Rain decimated the day's Yorkshire Bank 40 action, with the matches at Derby, Cardiff, Bristol and Edgbaston all ending in no results, three with not a ball bowled. At Derby, three overs were possible, with the home side reaching 12 without loss.
Rain ruined much of the day's LV= County Championship action as the three concluding matches at Edgbaston, Bristol and Worcester ended in draws. The weather, however, wasn't able to save Yorkshire's bowlers in the Yorkshire Bank 40 as it was sixes that rained from the bats of the Somerset batsmen at Headingley.
There was high drama in both of the day's concluding LV= County Championship matches, with Yorkshire almost pulling off the unthinkable against Somerset and arch rivals Lancashire doing just that against Essex. Elsewhere, Ryan Buckley marked a memorable debut by dismissing a Graeme Smith-less Surrey for just 237 on day one at The Oval.
Rain significantly shortened play in all five LV= County Championship matches today as, coupled with a strong wind, it made conditions unpleasant for first-class cricket. Sam Robson did have time to hit a career-best 215 not out against a depleted Warwickshire attack, while Yorkshire's and Leicestershire's bowlers made inroads in their matches.
Rain played it part in the LV= County Championship today, but Sam Robson still found time to complete his second century in as many matches, while Jimmy Adams led a partial Hampshire recovery in Division Two at Bristol and Essex edged ahead at Old Trafford.
Centuries from Gary Ballance, Adil Rashid and Graham Napier helped Yorkshire and Essex recover from perilous positions against Somerset and Lancashire as the LV= County Championship resumed after the Bank Holiday weekend break for the Yorkshire Bank 40.
There were wins for Durham, Surrey, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan in the Bank Holiday Yorkshire Bank 40 matches, as well as a nail-biting one-run win for Kent over Warwickshire at Edgbaston. In the tour match, New Zealand's pace duo of Neil Wagner and Doug Bracewell proved just too hot for the Derbyshire batsmen as they slumped to defeat.
There were starring roles for Marcus Trescothick, Peter Trego, James Taylor, Daryl Mitchell and Samit Patel among others as the batsmen made the most of the first full round of one-day cricket in 2013 to plunder the nation's bowling attacks. Meanwhile, on the final day of the London Derby at Lord's, there was a ninth double-hundred for recently recalled Australian opener Chris Rogers.
There was a winning start for Leicestershire in the Yorkshire Bank 40 thanks to rapid centuries from their openers, captain Josh Cobb and wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien. Meanwhile, at Lord's, Middlesex's opening pair of Chris Rogers and Sam Robson also both reached three figures after they had been asked to follow-on by Surrey.
There more was joy in cricket's northern heartlands today as Lancashire followed up Yorkshire and Durham's triumphs yesterday with one of their own at Colwyn Bay. Elsewhere, Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire completed wins over Kent and Leicestershire.
There will be plenty of beer consumed in northern England tonight after Yorkshire and Durham both pulled off unexpected wins on the final day of their matches. It can't be too often that a man carries his bat for 270 and sees his team lose by an innings but that is precisely what happened at Headingley thanks to Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Jack Brooks. Durham's win against Nottinghamshire came courtesy of a run chase that wouldn't disgrace a Twenty20 game, with Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard the stars in their victory.
There was a backs-to-the-wall win for a beleaguered Essex on the third day at Chelmsford as they chased down their target of 143 despite being reduced to 31 for six. Elsewhere, Jonny Bairstow ad Joe Root made huge scores against Derbyshire; Durham manoeuvred themselves into a good position against Nottinghamshire; and Gloucestershire's lower-order mounted a stirring fightback at Grace Road.
Chesney Hughes almost broke a century-old record on the second day in Leeds, but was left stranded four short of George Davidson's 274 scored in 1896. Elsewhere, Essex took a slender lead over Hampshire, Leicestershire were saved by Shiv Thakor and Matthew Boyce against Gloucestershire and Will Smith bit a welcome century for Durham at Trent Bridge.
Round four of the LV= County Championship began today with matches at Trent Bridge, Headingley and Chelmsford. Chesney Hughes was the day's star performer - the Anguilla-born all-rounder hitting a career-best 171 on his return to the Derbyshire side. Elsewhere there were runs for James Taylor and Steven Mullaney and wickets for David Masters and Reece Topley.
Yorkshire made the fourth highest run chase in their 150-year history on the final day in Chester-le-Street to beat Durham by four wickets. After an arguably generous declaration by Durham captain Paul Collingwood yesterday left them needing to score 319 on day four, Joe Root stepped up with a magnificent 182 to guide them home. Elsewhere, there were wins for Northamptonshire, Hampshire and Nottinghamshire.
The race for the title remains closely-contested at this early point in the season. Second-placed Warwickshire endured a day to forget at Taunton, while Sussex and Nottinghamshire did their hopes no harm with good displays against Surrey and Derbyshire. In Division Two, Northamptonshire are on course to open up a big lead at the top, with Hampshire odds on to move up to second following their anticipated win against Worcestershire.
Title challengers Warwickshire were put to the sword at Taunton, while there were runs elsewhere for James Taylor, Luke Wells and Moeen Ali. Durham edged ahead of what could prove a clash between the relegation candidates come September at Chester-le-Street, while Northamptonshire continued their strong run with another tail-end wag at Bristol.
There were centuries from Gary Wilson and Jimmy Adams as round three of the LV= County Championship got underway. Elsewhere, there were good bowling returns for England seamers Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Tim Bresnan at Derby, Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street.
The favourites for this year's LV= County Championship, Warwickshire and Middlesex, sit out the third round of matches. Nottinghamshire will hope to add their name to the list of title contenders with a win at Derby, while Surrey captain Graeme Smith is still aiming for his first win after the rain-affected draw against Somerset.
Rain had the most to say as the first round of matches in the 2013 LV= County Championship drew to a close. The matches at Southampton and Cardiff saw no play on day four, with Leicestershire wicket-keeper Ned Eckersley left stranded on 99 as a result against Hampshire. The other matches in Division Two also ended in draws, with the three positive results coming in the first division at Headingley, Trent Bridge and Chester-le-Street.
There was plenty of rain once again as the first round of matches in this season's LV= County Championship completed their third days. Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Leicestershire are among the teams who will be hoping for yet more rain tomorrow as they look to stave off defeat.
Rain and bad light played its part on the second day of the LV= County Championship season, with the match between Warwickshire and Derbyshire seeing no play and most of the others affected to some degree. There was also no play on the second day between Kent and Cardiff MCCU at Canterbury.
The bowlers just about had the better of the opening day of the LV= County Championship season with Toby Roland-Jones and Chris Jordan recording six-wicket hauls. It was Yorkshire's and Glamorgan's batting line-ups that suffered most as they were bowled out for 96 and 134 respectively by Sussex and Northamptonshire.
Cricket World looks ahead to the opening round of matches in the 2013 LV= County Championship, which begin tomorrow. Champions Warwickshire host newly-promoted Derbyshire, with perhaps the match of the round being Nottinghamshire's against Middlesex at Trent Bridge.