Two England captains fail with the bat
It wasn't a good day for two England captains with the bat at Headingley as Michael Vaughan bagged an 18-ball duck and Paul Collingwood fell for 5 as Durham and Yorkshire traded blows with ball dominating bat. Vaughan was caught behind off Callum Thorp while a strong Durham attack made early inroads. Liam Plunkett grabbed three and then Steve Harmison took out a couple in the middle order. Collingwood wrapped up the innings with three swift strikes with the score on 184. Matthew Hoggard responded with an early wicket, trapping Michael Di Venuto second ball, then it was Hoggard who took the catch at long off to remove Collingwood from Adil Rashid's fifth ball.
Andre Adams' four wickets helped Nottinghamshire to chip out Hampshire for 293 on the opening day at Southampton. Adams dismissed both openers, taking both Michaels, Carberry and Brown, after the pair had put on 58. Darren Pattinson then removed Michael Lumb and Sean Ervine on 78 before John Crawley and Nic Pothas pushed them on to 173 with a fifth-wicket stand of 95, both batsmen making a fifty. Adams came back to remove the tail with the help of Samit Patel and Charlie Shreck, each of whom took a brace.
Simon Jones reprised the Championship form he showed prior to the Twenty20 as his 5 for 30 proved central in skittling Leicestershire for 120 at Grace Road. Worcestershire consolidated their position by reaching 172 for 2 at the close, already a lead of 52. Vikram Solanki was seven away from a century and added 139 for the second wicket with Daryl Mitchell Kabir Ali did the early damage before Jones made his first mark by removing Matthew Boyce as the home side fell to 42 for 4. Jones then had Jim Allenby taken at slip, fending a short ball off his gloves, and at 78 for 8 three figures was looking unlikely. Jacques du Toit at least prevented that embarrassment, but the lower order was blown away by Jones who ended with his third five-wicket bag of the season.
Dawid Malan underlined his potential with a maiden first-class century to lead a Middlesex fightback after a poor start against Northamptonshire at Uxbridge. Johann van der Wath ripped out the top three - including Andrew Strauss for 2, caught behind chasing a wide ball, and Owais Shah for 1 - and Middlesex were in a hole on 36 for 4. Eoin Morgan began the fightback, stroking 66, and added 121 with Malan for the fifth wicket. When Morgan was trapped lbw on the back foot by David Lucas, Malan forged onwards to his hundred off 174 balls. Malan added a further 115 with Ben Scott (50) and was still unbeaten at the close.
Alastair Cook made 95 for Essex, but it was Ryan ten Doeschate who stole the show with a century as he rescued the home side on the opening day against Derbyshire at Chelmsford. Both were vital innings after the new ball left Essex on 42 for 3 with Ravi Bopara removed by Jonathan Clare for 7. Cook struck 13 boundaries in his 143-ball innings before he swept Jake Needham to midwicket. A second stumble left Essex on 231 for 7, but ten Doeschate turned the day around with an aggressive century off 123 balls after having to work hard during the first part of his innings. Alex Tudor capped an impressive turnaround as he, too, reached a half-century, passing fifty with a six off Wavell Hinds.
New Zealand may be on their way to Scotland, but Hamish Marshall's century ensured a Kiwi contribution was the talking point of Gloucestershire's dominant opening day between the showers against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. His patient ton was compiled over 201 minutes, off 145 balls, and included 15 fours and two sixes. He was joined by William Porterfield in a second-wicket stand of 176 as the pair more than made up for losing Kadeer Ali early, caught by Ian Bell off Chris Woakes. Porterfield made his third fifty in 12 first-class matches, reaching 74 before another New Zealander, Chris Martin, got his name on the scoresheet having him caught behind. Gloucestershire will resume on 190 for 2, with Marshall unbeaten on 107.