Derbyshire took another step towards Division One when they held out for a draw in a tense finale with Essex .
All-rounder Greg Smith is moving from Derbyshire to Essex, who have also tied star bowler David Masters to a new deal.
Geraint Jones hit 28 not out to see Kent to a six-wicket win over Essex with five sessions to spare.
An incredible spell from David Masters guided Essex to an emphatic 280-run win over Leicestershire.
Trialist leg-spinner Tom Craddock claimed 4-70 as Essex beat Northamptonshire by 171 runs at Chelmsford.
Derbyshire were just 21 runs away from securing victory when the rain saved Essex on day four.
Peter Trego and Zander de Bruyn bowled title-chasing Somerset to a 219-run win over Essex at Colchester.
Leicestershire's bowlers were left frustrated as Essex scrapped for a draw at Chelmsford.
England must pick Alex Hales as an opening batsman at the 2015 World Cup, says Sir Ian Botham.
South Africa v West Indies Tes
South Africa win by an innings and 220 runs
Australia v India Test Series
Australia win by 4 wickets
KFC T20 Big Bash League 2014/2
Hobart Hurricanes win by 52 runs
Eoin Morgan's first act as England captain should be to push himself back up the order, says Bob Willis.
Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2015 Cricket World Cup from February - here's a taster of what's in store.
Steven Smith proved his captaincy skills by guiding Australia to victory over India, says Mark Butcher.
Watch this video to whet your appetite for the IPL, which will be shown on Sky Sports in 2015.
South Africa's Dale Steyn should be lauded as the finest seam bowler in the world, says Bob Willis.