Read and Voges halt Surrey charge
An unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 94 between Adam Voges and Chris Read saw Nottinghamshire battle back on a rain-affected first day of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Surrey at Trent Bridge.
Surrey elected to bowl under heavy cloud cover and by the time Stuart Meaker had Samit Patel and James Taylor caught at the wicket, Notts had slumped to 84 for five in the morning session
But Voges and Read immediately launched a counter attack before lunch and proceeded to finish on 38 and 49 respectively, keeping their composure through a succession of rain delays.
Division One leaders Warwickshire also suffered at the hands of unseasonable weather as only 10.4 overs were possible on day one against Somerset at Taunton.
Peter Trego dismissed Ian Westwood with what proved the final ball of a truncated morning session, leaving the visitors 27 for one - Varun Chopra undefeated on 17.
Similarly, there was no play after lunch at Arundel, where Durham’s struggles continued against Sussex.
Opener Mark Stoneman fell lbw to Monty Panesar two balls after reaching his fifty and Durham closed on 92 for four after new-ball duo James Anyon and Steve Magoffin inflicted early damage.
By contrast, Lancashire’s encounter with Worcestershire at Old Trafford opened under largely blue Mancunian skies.
Steven Croft, named in England’s preliminary 30-man party for the ICC World Twenty20 today, was rarely out of the action after the visitors opted to bat.
The all-rounder claimed three top-order wickets, pouched a pair of catches off fellow spinner Simon Kerrigan and ran out Matt Pardoe for 55.
Pardoe had offered able support to wicketkeeper Ben Scott, who was last man out and Kerrigan’s fourth victim for a superbly compiled 106 in a total of 291. Lancashire reached 13 without loss at stumps.
Former England paceman Steve Harmison took centre stage as his fiery late evening burst put Yorkshire in charge as wickets tumbled against Derbyshire at Chesterfield.
Yorkshire captain Phil Jaques made 61 and found an ally in Gary Ballance, who hit 46, but Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner and Wes Durston all took three wickets to dismiss their opponents for 219 and take the upper hand in the top-of-the-Division-Two-table clash.
A wayward opening spell from Harmison - whose run-a-ball 23 pushed the White Rose past 200 - helped Derbyshire ease to 70 for one.
But they collapsed to 135 for seven as the Durham loanee followed up Moin Ashraf’s two-wicket burst with three scalps of his own.
Umpires Nigel Cowley and Jeff Evans abandoned play for the day at 1:30pm without a ball being bowled between Gloucestershire and Leicestershire at Cheltenham.