Tim Murtagh picked a six-wicket haul on day three but Lancashire managed to post 309 runs in their first innings and also restricted Middlesex to 156 for six in the second innings to have a firm control of the County Championship Division One encounter in Southport.
Kent showed tremendous fight on the last day including the final pair that lasted 46 deliveries as they managed a hard fought draw against Durham on the final day of the County Championship Division Two clash in Canterbury.
Barry McCarthy picked a six-wicket haul as Durham dismissed Kent for 236 runs in their first innings following which Graham Clark and Paul Collingwood scored fifties to set a target of 484 for the home side in their County Championship Division Two face off in Canterbury on the third day.
After Yorkshire were bowled out for 202 in their first innings, a triple strike from Ryan Sidebottom reduced Somerset to 41 for three at stumps on day one of the County Championship Division One clash in Taunton.
Paul Collingwood and Ryan Pringle scored knocks of 93 and 71 respectively as Durham went on to post 318 for five at stumps on day one against Kent in the County Championship Division Two in Canterbury.
Northamptonshire successfully overcame a five-wicket haul from Paul Coughlin on the final day as they chased down 205 runs with just two wickets in hand against Durham in the County Championship Division One encounter in Chester-le-Street.
Kyle Abbott led the Hampshire bowling attack with a four-wicket haul as they dismissed Warwickshire for 167 runs in the final innings to register a victory by an innings and 94 runs in the County Championship Division One encounter on the final day in Southampton.
Jonathan Trott scored a brilliant century but Warwickshire are in a danger of losing by an innings after they continue to trail Hampshire by 186 runs with eight wickets in hand at stumps on day three of the County Championship Division One clash in Southampton.
Cameron Steel scored a valiant century as Durham fought back to post 376 runs in their second innings to set a target of 205 runs for Northamptonshire in their County Championship Division One encounter in Chester-le-Street.
After centuries from Dean Elgar and Lewis Gregory powered Somerset to 443 for nine, Middlesex responded back with a score of 42 for naught at stumps on day two of the County Championship Division One clash at Lord's.
Ben Coad picked a six wicket haul for Yorkshire as they dismissed Lancashire for 123 runs in their first innings and responded with a score of 93 for two at stumps on day one of the County Championship clash at Headingley.
Sean Ervine and Jimmy Adams scored unbeaten centuries for Hampshire as they recovered from 31 for three to end the day at 294 without losing further wickets against Warwickshire on day one of the County Championship Division One encounter in Southampton.
Nathan Buck registered his career best figures of 34 for six as Northamptonshire dismissed Durham for 166 and knocked out 59 runs off the deficit losing three wickets on day one of the County Championship Division Two clash in Chester-le-Street.