LV= County Championship: Stuart Broad back as Somerset shine; rain ruins Roses clash
Stuart Broad sent down six overs for Nottinghamshire, while Somerset were indebted to the Overton twins at Edgbaston.
Last Updated: 26/05/14 7:25pm
Making his comeback from a knee injury that bothered him throughout England's winter campaign, Broad conceded 18 runs after taking the new ball alongside Australian Peter Siddle.
Yet it was Ajmal Shahzad who claimed the two wickets to fall in the 25 overs of play that were possible, Mark Stoneman and Michael Richardson his victims as Durham reached 78-2 in reply to the home side's score of 377 at Trent Bridge.
James Hildreth and Nick Compton both fell just shy of centuries for Somerset, though their respective knocks of 98 and 92 helped their side amass 411 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Hildreth was agonisingly denied a ton by Keith Barker, his departure ending a fourth-wicket stand of 162. Compton followed soon after, becoming one of three wickets in the innings for Boyd Rankin.
Warwickshire had their opponents on 342-9 at one stage but were then frustrated by a final-wicket stand of 69 from the Overton twins, Jamie (56) registering a maiden half-century alongside sibling Craig (15 not out).
Home captain Varun Chopra departed for 27 as the home team progressed to 78-1 in reply, meaning they will return on Tuesday still trailing by 333.
Red Rose blooms
Paul Horton and Tom Smith hit half-centuries to help Lancashire post 325 - their highest total of the season - against Yorkshire at Headingley.
Another shortened day to the Roses clash saw the visitors pick up three batting points by passing 300 for the first time this year in the LV= County Championship, despite Jack Brooks taking 5-90.
It was Brooks who knocked over opener Horton for 66 but Smith (53), skipper Glenn Chapple (33) and Kyle Hogg - who finished up unbeaten on 47 - all contributed for Lancashire.
Brooks and Liam Plunkett (4-74) performed admirably for a Yorkshire attack that had to do without the services of Ryan Sidebottom after lunch due to a sore hamstring. The Tykes reached 29 without loss before rain ended play.
There was no action at all on the opening day of the LV= County Championship clash between Middlesex and Sussex as persistent rain ruled out any chance of action at Northwood.
Several inspections were made at the Merchant Taylors' School before umpires Steve Garratt and David Milns finally decided to call things off at 3.30pm.
Middlesex currently sit on top the Division One table having recorded four victories from their opening six first-class matches this summer.