Super Smith passes 1000 runs for the season
Day 1 report
Frizzell County Championship Division One
Division One Table
Kent 384 for 4 (Smith 203, Walker 92*) v Lancashire
Ed Smith continued his hot streak of form for Kent with his third Championship century in a row, as he became the first batsman to pass 1000 runs for the season. Smith took only 114 balls to reach three figures, while his double-hundred came off 255 deliveries. His 196-run third-wicket partnership with Matthew Walker (92 not out) ensured that Kent ended the first day on top. Lancashire were without England's Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson, and their attack melted in the Stanley Park sun. Eight bowlers in all were used with Carl Hooper wheeling through 37 overs to finish with 2 for 104, while the former England legspinning hope Chris Schofield had a nightmare spell, throwing down a host of looping full tosses and long-hops.
Warwickshire 315 for 7 (Brown 113, Frost 84) v Middlesex
An enterprising 209-run stand for the sixth wicket between Tony Frost (84) and Dougie Brown (113) rescued Warwickshire from a perilous 100 for 5 at Southgate. Middlesex struck back in the closing stages, dismissing both Brown and Frost with the total on 309, but Warwickshire ended the first day at a relatively safe 315 for 7 with honours just about even.
Sussex 51 for 0 v Leicestershire 320 (DeFreitas 103, Mushtaq Ahmed 5-93)
Phil DeFreitas scored a 116-ball hundred to lift Leicestershire to 320, after they had slumped to 127 for 5. It was DeFreitas's tenth first-class century and he added 96 for the seventh wicket with Jeremy Snape (36) and 69 with Charlie Dagnall (15 not out) for the ninth. For Sussex, Mushtaq Ahmed continued to weave his magic as he wrecked Leicestershire's middle order with 5 for 93, and poor old DeFreitas was wrecked too as he had to take time out to recover when Sussex began their reply.
Frizzell County Championship Division Two
Division Two Table
Yorkshire 340 for 6 (McGrath 86, White 82*) v Durham
Anthony McGrath enjoyed his return to county cricket with 86, as Yorkshire ended the first day on a comfortable 340 for 6. Steve Harmison did the early damage with the ball, dismissing both Yorkshire openers cheaply, but McGrath began the recovery which was carried forward by an undefeated 143-run stand between Craig White (82 not out) and Andrew Gray (60 not out). Shoaib Akhtar, however, had a quiet day as he finished wicketless from his 14 overs.
Glamorgan 436 for 9 (Maynard 129, Dale 123) v Hampshire
Adrian Dale (123) and Matthew Maynard (129) both scored centuries against a Hampshire attack sorely missing Wasim Akram. They were also without their senior spinner, Shaun Udal, and had to draft in Richard Hindley, an offspinner from a local league club. Hindley finished with 0 for 46 from 9 overs as all the bowlers struggled to keep the Glamorgan under control. Dale and Maynard led the way and shared a partnership of 129 for the fourth wicket as Glamorgan raced along at more than four an over and brought up the highest total of the season at The Rose Bowl.
Worcestershire 155 for 6 v Derbyshire 163 (Mason 5-43)
Sixteen wickets tumbled in 101 overs of play as Derbyshire hit back after being bowled out for a paltry 163. Mohammad Kaif top-scored for Derbyshire with 31, but Michael Mason's 5 for 43 gave Worcestershire the early advantage after they had lost the toss. By close of play, Dominic Cork had dismissed Worcestershire's top three, and with Graeme Welch chipping in with a couple of wickets, Derbyshire were back in the game.