Mark Stoneman marke his Surrey debut with a century
The left-handed opener, who made the journey during the winter from crisis club Durham, posted 165 as Surrey finished the opening day against Warwickshire on 327-3.
Stoneman also shared a 76-run partnership with ex-teammate in Scott Borthwick (23) who made the same move when Durham were hit with hamstrung with financial worries last summer.
Stoneman, who has hooked up with old Durham batting coach Michael de Venuto following the Australian’s appointment as head coach at The Oval, has been touted as a possible England opener in the past.
Yesterday’s innings, the 17th first class century of his career and reached with the 17th four of a controlled performance, was the first of the new season.
Stoneman also shared a 76-run partnership with Scott Borthwick
But it was followed shortly after by Gary Ballance whose 120 out of a total of 273 all out for Yorkshire marked his first performance as captain, the former England man sharing a stand of 106 for the eighth wicket with bowler Steven Patterson.
Yorkshire’s total had looked under par but Ben Coad, promoted here from the second XI owing to injuries to Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom, produced the finest day’s bowling of his short career to leave Hampshire rocking.
The 23-year-old, who made his Championship debut against Durham only last summer, rattled through Hampshire’s top order taking 5-18 and reducing the visitors to 58-5 at the close.
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England headed to Sydney with the 2010-11 Ashes in the bag but a series win was at stake. Hundreds from Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Matt Prior set up a total of 644 before the seamers forced the tourists to an innings win
Glamorgan gave an early signal theirs may be a long campaign when skittled out for 101 by Northamptonshire, who had raced into a 167-run lead by stumps at the County Ground, closing on 268-6.
There were also strong starts for relegated Nottinghamshire, for whom Stuart Broad and overseas players James Pattinson both took three wickets as Leicestershire were bowled out for 251.
While Lancashire and Essex at Chelmsford, and Kent and Gloucestershire at Canterbury, just about shared the honours evenly.