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
The England & Wales Cricket Boad (ECB) has fined Somerset a Â£5000 fine following five disciplinary breaches in the last 12 months.
Furthermore, captain Marcus Trescothick has been given a suspended two-match ban an Somerset were ordered to pay Â£500 towards the costs of a hearing.
Somerset batsman and England Lions captain over the winter James Hildreth has been handed a new three-year contract at the club.
Hildreth, 26, put pen to paper ahead of the LV= County Championship match against Worcestershire
Somerset bowler Steve Kirby has suffered a foot injury while playing for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against Nottinghamshire in Abu Dhabi.
He took a blow to the left foot while batting on the opening day and did not feature in the second day's play of the curtain-raiser to the county season.
Somerset have confirmed the signing of Sri Lankan off-spinner Ajantha Mendis and the return of Kieron Pollard in Twenty20 cricket for the 2011 season.
Mendis will replace Indian left-arm spinner Murali Kartik in the first part of the season while Pollard, who helped Somerset finish the 2010 ECB Twenty20 Cup as runners-up, is likely to feature for the second half of the 2011 competition.