Lancashire and Hampshire tried to make up for lost time at Old Trafford on an interesting day as play finally got underway. Consistent batting from Hampshire's middle order gave them the edge in what is now a three-day match. Jimmy Adams made 63 before being run out and Michael Lumb hit a more aggressive 64 before he was removed by Dominic Cork. Muttiah Muralitharan, in his final match of the season, dismissed former Lancashire batsman John Crawley for 47, but Sean Ervine continued Hampshire's progress during the final session.
For John Ward's report on the first day at Scarborough, between Yorkshire and Warwickshire, click here.
Rain prevented a start between Kent and Worcestershire at Canterbury
For the second day running rain prevented any action at The Oval between Surrey and Sussex
Derbyshire's lower order pulled them out of a hole against Glamorgan at Cardiff. Alex Wharf and James Harris did the early damage as Derbyshire fell to 34 for 4, and Simon Jones finally picked up a wicket as the innings slumped further to 67 for 6. James Pipe and Ant Botha began the fightback, but the main recovery came from Graham Wagg (61) who hit 10 hours off 57 balls. Robert Croft ended with five wickets and Glamorgan started well in reply with an opening stand of 71. However, Wagg broke through and when Gareth Rees fell for 61, Glamorgan tottered on 115 for 4 although they closed with 27 runs.
On-loan seamer Mark Davies claimed a career-best 7 for 59 as Northamptonshire squandered a strong position against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. He broke a stand of 130 between Andrew Crook (70) and Rob White (71) and made short work of Lance Klusener and Nicky Boje as four wickets fell for 13 runs. David Sales hit 57, and the lower order showed some fight, but Davies wrapped up the innings.
Only two overs were possible at Colchester between Essex and Leicestershire before bad light curtailed the day.
There was no action at Lord's between Middlesex and Gloucestershire.