County Championship Division One: Abell and Davies register centuries, while Lancashire dominate Hampshire

Lancashire bowled Hampshire out for 109 before reaching 157-1 at the close of play as their strong start to the season continued

County Championship Division One: Abell and Davies register centuries, while Lancashire dominate Hampshire
Tom Abell made a century for Somerset at Edgbaston (image via: skysports)

After day one of the fifth round of County Championship fixtures in Division One, three of four sides who batted first will be fielding on Monday morning.

In the standout performance of Sunday's play, Lancashire completely dominated Hampshire in Manchester, dismissing the visitors for 109, before reaching 157-1 at the close of play, to lead by 48-runs.

Yorkshire also picked up ten wickets, bowling Surrey out for 330 in Leeds, while Somerset reached just 295 against Warwickshire who lost two wickets themselves before the day's end.

At Lord's, three Nottinghamshire batsmen reached half-centuries to lead the Midlands club to 345-7 at the close against Middlesex

Procter shows all-round ability as Lancs take control in Manchester

Considering they lost the toss, and saw their opponents chose to bat, Lancashire could not possibly have asked for a better first day in Manchester. 

The constant wickets which fell throughout the opening session of the day saw the Hampshire batting lineup blown away as they were eventually dismissed for just 109. 

James Anderson snaffled three wickets in his final county match before meeting up with the England Test squad, with Luke Procter also grabbing three wickets. 

James Anderson grabbed three wickets in a dominant day for Lancashire (image via: skysports)

Hampshire's top five batsmen scored just 39 runs between them, with Liam Dawson and England hopeful James Vince registering ducks. 

Adam Wheater top scored for the South-coast side with 32, before he was the ninth man to fall when he was bowled by Procter. 

In reply, Karl Brown took no time at all in cutting down the small Hampshire total, scoring 40 of the first 53 runs from 33 deliveries before he was trapped LBW by Hampshire debutant Gareth Andrew's first ball. 

That was the only wicket Lancashire lost in their 45 overs at the crease on Sunday, with Haseeb Hameed reaching the close unbeaten on 41, and Procter backing up his three wickets with 48 not out on a near perfect day. 

Abell shows ability with second first-class ton

Having watched his more senior partners score the runs in last week's draw, Tom Abell came to the fore on day one against Warwickshire scoring 104 at Edgbaston. 

The youngster from Taunton is expected to have a stellar career, and he showed why many rate his talents with an excellent century against a strong bowling attack. 

Without Abell's century, and the 94 runs from Peter Trego, Somerset would have registered an extremely low total, eventually being dismissed for 295. Keith Barker and Chris Woakes each grabbed three wickets, with Jonathan Trott accounting for the wicket of Abell, and also Craig Overton

Having bowled out the visitors, Warwickshire lost two wickets in the seven overs they had to face at the end of the day, with Lewis Gregory dismissing Ian Westwood and Overton seeing off nightwatchman Boyd Rankin to leave the home side 27-2 at the close. 

England hopefuls come to the fore in Leeds and London

This has been a fascinating start to the season, with England spots seemingly up for grabs ahead of a busy Summer. Plenty of hopefuls enjoyed solid days in the other two fixtures which began on Sunday.

At Lord's, Alex Hales made 73 opening for Nottinghamshire in an innings which he will hope cements his spot in the Test squad to be announced at the end of the week.

Former England one-day stars Michael Lumb (78) and Samit Patel (86*) also scored half-centuries as the Midland club ended the day on 345-7. Steven Finn was rusty, taking two wickets, whilst going at more than four-an-over, yet accounting for the wicket of his international teammate Stuart Broad, who made just seven. 

Up at Headingley, Yorkshire dismissed Surrey for 330 behind three wickets apeice from David Willey and Jack Brooks. Liam Plunkett also grabbed two wickets, with Jason Roy dismissed by Brooks for just one. 

Steven Davies celebrates his century (image via: getty)

Steven Davies stole the show, making 117, sharing in a 122-run third wicket partnership with Kumar Sangakkara who hit 73.