County cricket – as it happened

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Morning all

10.15am: Welcome to the county cricket live blog for the latest round of Championship action. Our writers will be here with all the day's play shortly. Andy Wilson is at New Road for Worcestershire v Somerset, while Richard Gibson is on hand to see Durham v Lancashire at Chester-le-Street.

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10.40am: We will also be hearing from Mark Eklid, who is at Bristol to see Gloucestershire take on Derbyshire.

11.38am: Drat! I lost the sunshine somewhere around Scotch Corner, writes Richard Gibson.
I live 85 miles south of Chester-le-Street and the majority of my journey was spent in what has become customary weather over the past week or so. Then, all of a sudden, the grey struck me. It's not unpleasant up here - it is warm enough - but the thick cloud cover means I can no longer justify keeping my over-sized sunglasses on. Anyway, let's give you an update from the opening half-hour of a match between two of Division One's winless wonders. Durham, title winners in 2008 and 2009, were asked to bat by reigning champions Lancashire and such is their current form (bottom heading into their seventh contest) that the ways Mark Stoneman, Will Smith and Gordon Muchall found to get out might not surprise. Left-hander Stoneman inexplicably turned an innocuous delivery from Glen Chapple to square-leg in the third over, then Smith trumped it by being bowled around his legs by Kyle Hogg, and later in the same over, Muchall was given out caught behind cutting at a short delivery that he did well to reach. That triple trauma left Durham 33 for three.

11.54am: Here's a scene setter from Mark Eklid at Derby: "Top of the table Derbyshire – who would have thought it? Four wins from their opening seven LV County Championship games leaves them 26 points clear of the pack going into today's match at Bristol and only a brave man would have predicted that. They have won the toss and opted to bat against a Gloucestershire side that lost for the third time this season at Northampton last week."

Apologies for its late arrival, we had some technical problems. As did Derbyshire's openers: they are now on 38/2.

12.15pm: Andy Wilson has marked his arrival at the Worcester press box : "Worcs are 27-0 - although since i've arrived, Mitchell and Hughes have mostly ridden their luck against Trego and Thomas."

This means the chance to see if Nick Compton can score 1,000 county runs before the end of May will have to wait a while yet. As Andy :

Compton has also faltered in his pursuit of four figures. He scored 685 from his first six innings of the season but the subsequent six have brought 256, and he missed two chances to surpass 1,000 when dismissed for 64 and eight in Somerset's last fixture at home to Durham last week.

Eight batsmen have achieved the feat, Don Bradman doing so twice, in 1930 and 1938. The others were Bill Edrich (also in 1938), WG Grace (1895), Tom Hayward (1900), Wally Hammond (1927), Charlie Hallows (1928) and Glenn Turner, another former Worcestershire man although his 1,000 runs in 1973 came for the touring New Zealanders.

12.26pm: It might have been no Payne, no gain for Gloucestershire over the last few weeks but it's Derbyshire who are feeling the hurt now, writes Mark Eklid. David Payne has been out of the Glos team since picking up a side injury at Canterbury six weeks ago but he's taken the first three wickets of the morning at Bristol today and the third was his 50th in first-class cricket. What a return. The wicket is a bit slow but Payne is finding a bit of extra bounce and nip from the Jessop Stand end.

12:54pm: If anyone requires a respite from the tumbling County wickets, Rob Smyth's piece for The Spin this week is well worth a read. "

The history of cricket is full of exceptional players who were in the right place at the wrong time and could barely get a game at Test level because of those in their way. One man's embarrassment of riches is another's professional poverty. The nature of the subject means we look to the greatest sides for examples. England aren't in that class, although the fact they are experiencing the same problems is a reflection of their pre-eminence.

12.57pm: And talking of tumbling County wickets, here's Mark Eklid at Bristol:

"Not to be outdone, Will Gidman has taken over from Payne and has torn through three more wickets in seven balls. Top of the table Derbyshire have gone from 63 for three to 63 for six and they are in a bit of bother."

1.25pm: Without a doubt, that is Gloucestershire's session, writes Mark Eklid. In the final two overs before lunch, Saxelby has claimed a well-deserved first wicket and Will Gidman has grabbed a fourth to reduce Derbyshire to 83 for eight. The bowling and the catching has been outstanding – the batting less so.

2.01pm: Unusual scenes at New Road, where Daryl Mitchell and Phil Hughes walked out to resume their opening partnership after lunch through a long, purple guard of honour, writes Andy Wilson. Around 300 schoolchildren have been playing on the outfield through the interval, and they all lined up at the pavilion gates to greet the players with high-pitched squeals for the start of the second session.

Knowing locals have suggested that an opening stand that lasts beyond lunch, and is already worth 77, is worthy of celebration. But it must be a bit confusing for Hughes, the Aussie left-hander who is making his first Championship appearance of the season. Presumably somebody has told him it's not always like this. At least he avoided the temptation of following Matthew Hayden's example, and blatantly snubbing the kids.

Both Hughes and Mitchell have relied on good fortune as much as technique to survive the morning session. A fresh and intriguing Somerset attack, including George Dockrell and the Overton twins, have beaten the bat on numerous occasions, and had several loud lbw appeals turned down.

Should we attribute Worcestershire's stubbornness to a desire to protect the place in history held by the county's old boy Graeme Hick, whose record as the last man to score 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May is threatened in this game by Somerset's Nick Compton? Probably not, but at this rate Compton might not have a bat before tomorrow afternoon.

Hick isn't here to see Compton's bid to emulate him, by the way. He now lives in Brisbane, having emigrated a couple of years ago. But the new pavilion bears his name, and serves a good range of real ales - including Dolly's Summer Dream, named after Damien rather than Basil, to judge from the handpump.

2.05pm: Apologies for lack of updates. Output has been limited this morning at Chester-le-Street, writes Richard Gibson. The Wifi has gone awry but a technical committee formed at around 11.30am - which coincided with Durham losing two of their six morning wickets - which has resulted in something of an improvement. The same could be said for Durham's innings, but to be honest it could not have got much worse after they were reduced to 34 for four inside 10 overs. Durham, title winners in 2008 and 2009, have been struck by ill fortune with Ian Blackwell (back) and Michael Di Venuto (Achilles) both sidelined. Neither have the top order aided their cause with some profligate batting after the hosts were inserted by Lancashire's Glen Chapple. Durham, bottom of Division One despite employing similar personnel to those used in back-to-back title campaigns in 2008 and 2009, have gifted wickets to reigning champions Lancashire. Left-handed opener Mark Stoneman inexplicably turned an innocuous delivery from Chapple to square-leg in the third over, before Kyle Hogg claimed three wickets in six balls. Will Smith trumped was bowled around his legs, and, later in the same over, Gordon Muchall was given out caught behind cutting at a short delivery that he did well to reach. Struggling to find softer ways to get out, Ben Stokes had a dabble, edging through to wicketkeeper Gareth Cross attempting to withdraw his bat. Veterans Dale Benkenstein and Paul Collingwood dug in with a 44-run stand for the fifth wicket but the former was one of two wickets for Luke Procter when he chased a wide one, Phil Mustard the second courtesy of a stunning one-handed catch by Ashwell Prince at second slip as the home team took lunch on 85 for six

2.35pm: An astonishing pre-lunch collapse has been compounded by a couple of run-outs to end the Derbyshire first innings, writes Mark Eklid. All out for 95 – this is not what you expect from the leaders. Gloucestershire could barely have dreamt about so good a first day so far but beware – Derbyshire were bowled out for 44 on the first morning two years ago and went on to win before tea on the second day!

2.53pm: Durham plumbed new depths after lunch, losing their final four wickets for 14 runs in 41 balls, to be dismissed for 102, their lowest score of a rather underwhelming season to date, writes Richard Gibson.
All-rounder Luke Procter's swing did the damage: left-hander Scott Borthwick edged to slip before in-duckers accounted for Paul Collingwood (lbw shuffling across his stumps) and Jamie Harrison (bowled through the gate). Collingwood's dismissal confirmed career-best figures for Procter, and he finished with 10-4-17-5.

There were ironic cheers from the home crowd when Steve Harmison nudged a single to the leg-side to bring up three figures but Lancashire captain Glen Chapple finished things off soon afterwards when he pegged back the top of Harmison's off-stump.

Lancashire will have to wait a while to begin their reply, however. The players got onto the field but were forced off by rain before Graham Onions could send down a ball.

3.20pm: An email from a man called Geoff, on the timely topic of Durham's woes: "Seems incredible that a batting line up which has been solid for a number of years are struggling so badly. It's not like they've got a bunch of young players who've been found out or the bowling has gone to pot and they're suddenly under loads of pressure. To be fair though, the whole first division this year seems to be a competition over who is the least bad team."

3.27pm: has sparked off a conversation about identical twins in cricket:

"The Overton twins are now bowling in tandem. Shirt numbering arrived in county cricket just in time. Have you already discussed previous identicals in county cricket? Solanki just played a glorious cover drive, a rare four to the longer boundary, the outfield is really slow."

3.35pm: After the storm follows the calm, writes Mark Eklid at Bristol. Kane Williamson is making batting look so much easier – but only after he was dropped at second slip on one. Derbyshire could have had the home side seven for three but they also put Howell down on two, though Howell only went on to make 10 and Batty also went early for two. No sign of Dent yet because he damaged a finger taking the catch to dismiss Durston in the morning.

3.53pm: Operation "Keep Compton in the field for as long as possible" continues to go swimmingly for Worcestershire, writes Andy Wilson. They have crawled on to 163 for one at tea, with captain Daryl Mitchell on 72 from 208 balls, and Vikram Solanki on 21 from 65. That's a surprise in Solanki's case, as he's played a couple of flashing cover drives. But he has become increasingly frustrated by a slowish pitch, and was dropped twice in consecutive overs just before the interval - at slip by James Hildreth off George Dockrell, who then spilled a difficult chance at mid wicket off Peter Trego. Even the Somerset fielders are conspiring against Compton.

4.23pm: Mark Eklid has this from Bristol: "Williamson is still there at tea and Derbyshire must be feeling pretty rueful about not accepting the chance he offered when he was on one. It was a tough chance – a nick low to the left hand of Guptill at second slip – but it was in the hand and popped out as he hit the ground. Williamson is 44 not out and, at 83-2, Gloucestershire are only 12 behind the Derbyshire first innings."

4.52pm: Graham Onions has been finding Lancashire's top order to his liking, as : "Onions has been magnificent with the ball so far. He is on or around off-stump every ball, its jagging around just enough, and he has three wickets already.

Lancashire are 13 for three. Two very good slip catches by Borthwick and Collingwood. Game on."

And , I suspect it may be slightly too late for this: "Can Andy Flower please ask for Graham Onions to be withdrawn from the current game for England duty please? And retrospectively so that we can start our innings again?"

4.58pm: The news after tea is not good for Chris Dent, who went off after taking a sharp catch in the slips to dismiss Wes Durston in the Derbyshire innings, writes Mark Eklid. He has broken the little finger on his left hand, the same finger he broke last year and was put out of the game for six weeks. He may play no further part in this game but, at the moment, Gloucestershire don't need him. They have just moved level with Derbyshire's first innings total at 95 for two, with Williamson completing his half-century.

5.14pm: Andy Wilson to give us the latest on Nick Compton Vikram Solanki:

"This is going to go down well with our Somerset types, so apologies to Worcs. But Solanki remains one of the best batsmen to watch. He's on 60 now having played some glorious shots since tea. Having said that, fair play to Craig Overton, who beat him with a beauty in the last over without finding the edge - the story of Somerset's day. 230-2"

5.22pm: An update from Mark Eklid at Bristol: "Derbyshire were a team badly in need of a breakthrough and they've got it – Williamson has been caught behind off Groenewald for 56, having helped Alex Gidman add 81 for the third wicket. It's still Gloucestershire in control, though."