The injury jinx that was a factor in Durham's failure to win a third successive Championship in 2010 is still dogging Phil Mustard's team. Awaiting the return of Graham Onions after his 14-month absence with a back problem and with Paul Collingwood out until June, Durham began their match at the Rose Bowl against Hampshire without Mark Davies, the seamer having returned from a pre-season trip to Dubai with a suspected stress fracture.
Now they have lost the opener Mark Stoneman, who broke a bone in his wrist while fielding yesterday, and the former England fast bowler Steve Harmison, who had to leave the field after bowling two deliveries, because of a bruised left forearm suffered while batting.
Durham had extended their first innings to 473, Harmison sharing a last-wicket partnership of 33 with Mustard, who finished 68 not out. Hampshire were reduced to 280 for 6, the all-rounder Ben Stokes breaking a third-wicket stand of 96 when he bowled Liam Dawson for 50 and then dismissing James Vince and Neil McKenzie, who made 75. Nic Pothas is unbeaten on 50.
Lancashire's Karl Brown scored his maiden century in his 11th first-class match to help his side secure a first-innings lead over Sussex at Liverpool. The 22-year-old from Bolton hit 18 boundaries in his 114 and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 180 with Mark Chilton; Lancashire closed on 319 for 5, 76 runs ahead.
In Division Two, the former England bowler Matthew Hoggard took the third hat-trick of his career as Glamorgan were dismissed for 146 at Grace Road. The Leicestershire captain struck with the fifth and sixth balls of his sixth over and the first of his seventh, dismissing Gareth Rees caught behind and trapping Will Bragg leg before, before Will Jefferson held a catch at second slip to remove Mike Powell. Alviro Petersen dominated for Glamorgan, the opener hitting two sixes and seven fours before he was last man out for 91. Leicestershire's 238 included an unbeaten 80 by the left-arm spinner Claude Henderson but they slipped to 78 for 5 in their second innings.
James Foster's unbeaten 88 helped Essex, once 48 for 6, recover to 201 all out against Kent at Chelmsford; Darren Stevens finished with a career-best 6 for 60. A half-century from Rob Key helped Kent to 146 for 3 in their second innings, for a lead of 192.
The debutants David Payne and Liam Norwell, batting 10 and 11, shared a stand of 76 as Gloucestershire made 343 at Bristol. Norwell then took 6 for 46 as Derbyshire were all out for 157.
Michael Clarke's debut as Australia's captain could not have gone better. He hit 101 to lead his side to a 60-run win over Bangladesh at Maipur. Australia made 270 for 7; Bangladesh finished on 210 for 5.