The Former England captain Michael Vaughan's struggles with the bat continued as he failed on his return for Yorkshire in their County Championship First Division match against Kent yesterday. The 33-year-old quit as England captain earlier this month after South Africa took a 2-0 lead in the Test series and he then chose to take a short break from the game.
Vaughan said his own form had not been up to standard and hoped to force his way back into the England side for the forthcoming tour of India, with one eye on the 2009 Ashes series.
Yet he made just 10 in a brief 19-ball innings against Kent at Scarborough before he flashed at the in-form seamer Robbie Joseph and edged to the wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.
Vaughan's dismissal was a low point on an otherwise good first day for Yorkshire, who had earlier bowled out Kent for 227 as Martin van Jaarsveld (107) and Joe Denly (50) were the only players to reach double figures.
Matthew Hoggard and Deon Kruis both picked up two wickets apiece, but Yorkshire's captain, Darren Gough, finished the pick of the attack with 2 for 34. The home side also lost Andrew Gale for 10 but Anthony McGrath and Jacques Rudolph ensured that there was no further loss as Yorkshire closed on 85 for 2.
Mark Davies produced a devastating spell to help the title hopefuls Durham fight back against Hampshire as 16 wickets fell on day one at Basingstoke.
Third-placed Durham had been dismissed for 156 as Hampshire's captain Dimitri Mascarenhas picked up 5 for 46 as Dale Benkenstein's decision to bat first appeared to have backfired. Will Smith (70) top scored for Durham as Imran Tahir mopped up the tail to finish with 3 for 5 off 4.1 overs. Hampshire, though, went from 48 without loss to finish the day on 65 for 6 as Davies collected 5 for 24.
Second-placed Nottinghamshire endured a tough first day against Sussex at Hove as Murray Goodwin and Michael Yardy both hit half-centuries to see the hosts reach 292 for 5 at stumps.
Meanwhile, the first day of Lancashire's match with Surrey at Blackpool's Stanley Park was abandoned because of wet weather. Overnight rain left the outfield boggy and the umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Nick Cook called a halt to proceedings at 1pm.