Kent's pace bowlers may have put their side back in the County Championship title race with a remarkable first-day display against Lancashire at Liverpool. The visitors reduced relegation-threatened Lancashire to 107 all out from 39 overs on a bowler-friendly track at Aigburth. Robbie Joseph and Amjad Khan claimed figures of 3 for 37 from nine overs and 3 for 10 from nine respectively. Ryan McLaren also notched impressive figures of 2 for 13 from his 10 overs, while Yasir Arafat recorded 2 for 32 from 10.
Kent's batsmen consolidated their fine start by reaching 147 for 5 thanks in the main to an entertaining 91 from Geraint Jones.
In the Second Division, Essex need to beat second-placed Warwickshire to stay in with a chance of promotion and they got off to a useful start, thanks to a notable performance on debut from teenager Jaik Mickleburgh.
The 18-year-old dominated a century fourth-wicket stand with England batsman Ravi Bopara on his way to 72 as the home side made 333 for 8 at Chelmsford.
In the absence of Graeme Hick, missing his farewell appearance due to an elbow injury, leaders Worcestershire made 265 all out against Middlesex at Kidderminster. In reply the visitors were 126 for 1.