Harmer turns result in Essex's favour
A career-best 15 wicket haul for Simon Harmer took Essex to a narrow victory in a low scoring thriller at Chelmsford. 71 off 73 balls from Snater lifted Essex from a precarious position, before Harmer went to work to gain a first innings lead of 75. In a match dominated by the bowlers, Hampshire's Liam Dawson returned second innings figures of 7-68 to give his side a chance going into the fourth innings. An explosive 5 sixes from Felix Organ gave Hampshire hope, before Harmer reeled them back in. Keith Barker looked close to stealing the win but a catch by Walter on the boundary meant Essex wrapped up the win by 12 runs.
Rain halts progress at Bristol
Rain confirmed that a draw was the only result between Gloucestershire and Lancashire. Chris Dent (110) led Gloucester to a first innings total of 337, before Lancashire's response of 402 behind Keaton Jennings (94) and Steven Croft (80) made a result difficult to come by. Half centuries from Miles Hammond and James Bracey before the rain came confirmed an early finish.
Stalemate at Northampton
The batters took most of the spoils as Northamptonshire and Warwickshire played out a draw at The County Ground. Centuries for Rob Keogh (130), Dom Sibley (102), Ryan Rickelton (103) and Luke Proctor (144*) were enough to even the playing field. It was Keogh in the first innings as Northants posted 451, despite 4-84 from Oliver Hannon-Dalby. Sibley led the response for Warwickshire (405) as Jack White put up figures of 4-66 before Rickelton and Proctor confirmed the draw, leading Northamptonshire to 273/4.
Dominant Surrey unable to topple Kent
Four first innings centuries from the Surrey men left them in a strong position to pile the pressure on Kent. Posting 673/7 with centuries from Hashim Amla (124), Ben Geddes (124), Sam Curran (126) and Will Jacks (103*) at a slick run rate of 5.2 an over gave Surrey every chance for a win, and when Kent were all out for 331 and forced to follow on behind 4-51 by Tom Lawes on his County Championship debut, it was starting to look a formality. But resistance from Kent came in the form of Daniel Bell-Drummond (102 & 107) as Kent finished their second innings on 361/4 before shaking hands.
Runs dominate at Trent Bridge
A big first innings lead thanks to Lyndon James (155) and Haseeb Hameed (101) put Nottinghamshire in control after posting 551/8, and after bowling Middlesex out for 375 there was optimism for victory by enforcing the follow-on. But Mark Stoneman and Sam Robson had other ideas, both scoring centuries to ensure that hands were shaken for a draw.
Sussex pull off incredible chase
Sussex turned over a first innings deficit of over 200 against Derbyshire to record their first red ball win in over a year. Wayne Madsen's 176 and Anuj Dal's 146 left Derbyshire in a strong position as they declared on 551/8. Despite 130 from Mohammad Rizwan, Sussex were bowled out for 337 and another loss seemed inevitable. Some loose batting from Derbyshire left them declaring on 127/7, giving Sussex 341 to score in a day. The Hove men attacked from the start, showing their intent to chase, and 141 from Ali Orr put them in a powerful position before Rizwan (76*) took the lead again to steer them home with 5 wickets to spare.
Ingram and Root lead Glamorgan home
A composed chase led by Colin Ingram and Billy Root led Glamorgan to a hard fought win over Worcestershire. 131 from Ed Barnard led Worcs to 271, which seemed enough as Glamorgan capitulated to 139 all out with Joe Leach taking 6-44. A fightback with the ball, led by Michael Neser (4-50) and Michael Hogan (3-42) gave Glamorgan a sniff. Chasing 333, Ingram hit a calm 102 off 203 balls before Billy Root took the lead, guiding the Welsh county to a win at Worcester.