An intriguing final day is in store at the Cheltenham College ground after Essex closed day three of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash with Gloucestershire on 16 for one having been set 213 to win.
Adam Lyth scored a double-century as Yorkshire and Surrey drew their Specsavers County Championship clash while Daniel Lawrence passed three figures to help Essex into the lead against Gloucestershire.
Almost exactly 100 years after his death at the Battle of the Somme, Warwickshire cricketer Percy Jeeves will be honoured when the P. G. Wodehouse Society plant a tree in his memory during the Cheltenham Cricket Festival.
Glamorgan continued their impressive form in the NatWest T20 Blast with a big win over Middlesex while Jos Buttler continued his fine week with the bat to help Lancashire beat Worcestershire in the pick of the action this evening.
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.
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.
Gloucestershire's iconic Cheltenham Cricket Festival is ready to launch for 2016, and this year not only will fans get to watch their team in first-class, one-day and T20 action, but also welcome international cricket to the Cheltenham College ground.
There were Royal London One-Day Cup wins for Gloucestershire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Yorkshire as teams managed to complete their matches despite the bad weather hitting most of England and Wales.