In-form Warwickshire begin strongly
Basement club Durham found themselves in trouble in their top-versus-bottom LV= County Championship Division One clash with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
The home side’s decision to bowl proved correct as in-form duo Chris Wright and Keith Barker once again shone.
The former claimed 4-41 and the latter 5-33 to dismiss Durham, for whom Graham Onions top-scored with 36, with the scoreboard on just 163.
Onions - who finished the day with 3-27 - grabbed two early wickets, including that of star batsman Jonathan Trott, before Ian Bell led Warwickshire’s riposte.
The England international had 59 to his name at the close, with Warwickshire on 116 for five - just 47 behind.
County champions Lancashire enjoyed a fine day after being asked to bat by Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford.
Veteran all-rounder Glen Chapple made the early impact, taking the first four wickets to fall as Notts began dismally.
Their slide did not halt, with Samit Patel’s 69 proving the only contribution of note in a first-innings total of just 169; Chapple took 4-44 and Simon Kerrigan 4-45.
In reply, openers Stephen Moore and Paul Horton got the Red Rose off to a fine start before the latter fell to Andre Adams in the day’s last over. Lancashire closed on 48 for one.
In Division Two, England limited-overs batsman Jonny Bairstow struck an unbeaten hundred as Yorkshire dominated Leicestershire at Scarbrough.
Bairstow contributed 141 to a total of 329 for five, despite the visitors winning the toss.
Leicestershire had their opponents 33 for three, but Bairstow shared a restorative stand of 160 with captain Andrew Gale.
Wayne White’s second wicket was Gale, for 80. However, once Gary Ballance went, Anthony McGrath added an unbroken 112 with Bairstow and was one short of a fifty at stumps.
South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen returned to haunt former county Glamorgan with a century for Essex at the SWALEC Stadium.
Petersen led the Welsh County last year and today made 145 of 259 for nine declared after they chose to field. In reply, the hosts closed on one without loss.
Essex cheaply lost England batsmen Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara in slipping to 65 for four, but Petersen put on 181 with Mark Pettini.
Pettini was a second of three victims for Huw Waters, on 56, and Graham Wagg struck twice in the next over, including having Petersen lbw, en route to 4-61.
Three late wickets hampered Hampshire after left-arm seamer Chris Wood’s four seemed to have given them the better of proceedings against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Having been put into bat, Northants’ top three began well with 39 for Rob Newton, 44 for Stephen Peters and 41 for Kyle Coetzer.
However, from 95 for one, Wood’s 4-52 and three scalps for Sean Ervine helped dismiss the hosts for 218.
Andrew Hall, returning from injury, struck twice in an over and Jack Brooks removed Michael Carberry before the visitors closed on 42 for three.
Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen’s ton aided a score of 362 for nine versus Gloucestershire at Derby.
After winning the toss, Madsen enjoyed century alliances with Wes Durston and Dan Redfern, who made 68 and 55 respectively.
Once Madsen became the second of three wickets for James Fuller, on 101, Ross Whitely chipped in with 40 and Jonathan Clare hit 31 not out.