Defending champions Surrey were held to a draw by Essex in their opening fixture of the new County Championship season.
Michael Di Venuto’s side stormed to the title last year, finishing almost 50 points ahead of second-placed Somerset, and welcomed Essex to The Oval for their 2019 season opener.
The hosts posted close to 400 in their first innings with Ryan Patel outshining England regulars Rory Burns, Mark Stoneman, Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes to make an unbeaten century.
But Patel’s efforts were bettered by Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate who, with the help of Dan Lawrence, took the Eagles past Surrey’s total.
In a promising sign ahead of this summer’s Ashes series, opener Burns made 98 when Surrey batted again as the match petered to a draw despite Simon Harmer’s five-wicket haul.
Elsewhere in Division One, Yorkshire, who clinched a battling draw with Nottinghamshire last week, thumped Hampshire by an innings and 44 runs.
Gary Ballance scored his second ton of the season and England Test captain Joe Root made 94 as Yorks piled on the runs, before the bowlers wrapped up the win on day four.
Notts had dominated Yorkshire for large periods of their opening fixture but were subjected to more disappointment this week as they lost to early league leaders Somerset.
Stuart Broad impressed with the ball for Notts, claiming figures of 5-73, but Somerset only had to bat once as Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach both finished with six wickets in the match.
Kent, meanwhile, recorded their first Division One victory this decade after beating Warwickshire by eight wickets at Edgbaston.
Youngsters Ollie Robinson and Zak Crawley both made first-innings hundreds for the Spitfires before Harry Podmore helped bowl the home side out twice with eight wickets.
During the match, the Spitfires confirmed Jonathan Trott, the former England batsman, would be joining the county in a coaching role for the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.
‘Kent’s run to the final last year shows that the squad here is one of the strongest in one-day format and I’m looking forward to working with this talented group of players,’ he said.
In Division Two, Haseeb Hameed helped Lancashire defeat Middlesex at Lord’s with his first century in over two years.
England’s James Anderson also impressed at the Home of Cricket with six scalps – a fine start to his summer – as Lancs got their season off to the perfect start.
Sussex were also celebrating a win on Sunday evening; Stiaan van Zyl’s second-innings century inspiring Jason Gillespie’s team to a six-wicket victory against Durham.
Three Worcestershire players – Hamish Rutherford, Daryl Mitchell and Ben Cox – reached triple figures in their innings win over Leicestershire.
Gloucestershire and Derbyshire could not be separated after four days of cricket while Glamorgan and Northamptonshire also played out a high-scoring draw in Cardiff.
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