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.
Warwickshire closed day three just 41 runs away from regaining their position atop the Division One standings, while in Division Two, there were wins for Kent and Derbyshire as the eighth round of matches in the LV= County Championship continued today.
The spinners prospered as the eight round of matches in the LV= County Championship continued today, with Ollie Rayner, Gareth Batty and George Dockrell all putting in important performances for their teams.
Following on, with his team 360 runs behind on first innings, Paul Horton batted for a day and a half to deny Championship leaders Warwickshire a win at Edgbaston. His marathon knock of 137 not out from 362 balls took Lancashire to safety and ended, or at least brought a temporary halt to, a dismal run of form that sees the defending champions lie eighth in Division One this year.
All six of today's matches ended in draws as the improving fortunes of the nation's batsmen, coupled with the usual English 'summer' weather, meant that the bowlers enjoyed little luck on the final day of matches in the seventh round of the LV= County Championship.
Derbyshire ensured that they will end the seventh round of matches in the LV= County Championship at the top of Division Two following a third day trouncing of bottom-placed Glamorgan at the County Ground. Elsewhere, there were notable performances from Stuart Meaker, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Anthony McGrath.
The batsmen again enjoyed the best of the running on the second day of matches in round seven of the LV= County Championship. There were centuries for Michael Bates, Martin Guptill, Wayne Madsen, Steven Davies and Rikki Clarke, while the bowlers were led by David Masters who ended with six wickets at Grace Road.
The sun shone and the runs flowed as the seventh round of matches in the LV= County Championship got underway today. There were centuries for Varun Chopra, James Hildreth, Arul Suppiah, David Sales, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Simon Katich on the opening day as Glamorgan were the only side to lose all ten wickets during the day.
On a day of contrived finishes, bore draws and calculated bonus point accumulation, there was a win for Yorkshire and tense happenings at New Road, Chester-le-Street and Grace Road as the sixth round of matches in the LV= County Championship reached an, at times, enthralling conclusion today.
Players made up for time lost due to the recent rain and put in some excellent performances on the third day of matches in the sixth round of the LV= County Championship today. Ollie Rayner, Kyle Coetzer, Tom Westley and Darren Stevens were just some of the people to impress.
Rain again played havoc with what should have been the second day of matches in the sixth round of the LV= County Championship. Hampshire, Derbyshire, Sussex and Lancashire are still yet to get their matches underway, while there was no play on day two at Durham, where the hosts are taking on Somerset, or at Grace Road, where Northamptonshire are taking on Leicestershire.
Only up at Chester-le-Street was anything like a full day's play possible as the opening day of matches in the sixth round of the LV= County Championship attempted to get underway amidst the rain today. Those in the far south and west were worst affected, with Hampshire's match against Derbyshire; Lancashire's at Sussex; and Gloucestershire's against Yorkshire all abandoned with no play possible.