The top flight woes of Northamptonshire and to a lesser extent the troubles of Derbyshire last year has ignited a debate surrounding the perceived gulf in quality between the two divisions of the County Championship.
It is the stuff that fairytales are made of. An unfancied team who haven’t tasted success in a generation were crowned winners of the 2013 Friends Life t20 by beating a much richer and much bigger club.
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.