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
Elonex Sport and Worcestershire County Cricket Club (WCCC) recently agreed a five-and-a-half year partnership announcing Elonex Sport as the Official & Exclusive: LED Supplier and LED Advertising Agent.
Elonex Sport replaced the existing scoreboard near the new Graeme Hick Pavilion with a new state-of-the-art 30-square metre Jumbo LED scoreboard.
31-year-old Australian batsman Michael Klinger will deputise for compatriot Phillip Hughes as Worcestershire's overseas player in the first half of the 2012 county season.
Hughes' arrival at New Road has been delayed after he was included in Australia's training camps and Klinger steps in on the back of an outstanding run of form for South Australia.
Worcestershire have signed Northamptonshire left-arm pace bowler David Lucas on a three-year contract which will begin at the start of the 2012 season.
Lucas has spent five years at Northamptonshire, during which time he recorded first-class career-best figures of seven for 24 in 2009 when he took 60 wickets in the season.
Worcestershire have signed West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach to replace Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal as their overseas player for the remainder of the season.
Ajmal will be playing for Pakistan when they tour Zimbabwe and leaves for a training camp ahead of Roach's arrival at New Road.
Worcestershire all-rounder Gareth Andrew has signed a new two-year contract extension that will keep him at New Road until the end of the 2013 season.
The former Somerset player had been subject to speculation that he was set for a move away from the West Midlands but he has decided to stay put.
Worcestershire fast bowler Alan Richardson has signed a one-year contract extension that should see him remain at New Road until the end of the 2013 season.
Richardson, 36, joined Worcestershire in 2009 and has taken 39 County Championship wickets this season - in joint second place overall.