Kent and Lancashire complete wins
Sajid Mahmood and Glen Chapple bowled Lancashire to their first win of season despite a spirited effort from Durham to bat out the final day. Jimmy Maher had been the stumbling block earlier in the day before he was snared at silly point off Gary Keedy. Mahmood claimed the key wicket of Dale Benkenstein, who had batted over three hours for 88, then helped remove the tail with Chapple. Dominic Cork bowled his first overs of the match after recovering sufficiently from his ankle injury but didn't add his name to the wicket-takers.
Kent put the memories of their opening-round defeat against Durham behind them with an outstanding run chase against Middlesex. Starting the day needing 311 more runs, they made light work of the pursuit thanks to Martin van Jaarsveld's fine century. He struck 14 boundaries and was well supported by David Fulton. Matthew Walker took over the job when van Jaarsveld departed, sealing the result with an unbeaten 84 to follow his century in the first innings.
South Australia failed to save Yorkshire as Heath Streak snapped up the final wicket for Warwickshire with three balls to spare at Edgbaston. Darren Lehmann struck a superb 150 to raise Yorkshire's hopes of a draw with Michael Lumb offer valuable support. But when the ninth wicket fell defeat seem near only for Jason Gillespie and John Blain to survive for over an hour. However, Streak brought himself back and, with moments to spare, had the final say when Blain was trapped lbw.
Essex wrapped up an impressive innings victory over Glamorgan midway through the final day. Two early wickets for Darren Gough put them on course, before the Glamorgan lower order offered some belated resistance. Mark Wallace hung around and Robert Croft played his shots, but it was all academic. Ryan ten doeschate completed a fine match with two wickets as he and Tim Phillips wound up proceedings.
Darren Maddy's 97 wasn't enough to prevent Leicestershire sliding to a 99-run defeat against Surrey. When he fell to Jimmy Ormond it was only a matter of time before the tail subsided, despite some defiant blows from Mohammad Asif. Rikki Clarke improved on some of his recent bowling efforts with three important wickets, while Ian Salisbury finished off the innings.