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Alastair Cook was again in the runs in LV= County Championship action as all four Division Two fixtures ended in draws.
Graeme Smith struck 65 for Surrey against Essex, while Hampshire seamer Kyle Abbott frustrated Derbyshire.
Matt Dunn's 3-53 helped Surrey restrict Essex at The Oval, while Stephen Moore hit his first century for Derbyshire.
Will Smith's half-century helped Hampshire to 231-5 on a weather-affected first day against Derbyshire.
Essex saw off Derbyshire's tail to secure victory, while Hampshire and Worcestershire also claimed wins.
Alastair Cook posted 181 to put Essex on top against Derbyshire; Matches at Bristol and New Road in the balance.
Alastair Cook notched his first hundred of the season to steer Essex away from danger against Derbyshire.
Will Tavare marked his Gloucestershire debut with a century, while Tim Groenewald's hat-trick stunned Essex.
Gloucestershire keeper Gareth Roderick will miss the start of the season after fracturing his finger.
Alex Gidman hopes Gloucestershire will be able to celebrate promotion this season at their revamped Bristol home.
A look at the nine counties vying for promotion ahead of the start of the new domestic season.
Gloucestershire off-spinner Jack Taylor has been given the go-ahead to restart his county career after a lengthy ban.
Richard Dawson has left Gloucestershire to become the new second XI coach at Yorkshire.
Yorkshire's Will Rhodes will captain England U19s at the ICC World Cup in the UAE next month.
Durham open their LV= County Championship Division One defence against Northamptonshire.
Will Gidman hopes to be able to contribute in all forms of cricket for Gloucestershire next year after ankle surgery.
Glamorgan have confirmed they will not be offering former England paceman Simon Jones a contract for the 2014 season.
Benny Howell has committed his future to Gloucestershire by signing an extended contract until 2015.
Gloucestershire keeper Gareth Roderick has signed a new contract which keeps him at the club until 2016.
Gloucestershire have awarded Will Tavare a one-year contract following his impressive season in the club's Second XI.