A total of 22 wickets fell on the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One match between Warwickshire and Middlesex at Edgbaston.
Warwickshire were put up to bat but they only managed 60 runs, their lowest Championship total since 1982 when they could muster just 43 against Sussex.
Middlesex were in brilliant form with the ball as Ethan Bamber took five for 20 and captain Toby Roland-Jones chipped in three for 27, as the Middlesex attack made the most of the bowling conditions to dismiss Warwickshire with just 22.5 overs bowled.
The visitors held a 139 lead after posting 199 in response. Ryan Higgins topscored with 53 as bowlers Ed Barnard and Mir Hamza took three for 49.
There was still time for Warwickshire to start their second innings and they lost two wickets before stumps, coming to 53 for two at the end of a hectic day.
Nottinghamshire opener Ben Slater scored his first tonne since April last year to give his side a healthy lead over Kent.
Slater put exactly 100 runs on the scoreboard before passing Jaskaran Singh straight into the hands of Harry Finch and although Haseeb Hameed, Will Young, Joe Clarke and Steven Mullaney all started, they were unable to continue.
Kent took regular wickets to prevent the hosts from forming a great partnership, but in the end it was goalkeeper Tom Moores who thwarted Kent’s attack, finishing unbeaten on 72 as Nottinghamshire closed on 275 for five.
Northamptonshire’s Emilio Gay posted three figures for the first time in almost a year as his batsmen dominated against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Gay posted 144, one run short of his career-best total, and hit 14 limits in his 342-minute innings, helping his team post an impressive 302-for-five late in the game.
Aiming to break from the bottom of the table, Northamptonshire’s opener put in 207 runs under captain Luke Procter for the fourth wicket position and earned only his second batting bonus point of the season.
Jamie Porter took five wickets as Essex teeed off Hampshire in the Ageas Bowl.
The bowler Porter conceded just 37 runs as the hosts could only manage 120 on a bowler-friendly ground, with Simon Harmer contributing three for 26.
The batting also proved difficult for Essex, who responded by hitting 145 for six at the close, but more importantly took a 25-run lead on the second day.
Surrey’s Tom Lawes destroyed Somerset’s top order when they were bowled out for just 170 at Taunton.
The hosts were all out after just 56.3 overs, with the 20-year-old bowler Lawes claiming wickets from three of the top four on his way to figures of four for 41, Tom Kohler-Cadmore scoring with 59 for Somerset.
Surrey responded with 138 for four, Tom Latham led the way on 67, while compatriot Matt Henry began his final appearance in a prolific spell in red and white ball cricket for Somerset by taking three for 26.
Division Two leaders Durham endured a frustrating day at Scarborough after Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Finlay Bean shared a century position as the hosts tee off on a reduced day of play.
Lyth and Bean shared 113 inside from 31 overs and came to a score of 142 for two from 38 overs before Bean fell lbw to England Test pacer Matthew Potts.
Lyth led the way with 75 not out from 118 balls but hail at lunch prevented an afternoon restart and when play appeared to start at 2:30pm it rained again and it wasn’t until 5:30pm
Colin Ingram’s century put Glamorgan in the driving seat of their clash with Derbyshire.
Ingram scored his first century of the season and held his own with a record second wicket stand of 193 from 338 balls with Zain-ul-Hassan who made 69 before being caught and bowled by George Scrimshaw.
After Ingram was bowled for 136 from 200 balls, Kiran Carlson and Billy Root hit a half century and shared a run-a-ball fifth wicket stand of 107 as the visitors closed on 408 for six.