Hants top Division One
Hampshire defeated Notts by 122 runs to top Division One with only one game to go. In a game dominated by the bowlers, Nick Gubbins, James Vince and Felix Organ showed a defiance to help Hants post 226. Keith Barker then starred with the ball producing figures of 7-46 to reduce Notts to 155 all out. Captain James Vince then scored a match defining half-century to help Hampshire to a 249 run lead going into the final innings. Spinners Liam Dawson and Felix Organ skittled Notts for 127, taking five and three wickets respectively.
Lancashire dominate Somerset at Taunton
Lancashire defeated Somerset within three days to move to third in Division One. Luke Wells scored a fluent century, coming from just 113 balls to help Lancashire post 373. Tom Bailey and Jack Blatherwick tore through the Somerset batters and bowled them out for just 90 runs. Lancashire enforced the follow-on but the Somerset top three stopped Lancashire momentum. Tom Lammonby and Azhar Ali made a 125 run partnership which included a beautifully made century from Tom Lammonby. Somerset were then reduced from 194-1 to 314-10 thanks to Luke Wells and George Balderson. Lancashire openers Alex Davies and George Balderson easily knocked off the small lead to claim victory.
Another century at The Oval for Sir Alastair Cook
A resilient Surrey held Essex to a draw at The Oval in a rain affected game. Sir Alastair Cook scored a magnificent 165 which came from 330 balls and included 20 boundaries. Cook was well supported by Tom Westley (47) and Dan Lawrence (78). Surrey captain, Hashim Amla 84 (209) and James Taylor 19 (117) caused frustration to the Essex bowlers before Simon Harmer claimed the wicket of Hashim Amla and bowled Surrey out for 161. Essex enforced the follow-on in the afternoon session of Day four but the Surrey top four held firm which led to the captains shaking hands.