There were wins for Somerset and Essex as the eleventh round of the LV= County Championship continued to draw to a close around the country. Over at Headingley, Yorkshire managed a draw despite the best efforts of Gary Keedy.
Kevin Pietersen was the headline act on another rain-swept day on the county circuit. He hit an unbeaten aggressive century against Yorkshire on his return from a knee injury. Elsewhere, Worcestershire kept their promotion hopes alive by wrapping up the win over Glamorgan and Middlesex thrashed the Unicorns in the Yorkshire Bank 40 at Southend-on-Sea.
The nation's county cricketers were again left dodging the showers as the eleventh round of the LV= County Championship continued. Worcestershire were left three wickets from victory heading into the final day against Glamorgan, while elsewhere the matches at Grace Road and Derby are evenly poised at the halfway point.
The eleventh round of the LV= County Championship continued today and managed to avoid most of the showers. Lancashire completed victory inside two days on a controversial pitch at Old Trafford, while Kevin Pietersen's comeback was held up by Andrew Gale and new England team-mate Gary Ballance at Headingley. Elsewhere, Worcestershire took control over Glamorgan and Leicestershire spurned chances to do likewise against Essex.
Scotland were denied their first win of this season's Yorkshire Bank 40 as Lancashire prevailed by seven wickets with 21 balls to spare at Old Trafford. Hampshire beat Derbyshire to go top of Group B in the day's other fixture.
There were wins for Nottinghamshire, the Netherlands, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Durham and Lancashire as the Yorkshire Bank 40 continued today. The Outlaws remain the only team to have won all of their games following their triumph over Warwickshire, while the Netherlands' win was their first of the competition.
All three of the remaining matches in the tenth round of the LV= County Championship ended in draws as Kent resisted admirably against Glamorgan, and the Division One matches petered out into bonus point accumulations.
There was high drama on the county circuit as the tenth round of matches in this season's LV= County Championship began to draw to a close today. Essex were humbled for a record-low of 20 by Lancashire, while Yorkshire went to the top of Division One by completing victory over highly-fancied Middlesex, and Durham won a thriller against defending champions Warwickshire.
There was again rain, mainly in the midlands, to affect matches in the LV= County Championship, but between the showers, Yorkshire took the upper hand over Middlesex, Nottinghamshire fought back against Derbyshire, Glamorgan had the better of day two against Kent, and the game at Chester-le-Street is nicely poised heading into day three.
Showers played their part as the tenth round of the LV= County Championship attempted to get properly underway around the country today. The opening days of the matches at Southampton between Hampshire and Gloucestershire and Arundel between Sussex and Surrey were abandoned without a ball bowled, while most others were affected to some degree.
There were Yorkshire Bank 40 wins for Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Glamorgan, while the Championship match at Taunton ended in the expected draw. However, the story of the day came in Scarborough, where Matthew Fisher made history by becoming the youngest post-war player at 15 years and 212 days to play in a county competition. He made 10 off four balls and took one for 40 from seven overs on what was a promising debut.
There were draws all round as the ninth round of matches in the LV= County Championship drew to a close. However, there were a couple of interesting finishes as Kent only just escaped against Hampshire and Middlesex were set a difficult target by Sussex before pulling out.
Bat continued to dominate ball in round nine of the LV= County Championship, with most of the matches looking destined to be draws heading into tomorrow's final day. Only at Wantage Road was there a result as Northamptonshire completed the anticipated win over Worcestershire to move further clear at the top of Division Two.
Runs continued to flow on the county circuit as the sun shone and Keith Barker, Nick Compton and Freddie van den Bergh completed centuries. The best of the wicket-taking action again came at Wantage Road, where Worcestershire look to be on the brink of defeat against Northamptomshire.
There were centuries for Varun Chopra, Michael Lumb, Chris Rogers and Jim Allenby on a high-scoring day of matches in the LV= County Championship. Worcestershire were the only side bowled out on the opening day of round nine fixtures as Northamptonshire's pace attack proved too hot to handle at Wantage Road.