Surrey and Glamorgan maintain winning starts
While England were in freefall, Darren Gough, who many think should still be in the side, helped Essex to a resounding 87-run win over Sussex at Chelmsford. Set a target of 197, Sussex were on the ropes from the first over when Gough took two wickets with successive balls, and Andy Bichel (4 for 23) ensured that there would be no fightback, although Sussex's tail at least saw them to three figures.
Glamorgan were another side to maintain a winning start with a six-wicket win over Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Glamorgan had seemed to be slipping to defeat when they slid to 15 for 3 chasing the home side's 170 for 9, but then David Hemp (60*) and James Franklin (69*) saw them home with ten balls in hand in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 106.
Durham subsided to their second defeat in as many days as they never challenged Nottinghamshire's 175 for 7 at Trent Bridge, going down to a 52-run loss.