Maunders and Westley power Essex
John Maunders compiled an unbeaten 142 against his former club and shared in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 159 with Tom Westley, as Essex took command on the first day against Leicestershire at Chelmsford. Alastair Cook failed to take advantage of the benign conditions, and a very tame attack, falling to Wayne White for a disappointing 31. And White picked up Varun Chopra's wicket soon after when he was caught behind for 13. Matt Walker began promisingly but, like Cook, failed to capitalise and was trapped in front attempting to sweep. Westley provided the most fluent batting of the day as Essex began to fight back, cruising to a neat half-century from 74 balls, though he nearly lost his wicket twice to James Benning, one of which was dropped by Paul Nixon at slip. Maunders was mostly untroubled, reaching his hundred from 223 balls, though was troubled a couple of times against Jigar Naik. The pair remain unbeaten going into the second day.
A century from Stephen Peters stabilised Northamptonshire's shaky start against Glamorgan on a rain-affected first day at Northampton. His unbeaten 124 came from 140 balls, after both Rob White and Alex Wakely were dismissed cheaply within the first six overs, leaving score at 16 for 2. White was brilliantly caught by Gareth Rees at silly mid-on off James Harris without scoring and Wakely's off stump was knocked back by Garnett Kruger for 5. The recovery, led by Peters, was aided by Riki Wessels (39) and Andrew Hall (48 not out). Peters did however inadvertently help to dismiss his captain Nicky Boje, as he was run-out by Harris who deflected the ball onto the stumps. Northamptonshire closed on 224 for 4 before rain ended play early.
Click here for John Ward's report from a rainy Scarborough.
Click here for George Dobell's report from Worcester.