A four-wicket haul each from Jamie Porter and David Masters dismissed Leicestershire for 175 in their second innings as Essex completed a convincing innings victory at Grace Road. Here is all you want to know on day three of the latest round of the County Championship.
The two teams looking to challenge Essex at the top of Division Two of the County Championship both dismissed their opponents on day one as the latest round of action got underway while in Division One, teams battled to take advantage of leaders Middlesex not being in action.
Day two of the latest round of Specsavers County Championship matches saw leaders Middlesex and Essex, as well as Hampshire and Leicestershire, enjoy excellent days while elsewhere it was more evenly matched.
After a week of NatWest T20 Blast action, attention turns back to the Specsavers County Championship where eight matches started today with sides battling for early bonus points and positions of ascendency.
All four Specsavers County Championship matches that ended today were drawn, which means Middlesex maintain a 13-point lead at the top of Division One and Essex are back on top of Division Two - by just one point.
There are now eight matches ongoing in the Specsavers County Championship and today's action proved something of a mixed bag with bowlers on top in some games, batsmen enjoying themselves in others, and some remaining very finely balanced.
Worcestershire and Warwickshire registered victories against Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire respectively on a day where three other games were abandoned due to rain in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Monday.
Another busy day in the Royal London One-Day Cup saw everything from last over dramatics to easy victories. With there still being a lot to play for in both groups, the teams were vying for crucial victories to try and secure a place in the next stages of the competition.
Half-centuries from Paul Horton and captain Mark Cosgrove helped Leicestershire chase down 180 to beat Gloucestershire by six wickets on day three of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash in Cheltenham.
Rain brought about an early close to day two of the Specsavers County Championship match between Gloucestershire and Leicestershire in Cheltenham with the home side leading by 98 runs with six second innings wickets in hand.