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.
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.