Gloucestershire, Middlesex and Essex all completed victories in the remaining matches in round 13 of the LV= County Championship, while there was a much-needed win for Warwickshire in the day's Friends Life t20 fixture.
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
Kent County Cricket Club is aiming for excellence in customer service, having signed up match day and frontline staff for a university course.
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Kent have chosen former West Indian captain Jimmy Adams from a list of 50 applicants to be their new head coach for next season. He replaces Paul Farbrace, who resigned his position in September, and has since taken up the role of Second XI coach with Yorkshire.
Former team-mates and cricket enthusiasts pay tribute to Robert Key at an event celebrating his benefit year with Kent at the fantastic Grange St Paul's Hotel in London.
Shaun Udal, Joe Denly, Geraint Jones and James Tredwell and Sir David English talk about Key's career, their memories of playing with and against him as well as lauding the venue.