Croft gets to hold bat aloft
Steven Croft struck an unbeaten century as Lancashire impressed on the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Somerset at Taunton.
The Red Rose appeared to be letting a solid start go to waste when Karl Brown and Stephen Moore - who hit 50 and 47 respectively - fell in quick succession.
With Lancashire 118 for three, Somerset would have felt in good shape until Croft and Ashwell Price joined forces in a 208-run stand.
The latter, dropped by James Hildreth on seven, fell four runs short of a century, but the visitors still ended on 363 for four, with Croft unbeaten on 113.
The batsmen also dominated at the PROBIZ County Ground, where England international Jonathan Trott and Varun Chopra compiled hundreds as Warwickshire took control against Sussex.
Trott, playing for the first time this season, looked particularly positive as he hit 132 not out after England team-mate Ian Bell had departed for a seven-ball duck.
Chopra, meanwhile, was more reserved yet no less effective in striking 105; Warwickshire closed on 281 for five.
Richard Jones and Aneesh Kapil helped put Worcestershire on top in their encounter with Nottinghamshire.
Opener Alex Hales top-scored with 49 for Notts, but too many of their batsmen failed to capitalise on starts and Jones and Kapil reaped the benefits, ending with 4-76 and 3-17 respectively.
The visitors were dismissed for 243, after which Worcestershire openers Daryl Mitchell and Michael Klinger saw out a tricky five-over spell.
No play was possible at the Kia Oval, where Surrey face Durham, due to rain.
In Division Two, Matt Coles continued his fine start to the season as Kent dismissed Yorkshire for just 247 at Canterbury.
Coles took his season’s wicket tally to 21 in four games by claiming 4-70 as no White Rose batsman reached 40.
In reply, Kent were four for none after just one over.
Hampshire's decision to bowl on a rain-affected first day at the Ageas Bowl proved inspired as a late collapse derailed Leicestershire.
Opener Greg Smith struck 68 and overseas star Ramnaresh Sarwan 46 to leave Leicestershire well placed on 146 for two.
But Liam Dawson removed the aforementioned duo and Nadeem Malik, as four wickets fell for just 13, with the visitors eventually closing on 159 for six.
The first day between Glamorgan and Gloucestershire was washed out - something that also happened in Essex's match against Northamptonshire.