County Championship Division Two - 1st day May 6, 2005

Kruis takes five but Northants mount late charge

Cricinfo staff

Dale Steyn: in the wickets on his Essex debut © Getty Images

Yorkshire 30 for 0 (Wood 12*, Jaques 13*) trail Northamptonshire 281 (Phillips 55*, Louw 58) by 251 runs
Deon Kruis took 5 for 59 to restrict Northamptonshire to 281 at Headingley. Anthony McGrath added three wickets, but Northants will still be pleased with their day's work after recovering from 113 for 6 to post 168 for the last four wickets. Johann Louw blasted 58 from 69 balls from No 9 and Ben Phillips struck an unbeaten 55 at No 8.

Essex 68 for 0 (Jefferson 35*, Cook 28*) trail Leicestershire 220 (Robinson 73) by 152 runs
Essex ended the first day in a strong position, 68 for 0 in reply to Leicestershire's 220. Darren Robinson's 73 gave the visitors a strong platform, and they were cruising at 98 for 1, before Ravinder Bopara started the rot. Darren Gough and the South African Dale Steyn - on his Championship debut - each took three wickets as they worked their way through the Essex line-up. Will Jefferson and Alastair Cook were unbeaten by stumps, and Leicestershire know they have much work to do.

Lancashire 65 for 0 (Chilton 30*, Loye 33*) trail Derbyshire 216 (Sutton 95) by 151 runs
Derbyshire recovered from 80 for 6 to post 216 after Lancashire let them off the hook at Old Trafford. At the close Lancashire were 65 for 0, with Mark Chilton on 30 and Mal Loye on 33, but they will be kicking themselves as they are still 151 runs behind and the deficit could have been much smaller. But take nothing away from Derbyshire's battling batsmen. While James Anderson would have pleased the England selectors with 4 for 62, there was little else to cheer about for Lancashire as Derbyshire mounted a dramatic rearguard challenge, boosted by Luke Sutton who was run out five short of his century.