Welcome win for Surrey
Surrey recorded a first win in 17 LV= County Championship matches as Mark Ramprakash steered them to a seven-wicket triumph over Northamptonshire.
The former England batsman followed up his first-innings 70 with 79 not out to help Surrey overhaul a target of 241 in the final session on the fourth day at Wantage Road.
Surrey, who had not won a game since the same fixture last year, were also thankful for Andre Nel’s 4-68 return as Northants were bowled out for 229 in this Division Two clash.
Derbyshire collapsed to hand Gloucestershire a 134-run victory, their fourth of the season.
The hosts began the day on five without loss and hopeful of chasing 301 for victory at Derby, but were bundled out for just 166 despite 75 from first-innings centurion Chesney Hughes.
Jon Lewis was the destroyer-in-chief with figures of 4-25 as Derbyshire slipped to a third straight championship defeat.
Sussex and Worcestershire remain Glamorgan’s closest challengers at the top of the table after their match at Hove fizzled out to a draw.
No play was possible before lunch because of rain, meaning a total of 65 overs were lost on the final two days.
Worcestershire were not prepared to declare and set their second-placed rivals a target with the pitch still playing easily and a temptingly short off-side boundary on offer.
The visitors, who began the final day on 76 for two - a lead of 212 - batted through to close on 205 for six. The lead was worth 339 when the players shook hands at 4.50pm.
In Division One, Adam Lyth fell two runs short of a second hundred of the match as Yorkshire and Hampshire played out a turgid final day at the Rose Bowl.
Resuming on 152 for one after a 16-over delay for rain in the morning session, quick Yorkshire runs were the order of the day if a sparse crowd was to see anything other than a predictable draw.
But their progress was pitifully slow. They finally declared on 292 for five - to sarcastic applause - before Hampshire’s openers blocked out the remaining 14 overs of the day.
Lancashire, meanwhile, made no attempt to chase down 336 from 85 overs on the final day against Essex, instead settling for a draw at Old Trafford.
The home side had been offered the target by Mark Pettini when he declared Essex’s second innings on 212 for five after Ryan ten Doeschate and Matthew Walker both completed half-centuries during the morning session.
Lancashire, however, were not tempted. Luke Sutton spent three hours over a painstaking 26 off 155 balls and Paul Horton made 64 as Lancashire moved to 177 for five in 83.4 overs.