Rain brought about an early end to the action at three of the five County Championship matches being played today, but not before Nick Gubbins registered a maiden double-century and Wayne Madsen hit his fourth ton of the season.
The Overton twins sharing eight wickets for Somerset against Hampshire and a record partnership for Kent against Derbyshire were among the highlights of the four Specsavers County Championship matches that got underway today.
Essex beat Kent by five wickets to move to the top of the Royal London One-Day Cup South Group table while rain caused two matches in the North Group and the day's only scheduled NatWest T20 fixture to be abandoned.
There were Royal London One-Day Cup wins for Gloucestershire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Yorkshire as teams managed to complete their matches despite the bad weather hitting most of England and Wales.
Yorkshire will begin their bid for a hat-trick of County Championhip titles at home to Hampshire on 17th April after the England and Wales Cricket Board revealed the full domestic calendar for 2016 earlier today.
Sir Ian Botham recalls how his cricketing career began with his parents making sacrifices to get him to games all around Somerset, and eventually his "fun trip" would see him travel all over the world.