In their championship encounters on day four, Surrey and Yorkshire secured wins in Division One while Sussex, Kent and Worcestershire registered victories in Division Two. Elsewhere, Durham and Hampshire drew their encounters against Warwickshire and Somerset respectively in Division One.
A four-wicket haul each from Jamie Porter and David Masters dismissed Leicestershire for 175 in their second innings as Essex completed a convincing innings victory at Grace Road. Here is all you want to know on day three of the latest round of the County Championship.
The two teams looking to challenge Essex at the top of Division Two of the County Championship both dismissed their opponents on day one as the latest round of action got underway while in Division One, teams battled to take advantage of leaders Middlesex not being in action.
Day two of the latest round of Specsavers County Championship matches saw leaders Middlesex and Essex, as well as Hampshire and Leicestershire, enjoy excellent days while elsewhere it was more evenly matched.
All four Specsavers County Championship matches that ended today were drawn, which means Middlesex maintain a 13-point lead at the top of Division One and Essex are back on top of Division Two - by just one point.
There are now eight matches ongoing in the Specsavers County Championship and today's action proved something of a mixed bag with bowlers on top in some games, batsmen enjoying themselves in others, and some remaining very finely balanced.