Centuries from Sam Robson, Nick Gubbins, Ian Westwood and James Vince helped their respective teams while Old Trafford witnessed 18 wickets fall on day one of the Specsavers County Championship Division One.
Sussex have confirmed that South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander will remain on the sidelines for two to three weeks after sustaining a groin injury during the recently concluded County Championship match against Kent.
Dan Lawrence scored an unbeaten 141 to help Essex pull out an improbable draw against Lancashire while Surrey managed to complete an innings victory against Warwickshire in the opening round of Specsavers County Championship Division One.
Riding on a collective batting performance led by Jimmy Adams, Hampshire managed to chase down 321 runs with four wickets in hand while Surrey and Lancashire are in dominating position to begin their first round of Specsavers County Championship Division One with victories.
Northamptonshire became the first team to register a victory in the ongoing Specsavers County Championship as they rattled Glamorgan while Kent and Leicestershire are on course of victory on day two of the Division Two encounters.
The day two in County Championship Division One saw Lancashire and Surrey exerting a lot pf pressure on their opponents while a seven wicket haul from Kyle Abbott meant Hampshire need another 310 runs to win the game.
A well combined bowling effort from Northamptonshire saw them dismiss Glamorgan for 101 and later stretched their lead to 167 runs while Nottinghamshire and Gloucestershire bowled out Leicestershire and Kent respectively for 251 and 298 at stumps on day one of the County Championship Division Two encounter.
Essex had a decent outing on their promotion while Mark Stoneman and Gary Ballance slammed centuries to help Surrey and Yorkshire respectively gain early advantage on day one of the first round of County Championship Division One.
As Essex's players and staff picked up the Second Division trophy at Canterbury yesterday, attention was diverted to the drama unfolding at Lord's where Middlesex brilliantly won their first Championship for 23 years. Rob Johnston shares his view on the club's recent progress.
The clash for the Division One title is thrillingly poised as Somerset surged ahead on the second day while Yorkshire fought back against Middlesex after a top-order collapse at Lord's. Catch the latest from the County Championship.