Tom Smith lofts down the ground during his 57

Lancashire v Essex, LV= County Championship Div Two, Old Trafford, 1st day

News on Smith lifts a bleak Manchester day

The only optimistic note on a grey day at Old Trafford was that Tom Smith's back operation had been a success. Smith, appointed Lancashire captain in February, has led them in just one championship game

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Colin Ingram cuts

Derbyshire v Glamorgan, LV= County Championship Div Two, Queen's Park, 1st day

Footitt frustrated as Ingram recovers Glamorgan

Derbyshire's England fast bowling hopeful Mark Footitt endured a frustrating day in front of National Selector James Whitaker as South African batsman Colin Ingram led a Glamorgan recovery at Chesterfield

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Darren Stevens hit four boundaries in his 34

Leicestershire v Kent, LV= County Championship Div Two, Grace Rd, 2nd day

Stevens sees Kent close in on victory

Bad light frustrated Kent as they ended the second day of the against Leicestershire closing in on victory. The home side lead by just 59 runs with a single second innings wicket remaining when at 7pm the umpires decided the light was too poor to continue

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Daryl Mitchell drives on his way to 44

Worcestershire v Hampshire, LV= County Championship Div One, New Rd, 1st day

Mitchell keeps Bird at arms length

Daryl Mitchell carried on his crusade against Hampshire as Worcestershire recovered from an early crisis in the New Road clash between the bottom two teams in Division One

Jack Brooks' 3 for 14 helped tear apart Warwickshire

Warwickshire v Yorkshire, LV= County Championship Div One, Edgbaston, 2nd day

Sidebottom rubber-stamps Yorkshire title credentials

On days such as these are Yorkshire's Championship credentials rubber-stamped. With Ryan Sidebottom turning in one of his habitually irresistible spells of swing and stamina Warwickshire's batsmen were routed

Jeremy Blackmore at Taunton

Brendan Taylor made a century on his Championship debut

Somerset v Sussex, LV= County Championship Div One, Taunton, 2nd day

Trego retort fires up Somerset

Peter Trego decided attack was the best form of defence as he rode his luck to forge an enterprising partnership of 140 with James Hildreth to put Somerset just 32 behind Sussex with six wickets intact

Brendan Taylor made a century on his Championship debut

Notts v Middlesex, LV= County Championship Div One, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Franklin gives note to not write off Middlesex

The odds against Yorkshire retaining the title may be shortening every day but Middlesex ought not to be discounted as contenders just yet, even though Andrew Gale's team clearly have some momentum.

Luke Wells stands tall to cut

Somerset v Sussex, LV= Championship, Division One, Taunton, 1st day

Somerset hit back after Wells grit

Somerset wrested back the initiative in dramatic style at the close of a rain-affected first day against Sussex