County Championship Quick Delivery: All the big news from the opening day of the season
18:31 GMT, 5 April 2012
Centurion: Dan Redfern of Derbyshire
Derbyshire batsman Dan Redfern scored the first Championship hundred of the season, his maiden first-class ton.
The 21-year-old left-hander reached the landmark off 126 balls and went on to make 110 (which included 13 fours) as his county scored 286 against Northants at Derby. In reply, the visitors struggled to 28 for three at stumps.
STAT OF THE DAY
18 – minutes it took Glamorgan to gain the first point of the new LV County Championship season at Grace Road. Leicestershire were none for two after two balls thanks to Huw Waters, who then had Matthew Boyce caught by Gareth Rees to leave the hosts one for three and give Glamorgan their point.
Leicestershire recovered though, and were all out for 249. The visitors then also lost quick wickets, ending the day on 25 for five.
TWEET OF THE DAY
'Hmmm not too sure about the first day of the season went today.Felt good, bowled well,Kent are 350-5.Cheeky 1-for for me #veryflatdeck!'
- Ajmal Shahzad
You beauty: Ajmal Shahzad celebrates dismissing Brendan Nash of Kent
It could have gone very badly for Yorkshire at Headingley had Rob Key not ran himself out on 97. The Kent skipper pushed the ball to Andrew Gale at mid-off and set off, but unfortunately for Key the Yorkshire captain hit the stumps.
Despite the needless loss of their captain – who looked in superb nick – it was a good day for Kent, for whom Scott Newman (who was caught brilliantly by Anthony McGrath at slip off Shahzad) and Brendan Nash both scored half centuries to frustrate Division Two favourites Yorkshire.
Caught short: Tom Maynard hits a boundary
Jade leaves Tom stranded
Maynard could have been the third player to score a century but he ran
out of partners at The Oval. The Surrey batsman hit a classy unbeaten 86
but was left stranded by Jade Dernbach's dismissal as Sussex dismissed
the hosts for 264, with Amjad Khan taking five for 57.
Sussex closed on 105 for five in reply.
Worcestershire bowler Richard Jones also studies sports journalism at Staffordshire University but he was making headlines rather than writing them, taking six for 32 as his side skittled Nottinghamshire for 118.
The pitch inspectors will definitely take an interest as 20 wickets fell at Trent Bridge, with Worcestershire bowled out for 130 in reply.
Six-shooter: Worcestershire bowler Richard Jones in action at Trent Bridge
Vernon's the real deal
It was a late start at Taunton but Vernon Philander typically did not wait long to make an impact for Somerset. The second-fastest man to 50 Test wickets had Middlesex opener Sam Robson caught behind off the third ball of the match.
You get the feeling Philander, who finished with three for 21 before bad light stopped play, will take a lot of wickets before he joins up with South Africa for the Test series v England.