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
Warwickshire opener Varun Chopra is appealing to Birmingham businesses to help him raise Â£25,000 to fund a new research nurse for Cure Leukaemia.
The talented 24-year-old - who last season became the first player in Warwickshireâ€™s history to score back-to-back double centuries - has teamed up with Birmingham-based charity Cure Leukaemia to help raise funds for much-needed specialist nurses across the Midlands.
Warwickshire County Cricket Club has renewed its long-standing partnership with Birmingham-based skincare specialists sk:n, as its primary sponsor for the LV County Championship shirt for the 2012 season.
Warwickshire cricket captain Jim Troughton and director of cricket Ashley Giles swapped their cricket whites for chefs' whites last night, when they joined Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell for a special live cooking event in aid of Cure Leukaemia.
Security firm G4S Events has pledged its support to Warwickshire County Cricket Club's mission to develop more England and county stars of the future by signing up as sponsor of its Academy, community and youth team programmes.
Edgbaston Stadium has broken new ground by becoming the first county cricket stadium in the UK to have its own Android application (app), which has been released well in time for the 2012 season and follows on from their successful launch in the summer of their iPhone app.
Keith Prowse, the UK's leading hospitality provider, expects corporate hospitality to thrive at Edgbaston Stadium for the three international fixtures in 2012, after launching new facilities in the £32 million Pavilion Stand in August when England defeated India in the third npower Test Match.
England cricketer Ian Bell was awarded an honorary degree by Coventry University today in recognition of his contribution to sport and of his recent work with the West Midlands-based Acorns Children's charity.
The star batsman was made an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) during the University's awards ceremonies in Coventry Cathedral, which are taking place every day this week as part of the annual graduation events.
In the entire history of the game of cricket, only seven batsmen have made more than 50,000 first-class runs, but for Warwickshire CCC the figure has recently gained added significance.
Although the current Bears squad are too young to remember cricketing legends like WG Grace and Wally Hammond, they are extremely proud that their club's pioneering partnership with Cure Leukaemia has now raised Â£50,000 during 2011.
Edgbaston Stadium has broken new ground by becoming the first county cricket stadium in the UK to have its own iPhone application (app), which has been released in time for the landmark Test match it is hosting between England and India from 10th August.
A team of UK cricketers has travelled to Rwanda to start a new cricket programme for young people.
The team, including former Warwickshire player Dan Dalton, are travelling around Rwanda to hold cricket lessons for children, as part of the Conservativesâ€™ Project Umubano.