Fifties from Nick Browne and Dan Lawrence helped Essex post 215 for three in response to Surrey's total of 369 runs while Dom Bess picked a seven-wicket haul to dismiss Hampshire for 293 runs in their second innings as Somerset need 220 more runs to win the game with all 10 wickets in hand.
Kumar Sangakkara continued his rich vein of form as he slammed his fifth consecutive century of the season to take Surrey's total to 334 for seven against Essex while Joe Leach picked a six-wicket haul for Somerset to dismiss Hampshire for 162 following which the home side replied back with a score of 157 for five at stumps on day one of County Championship Division One clashes.
Essex had one of their best days in the County Championship Division One as a collective bowling performance saw them Hampshire reeling at 92 for seven while Dawid Malan's century led Middlesex's resurgence against Surrey at Lord's on day two.
Alastair Cook and Tom Westley dominated on a batting day to take Essex to 243 for two while Gary Ballance and Kumar Sangakkara chipped in with knocks of 74 and 113 respectively to help Yorkshire and Surrey recover against Lancashire and Middlesex in the County Championship Division One clashes.
As three games in the final round of South Group clashes in Royal London One-Day Cup were washed out due to rain, Essex managed to finish on top following their 57-run victory in another weather affected game on Wednesday.
A fabulous innings from Gary Ballance for the second time in the game helped Yorkshire pull out an incredible draw while Lancashire came from behind to upset Somerset with a stunning second innings bowling performance. Elsewhere Essex and Warwickshire have also managed to end their respective encounters with a draw.
Gary Ballance scored a century and followed it with an unbeaten 78 to keep Yorkshire alive against Hampshire while Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone came up with massive hundreds to make stunning comeback for Lancashire against Somerset.
Middlesex and Hampshire have gained control in their respective games against Yorkshire and Essex respectively with a superior batting performance while Lancashire and Surrey bounced back to end day two of Specsavers County Championship Division One on a high.
Centuries from Sam Robson, Nick Gubbins, Ian Westwood and James Vince helped their respective teams while Old Trafford witnessed 18 wickets fall on day one of the Specsavers County Championship Division One.
Dan Lawrence scored an unbeaten 141 to help Essex pull out an improbable draw against Lancashire while Surrey managed to complete an innings victory against Warwickshire in the opening round of Specsavers County Championship Division One.
Riding on a collective batting performance led by Jimmy Adams, Hampshire managed to chase down 321 runs with four wickets in hand while Surrey and Lancashire are in dominating position to begin their first round of Specsavers County Championship Division One with victories.
The day two in County Championship Division One saw Lancashire and Surrey exerting a lot pf pressure on their opponents while a seven wicket haul from Kyle Abbott meant Hampshire need another 310 runs to win the game.
Essex had a decent outing on their promotion while Mark Stoneman and Gary Ballance slammed centuries to help Surrey and Yorkshire respectively gain early advantage on day one of the first round of County Championship Division One.