A four-wicket haul each from Jamie Porter and David Masters dismissed Leicestershire for 175 in their second innings as Essex completed a convincing innings victory at Grace Road. Here is all you want to know on day three of the latest round of the County Championship.
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.
After the quarter-finals, Notts Outlaws, Northants Steelbacks, Durham Jets and Yorkshire Vikings qualified for the semi-finals of the NatWest Twenty20 Blast. Ahead of the finals day, here are a few key statistics.
Yorkshire Vikings will have England trio Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Joe Root available for NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day and their Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final as they bid for more silverware.
Day two of the latest round of Specsavers County Championship matches saw leaders Middlesex and Essex, as well as Hampshire and Leicestershire, enjoy excellent days while elsewhere it was more evenly matched.
After a week of NatWest T20 Blast action, attention turns back to the Specsavers County Championship where eight matches started today with sides battling for early bonus points and positions of ascendency.
Yorkshire produced an utterly dominant performance to thrash Glamorgan by 90 runs in Cardiff and take their place in NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day, easily winning the first ever Twenty20 meeting between the two sides.
Yorkshire have never faced NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final opponents Glamorgan in Twenty20 cricket before but that is not preventing Adam Lyth from looking forward to the make-or-break clash in Cardiff.
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.