Nottinghamshire back with a bang
Andre Adams returned 6-32 as Division One leaders Nottinghamshire returned to LV= County Championship action in style at Uxbridge.
The 2010 champions dismissed Middlesex for 98 after choosing to field this morning, with veteran seamer Adams the star performer in seam-friendly conditions.
England Test captain Andrew Strauss compiled a defiant 50 as wickets tumbled around him and Gareth Berg chipped in with 32, but no other home batsman was able to pass six.
Notts reached 114 for four in reply, Michael Lumb unbeaten on 35 when rain forced a premature close on a day when play had started 45 minutes late.
Surrey were unable to capitalise on winning the toss at Guildford as Paul Horton’s 110 helped Lancashire to 245 for three.
Horton struck 15 fours in a cultured 237-ball innings and shared 122 with Karl Brown, who was dropped twice off Chris Tremlett en route to 49.
Tremlett eventually accounted for Horton, but the vastly experienced Ashwell Prince added an unbeaten 32 as Lancashire moved into a strong position.
The morning session was washed out at New Road, but Worcestershire then made encouraging progress on day two of their match against fellow strugglers Durham.
Seven batsmen registered scores between 22 and 38 as Durham, 127 for four overnight, posted 243 all out.
Alan Richardson was the pick of the Worcestershire attack on his return from injury and finished with 4-52 from 24.5 overs.
Phil Hughes’ unbeaten 52 helped the hosts to 100 for two in reply, Ben Stokes claiming both scalps, and they will hope to gain a substantial first-innings lead on the third day of four.
Ed Cowan marked his LV= County Championship debut with a patient half-century as Gloucestershire laid a solid platform on a rain-interrupted opening day against Division Two rivals Essex at Cheltenham.
Australia Test opener Cowan contributed 51 not out to a total of 147 for two after Alex Gidman had elected to bat.
Dan Housego also impressed for Gloucestershire, the 23-year-old compiling a fluent 60.
Rain prevented any play at the Ageas Bowl, where Hampshire are hosting Yorkshire.