Procter and Onions perform as wickets tumble
Luke Procter and Graham Onions excelled with the ball as 18 wickets fell on the opening day of the LV= County Championship clash between Lancashire and Durham.
Glen Chapple’s decision to bowl first was justified as Procter’s 5-17 off 10 overs, his maiden first-class five-wicket haul, helped skittle Durham for just 102.
Onions claimed four early wickets and Jamie Harrison struck twice, but Lancashire eventually limped into a first-innings lead of 39 after finishing 141 for eight, with Paul Horton and Kyle Hogg unbeaten on 31 and 23 respectively.
Middlesex seamers Tim Murtagh, who took 4-41, and Steven Finn shared seven wickets to hamper Sussex’s progress at Lord's.
After slipping to 66 for five, the visitors were reliant on a sixth-wicket stand of 81 between opening batsman Ed Joyce and Ben Brown.
However, both departed for 77 and 70 respectively to Finn as Sussex limped to 242 for eight.
Worcestershire's top three ensured Somerset batsman Nick Compton was made to wait in his efforts to complete 1,000 runs before June 1 at New Road.
Phil Hughes, on championship debut, and captain Daryl Mitchell put on 100 for the opening wicket before the former was dismissed for 58.
Mitchell made 80 from 225 balls and, despite Peter Trego claiming his second victim in Moeen Ali for 20, Vikram Solanki’s unbeaten 82 helped Worcestershire to 270 for three.
Division Two leaders Derbyshire endured a terrible opening day after electing to bat against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
David Payne started a collapse by getting rid of Martin Guptill, Matt Lineker - picked in place of Paul Borrington - and skipper Wayne Madsen.
Will Gidman followed up those efforts with 4-29 as the visitors were dismissed for just 95. In reply, Gloucestershire closed on 182 for five - 87 runs ahead - with Kane Williamson hitting 56 and Alex Gidman 72 not out.
Marcus North struck a century as Glamorgan moved into a commanding position on day two of their clash with Leicestershire.
The visitors added 72 to their overnight 199 for six, with Preston Mommsen and Wayne White adding some lower-order runs.
Gareth Rees’ 66 was then followed up by 116 from North as Glamorgan finished 31 runs ahead on 302 for five.
Northamptonshire were another side rueing their decision to make first use of a pitch as Yorkshire’s pace triumvirate shone at Headingley Carnegie.
Steven Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom claimed three wickets apiece and Mitchell Starc chipped in with two as Northants - for whom Andrew Hall hit 79 - were dismissed for just 253.
The White Rose then reached 27 without loss in a tricky five-over spell.