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County wrap: Stokes, Bell-Drummond impress

All the talking points from another opening day of England's first-class competition

Adam Voges' unfortunate accident in the field grabbed the headlines but there was action aplenty on the opening day of another round of the County Championship across England.

A century to Hampshire's Michael Carberry led the way against Voges' Middlesex, the hosts reaching 7-315 on a day marred by the Australian Test star being hit on the back of the head by an errant throw and ending up in hospital as a precautionary measure.

In other Division One games, Lancashire reached 4-295 on day one of their match against Somerset, captained by former Australia Test opener Chris Rogers who's playing in his 300th first-class match.

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Rogers, who reaches another milestone in an incredible career, will have to wait another day for his opportunity at the crease.

Yorkshire recovered from a poor start with the ball to bowl Nottinghamshire out for 261 in a match featuring the likes of Jackson Bird, Stuart Broad, Alex Hales (Notts), Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid and Gary Ballance (Yorkshire).

Between the two sides, there are 14 players with international experience taking part in the star-studded early-season encounter.

Following Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale's decision to bowl first on a pitch expected to offer some early assistance to the quicks, Rashid was an unexpected standout with the ball. The leg-spinner picked up three wickets for the reigning champions while seamer Jack Brooks snared four.

Surrey piled on the runs at The Oval, finishing the day 7-371 against Durham, with England allrounder Ben Stokes claiming two wickets for the visitors.

Arun Harinath (96), Steve Davies (87) and Jason Roy (64) led the way for Surrey.

England Test captain Alastair Cook continued his good form with an unbeaten 53 for Division Two ladder-leaders Essex against Mooen Ali’s (0-22 off six overs) Worcestershire. Essex finished the rain-affected day on 1-144.

Young England prospect Daniel Bell-Drummond (62no) continued his impressive run of form, as the 22-year-old opener, along with New Zealand Test batsman Tom Latham (48 not out), helped Kent reach 0-125 at stumps after bowling Glamorgan out for 260 earlier in the day.

Having bowled Sussex out for 163, Leicestershire are on top at 2-140 with captain Mark Cosgrove (20no) and Australian-born opener Paul Horton (71no) at the crease.

Derbyshire, thanks to a rear-guard action from Shiv Thakor (60 not out) and Tony Palladino (49), fought back from 6-133 to reach 8-275 against Northamptonshire.

Derbyshire opener Chesney Hughes was the victim of a fine piece of glove work from Northamptonshire wicketkeeper Alex Rossington, stumped off seamer Ben Sanderson.