Honours even at Wantage Road
Newly-promoted Northamptonshire gave reigning champions Durham plenty of food for thought on day one of their LV= County Championship clash.
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Durham elected to bat and ended day one 265 for five after 96 overs but it was far from straightforward for the visitors at Wantage Road.
Northants made a dream start when Azharullah bowled Mark Stoneman for two to reduce Durham to three for one.
An excellent 54 from Keaton Jennings however steadied the innings and Michael Richardson top-scored with 80 before being caught down the leg side off James Middlebrook shortly after tea.
Phil Mustard weighed in with an unbeaten 63 while Gareth Breese finished 28 not out as Northants ended the first day still very much in contention.
Yorkshire's Gary Ballance did his England chances no harm at all as he hit an impressive 77 at Somerset.
The home side won the toss and inserted Yorkshire, who finished on 342 for five. opener Adam Lyth posted 85 before being caught off Craig Overton. There was also an excellent innings for Adil Rashid, who hit a powerful 84 lower down the order.
Craig Meschede was the pick of the Somerset attack, taking three for 82 from his 22 overs.
Nottinghamshire finished day one on 315 for eight against Middlesex at Lord's.
James Taylor was the batting star of the show, hitting 62 before being pinned lbw by James Harris who took four for 80.
There were also four wickets for Steven Finn who continued his impressive start to the season after showing form against Sussex last week.
Sussex skittled Warwickshire for 87, despite Jonathan Trott returning to championship duty with 37, before being bowled out for 229 themselves on an eventful first day in Birmingham.
Steve Magoffin, Chris Jordan and Jon Lewis took three wickets each for Sussex while Keith Barker was the pick of the Warwickshire attack with three for 52.
In Division Two, Derbyshire blew Essex away for 94 before ending the day 139 for five.
Mark Footitt and Tim Groenewald took five wickets each for Derby, who lead by 45 runs. Groenewald's figures of five for 44 included a hat-trick that came when Essex were on a steady 54 for two. England captain Alastair Cook top-scored for Essex with a rapid 35.
William Tavare hit a superb 135 on his championship debut to take Gloucestershire to 292 for five against Hampshire.
Tavare, nephew of former England Test batsman Chris Tavare, was well supported by opener Michael Klinger who made 81.
Kent trailed Worcestershire by 185 runs after ending the day 39 for two. Worcestershire had earlier been bowled out for 224 with Alexei Kervezee top-scoring with 54.