Chris Rogers scored another half-century for Middlesex on a rain-affected day of County cricket.
Somerset v Middlesex 8-293 (Rogers 57, Robson 42) on Day one at Taunton
Chris Rogers and Sam Robson maintained their strong form with scores of 57 and 42 respectively against Somerset on a wet day at Taunton.
In difficult batting conditions, Rogers led from the front with a 150-ball 57, with Robson falling for a quick-fire 42, as the Lord's outfit battled to a competitive 8-293 at the close of play.
Rogers will be hoping his tail can bat them to a lead of 300 plus when they resume battle tomorrow.
Nottinghamshire 9-273 (Cowan 15, Hales 4, Lumb 44, Taylor 47, Patel 35) v Surrey on Day one at Trent Bridge
It was a hit and miss day for Nottinghamshire's top order at Trent Bridge. Ed Cowan faced 82 balls in seamer friendly conditions before he was bowled by young quick Stuart Meaker for 15.
Earlier in the day Alex Hales (4) was castled by Jade Dernbach, before Michael Lumb (44), James Taylor (47), Samit Patel (35) and Steve Mullaney (68) fought back for the home side.
They closed the day on 9-273, Meaker the pick of the Surrey bowlers with 4-70.
Derbyshire 6-158 (Magoffin 2-37, Panesar 1-14) v Sussex on Day one at Derby
Steve Magoffin grabbed the prize wicket of Shiv Chanderpaul for 20 as his Sussex outfit finished day one on top against newly promoted Derbyshire. The Queensland-born seamer got the ball rolling by removing Chesney Hughes for 15.
Wayne Madsen fought back with 63, but a flurry of late wickets, including Chanderpaul, who was caught and bowled by Magoffin, gave the visitors the upper hand going into tomorrow.
Monty Panesar may have been overlooked for tonight's first test against New Zealand, but he put it behind him with a 3.4 over spell of 1-14. He'll be hunting more quick wickets tomorrow.
Warwickshire 128 all out v Yorkshire 0-11 on Day one at Edgbaston
Former England seamer Liam Plunkett rattled through the Warwickshire order on his way to 5-32 as Yorkshire finished the day in command against the defending champions.
Both teams had to wait until after lunch for play to start with rain washing out the first session.
Unsurprisingly Yorkshire put their opponents in to bat on a perfect day for bowling after winning the toss. They delivered with former test opener Ryan Sidebottom taking 2-23 and Steve Patterson 3-46.
Captain Jim Troughton's 65 not out was the only score of note in Warwickshire's 128 all out. Yorkshire closed the day on 0-11.
Glamorgan 231 (Allenby 77, Bopara 2-41) v Essex 2-7 (Hogan 2-1) on Day one at Cardiff
Perth-born Jim Allenby batted Glamorgan out of a hole against Essex. David Masters bowled with precision during the day to take a well deserved 5-44 as the Dragons slipped to 7-142. But Allenby's 77, supported by Stewart Walters (67), pushed the home side up to a respectable 231.
Walters, who grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, had to battle with the elements early on with the Essex bowlers hooping it one way then the other.
In reply Michael Hogan continued his magnificent form this season with figures of 2-1 off four overs as an Essex side minus Rob Quiney finished on 2-7.
Ravi Bopara didn't make the England Test side, but he did help his Essex bowl out Glamorgan on day one with 2-41. He will get a chance to fire with the bat tomorrow, finishing unbeaten on zero.
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First Posted 16 May, 2013 8:46AM AEST