Round-Up: Yorkshire on top despite 'forgotten' Mahmood's best efforts

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Yorkshire rallied against an inspired Sajid Mahmood to put themselves in a good position at the end of the first day of their County Championship First Division game with Lancashire at Headingley yesterday.

The visitors looked well- placed to take control, thanks largely to England's forgotten man Mahmood who had claimed four for 61 by stumps.

But useful contributions from Anthony McGrath (45), Jacques Rudolph (66) and Gerard Brophy (59) bolstered Yorkshire's closing total of 306 for seven, and promising all-rounder Adil Rashid hit 43 before falling minutes from the close.

Sussex were all out for 214 at Hove as the Harmison brothers shone for Durham, but a late rally by the home attack put the champions right back in contention. Steve, three for 35, and Ben, four for 43, did most of the damage and Sussex had Chris Nash (75) and Rory Hamilton-Brown (62) to thank for averting a total disaster.

Durham had slumped to 10 for three by the close of the opening day, however, with Corey Collymore taking two for three in a fine opening burst.

The match between Hampshire and Kent at Southampton was cancelled for the day due to heavy overnight rain that left pools of water in the outfield.

Aaron Redmond's sixth first-class hundred underpinned New Zealand's 329 for 8 on day one of their tour match at Northampton.

The opener has been short of runs in his first two Tests but pretty full of them otherwise on his maiden tour – and that trend continued as he passed 500 for the summer in the course of today's 121.

He and Peter Fulton (57) needed their wits about them against the swinging ball as they laid the foundations for a first-wicket stand of 113, after being put in on a cloudy morning.

But it was in another century stand – 144 for the fourth wicket with his captain Brendon McCullum (72) – that Redmond showed a fuller repertoire as he converted a 136-ball half-century into three figures in only 64 more.

His second 50 also contained 42 runs in boundaries, from the 19 fours and a six he struck in all.

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