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.
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
Wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and fast bowler Chaminda Vaas have been awarded their county caps by Northamptonshire as a reward for an impressive start to the season.
O'Brien, who joined the Steelbacks in 2007, has hit three centuries in 2011 while Vaas, who was outstanding in the 2010 FP t20 competition, has played his part in ensuring an unbeaten start to the season for Northamptonshire.
In a massive coup for Northants Cricket, the club is delighted to announce that itâ€™s Sports Science and Sports Medicine Department is one of the first in County Cricket to be able to benefit from of a state of the art sport science centre incorporating an on-site endless swimming Pool.
After their stunning victory in ICC Cricket World Cup final last month, India will arrive at the County Ground in early August as World Champions!
To celebrate Indiaâ€™s achievement, Northants Cricket is now offering advanced â€˜Full Match Ticketsâ€™ for Â£25 (adults) and Â£8 (juniors) for a limited time. A further saving of Â£5 and Â£2 on advance ticket prices if buying for both days.