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.
Worcestershire and Warwickshire registered victories against Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire respectively on a day where three other games were abandoned due to rain in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Monday.
Another busy day in the Royal London One-Day Cup saw everything from last over dramatics to easy victories. With there still being a lot to play for in both groups, the teams were vying for crucial victories to try and secure a place in the next stages of the competition.
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.
Such is the nature of the NatWest T20 Blast that there are a few East Midlands derbies for fans to enjoy and the latest one to look forward to sees Leicestershire Foxes host Notts Outlaws at Grace Road tomorrow evening (Tuesday).
Glamorgan continued their impressive form in the NatWest T20 Blast with a big win over Middlesex while Jos Buttler continued his fine week with the bat to help Lancashire beat Worcestershire in the pick of the action this evening.
Records were broken in today's Specsavers County Championship action as Essex eventually overcame Kent's brave resistance, Middlesex went top of the pile and Derbyshire's game against Northamptonshire was abandoned without a ball being bowled.