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.
The Clydesdale Bank 40 was hit severely by the weather today with all six of the matches affected to some degree. As usual, the rain proved to be a great leveller with Scotland and the Netherlands both recording upsets against their county opponents.
The rain allowed for some exciting action in the LV= County Championship as Warwickshire recorded a win over Durham to go top of Division One, while Kane Williamson and Andrew Hall put in notable performances in the second division.
The weather again intervened on the second day of matches in round five of the LV= County Championship, meaning that no play was possible in the matches involving Glamorgan and Essex; Northamptonshire and Hampshire; and Oxford MCCU and Kent, while the opening day of Middlesex's match against Worcestershire was also abandoned.
The rain finally relented to allow for more or less a full day's cricket as the fifth round of the LV= County Championship got underway. There were notable for performances from Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen, Yorkshire wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow, and South Africa and Essex batsman Alviro Petersen, among others on the opening day.
Whereas Trott's England colleagues Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell have struggled since returning to county duty, Trott came straight back into Warwickshire's side and continued where he had left off for England - hitting the week's highest score of 178 against Sussex at Hove.
The weather turned out to be worse than anticipated today meaning that the no play was possible on the third day of the matches involving Surrey and Durham; Essex and Northamptonshire; and Gloucestershire and Glamorgan. Derbyshire's match against Cardiff MCCU also saw no play and the decision was taken to abandon that match ahead of the final day.
A combination of sodden outfields and yet more rain made play impossible in three of the nine county matches scheduled for today. The second day of Gloucestershire's match against Glamorgan as well as Surrey's against Durham were both abandoned without a ball able to be bowled, while the first day of Derbyshireâ€™s match against Cardiff MCCU suffered a similar fate.
Rain affected the opening day of most of the matches in the fourth round of the LV= County Championship to some extent, with those in the south of the country particularly badly affected. Indeed no play was possible at The Oval, where Surrey were taking on Durham, or in the Division Two clashes between Gloucestershire and Glamorgan and Essex and Northamptonshire.