Mixed fortunes for England stars
There were mixed fortunes for England players in action on the opening day of the new County Championship season.
James Anderson continued his affection for Trent Bridge as the seamer ensured Lancashire could reflect on a good day's work against Nottinghamshire as the hosts were 270 for nine when bad light stopped play after 86.4 overs.
Anderson has always enjoyed the surrounds at Trent Bridge - he has 49 wickets in seven Tests at the ground - and memorably sealed a 14-run win over Australia when he was last in Nottingham to win the Ashes opener last summer.
A forgettable winter tour Down Under may have come and gone in between but the 31-year-old immediately set about confirming he remains as dangerous as ever in English conditions with figures of five for 54.
Samit Patel's 93 was the best the home side could muster in resistance to Anderson, while Alex Hales contributed 61 before becoming Anderson's fifth victim late in the day.
Matt Prior was among the runs as Sussex had the better of the first day of their first division match against Middlesex at Hove.
In conditions that clearly favoured the bowlers, Prior was unbeaten on 32 when bad light brought a premature end to play with Sussex on 86 for three.
Prior arguably needs a strong start to the county season to boost his England hopes after being dropped for the final two Ashes Tests.
The hosts had earlier bowled out Middlesex for just 105 in less than 50 overs - veteran Jon Lewis doing much of the damage with a spell of four for 12 after lunch.
Michael Carberry, however, made a six-ball duck for Hampshire as they struggled to 37 for three in a rain-reduced opening to their Division Two match against Worcestershire at Southampton.
The visitors won the toss and chose to field but play was held up after rain affected the Rose Bowl outfield, with the match finally getting under way in mid-afternoon.
Hampshire lost opener Carberry when he fell lbw at the end of the first over to Chris Russell, who was also responsible for James Vince departing without scoring six overs later.
Between those dismissals, Liam Dawson was bowled for two by Charles Morris.
Carberry's fellow opener Jimmy Adams scored freely to reach 32 not out, before the umpire called stumps midway through the ninth over.
Steven Davies and Zafar Ansari took advantage of dropped catches to make half-centuries as Surrey reached 182 for five against Glamorgan.