The tenth edition of the world's original domestic Twenty20 tournament gets underway tomorrow, with defending champions Leicestershire taking on Nottinghamshire at Grace Road in front of the Sky Sports cameras, and Kent taking on Sussex at Canterbury.
The sun finally shone on the final day of matches in the 10th round of the LV= County Championship, and allowed for some entertainment at Trent Bridge and Tunbridge Wells as well as a Sussex win at Horsham.
The rain continued to dampen spirits in the 10th round of the LV= County Championship, and meant that the matches at Grace Road and Chester-le-Street were drawn. Elsewhere, the Netherlands' impressive run in the Clydesdale Bank 40 ended in humiliating fashion at The Hague.
The nation's cricketers made the most of some dry weather this morning to give county cricket watchers something to cheer, before the rain set in after lunch and wiped out the remainder of either day two or three in the tenth round of the LV= County Championship.
Rain was once again the story of the day as round ten of the LV= County Championship got underway in earnest today. All of the matches were affected to some extent by the weather, with those in Division Two dealt the worst hand.
The rain played less of a role than initially feared as another round of LV= County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40 matches got underway today. It nonetheless did render a result impossible at both Southend-on-Sea and The Oval, but was unable to save Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Michael Thornely is this week's winner. The 24 year-old hit 227 runs for Leicestershire in their match against Glamorgan at Cardiff, despite only being on trial with the Foxes. He recovered from the disappointment of falling for 97 in the first innings to hit a calm 131 - his maiden first-class century - in the visitors second, as they comfortably escaped with a draw on the final day after surrendering a 287-run first innings deficit.
Rain ruined most of today's Clydesdale Bank 40 action, with the Unicorns' match against Sussex; Middlesex's against the Netherlands; and Yorkshire's against Northamptonshire all abandoned without a ball bowled.
There was a last-over finish at Chester-le-Street as Lancashire finally posted the first win of their title defence against Durham. Elsewhere, there was a win for Middlesex at Lord's, while Northamptonshire's match at Headingley and Somerset's at New Road both ended in a draw.
There was a win for Gloucestershire over Derbyshire as the ninth round of matches in the LV= County Championship began to draw to a close today. Elsewhere Glamorgan drew against Leicestershire and Nick Compton finally passed 1000 first-class runs for the season, albeit a day late, at New Road.
The rain at New Road left Nick Compton stranded on nine not out at the close of the second day, thus thwarting him is his bid to become the first man since Graeme Hick to score 1000 first-class runs before the end of May. Elsewhere, there were notable performances from Joe Root, Chris Rogers and Alex Gidman.
Wins for Nottinghamshire and the Netherlands took them to the top of the LV= County Championship and Group A of the Clydesdale Bank 40 respectively following another day of action on the county circuit.
There was action in both the LV= County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40 competitions today as the players made the most of the sunshine to turn in some excellent performances for their various sides.