County Championship Division One: Jake Ball dismisses Joe Root for golden duck in highlight of day

Find out what happened on the first day of the four Specsavers County Championship Division One matches around the country as we round up the action.

County Championship Division One: Jake Ball dismisses Joe Root for golden duck in highlight of day
Jake Ball had Joe Root caught in the slips first ball (Photo: Getty Images)

Joe Root was dismissed for a golden duck in his first game back since the World T20 before Yorkshire recovered their innings against Nottinghamshire on Day Two.

Ben Stokes shone with the ball for the second game running for Durham, however, rain struck which hampered their innings against Surrey at The Oval.

Liam Livingstone struck his maiden first-class century to give Lancashire a sizable total against Somerset at Taunton.

Meanwhile, Middlesex were frustrated by rain once more as they aimed to reply to Hampshire’s 336 after weather closed in on the second day.

Nottinghamshire celebrate the scalp of Joe Root (Photo: Getty Images)
Nottinghamshire celebrate the scalp of Joe Root (Photo: Getty Images)

Yorkshire fight back against Nottinghamshire

At Trent Bridge, Adam Lyth fell to the first delivery of the day to Jake Ball, while the seamer also dismissed England batsmen Gary Balance and Root in successive balls.

The visitors were 24 for 3 at one point, however, Alex Lees (91*) and Jonny Bairstow (29) produced an 83-run stand to steer Yorkshire in the right direction.

Rain struck and caused a lengthy delay, as the visiting side closed the second day out on 170 for 4, 91 runs behind Notts’ first innings total.

Zafar Ansar took the all important wicket of Keaton Jennings on Day Two (Photo: Getty Images)
Zafar Ansar took the all important wicket of Keaton Jennings on Day Two (Photo: Getty Images)

Durham left frustrated once more this season

England all-rounder Stokes sparkled once more on the County scene as he took four wickets, but Surrey added 86-runs to their overnight score before being bowled out.

Stokes removed Matthew Pillans and Gareth Batty to finish with figures of 4 for 117, and in their reply, Durham got off to a flying start.

Keaton Jennings and Mark Stoneman both struck half-centuries as the visitors made 114 for the opening stand, but both batsmen departed in successive overs.

Zafar Ansari and Gareth Batty removed the pair respectively as Durham reached 156 for 2 at the close of play after only five overs were able to be bowled after the tea break due to the weather and bad light.

Liam Livingstone had a day to remember for Lancashire (Photo: Getty Images(
Liam Livingstone had a day to remember for Lancashire (Photo: Getty Images)

Livingstone century puts Lancs in command

Lancashire’s dominance continued against Somerset at Taunton as they stretched their overnight score even further to put them in a comfortable position.

Steven Croft fell six runs shy of a century, but Livingstone went on to hit a ton as the visitors went on to declare on 493 for 9.

The hosts had to negotiate a tricky spell at the end of play, and they did just that after James Anderson tried his best to find a breakthrough.

Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan will start Day Three unbeaten on 40 (Photo: Getty Images)
Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan will start Day Three unbeaten on 40 (Photo: Getty Images)

Rain takes centre stage at the Ageas

There was frustration all around as a day of heavy rain meant very little play was possible between Middlesex and Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

The hosts could only add 21 to their overnight score, losing three wickets in the process, as Tim Murtagh finished with figures of 3 for 64.

In their reply, the visitors were left struggling after Sam Robson and Nick Compton departed cheaply, and at 84 for 3 at the close, it is advantage Hampshire in this one.