The LV= County Championship Division Two match between Leicestershire and Derbyshire has been postponed for two days after Derbyshire player Tom Poynton was involved in a car crash in which his father died.
Graeme Welch has, as expected, been appointed as the new Elite Cricket Performance Director at Derbyshire. As a result, Worcestershire seamer Alan Richardson has been tempted into retirement to fill the vacant position at Edgbaston.
Two county stalwarts - Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers and Worcestershire left-arm seamer David Lucas - have announced their retirements from the game ahead of the 2014 season despite both having time left to run on their contracts.
Claiming the LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player of the Year award puts Rory Burns in the esteemed company of last season’s inaugural winner Joe Root - and the Surrey man now aims to continue following in the England batsman’s path.
The opening day of the final round of matches in this season's LV= County Championship saw relegation candidates Derbyshire hold their own against Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire take the upper hand in their key match against Somerset.
The final day of matches in the penultimate round of this season's LV= County Championship saw much decided, with Surrey relegated, Yorkshire securing second, Lancashire crowned Division Two champions and Northamptonshire within spitting distance of promotion.
Durham were crowned County Champions amidst the showers on another rain-hit day in the LV= County Championship's 19th round. Elsewhere, Northamptonshire and Essex advanced their promotion hopes, while Surrey contrived to set up a run chase at Edgbaston.
The top of Division One of the LV= County Championship went a long way towards being settled today, with the likely finishing order now Durham, Yorkshire and Middlesex. The former are probably about 90 minutes away from securing the title, while Yorkshire have taken control over Middlesex. Elsewhere, Essex, Hampshire and Surrey enjoyed good days, while promotion hopefuls Northamptonshire struggled against Kent.