Jon Culley at Yorkshire 7-0 v Warwickshire
Good morning from Headingley, where the forecast I saw a couple of days ago for a beautifully sunny day has proved only slightly inaccurate, which is something, I suppose. We've had 20 balls and the players are off for rain. With luck, just a squally shower, of which there may be a few. Warwickshire passed up the chance to bowl first and opted for the toss but lost, hence Yorkshire are batting anyway.
Three changes for Yorkshire from their last Championship outing, three weeks or so ago. Travis Head comes in for his first four-day game, Jack Brooks returns from a spell out with a torn quad muscle and Ryan Sidebottom is back in the side for the first time since April after an ankle injury. Warwickshire replace the injured Boyd Rankin with Chris Wright, while Oliver Hannon-Dalby gets a run-out against his old mates at the expense of spinner Josh Poysden.
Tim Wigmore at Surrey 23-2 v Middlesex
Good morning from Lord’s. Nick Compton’s attempts to find fulfilment in the shires, and help Middlesex to their first Championship title since 1993, will not come into focus for a while yet: on a sumptuous day, though the clouds have now moved a little closer to the middle, Gareth Batty would have needed no persuading to bat first upon winning the toss. Both Middlesex’s opening bowlers were once involved with Surrey - Tim Murtagh once took 6-24 in a T20 game for Surrey against Middlesex here - and on this evidence, Surrey will wish they still were. Murtagh, for whom the term "bustling swing bowler”, as he was described by his own benefit last year, might have invented, has been typically immaculate this morning, and has already claimed Dom Sibley and Zafar Ansari lbw.