Whether in the unofficial Test match at Old Trafford or in any of today's LV= County Championship Division One fixtures, it was a day to be a bowler, in spite of the sunshine that bathed much of the country in a warm glow.
Any of the three County Championship contenders will do well to emerge with a win from the current crop of matches, as Somerset and Nottinghamshire's encounter at Taunton continued to be plagued by wet weather and Warwickshire suffered at the hands of Phil Hughes on the opening day at Edgbaston.
Rain played another starring role in today's county action with late starts and early finishes again the norm in many of the games. The England Lions also got underway against their Australian counterparts, although they were without Ravi Bopara, who decided that he hadnâ€™t recovered sufficiently from his personal problems shortly before the start.
Rain had its say in all of tonight's Clydesdale Bank 40 fixtures but fortunately wasn't able to prevent a result in any of them. Meanwhile, Derbyshire extended their lead at the top of the County Championshipâ€™s second division.
Rain ruined much of the action on the final day of matches in the latest round of the LV= County Championship. Only Glamorgan were able to force a result, with a thrilling finale to their match at Swansea, which moved them up to seventh in Division Two.
The battle for the LV= County Championship became a four-way one thanks to Sussex's dispatching of Worcestershire at Hove and Somerset and Warwickshire's continuing struggles at Aigburth and Uxbridge. In Division Two, Kent look to be having the best of their promotion tussle at Derby.
We round-up the action from another day on the county circuit, where title challengers Somerset and Warwickshire were again made to work hard; while in Division Two, promotion challengers Kent and Derbyshire played out an intriguing first day at Derby.
The beginning of August marked the start of another round of action in the LV= County Championship, with two of the three title contenders in action at Uxbridge and Aigburth, and Yorkshire looking to make up ground on Derbyshire at the top of Division Two. We round up all six of today's matches, and the rest of the action.
All four of today's matches ended in a draw as a combination of rain, flat pitches and good batting meant that the bowlers struggled on the final day of matches in round 13 of the LV= County Championship.
After the excitement of the four Friends Life t20 quarter-finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, we return to LV= County Championship action. Two of the three title contenders are in action in this round of matches: Nottinghamshire host Sussex and Warwickshire host relegation-threatened Surrey. We preview the fixtures below.
Hampshire beat Nottinghamshire in what was by far the closest of the four quarter-finals at Trent Bridge. Neil McKenzie guided the Royals home by hitting three of the last four balls for four as they won off the final ball of the match.
Gary Ballance helped Yorkshire hit 72 runs from the final four overs of their innings; something which proved to be the difference for the home side in their Friends Life t20 quarter-final against Worcestershire. They prevailed by 29 runs in a high-scoring encounter at Headingley.