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.
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.
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
Students at our cultural partners De Montfort University (DMU) recruited famous Leicestershire CCC faces to support a new mental health campaign.
Matthew Boyce, who recently walked from John O'Groats to Lands End to raise money and awareness for mental health charity MIND, Niall Oâ€™Brien, Nathan Buck, Michael Thornely, Shiv Thakor, James Sykes and Club Ambassador Paul Nixon were among those backing the Ask Me About campaign.
Matthew Boyce was today presented with a £5,000 from Walkers Crisps and parent company PepsiCo for completing his epic journey from John O'Groats to Land's End in December.
Matthew walked from one end of the UK to the other because he wanted to raise money and awareness for Mind and the PCA's Benevolent Fund.
Leicestershire's former England wicket-keeper Paul Nixon has announced his retirement from cricket and will play for the Foxes for last time at Grace Road in the Friends Life t20 quarter-final against his former club Kent on 6th August.
His decision to retire at the end of the season bring to an end a 24-year career, 21 of which he has spent with Leicestershire, wnning two County Championships and two Twenty20 Cups.
Chris Broad has thanked Leicestershire CCC for their collection for The Broad Appeal at the Friends Life t20 game against Nottinghamshire Outlaws last Friday.
The total money raised was £945.19 and Chris, who was joined on the field by son Stuart and Leicestershire CEO Mike Siddall during the interval, sent a personal message of thanks.
Leicestershire Foxes are delighted to be supporting The Broad Appeal throughout the Friends Life t20 game against Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday evening.
The Appeal has been set up by Chris Broad, who lost wife Miche to motor neurone disease last year. Chris has joined forces with son Stuart and Gemma to raise money and increase understanding of MND through the establishment of The Broad Appeal.
Leicestershire have announced the signing of Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in time for the Friends Life t20 competition, which they begin when they play Northamptonshire on 3rd June.
Vastly experienced Razzaq, who has played 46 Tests, 262 One-Day Internationals and 26 Twenty20 Internationals, featured prominently as the Hampshire Royals won the 2010 competition at The Rose Bowl.
Leicestershire CCC's players will be hosting a Question and Answer session in the Fox Bar at the end of day three of every home LV=County Championship fixture in 2011.
Members and supporters are welcome to attend the event, which will happen approximately fifteen minutes after stumps are drawn.