Records were broken in today's Specsavers County Championship action as Essex eventually overcame Kent's brave resistance, Middlesex went top of the pile and Derbyshire's game against Northamptonshire was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Glamorgan produced a battling final day performance to draw their County Championship match against Sussex while elsewhere, Kent and Worcestershire produced stirring comebacks on a day where bat generally dominated ball.
Warwickshire completed victory over Surrey in three days in Guildford, riding on a five-wicket haul from Jeetan Patel, while there was plenty of action and excitement elsehwere in the County Championship, including some big runs scored by Sussex pair Luke Wells and Ben Brown.
Having lost the best part of two days due to rain, it came as little surprise that the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match between Gloucestershire and Leicestershire at Grace Road was drawn.
Rain brought about an early end to the action at all five County Championship matches being played today, but not before Nick Gubbins registered a maiden double-century and Wayne Madsen hit his fourth ton of the season.
After losing out on the services of New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne due to injury last week, Essex have confirmed they will not be recruiting an overseas player to replace him for the NatWest T20 Blast.
The Overton twins sharing eight wickets for Somerset against Hampshire and a record partnership for Kent against Derbyshire were among the highlights of the four Specsavers County Championship matches that got underway today.
Northamptonshire have replaced Birmingham Bears at the top of the North Group of the NatWest T20 Blast while a win for Gloucestershire has put them second in the South Group thanks to wins over Leicestershire and Sussex respectively.
A final day badly affected by rain to the extent that only 35 overs were possible saw the game between Sussex and Northants peter out to a draw but Essex went on to register a convincing win over Surrey in the Natwest T20 Blast.