Stumps, day one: Hampshire 119-4 (Adams 48, Dawson 39) v Worcestershire, at the Ageas Bowl
After a morning of rain and a mid-afternoon start, the two recently promoted counties finally faced off at three o’clock. Worcestershire won the toss and opted to field, hoping to take advantage of a bit of bounce in the pitch.
Jack Shantry gave away few runs in the first handful of overs, but was unable to take wickets. The first to fall was not until the 50th over, when Liam Dawson was caught off the bowling of debutant Ed Barnard for 39. The scoreboard read a fairly healthy 88-1.
A small tumble of wickets through the rest of the day, however, may just have left Worcestershire in front. Jimmy Adams will be disappointed not to reach a half-century, having been removed lbw by Joe Leach for 48.
Stumps, day one: Warwickshire 148-3 (Trott 44*, Evans 41*) v Middlesex, at Lord’s
At Lord’s, where there was another late start, Middlesex won the toss and put Warwickshire in to bat. It seemed a wise decision, justified by Steve Finn’s fiery display with the ball that left the visitors looking lost on 56-3. Finn took all three wickets for just 31 runs before coming face to face with his former England teammate, Jonathan Trott.
Trott and his young partner, Laurie Evans, put together a fourth wicket partnership that was close to hitting three figures by the end of the day. The pairing, currently on 92*, saw the visitors through to the close.