Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury
Stumps Day 1: Stumps day 1: Kent 124-0 (Bell-Drummond 62*, Latham 48*) trail Glamorgan 260 (Meschede 63, Claydon 4-59) by 136 runs
Kent started day one at home against Glamorgan with a bang. Not only did Mitchell Claydon and Matt Coles remove their visitors for just 260 runs, with Coles taking three of the wickets and Claydon four of them, but the hosts’ openers then went on to make 124 runs without losing a wicket.
Only Craig Meschede and Graham Wagg were able to really make any headway with the bat, as Kent’s Coles and Claydon shared the majority of the spoils between them. England Under 19s bowler Hugh Bernard was allowed a foot into the game on his debut, taking the scalps of Meschede and Aneurin Donald.
In reply, Daniel Bell-Drummond and Kiwi Tom Latham added to the Kent spectacle by making 62* and 48* respectively before day’s end.
Sussex v Leicestershire at Hove
Stumps Day 1: Leicestershire 140-2 (Horton 71*) trail Sussex 163 (Joyce 56, Raine 4-30) by 23 runs
At Hove, it was new-look Leicestershire who dominated the day as Ben Raine to four wickets to help reduce Sussex to just 163.
The hosts chose to bat, but a couple of quick wickets soon had them struggling at 23-2. Ross Taylor and Ed Joyce came in to stage a minor fightback, but the four scalps of Raine and the three of Wayne White, plus contributions from Clint McKay and Charlie Shreck, saw Sussex crumble to a paltry first innings total.
In reply, the visitors reached 140-2 by close of play, helped along by an impressive half century from Paul Horton. He finished the day unbeaten on 71.
Worcestershire v Essex at New Road
Stumps Day 1: Essex 144-1 (Westley 70*, Cook 53*) v Worcestershire
New Road was hit by some poor weather today, but it was not enough to hold back England captain Alastair Cook and team mate Tom Westley. After the loss of Nick Browne, the two Essex batters combined their efforts to make an undefeated 128 run stand.
Cook has had a superb start to the season, having reached three figures against Gloucestershire and Sussex so far this season. Westley, showing himself the bolder and more aggressive of the pair today, continues his star form after passing 50 for the sixth successive first-class match.
An entire session was lost to the weather this afternoon and things are expteced to be worse tomorrow. Nevertheless, Cook and Westley will continue in the morning with 53 and 70 respectively.
Northants v Derbyshire at Northampton
Stumps Day 1: Derbyshire 275-8 (Thakor 60*, Palladino 49, Kleinveldt 3-58) v Northants