Loye makes history for Lancs and Troughton and Brown in the runs for Warwickshire
Hampshire v Glamorgan, Cardiff Scorecard
Captains past and present, Robin Smith and John Crawley, added 123 for the second wicket as Hampshire enjoyed the better of the first day at Cardiff. Crawley's share was 65, and though Smith eventually fell eight runs short of his 62nd first-class century, Nic Pothas ensured his good work was not wasted by reaching the close on 81 not out. Alex Wharf was the pick of a beleaguered Glamorgan attack, finishing with two wickets.
Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire, Wantage Road Scorecard
Northants survived a trial by spin to close on a creditable 338 for 8 at Wantage Road, a considerable improvement on their woeful efforts against Yorkshire last week. Gloucestershire's pair of Martyn Ball and Ian Fisher bowled a staggering 73 overs between them, and picked up but one of the eight wickets to fall. But they were thwarted by regular contributions all down the order. Mark Powell and David Paynter put on 126 for the first wicket, David Sales added a gritty 59, and the ninth-wicket pair of Toby Bailey and Andre Nel reached the close unbeaten after a 63-run stand.
Somerset v Durham, Taunton Scorecard
Fifteen wickets fell on the first day at Taunton, as Durham and Somerset traded blow for blow. Jon Lewis scored a composed 78 and Marcus Trescothick responded in kind with 60 from 81 balls, but overall it was a day for the bowlers. Richard Johnson was the pick for Somerset, with figures of 5 for 64, although Vince Wells struck two vital blows in the final over of the day, as five Somerset wickets fell for 35 runs.
Kent v Leicestershire, Canterbury Scorecard
Kent made a stuttering start to their Championship campaign, as they were bundled out for 245 after winning the toss at Canterbury. Greg Blewett and Michael Carberry picked up a brace of fifties, but three wickets for Charlie Dagnell made the difference. When their turn came, Leicestershire slumped to 48 for 3, with Mark Ealham, the stand-in Kent captain, grabbing two wickets, but Darren Maddy, and the returning Paul Nixon stood firm to the close.
Lancashire v Nottinghamshire, Old Trafford Scorecard
Mal Loye made history as the first batsman to score centuries in each of his first two innings for Lancashire, but Nottinghamshire fought back impressively in the evening session. Loye, who signed from Northants in the summer, scored 113 and added 137 for the fifth wicket with Andrew Flintoff (97). With a few overs of the day remaining, Lancashire were cruising at 340 for 5, but Steve Elworthy (5 for 71) and Greg Smith (3 for 50) ripped out the last five wickets for 14 runs.
Middlesex v Sussex, Lord's Scorecard
Jason Lewry and James Kirtley were Sussex's heroes with bat and ball, on a day of fluctuating fortunes at Lord's. Middlesex had the upper hand early on, with Joe Dawes and Paul Weekes taking three wickets apiece to reduce Sussex to 172 for 9. But Lewry clubbed a run-a-ball 45, and Kirtley kept his end up for 55 deliveries in a vital last-wicket stand of 67. They followed up by each grabbing an early wicket, as Middlesex closed on 79 for 4.
Warwickshire v Essex, Edgbaston Scorecard
Jim Troughton and Dougie Brown picked up a pair of centuries as Essex were given the run-around on a day of high-scoring at Edgbaston. Troughton (107 not out) and Brown (120) added 201 for the sixth wicket after Scott Brant had kept the top-order in check with three early wickets. Ronnie Irani grabbed two wickets as well, including his England team-mate Nick Knight, and though Brown fell before the close, Troughton will resume in the morning.