershire enjoyed a fruitful day against strugglers Kent at Cheltenham.
Gidman ripped through the middle order after Gloucestershire had won the toss to finish with 5-38 as Kent were all out for 205, although they were grateful for a 83-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Darren Stevens and James Tredwell.
The former top-scored with 67 before he was last man out, and then had Chris Dent caught behind for 12 as Gloucestershire closed on 107 for three in reply.
Ross Whiteley and Jonathan Clare rescued Derbyshire from a perilous position against leaders Northamptonshire with a 182-run partnership.
After being put into bat, Derbyshire initially slipped to 90 for six.
However, Whiteley went on to make a century and was more than ably supported by Clare, who contributed 82, as the visitors closed on 321 for eight.
Chaminda Vaas was their chief scourge and finished the day with 4-83, including the wicket of Whiteley for 103, while Jack Brooks chimed in with two wickets.
The inclement weather accounted for most of the day’s play at Guildford, where Surrey enjoyed the better fortunes against London rivals Middlesex.
Just 35 overs were played and Middlesex were reduced to 51 for four after losing the toss, with Jade Dernbach, Tim Linley, Gareth Batty and Stuart Meaker picking up a wicket apiece.
Chris Rogers was the only player to master the conditions and he reached stumps unbeaten on 33 to help Middlesex close on 88 for four.