London: Glen Chapple led Lancashire's charge for points against Leicestershire until bad light stopped play on day one of the latest round of English County Championship Division One matches on Wednesday.
Chapple returned figures of five for 40 and Muttiah Muralitharan chipped in with two victims as the home side was bowled out for 240. Lancashire's reply was led by openers Michael Atherton (18 not out) and an unbeaten 23 by Mark Chilton as the visitors reached 45 without loss by the close.
Vince Wells and Darren Maddy had put on 70 for the first Leicestershire wicket but the home side then lost three wickets for the next 26 runs, including two while on 96, and the wind was taken out of its sails.
Opener Russell Hussey and Jeffrey Cook put Northamptonshire well in charge against champions Surrey at Northampton. After losing opener Mal Loye with the total on eight, Hussey and Cook put on 172 for the second wicket.
Russell Warren went for a duck, but Alec Swann (64 not out) and Tony Penberthy (62 not out) guided the home side to 320 for four.
Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom claimed the wicket of England's Marcus Trescothick but Somerset fought back to reach 257 all out at Headingley.
Mark Lathwell was the most in-form Somerset batsman, scoring 65 before Craig White claimed his wicket, but Robert Turner (38) and Jamie Cox (35) also made useful contributions. Yorkshire made two without loss in reply.
An unbeaten 92 from Kim Barnett held the Gloucestershire innings together as Middlesex tried to push the advantage of early wickets at Bristol.
Gloucestershire looked in trouble when it lost both Matthew Windows and captain Mark Alleyne for ducks, but Barnett made sure there was no total collapse in this Division Two fixture.
Ian Harvey's 41 was also important in helping the home side reach a respectable 247 for seven when bad light stopped play for the day.
Alamgir Sheriyar led Worcestershire's assault on Hampshire at West End as he took three of the wickets to fall, Stuart Lampitt claiming two, as the home side were restricted to 267 for eight.
Dimitri Mascarenhas (104) fell shortly after scoring his century, which included 17 fours.
Bas Zuiderent carried his bat for 122 as Sussex rattled up 318 for the loss of five wickets against Nottinghamshire at Hove. Zuiderent's century included 14 fours and one six and he was backed up by William House (46).
Paul Collingwood was undefeated on 105 as Durham made 250 for seven at Edgbaston. Collingwood's century included 19 fours, and he received support from Andrew Pratt (52) against Warwickshire.
Copyright AFP 2001