Hampshire turn to sandy pitch for Great Escape 2
Hampshire turn to sandy pitch for Great Escape 2

Hampshire's attempts to pull off Great Escape 2 started well as they moved towards a formidable first-innings score on a sandy pitch at the Ageas Bowl

Dawson luckless as Surrey find safe ground
Dawson luckless as Surrey find safe ground

Significant attention was on Liam Dawson at The Oval and though he did not bowl badly he only picked up one wicket as Surrey secured a draw

Ervine leads Hampshire on revenge mission
Ervine leads Hampshire on revenge mission

Sean Ervine and Ryan McLaren scored hundreds on the third day at The Oval to help Hampshire to a commanding 582 for 9 before finally the declaration came

Alsop's hundred allows Hampshire to be optimistic
Alsop's hundred allows Hampshire to be optimistic

If Hampshire do go down, which they so easily could have done last year and have looked like doing for most of this one, all is not lost

Burns lightens gloom but umpires darken the mood
Burns lightens gloom but umpires darken the mood

Rory Burns shone through the gloom at Kia Oval, and so did the floodlights - although not brightly enough for the umpires who did cricket a disservice

Gubbins revels in all-for-one title charge
Gubbins revels in all-for-one title charge

Middlesex have topped the Championship with a focus on the team's 'DNA' and playing for each other, reveals opening batsman and leading run-scorer Nick Gubbins

Kent comes first for Sam Northeast
Kent comes first for Sam Northeast

Selection meetings, scouting, sorting contracts - there's a lot on the plate of Kent's captain but he has taken it all in his stride

Sussex finally revel in most glorious of days
Sussex finally revel in most glorious of days

Just for a day, in this, a toughest season for Sussex, Hove felt like the Hove of yesteryear as they closed in on victory against Gloucestershire

Norwell head scare leaves Gloucestershire shaken
Norwell head scare leaves Gloucestershire shaken

Liam Norwell was left shaken after a nasty blow to the head that put Gloucestershire on the back foot against Sussex

Sussex fume as Klinger stands his ground
Sussex fume as Klinger stands his ground

Michael Klinger stayed put when Sussex's debutant Christian Davies thought he had caught him on 29. The umpires ruled in his favour. He went on to an unbeaten century

Napier leaves Colchester a big-hitting farewell
Napier leaves Colchester a big-hitting farewell

Graham Napier's big-hitting exploits have been a feature of a long county career and he have his home Colchester crowd a treat with a big-hitting farewell hundred

Jordan maiden century takes contest by the scruff
Jordan maiden century takes contest by the scruff

Chris Jordan scored a maiden first-class century to steer Sussex from choppy waters (a collapse of 6 for 49) to a handsome lead of 90

Archer and Jordan revive Sussex's calypso spirit
Archer and Jordan revive Sussex's calypso spirit

Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer added 118 for the seventh wicket to revive the mood of Sussex's captain, Luke Wright

Archer's incisions give Essex reason to grumble
Archer's incisions give Essex reason to grumble

The late wickets of Ryan ten Doeschate and James Foster allowed Sussex a way back into the first day at Colchester

Finch, Dernbach turn Somerset's T20 dreams sour
Finch, Dernbach turn Somerset's T20 dreams sour

Aaron Finch and Jade Dernbach gave Surrey the edge over a Somerset side whose T20 dreams have turned sour

Malan thrives in the rain as McCullum bows out at Lord's
Malan thrives in the rain as McCullum bows out at Lord's

Lord's was forced to wait through the rain for Brendon McCullum's first and last appearance at the ground this season

Frustration for McCullum as Hampshire spinners have last word
Frustration for McCullum as Hampshire spinners have last word

Brendon McCullum has been brought in to help upgrade Middlesex's white-ball cricket but as Hampshire's spinners took control at Radlett the task looked far from easy

Gloucestershire give McCullum losing debut
Gloucestershire give McCullum losing debut

When Colin Graves drew opprobrium in the shires for describing the T20 Blast as 'mediocre', this is surely the T20 Blast he had in mind

Middlesex's glass looks Fuller after first win
Middlesex's glass looks Fuller after first win

The tale of an utterly one-sided contest was summed up neatly by the reactions of the two dressing rooms when Middlesex finally finished Hampshire off

Murtagh strikes amid the gloom
Murtagh strikes amid the gloom

Just 17 overs of play were possible on the third day of Middlesex's Championship match with Hampshire at Merchant Taylor's School due to a combination of rain and bad light