Reigning Friends Life t20 champions Hampshire got the defence of their title off to a winning start with a relatively comfortable five-wicket win over Surrey under the Southampton floodlights. Michael Carberry was the stand-out player during their successful run chase, hitting a splendid 60 off only 45 balls.
Ahead of the start of the Friends Life t20 this week, Somerset captain says that the fast-paced, frenetic nature of the game is like '20 overs of explosions'.
He helped Somerset lift the trophy in 2005 but despite three further visits to the final, they are still searching for a repeat victory, something which is hopeful of putting right this year.
James Taylor, now seemingly the forgotten man of English cricket, gave the selectors another nudge by hitting an unbeaten double-hundred as Nottinghamshire comfortably drew their LV= County Championship match against Sussex.
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.