Gloucestershire 118 for 2 (Weston 66) trail197 (Katich 72*)
Kevin Pietersen failed to make the starting line-up because of his foot injury, spending his day signing autogrpahs for his new fans, and he watched his Hampshire team-mates endure a tough start to their Division One life. They won the toss, batted, and had been bowled out by tea. James Adams and Michael Brown opened with a stand of 63, but once Mark Hardinges had Adams caught behind wickets fell steadily to a disciplined Gloucestershire attack who kept the ball pitched up. Simon Katich offered the only real resistance, adding 48 with Shane Warne, but he received little support. John Lewis and Hardinges picked up three wickets each, while Steve Kirby claimed two, including Warne, on Championship debut for his new club. In reply, Gloucestershire's openers progressed smoothly until Warne traped Craig Spearman lbw playing an ambitious sweep, and despite losing Phil Weston late in the day they remain firmly in control
Sussex 171 for 4 (Yardy 44*, Prior 34*) v Surrey
Honours ended even on a truncated day at The Oval, after an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 52 between Michael Yardy and Matt Prior guided Sussex from an uncertain 119 for four.
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Warwickshire 68 for 0 (Knight 41*, Wagh 27*) trail Glamorgan 198 (Elliott 83, Giles 6-44) by 130 runs
Ashley Giles began his season in fine style, taking 6 for 44 to help Warwickshire launch the defence of their title in impressive fashion. Glamorgan had engineered a promising position, reaching 138 for 2, before Giles intervened, relying on flight rather than gentle spin. His first wicket, Michael Powell, began a slump that saw Glamorgan lose 8 for 60. The big scalp was Matthew Elliott, bowled through the gate by Giles for 83, and the tail folded meekly. Nick Warren, a young right-arm seamer, weighted in with three wickets as Glamorgan failed to register a batting point. Warwickshire's openers completed a very pleasing day for the champions, seeing out the final session without losing a wicket - Simon Jones's six over costing 30 runs.