Devon Malcolm gave Derbyshire, not to mention the whole country, a great lift by taking 6 for 61 as Sussex were bowled out for 111 at Derby. Malcolm's captain, Kim Barnett, reponded by making 152 not out in Derbyshire's formidable reply of 262 for 1.
Gloucestershire's 19-year-old Birmingham-born Australian, Andrew Symonds, hit a dazzling 161 not out off just 94 balls to help his side to a commanding 392 off 100 overs at The Oval. By the close Surrey had knocked off 17 of those in seven overs.
Richard Montgomerie, 22, scored the second Championship century of his career, 113 not out against Kent, to steer Northamptonshire to 343 for 5. David Capel (85no) shared in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 171.
James Bovill, a seamer, took a career-best 6 for 39 as Durham slumped from 76 without loss to 177 all out against Hampshire at Stockton. But the Hampshire batsmen also found life difficult on the slow pitch as they struggled to 126 for 7 at the close.
And Yorkshire's David Byas maintained his brilliant early-season form with a career-best 193 on the first day of the Roses challenge match against Lancashire at Headingley.Reuse content