Gloucestershire v Kent
o Kent are unbeaten in five matches against Gloucestershire (W3 D2).
o In fact, Kent have claimed victory in three of their last four matches on the road against Gloucestershire (L1).
o Gloucestershire have not lost at home in six matches (W2 D4).
o Darren Stevens (Kent) has taken five wickets in six innings during this campaign; the most often of any bowler in either division.
George Garton took wickets in successive overs after Derbyshire had posted a century stand for their first wicket on day one of their Specsavers Championship match against Sussex at Hove.
The left-armer is believed to be on England’s Ashes radar but this was his first four-day appearance of the season for the county.
He marked it by removing openers Luis Reece and Ben Slater, who had put on 101 after Derbyshire had been asked to bat.
Reece passed 50 for the third successive game before he was leg-before padding up to Garton’s inswinger in the 23rd over, having hit seven fours.
Slater (48) top-edged a pull when Garton dropped short and Jofra Archer took a well-judged catch at third man.
Garton was one of five bowlers employed by Sussex’s all-seam attack but his team-mates struggled to produce consistent line and lengths on what appears to be a good pitch.
Glamorgan 75-3 v Northants
Glamorgan have bounced back in their Specsavers County Championship match against Northamptonshire, their first at Cardiff since June, as they reached 75-3 at lunch, having been 6-1 in the first two overs after winning the toss.
It looked to be a good toss for Northamptonshire to lose early doors, as it took just 1.5 overs for Richard Gleeson to strike, bowling Jacques Rudolph as he shouldered arms without scoring.
And so it was down to the young pairing of Nick Selman and Jack Murphy to begin the Glamorgan recovery against the opening pace attack of Gleeson and Rory Kleinveldt. Selman had looked to be doing just that with three fours as Glamorgan had got to 35 before losing a second wicket, as the young Australian-born opener edged to skipper Alex Wakely at slip off Muhammad Azharullah for 22.
It wasn’t long before Murphy followed him back to the pavilion, as he was trapped lbw by the same bowler for 12 with the home side soon in trouble again at 36-3.
Colin Ingram, having joined Kiran Carlson, pulled Muhammad Azharullah for four as Glamorgan brought up their fifty, before driving through the covers for another boundary in the same over. The pair, a mixture of youth, had added 39 before a light rain shower brought about an early lunch at 75-3.
Eddie Byrom batted through the morning session as Somerset posted 103 for three by lunch on the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Lancashire at Taunton.
The 20-year-old left-handed opener was unbeaten on 38 at the interval, having shared stands of 39 with Marcus Trescothick and 46 with James Hildreth.
Lancashire surprisingly exercised their option to field first on a pitch expected to turn as the match progresses. Trescothick, dropped before he had scored, progressed to 25 before falling lbw to Tom Bailey.
George Bartlett had made only three when leg-before moving across his stumps to Kyle Jarvis and Hildreth was bowled off an inside edge by Ryan McLaren, having progressed effortlessly to 25.
Warwickshire 75-3 v Essex
Title-chasing Essex made immediate inroads into Warwickshire's batting after taking up the option to bowl on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship tussle at Edgbaston.
Bottom-of-the-table Warwickshire went into lunch on 75 for three with Jamie Porter having taken two wickets to lift his championship haul this season to 59.
In a superb opening spell of 7-3-15-2, Porter produced fast in-duckers which trapped Sam Hain and Jonathan Trott lbw to leave the home side tottering on 12 for two. He also had Dominic Sibley dropped on two, by Simon Harmer at second slip.
Sibley and Ian Bell then added 46 and Bell, averaging just 22.89 in the championship this season, was starting to bat with much of his old fluency before on 37 (52 balls, three fours) he fell lbw to Neil Wagner.
But Sibley saw it through to lunch unbeaten on a dogged 17 (80 balls).
Glamorgan v Northamptonshire
o The last three matches played out between these sides have all been won by Northamptonshire.
o Glamorgan have not lost in Cardiff to Northants since 2006 (W2 D3).
o Northamptonshire have only lost once in their last seven matches (W4 D2).
o Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire) recorded 193 during his last appearance (v Sussex), doing it in his 100th first-class innings.