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.
Lancashire's bowlers hauled their team back into the match on the second day in Abu Dhabi as they reduced MCC to 81 for eight in their second innings after they themselves had been bowled out for 199 earlier in the day.
Sussex CCC got involved with the Sport Relief Mile in Brighton on Sunday, and even Sid the Shark was on hand to encourage youngsters to take part!
Many children ran, hopped, skipped and bounced the Mile on Sunday and still had the energy to bat, bowl, throw and catch in and around the SCCC â€˜Cricket Cageâ€™ positioned close to Brightonâ€™s seafront.
Financial giant LV=, also known as Liverpool Victoria, have extended their sponsorship of the County Championship for a further four years, meaning that county cricket's flagship competition will be known as the LV= County Championship until at least the end of 2015.
Somerset County Cricket Club captain Marcus Trescothick and batsman James Hildreth have lent their support to this summer's inaugural cheeselympics by explaining the games in a series of YouTube clips.
The Cheeselympics will form part of Somerset's first ever Cider and Cheese Festival on Saturday 16th June at Quantock View, Nether Stowey, near Bridgwater.
Kent have signed West Indies international batsman Brendan Nash for the entire 2012 season while Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait is to link up with the MCC squad in the United Arab Emirates.
Left-hander Nash, who has played 21 Tests and nine One-Day Internationals, will be with the squad ahead of the opening game of the summer against Yorkshire.
A round-up of the latest county news ahead of the new season with Kent and Scotland active in bolstering their squads with Scott Newman heading out on loan from Middlesex and South African all-rounder Jean Symes linking up with the Saltires.
Hampshire batsman Liam Dawson has signed a one-year contract extension with the south coast county, which will see him remain with them until at least the end of the 2013 season.
Dawson found success in both the LV= County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40 competitions last season, hitting 908 runs at an average of 36.32, many of them as opener, in the former and averaging 35.25 at a strike rate of over 100 in the latter.
The MCC have named the eleven players that will take part in the traditional Champion County match against reigning champions Lancashire which will be held from 27th to 30th March. Surrey and former England batsman Mark Ramprakash will captain the side, which also includes the spin pairing of Gareth Batty and Ian Blackwell, alongside younger players such as Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory and Worcestershire and England Lions batsman Moeen Ali.
Ahead of the new county season, we caught up with Surrey chief executive Richard Gould ahead of the 2012 season at the Kia Oval.
He talks about the changes at Surrey over the last few years, from the partnership with Kia to new faces coming in and how the rescheduling of this year's Twenty20 Cup could cost the club up to £500,000.