There were audible sighs from the Surrey contingent when Graeme Smith was out without scoring at Lord’s, his third cheap dismissal in four innings for the county. However, where the South Africa captain failed against Middlesex, young Rory Burns succeeded, Smith’s 22-year-old opening partner completing his fourth century in his 14th first-class match. It was an innings of impressive diligence from the youngster, although on a very flat pitch.
Bowler of the day
Yorkshire signed Jack Brooks from Northamptonshire over the winter in the expectation that international ambitions would spur him on against First Division batsmen. They will hope to see their vision rewarded after the 28-year-old seamer made his first match-winning contribution at Headingley, taking 5 for 40 to bowl his new side to victory by an innings and 39 runs over Derbyshire, who made 475 in their first innings on the back of Chesney Hughes’s brilliant 270 not out but were dismissed for 163 second time around.
Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes believes a strong early-season showing for his county and England Lions will put him firmly in the frame for the home series against New Zealand, where he could clearly give himself a chance of facing Australia. To that end, his 72 off 98 balls against Sussex at Hove, which ended when he was bowled going for a third six off Monty Panesar, will not have harmed his prospects. Wicketkeeper Matt Prior equalled a Sussex record by holding six catches in Warwickshire’s first innings, including four off the bowling of former Surrey paceman Chris Jordan, one of which left his England colleague Jonathan Trott four runs short of a century.