It was quite a day in Division Two as both runs and wickets flowed under clear blue skies
Durham v Glamorgan
Glamorgan opener Nick Selman followed his match-winning century against Durham at Swansea last month with another hundred in the Championship match at Emirates Riverside.
But Durham's Chris Rushworth hit back with the second new ball, grabbing three wickets to finish with five for 40 as the visitors slipped from 182 for three to close the first day on 221 for seven.
Having elected to bat in baking heat, Glamorgan ground along all day, losing only one wicket in each of the first two sessions in reaching 147 from 66 overs. Selman spent 249 balls over his hundred, getting there by inside-edging Rushworth for his 13th four. Three balls later he was lbw for 103.
Off-spinner Ryan Pringle conceded only 23 runs in 19 overs as Durham maintained their accuracy, with the other two wickets going to academy seamer Matty Potts in his second appearance.
Despite a minute's silence for the London fire victims at 11am, and a drinks break at noon, Durham got through 33 overs in an attritional first session. Jacques Rudolph fell in the seventh over when Rushworth was rewarded for an excellent spell by clipping the left-hander's off bail.
Andrew Salter, promoted to three in the absence of Will Bragg, cut and pulled Barry McCarthy for two fours but was otherwise restrained. He departed for 25 when he pushed forward and edged Rushworth to wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter to end a stand of 66 in 34 overs.
Colin Ingram also made a cautious start but began to flourish when he drove Pringle through the covers then cut him for another four. He fell for 33 when Potts moved one away to have him caught behind.
When Rushworth took the new ball his fourth delivery swung in to take out Aneurin Donald's off stump. Then balls which nipped back had Selman and David Lloyd lbw, although neither seemed happy with the decision.
Potts took the final wicket of the day when wicketkeeper Tom Cullen, handed his debut after Chris Cooke took a blow on the head in practice, was well caught at second slip by Pringle.
At the close of play, Selman said: “It was tricky against the new ball and Chris Rushworth is a quality bowler. We didn't set out to score that slowly, but the pitch kept doing a bit and they bowled well to their fields and kept up the pressure.
“I need to be more consistent and I think I'm getting there. Once I get to 20 or 30 I work hard to try to make it a big one."
Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire
Samit Patel continued to make the most of the richest vein of form of his career with another imperious innings on the first day of Nottinghamshire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Leicestershire at Trent Bridge.
Patel reached the close on 157 not out, scoring his runs from 222 balls with 17 fours and a six, as the home side reached stumps on 345 for four after being asked to bat first.
Since making 82 against Derbyshire on 4th June, in the second innings of Nottinghamshire’s last home match, Patel has rattled off an unbeaten 257 versus Gloucestershire and then one-day cup scores of 66 and 122 not out in last week’s wins over Somerset and Essex.
The 32-year old was given not out on 37 after the umpires had conferred with the Foxes claiming a slip catch by Paul Horton but a bump ball seemed to be their judgement.
Otherwise it was a breeze, on a day that badly needed one, for the middle order stroke-maker, who picked up a couple of milestones during his five and a half hours at the crease.
On 89 he reached 11,000 runs in first class cricket and the shot that took him to his 26th first class hundred also took him to 10,000 for his county.
Jake Libby fell for seven inside the first hour of the day, nibbling Klein down the leg side and into the gloves of wicketkeeper Lewis Hill.
On a stiflingly hot day, the visitors’ gamble of opting to bowl first and pick up early top order wickets wasn’t helped by the early loss of Ben Raine. The all-rounder had sent down 3.2 overs before he left the action in some discomfort.
Steven Mullaney appeared untroubled in making 40 from 59 balls but then had his defences exposed as Gavin Griffiths nipped one back to flatten his middle stump.
Brendan Taylor, also off the back of two substantial white ball innings (156 and 62), made 61 in his first championship knock of the summer.
The former Zimbabwe captain had a scare on 48 when he nicked Clint McKay but wicketkeeper Lewis Hill couldn’t gather low down. A couple of deliveries later the former Zimbabwe captain was gifted two overthrows from an errant shy, to reach his 50 from 104 balls.
Klein picked up his second wicket when he had Taylor caught behind to a regulation nick and he struck again when Michael Lumb dragged on for 36, soon after tea.
Late in the day the Foxes took the second new ball and Patel greeted its arrival by hoisting McKay several rows back over the midwicket fence as his unbeaten fifth wicket partnership with Riki Wessels neared three figures.
Notts had a further reason to be thankful with the announcement that James Pattinson, their Australian quick bowler, has been cleared to remain in the country and will participate in the Royal London One-Day Cup final a week on Saturday.
Worcestershire v Kent
Worcestershire's bowlers bounced back in impressive style from their weekend semi-final mauling in dismissing Kent for 260 on day one of the Specsavers County Championship promotion battle at New Road.
But then Kent responded themselves with the ball despite a boundary-laced cameo from England all-rounder Moeen Ali as Worcestershire closed on 95-3.
The home side, who conceded 361 runs in the Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Surrey, may have feared the worse after Kent skipper Sam Northeast won the toss on a good batting wicket in the blazing heat.
Skipper Joe Leach and 19-year-old Josh Tongue in particular impressed with the ball and Kent, despite lower order resistance from Matt Coles and Adam Rouse, would have been disappointed to be bowled out in 73.1 overs.
All of their batsmen except openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sean Dickson got into double figures but no-one went past 50.
As well as Leach and Tongue bowled, some of the shot selection of the Kent batsmen was questionable and their score was below-par.
Leach bowled an inspired opening spell and sent back openers Bell-Drummond and Dickson during an initial burst of 7-3-7-2.
Bell-Drummond (1) nicked through to Daryl Mitchell at first slip and then Dickson (7) tried to work the ball on the leg side and the ball struck his pads and bounced onto the stumps
Joe Denly (12) drove Ed Barnard straight to Brett D'Oliveira at point and then Tongue bowled a fiery spell after lunch which accounted for Sam Northeast (42) and Will Gidman (12)
In between Joe Weatherley wafted at a wide Leach and was caught behind and then Darren Stevens (39) flat batted John Hastings straight into the hands of deep extra cover.
Kent were then 139-7 but resistance came at last from Coles and Rouse who opted to counter-attack in adding 79 in 16 overs.
It needed the return of Tongue to break the stand shortly before tea as Rouse (34) provided Mitchell with a third catch and then Coles (47) played back to Moeen and was lbw.
Leach finished with 3-42 to take his season's wicket tally to 36 and Tongue, in his first season of senior cricket, 3-56 to move onto 24 victims.
The wickets were soon tumbling when Worcestershire launched their reply and D'Oliveira failed to trouble the scorers before he was pouched at second slip off Stevens.
Moeen was ultra aggressive in his approach with nine fours in his 37 off just 16 balls, a mixture of glorious cover drives and edges which just eluded the slip cordon.
But then he fell for the three card trick and was caught at deep mid wicket off Coles who then had opener Mitchell taken at third slip.
The positive aspect for Worcestershire was Joe Clarke looking like he was returning to form during an unbeaten 34.
He received good support from George Rhodes (16), in his first senior appearance of the season during an unbroken stand of 47.