Yorkshire are the new leaders of the LV= County Championship after completing victory over Derbyshire, while Middlesex and Essex look well placed for wins going into the final days of their matches at Hove and Chelmsford.
There was a win for Warwickshire at Edgbaston as they kept their LV= County Championship title defence alive. Meanwhile rivals Yorkshire and Middlesex took complete control of their matches against Sussex and Derbyshire.
Draws now look inevitable at Old Trafford and Canterbury, but the match at Edgbaston is nicely set up going into the final day. Elsewhere, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and Yorkshire all enjoyed outstanding days in the LV= County Championship.
There was more joy for the nation's batsmen as runs flowed on another sunny day around the country. Laurie Evans and Rob Key both reached three figures for their sides, while Sean Ervine, James Taylor, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Michael Lumb and Ateeq Javid all prospered.
Round 13 of the LV= County Championship kicked off around the country today, with the batsmen enjoying the best of the sunny conditions. There were centuries for both Murray Goodwin and Michael Carberry.
There were wins for Durham, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Glamorgan and Middlesex in the evening's Friends Life t20 matches. Meanwhile, at Cheltenham, Kent and Gloucestershire set up a last day run chase in their LV= County Championship Division Two match.
The LV= County Championship made a return as the Friends Life t20 takes a break before its return in earnest at the weekend. There were good performances today from Mark Footitt, Michael Yardy, Varun Chopra and James Vince
Members of the University of East London's as yet unbeaten cricket team were invited to an exhilarating training session with nine of Essex County Cricket Club's first team players.
The team, along with their coaches and three of UELâ€™s elite cricketers went through various activities designed to develop essential bowling and fielding skills.
An exciting opportunity is on the horizon for some Essex's leading Under-19 female cricketers with a trip to Dubai in February 2013 to take part in the MCC U19 Women's Arch Trophy tournament.
The trip will consist of eight days in Dubai playing against a variety of other teams and an MCC side. This will be a very competitive tournament giving the players the best preparation for their season ahead.
Essex's Graham Napier joined the Royal British Legion this week in Chelmsford High Street where he collected money for the 2012 Poppy Appeal.
The 2012 season has marked Graham's Benefit Year at Essex County Cricket Club, which has given him the opportunity to work closely with the Royal British Legion during the year as one of his main supported charities.
On Thursday 30th August the Ford County Ground Chelmsford hosted the final Essex disability club festival of the summer.
The festival saw teams from Springfield CC, Harold wood CC and Merstham Cricket club from Surrey who also made the drive up for the day.
Cricket stars who suffer an injury at Essex Cricket's Ford County Ground WILL have a leg to stand on - thanks to a unique new sponsorship by a team of top legal eagles.
The deal between Essex Cricket and Lloyd Green Solicitors will see the personal injury and medical negligence specialist's website www.forthepeople.co.uk become exclusive sponsor of the County Championship side's physiotherapy team.
Former Essex fast bowler Mervyn Westfield has been sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to charges relating to spot fixing elements of a domestic cricket game.
Westfield had pleaded guilty in January to a charge of accepting corrupt payments to bowl badly during a game against Durham on 5th September 2009. Previously, he had denied any involvement when questioned by the police.
Tiptree (Wilkin and Sons) and Essex Cricket Staff will take centre stage this Friday (12th August), when they take part in a Twenty20 Charity Match raising money for the Essex Cricket and Community Trust.
England One-Day International captain Alastair Cook has signed a new two-year contract with Essex which keeps him contracted to his club until the end of the 2013 season.
Cook, who first played for Essex 2003, is currently centrally contracted but retains close links with Essex.
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to fine Essex Â£5000 after a number of players were found guilty of breaches of its Code of Conduct over a 12-month period.
Furthermore, captain James Foster has been handed a two-game ban by the ECB.
Colchester Zoo is pleased to announce a new partnership with another leading name in Essex - Essex Cricket. They are exploring joint marketing opportunities and the collaboration includes two exciting new events for this summer.
Colchester Zoo will also be the launch venue for Shepherd Neame Colchester Cricket Festival on Tuesday 16th August when members of the Essex First Team will visit the zoo.