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
Schools from the Southampton area who have limited or no access to sports equipment are set to receive cricket and rugby kit donated to LV= SOS Kit Aid at The Rose Bowl on the 14th September. The day represents the next step in the award-winning schemeâ€™s ambitious pledge to recycle an incredible 20,000kgs of sporting equipment by the end of the year.
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is set to feature for Hampshire in their Friends Life t20 quarter-final, the club has confirmed.
Afridi missed the final match of the group stage of the competition following the death of his father but has since expressed his intention to play for the Royals once again.
Hampshire wicket-keeper Nic Pothas has been ruled out of any cricket for two to three weeks after undergoing an emergency appendix operation.
He was diagnosed with appendicitis having been suffering with stomach pains and was operated on successfully at Southampton General hospital.
In a move that will help cricket fans trying to get to and from the England v Sri Lanka npower Test match that is taking place at The Rose Bowl from 16 â€“ 20 June 2011, 700 additional on-site car parking spaces and a number of extra bus journeys connecting the ground with Southampton Central Station, have been secured.
Hampshire Cricket Limited today [Thursday 2nd June] announced the signing of a one year partnership with Virgin Atlantic.
The deal will see the iconic brand become an Official Travel Partner to the club. It will also mean Virgin Atlantic will have a presence at key events in the Rose Bowl calendar including a number of the Hampshire Royalsâ€™ Friends Life t20 competition fixtures and the immensely popular â€˜Business Southâ€™ exhibition held at The Rose Bowl in February 2012.
Hampshire have confirmed that Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi will not be available for the start of the Friends Life t20 competition but they are pushing hard to retain his services.
Afridi has had his No Objection Certificate (NOC) revoked by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after he announced his decision to retire from international cricket.
Hampshire Cricket is pleased to announce that their shirt sponsor for the 2011 Friends Life t20 campaign is the Barbados Tourism Authority.
The deal means the Barbados Tourism Authority becomes Official Twenty20 Shirt Sponsor and Travel Partner to Hampshire Cricket and The Rose Bowl. The Royals, therefore, will feature the "Visit Barbados" logo on the teamâ€™s new yellow T20 shirt.
Hampshire will wait on the fitness of Johann Myburgh as they prepare to host local rivals Sussex in a key LV= County Championship match at The Rose Bowl from 4th May.
Youngster Benny Howell has been drafted into the matchday squad and a decision on Myburgh's participation will be made on the morning of the match.