Keaton Jennings scored an unbeaten double century for Durham while Steve Magoffin picked a five-wicket haul for Sussex as day one of the latest round of County Championship kicked-off on Monday. Elsewhere, Somerset bowled Yorkshire for 145 and scored 107 for one at stumps to end the day in a dominating position.
Sussex handed Leicestershire a defeat by an innings and 59 runs inside two days while Ben Duckett slammed a double hundred to put Northamptonshire firmly ahead on the second day of the ongoing round of the County Championships.
At the end of the 17th week, Middlesex continue to lead the Division One points table but their lead has been cut down to four points. In Division Two, Essex have also strengthened their position at the top and enjoy a 24-point lead over the second placed Kent. Ahead of the 18th week, it is the time for a statistical round-up.
The two teams looking to challenge Essex at the top of Division Two of the County Championship both dismissed their opponents on day one as the latest round of action got underway while in Division One, teams battled to take advantage of leaders Middlesex not being in action.
Day two of the latest round of Specsavers County Championship matches saw leaders Middlesex and Essex, as well as Hampshire and Leicestershire, enjoy excellent days while elsewhere it was more evenly matched.
After a week of NatWest T20 Blast action, attention turns back to the Specsavers County Championship where eight matches started today with sides battling for early bonus points and positions of ascendency.
All four Specsavers County Championship matches that ended today were drawn, which means Middlesex maintain a 13-point lead at the top of Division One and Essex are back on top of Division Two - by just one point.
There are now eight matches ongoing in the Specsavers County Championship and today's action proved something of a mixed bag with bowlers on top in some games, batsmen enjoying themselves in others, and some remaining very finely balanced.
Worcestershire and Warwickshire registered victories against Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire respectively on a day where three other games were abandoned due to rain in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Monday.