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June 6, 2009
Only 31 overs were possible on the first day of Yorkshire's clash with Sussex at Headingley, but that was long enough for Michael Vaughan's hopes of an Ashes recall to take a further tumble. He was dismissed by Corey Collymore for a fourth-ball duck, moments after Jacques Rudolph had also been caught by Ollie Rayner off the same bowler, as Yorkshire struggled to 58 for 2 by the close. Collymore's figures were an impressive 9-4-10-2, but Joe Sayers and Anthony McGrath had added 39 unbeaten runs for the third wicket.
For a full report from the first day at Chester-le-Street, where Durham have taken control against Hampshire, click here for John Ward's bulletin.
Murali Karthik and Gareth Berg each scored half-centuries to rescue Middlesex from an awkward 139 for 7 against Essex at Chelmsford. The pair added 99 for the eighth wicket to transform their team's fortunes after David Masters and Chris Wright had placed Essex in the ascendancy. They shared nine of the ten wickets to fall in Middlesex's innings, with Masters the pick with 5 for 65, but thanks to the efforts of Berg and Karthik it was the visitors who finished the day in command. With a handy total of 274 behind them, Middlesex reduced Essex to 54 for 4 at the close, with Steven Finn claiming 3 for 21.
Bad weather meant that no play was possible in any of the other matches in either division.
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