Tim Wigmore at Durham 50-1 v Sussex
It’s a sumptuous morning at Hove, perhaps making it curious that Luke Wright - whose wife is expecting their third child - decided to bowl first. He would have been gladdened by the sight of Jofra Archer, who is bowling with serious pace and bounce, knocking out the offstump of Keaton Jennings. Steve Magoffin is still out with a knee injury, but both Danny Briggs and Chris Jordan, back from an IPL campaign in which he faced a single ball and bowled a solitary over, play their first Championship games of 2017. Stephen Cook, who has begun the first-class season slowly, is looking assured, and Durham have taken the score to 50-1 off 12 overs.
George Dobell at Somerset v Warwickshire (147-3)
Morning from Taunton. It’s a much better day and, with the pitch offering a little, there’s still a chance for one of these sides to claim the win they need. Somerset haven’t done themselves much good by dropping Jonathan Trott before he had added to his overnight 50. Trego, at gully, was unable to hold on to the outside edge offered off Craig Overton.
Paul Edwards at Lancashire v Yorkshire 425-8
Already we have had an appeal for a caught behind down the leg side against Jack Brooks, a scurried single and the dismissal of Jack Leaning, caught at deep square leg for 118. Ben Coad is now blocking for all he's worth and Brooks is 97 not out. A county holds its breath; headband salesmen check their bank balances; and Brooks is probably enjoying it...a bit.