There was some poor batting on day one as Kent were the only side to make a significant total in County Championship Division Two.
Glamorgan v Worcestershire
Close of play: Worcestershire 123, Glamorgan 0-0.
Worcestershire collapsed in south Wales as Glamorgan paceman Michael Reed took his maiden five-for in County Championship cricket.
It was just Reed’s sixth first-class match but he certainly made it count as he finished with bowling figures of 5-27, whilst Australian Michael Hogan chipped in with 4-33.
The away side had been shot down by a stomach bug in last week’s Division One match against Lancashire, but it will be this match’s batting performance that will make them feel sick.
Captain Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali top scored for the side with just 20 runs apiece as the Welsh county skittled through their top order.
The away team will have to perform better with the ball when day two resumes at 11.00 BST today.
Leicestershire v Kent
Close of play: Kent 406.
Kent seized the advantage in their first County Championship match of the new Division Two season as Leicestershire lost bowler Matthew Hoggard early in the match through injury.
Hoggard bowled just five over before having to leave the field and the away side made short work of their hosts’ inexperienced bowling attack.
All bar one of the visitors’ batsmen made double figures with Matt Coles, Geraint Jones and Brendan Nash leading the way with half centuries.
Spinner Jigar Naik was the only man who managed to step up in Hoggard’s absence and took the final wicket to finish with figures of 4-97.
The home side have it all to do today when day two starts at 11.00 BST.
Northamptonshire v Essex
Close of play: Essex 183, Northants 153-5.
An exciting first day at Northampton saw Essex bowled all-out for a modest 183 as all-rounder Graham Napier was one of few away players who enjoyed a good performance.
Napier smashed 73 runs after the visitors looked like they might not make 150 when they were 138-9 at one point.
The all-rounder then took centre stage when his side went out to field, taking three wickets for 30 runs to give his team a fighting chance in this Division Two match.
Captain Stephen Peters scored 60 for the home side before being dismissed by Napier whilst Rob Newton finished the day on 35 not-out.
Northants will want to get past Essex’s total as soon as possible when day two resumes at 11.00 BST today.