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.
It is that time of the year when most people are thinking of BBQâ€™s, days out by the sea, holidays abroad and even the forthcoming football season. But one very important person was found to be deep in thought at Old Trafford Cricket Groundâ€™s conference and events venue, The Point, as he contemplated the festive season.
Jim Cumbes, former player at Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) and since 1998 Chief Executive at the club, has demolished the wicket of many a batsman during his career but his recent action at the famous Old Trafford cricket ground saw him involved in a different kind of demolition.
The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club has a gardener who is not one to let the grass grow under his feet. But when it comes to herbs he is more than happy to help them flourish which is why planting is now taking place in readiness for a busy summer of events at the venue.
Last year the Point was awarded Gold Level from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, a national sustainable tourism certification scheme, and The Point's Green Team continue to ensure that the venueâ€™s environmental mission continues.
Lancashire-based brewer Thwaites has produced a unique message of support as the county champions prepare to defend their crown.
On the eve of the 2012 LV= County Championship season before their opening fixture against Sussex, Thwaites, proud sponsor of Lancashire County Cricket Club, spelt out a unique 'Good Luck' message with its award winning Wainwright golden ale beer.