Warwickshire respond to Malan and Denly
Dawid Malan and Joe Denly scored 106 and 95 respectively before title-chasing Warwickshire launched an admirable fightback with the ball on day one of their LV= County Championship match with Middlesex at Uxbridge.
The visitors began the day level on points with Division One leaders Nottinghamshire, but initially failed to capitalise on winning the toss.
Denly fell five short of a hundred when he was trapped lbw by Darren Maddy, having shared 135 for the third wicket with Malan, who went on to reach three figures from 162 deliveries.
Malan’s exit at the hands of Chris Wright, who returned 3-66, sparked a collapse, however, and Chris Woakes chipped in with two wickets in as many balls before Middlesex reached stumps on 324 for seven.
Peter Trego shone either side of the showers as third-placed Somerset claimed the upper hand at Aigburth.
Trego quickly dismissed openers Stephen Moore and Paul Horton after Lancashire, who remain in trouble at the wrong end of the table, had been invited to bat first.
After a lengthy delay, the all-rounder then dismissed Karl Brown for 39 and Ashwell Prince for 51, while Alfonso Thomas got in on the act with the wicket of Steven Croft.
The Red Rose ended the day on 129 for five, with debutant Andrea Agathangelou and Gareth Cross new to the crease.
Rain also limited the action at the PROBIZ County Ground, but Sussex were still able to enjoy considerable success with the ball against struggling Worcestershire.
After Ed Joyce had chosen to field in his first game since taking over the captaincy from Michael Yardy, the hosts’ frontline seam trio prospered as Worcestershire were dismissed for 162 inside 54 overs.
Australian Steve Magoffin led the way with 4-34, while Amjad Khan and James Anyon chipped in with 3-36 and 2-39.
Joyce and Chris Nash survived the remaining seven overs to reduce Sussex’s arrears by 22.
With Derbyshire not beginning their match against Kent until tomorrow, nearest rivals Yorkshire spurned an opportunity to crank up the pressure on the Division Two leaders.
Despite 75 from Phil Jaques, Jason Gillespie’s side were dismissed for 249 after electing to bat against Northamptonshire, for whom Lee Daggett claimed 3-64, at Wantage Road.
Bottom club Glamorgan endured a miserable time of things on a truncated opening day against Gloucestershire in Swansea.
Only two batsmen - Ben Wright and Jim Allenby - made it into double figures as the Welsh side, who won the toss, stumbled to 64 for six in 27 overs.
In another match that was interrupted by the elements, Essex defied Leicestershire’s bowlers to reach 161 without loss at Chelmsford.
Openers Jaik Mickleburgh and Tom Westley were unbeaten on 81 and 75 at the close, having made good on James Foster’s decision to bat.