There has been plenty of action off the field since the county cricket season ended last week. The most notable news is that Jos Buttler has signed for Lancashire and Will Smith has moved from Durham to Hampshire.
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.