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.
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.
Tom Abell scored a very special century where the second highest score in the game was 39 as Somerset held their nerve to register a 10-run victory over Sussex in the South Group encounter of Royal London One-Day Cup in Taunton.
Glamorgan and Middlesex booked their places in the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast while Notts Outlaws secured a home quarter-final in tonight's action which also saw wins for Derbyshire, Essex, Lancashire, Surrey, and Yorkshire.
Durham held their nerve to beat Lancashire by two wickets after an entertaining final day of their Spesavers County Championship match in Southport while the other four ongoing games could well all end up as draws.
Rain interrupted proceedings significantly in the Specsavers County Championship today, but in what play that was possible, Worcestershire thrashed Northamptonshire and Somerset got their noses back ahead against Middlesex.
Adam Wheater struck an unbeaten double-century, Middlesex fought back against Somerset, Worcestershire pushed clear of Northamptonshire and rain frustrated Surry and Yorkshire in today's Specsavers County Championship action.