Hampshire 410 & 198/8 beat Yorkshire 428 & 178 by 2 wickets
Kent 564 & 91/2 beat Gloucestershire 438 & 213 by 8 wickets
Somerset 180 & 394 lost to Surrey 382/9 & 195/7 by 3 wickets
Warwickshire 292 & 327/9 lost to Lancashire 291 & 329/6
Derbyshire 229 & 222/4 beat Middlesex 251 & 196 by 6 wickets
Durham 642/7 & 102/0 drew with Worcestershire 550
Glamorgan 494 & 141/5 beat Sussex 376 & 258 by 5 wickets
Leicestershire 440 & 99 lost to Nottinghamshire 548 by an innings and 9 runs
Dawson leads Hampshire to win
What a finish! Two similar first innings from either side in this one set up a thrilling end. George Hill top scored for Yorkshire in the first innings with 131, while Brad Wheal ended with the best bowling figures of 4/59. Hampshire replied by scoring just 18 runs less than the away team. Ben Brown made 83 as Liam Dawson (61) and Nick Gubbins (58) helped out. The second innings for Yorkshire saw a lower score. Most batters made starts, but bowler, Matt Revis, topped the charts with just 28. Keith Barker, Kyle Abbott and Wheal all took three wickets each as Yorkshire reached 178. Yorkshire slowly chiselled away at the Hampshire batters, but when Liam Dawson arrived at the crease, he was a man on a mission. His 67 was match winning for his team. What a special innings.
Kent get first win of the season
Kent and Gloucestershire continued what seemed like a bit of a trend in round eight of the County Champ by scoring big in their first innings. Glenn Phillips, who's known for his big hitting, scored 125 from 157 deliveries. Oliver Price passed 50 (51), but some resilience form Matt Milnes (4/93), stopped the away team passing 500. They finished on 438. In response, Kent's batting was impressive. Ben Compton started things strong with 80, as Daniel Bell-Drummond (89), Jack Leaning (128) and Jordan Cox (158) contributed. Tom Price got his maiden first-class five-wicket-haul (5/58), as he wrapped the innings up with Kent on 564. Gloucestershire went back out to bat and struggled. Their middle order all went for under 10 and if not for a partnership between Miles Hammond (41) and Glenn Phillips (59), they may have been beaten with an innings left in the match. Jacob Duffy impressed with the ball, taking a brilliant 5/66. Kent needed to reach 91 to win their first match of the season and they did just that. They reached the total with ease, and got their first tally in the win column.
Surrey win with Will Jacks proving crucial
A disappointing first innings total for Somerset cost them in this match. They only made 180, as Daniel Worrall, Jamie Overton and Gus Atkinson took three wickets each. Surrey replied well. Rory Burns hit 113 and Will Jacks added 88. Somerset went through eight bowlers as Surrey managed to reach 382. A much improved second innings from Somerset helped them near 400. Lewis Gregory top scored with a brilliant 110*, as Lewis Goldsworthy supported on 67. A crucial knock from Will Jacks in the final innings helped Surrey secure the win by three wickets.
Wells helps Lancashire to win over Warwickshire
Sam Hain's first innings heroics helped Warwickshire to a good total against Lancashire. He scored 130 as his side finished on 292. George Balderson (3/68) and Danny Lamb (3/43) were solid with the ball. Lancashire's response got off to a slow start. Keaton Jennings was gone for 1 and Josh Bohannaon 18. Steven Croft steadied the ship as he made 90, Lancashire finishing just one run short of their opponent's first innings total. Liam Norwell took 5/78 and was the pick of the bowlers. Alex Davies came out to bat for the second time in the match against his former side and was incredibly impressive. He struck 121 and was in the middle for most of the innings. Warwickshire declared on 327/9, giving them hope of bowling Lancashire out on the final day. But what followed was a stunning batting performance from Luke Wells. He survived the entire innings, hitting 175* in a truly breathtaking performance.
Derbyshire wrap up quick win
A solid first innings total of 251 from Middlesex was quickly matched by Derbyshire in the first two days of the match between the two teams. Across both sides, Wayne Madsen was the top scorer with 62. Toby Roland-Jones picked up another five-wicket-haul in the 2022 County Champ to at the time, go joint-top as the leading wicket take in Division Two. Middlesex couldn't quite match their first innings total, scoring under 200. Mark Stoneman scored 67 and was supported by Max Holden, who made 45. Derbsyhire came back out to bat and their top run-maker this season, Shan Masood, was up to his usual tricks. He was caught just short of yet another century as he finished on 98. That knock included 15 boundaries, and helped his team wrap up victory within three days.
Durham and Worcestershire draw on final day
A massive first innings total set the tone for a high scoring match between Durham and Worcestershire. Rachin Ravindra top scored in the first innings with 217, as two more Durham batters made centuries lower down the order. Ben Raine finished on 103* and Paul Coughlin on 100* as the home team declared on 642/7. Scott Borthwick also supported with 96. There were four wickets for Ben Gibbon in the first innings as he took 4/127. Worcestershire's response was almost as impressive. They couldn't quite manage 600, but an innings of exactly 100 from Brett D'Oliveira and 128 from Ed Barnard saw the visitor's reach 550. Durham's openers went will to start the third innings, and the teams shook hands shortly before the close of play on day four as the match ended in a draw.
Glamorgan batters see through final day victory
Oli Carter made a stunning 185 as Sussex scored 376 in the first innings of this match. Tom Clark chipped in with 55, but 4/107 for Andrew Salter limited the away team to 376. Glamorgan came back incredibly strong and a county record-breaking second-wicket partnership of 328 saw them pass the Sussex total. Ed Byrom (176) and Colin Ingram (178) looked comfortable at the crease as Glamorgan finished on 494. Henry Crocombe looked impressive with the ball as he took 4/84. The second Sussex innings left Glamorgan requiring 141 in the evening session of the last day to win the match. Oli Carter added to his runs, making 83, but was eventually dismissed cheaply. Two Glamorgan batters scored 45 as their team wrapped up the win. Kiran Carlson and Sam Northeast both reached that number as they batted to victory comfortably.
Notts earn their fifth win of the season
Leicestershire played a brilliant first innings, which might have looked to have put the game beyond Notts early on. Lewis Hill made 104, Colin Ackermann scored 116, and Ben Mike added 78. A mammoth total of 440 set the tone for this one. Notts came out to bat at Leicestershire and Haseeb Hammed went well to make a quick 59 from 64 balls. Ben Duckett struck a stunning 145 and Tom Moores wrapped things up with 81 before he had to retire hurt. Notts scored 548 and led by over 100. What followed next was a prime example of how to bowl. Leicestershire were all out for 99 before the end of day three. Liam Patterson-White took 4/15 and Dane Paterson finished with figures of 3/30. Brilliant bowling from the away side.