It was a day for batting collapses in the LV= County Championship as Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Durham, Middlesex and Glamorgan all lost a flurry of wickets at one point or other during the day's play with most of the batsmen struggling to adapt to the overcast conditions.
The bowlers continued to hold the edge over the batsmen on the second day of matches in round two of the LV= County Championship, although Michael Yardy, Michael Lumb, Michael Powell and Chris Dent did all reach three figures to restore some pride for the batsmen.
There were wins for Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Derbyshire and Surrey on the final day of matches in the opening round of the LV= County Championship. Meanwhile, up at Chester-le-Street, Durham MCCU collected a record of the unwanted variety against their county cousins.
There were notable performances from Vernon Philander, Mat Coles and Tymal Mills on the second day of action in the LV= County Championship, while at Grace Road the number of batsman dismissed in two days reached 31 â€“ a turn of events which will surely interest the ECB's ever-vigilant pitch inspectors.
Leeds/Bradford MCCU almost pulled off a remarkable victory in their maiden first-class match at The Oval, while Middlesex, Essex and Somerset drew their matches against the universities. Meanwhile, Glamorgan wrapped up a comfortable win at The Parks as the first batch of 2012's county matches drew to a close.
The counties continued to dominate the university sides on the second day of matches in the English county season as David Masters took the season's first five-wicket haul and James Hildreth hit 2012's first double century.
Tomorrow sees the first of the season's first-class fixtures take place as the counties begin their traditional round of warm-up matches against the six MCC University centres of excellence. For the first time, all six have been granted first-class status.
Axed Australian Twenty20 International captain Cameron White has signed a county contract with Northamptonshire, which will see him represent them as their second overseas player in the Friends Life t20. Sri Lankan seamer Chaminda Vaas has already signed to fill the other overseas slot.
Lancashire completed a remarkable fightback on the third and what turned out to be final day against MCC in Abu Dhabi. In spite of conceding a first innings lead of 67, the reigning county champions eased to a six-wicket victory after bowling MCC out for just 84 in their second innings.