Nottinghamshire 272 and 339/8d beat Lancashire 168 and 341 by 102 runs
Warwickshire 116 and 235 lost to Hampshire 89 and 322 by 60 runs
Yorkshire 308 beat Somerset 134 and 141 by an innings and 33 runs
Durham 503/8d beat Glamorgan 97 and 364 by an innings and 42 runs
Essex 276 beat Gloucestershire 76 and 197 by an innings and three runs
Northamptonshire 171 and 322/8 beat Surrey 252 and 238 by two wickets
Derbyshire 340 and 203/3 drew with Leicestershire 528
Kent 393 beat Worcestershire 133 and 204 by an innings and 56 runs
Sussex 319 and 303 lost to Middlesex 676/5d by an innings and 54 runs
Notts top in thrilling win
When Nottinghamshire beat Derbyshire in May, it marked the end of a barren run: 1043 days without a first-class victory. Now with two matches to play in the LV= Insurance County Championship, they sit top of Division One, seeking a first title since 2010. It took until the final hour to beat Lancashire, Brett Hutton getting the winning wicket after Notts were held off for more than two hours by Danny Lamb (68*) and Tom Bailey (52), numbers 9 and 10. The pair added 108 for the ninth wicket, a record for Lancashire in this fixture, but their side ended 11.5 overs short of surviving for a draw. Lyndon James (91) and Tom Moores (97) set it up with a terrific second innings.
Yorkshire won both of their matches at North Marine Road in 2019, and a return to Scarborough brought about another victory, this one a thumping of Somerset. Asked to field first, Yorkshire's bowlers were on fire, Matthew Fisher the standout with 5/41. Harry Brook added his second century of the season (118), and he and Jordan Thompson helped his side to 308. Fisher was again at his best, ripping through the Somerset top order to leave them 18/5. From there victory was something of a formality, the White Rose's first in the Division Stage.
YORKSHIRE WIN!!!! Thompson bowls de Lange with a ball to spare in the second day. Innings and 33-run win. 141 all out. Fisher match figures of 9-64 and Brook 118. We go top of the Division One table after two rounds #OneRose— Yorkshire CCC (@YorkshireCCC) September 6, 2021
Hampshire's remarkable comeback
Given 163 overs to chase 296, Warwickshire could be forgiven for taking their time at Edgbaston. But it gave Hampshire plenty of time to bowl them out and they duly did, inducing a collapse of six for 44 to claim victory. Rob Yates had plodded his way to 77 from 229 balls but Hampshire were relentless with their probing. It was an incredible win given that Hampshire, asked to bat first, were dismissed first time round for 89. Five-wicket-hauls each for Mohammad Abbas and Keith Barker, on his return to his former club, denied the hosts a big first innings lead and they capitalised, Barker hitting 75 in the second innings.
Northants Sales to victory
Despite a first innings deficit of 81, Northamptonshire put in a brilliant performance for an incredible win against Surrey. A chase of 320 would prove the highest successful for Northants against Surrey, with Rob Keogh leading the charge. He made 99 before despairingly clipping to mid-wicket, and despite some late nerves as wickets fell, it was left to 18-year-old James Sales, son of former Northants batsman David, to hit the winning runs.
Haines reaches 1,000
It took longer than usual, in the season's 12th match and the ninth day of September, but finally a batsman has 1,000 Championship runs. Sussex's new young captain Tom Haines, still only 22, it was who reached the milestone, after hitting 156 in the first innings against Middlesex. His 57th run in the second innings took him to four figures, and despite scoring 243 runs in the match, his side were still downed by an innings. Middlesex piled on 676 with Sam Robson (253) one of three centurions, before Luke Hollman, the 20-year-old leg-spinner, took a pair of five-wicket-hauls.