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
Lancashire head coach Peter Moores and batsman Stephen Moore received a different sort of team talk ahead of their side's double-header at Hampshire last week when Sir Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, paid them a visit at Emirates Old Trafford.
Sir Mervyn, who is stepping down from his role later this year, held a breakfast meeting with over 200 delegates who were invited by the Bank of England, in The Point - Emirates Old Trafford's unique 1,000 capacity conference and events venue.
Lancashire County Cricket Club is normally known for breaking cricket records but thanks to The Point, Emirates Old Trafford's conference and events venue, the club has earned a place in the record books for hosting the largest cereal breakfast.
The Conference and Events team at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, recently showcased the stunning multi-million pound Players and Media Centre during an open day giving attending visitors a great opportunity to see the versatility and flexibility of the venue.
It's 10 years not out for leading Northern brewer Thwaites which has renewed its long standing sponsorship deal as Official Beer of Lancashire County Cricket Club until 2015.
Thwaites, who first sponsored Lancashire County Cricket Club in 2005 and started supplying beers to the club in 1995, continues its association with their award winning Wainwright beer brand.
The £7.5m redevelopment project of the historic Pavilion at Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) was celebrated on the 29th November with a traditional 'topping out' ceremony, led by construction company Morgan Sindall.
Officials from the Club, Morgan Sindall, BDP and members of Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation's Young Trustees' Group signed the steelwork at the top of the Pavilion to mark the final completion of the steel frame.
It may have been dark and damp outside but inside The Point, Old Trafford Cricket Ground's conference and events venue, it was a very glitzy evening as the Northwestâ€™s finest and brightest attended the 5th Northwest Football Awards.
The evening got off to a flying start with host, BBCâ€™s Dan Walker, warming the crowd up before they settled down for a delicious three course meal and to cast their votes for the goal of the year.
Thwaites, official sponsors of Lancashire CCC with their Wainwright golden ale is giving women cricketers of all abilities the opportunity of a lifetime - the chance to win an exclusive coaching session with the county champions next month.
The northern-based brewer is offering eleven women the chance to receive a personal coaching session with a selection of players and head coach Peter Moores at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 21st August.