Draws now look inevitable at Old Trafford and Canterbury, but the match at Edgbaston is nicely set up going into the final day. Elsewhere, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and Yorkshire all enjoyed outstanding days in the LV= County Championship.
There was more joy for the nation's batsmen as runs flowed on another sunny day around the country. Laurie Evans and Rob Key both reached three figures for their sides, while Sean Ervine, James Taylor, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Michael Lumb and Ateeq Javid all prospered.
Round 13 of the LV= County Championship kicked off around the country today, with the batsmen enjoying the best of the sunny conditions. There were centuries for both Murray Goodwin and Michael Carberry.
There were wins for Durham, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Glamorgan and Middlesex in the evening's Friends Life t20 matches. Meanwhile, at Cheltenham, Kent and Gloucestershire set up a last day run chase in their LV= County Championship Division Two match.
The LV= County Championship made a return as the Friends Life t20 takes a break before its return in earnest at the weekend. There were good performances today from Mark Footitt, Michael Yardy, Varun Chopra and James Vince
There were wins for Somerset, Hampshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Surrey, Essex, Hampshire and Leicestershire in the evening's Friends Life t20 matches. Meanwhile, the Roses Derby at Headingley ended in a dramatic tie.
Nottinghamshire kept up their impressive run in limited-overs cricket this year by beating Lancashire to move to the top of the North Group in the Friends Life t20. The Outlaws won the toss and asked the home side to bat in front of a sparse crowd at Old Trafford. Within the space of four overs, both of the Lancashire openers were back in the pavilion.
Derbyshire made it two wins out of two to move to the top of the North Group in the Friends Life t20. They benefited from a Leicestershire batting collapse of seven for 30 to win by 24 runs at Grace Road and condemn the home side to a second defeat.
There were wins for Derbyshire, Surrey, Lancashire, Glamorgan, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire as the Friends Life t20 spluttered into life around the country amid the showers. The pick of the dayâ€™s matches was arguably Derbyshire's tense two-wicket win at Headingley, with Jonathan Clare their batting star.