Tim Bresnan celebrated his move to Warwickshire from Yorkshire by scoring a lusty century. His 105 was stocky and sharp-elbowed and, together with academy graduate Rob Yates’ 88, gave Warwickshire a 227‑run lead against Northamptonshire before the innings was forcibly closed at the end of 120 overs – a new regulation for the Bob Willis Trophy. Northants inched to 19 without loss by stumps.
Somerset’s Craig Overton laid waste to Glamorgan’s batting taking 5 for 38 with his express seamers. Glamorgan recovered from 38 for six to 131 all out, but their season threatens to open with a whimper.
An opening partnership of 152 between Jake Libby and Daryll Mitchell put Worcestershire in the velveteen breeches at against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
It was Kent’s May to September duo of Marcus O’Riordan and Darren Stevens who kept Essex on the hop at Chelmsford. The meticulous Nick Browne took 79 balls over his fifty before being bowled by Stevens; O’Riordan collected his first and second. Alastair Cook fell for eight.
At Chester-le-Street, Durham wiped clean the memory of their first-innings 103 all out, finishing the day on 106-2 in the second, a lead of 10. Alex Lees constructed a patient 58 not out. Yorkshire had earlier suffered a middle‑innings collapse of 10 for four, rescued by some bat throwing by Ben Coad.
Ben Slater, on loan from Nottinghamshire for two weeks, crafted an unbeaten hundred for Leicestershire who batted themselves into an encouraging position against an inexperienced Lancashire bowling attack, diminished by England call-ups. Slater and Hassan Azad (58) put on 153 for the first wicket after dismissing Lancashire for 322. Leicestershire were deducted five runs after Dieter Klein hit Danny Lamb on the foot, hurling the ball at the stumps after Lamb poked his delivery back down the pitch.
A record wicket stand of 80 between Sam Conners and Leus Du Plooy, of which Conners made just five, gave Derbyshire hope at Trent Bridge. Du Plooy stood tall with a wonderful 130, and was applauded off the pitch by the Nottinghamshire players , as Derbyshire lost 6 for 40 around him mid-innings. Conners then took 3-19 in Notts’ second innings.
A stubborn four-hour 73 by Scott Borthwick ensured that Surrey remained in the game on a stagnant pitch at The Oval. He was backed up by a sprightly cameo from Will Jacks and a more stoical effort from Mark Stoneman. Middlesex had earlier declared just before lunch after Nick Gubbins fell eight runs short of his double century.
There was something in the water at Sussex where 12 wickets fell in the day in an evenly balanced game. Phil Salt, who made 68 in the first innings, continued in his good form with 80 as the second-innings hiccuped around him. Hampshire were earlier bowled out with a defecit of 23; with three wickets for Ollie Robinson and Mitchell Claydon.