Hashim Amla and Ben Geddes each scored 100 points, while LV= Insurance County Championship leaders Surrey scored 445 out of 5 on their first day against Kent at the Kia Oval.
The home team’s innings also saw Sam Curran score an explosive 53, not just 28, as the stumps approached.
Amla, a 39-year-old former South African batter, and 20-year-old Geddes, having only played their fourth first-class match, each hit 124 and scored 213 third-wicket shots in 56 overs after Kent asked Surrey. bat.
Simon Harmer took four tonight’s wickets for Essex after being pitted by 71 Shane Snaiter in their clash with runners-up Hampshire at Chelmsford.
Snater became the county’s third-highest scorer in the championship and recorded his third half-century this season, helping Essex recover from 105 for seven to 238 overall.
Harmer then registered four of 23 and Hampshire fell to 68 of six at the close.
The second century of Chris Dent’s Championship campaign didn’t stop Lancashire from winning on the first day against Gloucestershire in Bristol.
Dent hit 109 unbeaten from 246 balls with 16 fours, but saw his team drop from 156 on two to 279 on seven.
Left hand spinner Jack Morley won three of 79 of 23 overs in only his second first-class performance.
Rob Keogh led the Northamptonshire glut on the first day of their clash with Warwickshire at Wantage Road, scoring 130 with 20 fours as the hosts reached 420 of six.
Keogh shared the fifth wicket position of 161 with Josh Cobb (88) after being pushed to 70 by Emilio Gay in the morning session.
In Division Two, Nottinghamshire’s top players dominated the opening day of their clash with runners-up Middlesex at Trent Bridge.
Hasib Hamid hit 101 and when Nottinghamshire closed with a 378-of-four record, Lyndon James was within striking distance of his 2022 second century with 90, not far behind skipper Stephen Mullaney with an undefeated 79.
Ed Barnard (131) hit his third hundred of the campaign as Worcestershire recovered from 63 for 5 against Glamorgan at the New Road to post 271.
Bowler Joe Leach then made a triple break before closing out in a deadly spell with a new ball as the guests struggled to 32 for three.
Wayne Madsen starred as Derbyshire had a good first day against Sussex in Hove.
The hosts won the morning session when they cut Derbyshire to 83 for four, but Madsen hit back in style, progressing serenely to his 34th first-class century for the county, trailing only Kim Barnett with a score of 53.
At the end, Madsen stayed on with a score of 171, the highest score by a Derbyshire batsman in Sussex, as they finished with a score of 339 out of five out of 97 overs.