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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.
Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens admits he will be "emotional" when he kicks off the new county season.
A look at the nine counties vying for promotion ahead of the start of the new domestic season.
Darren Stevens has been cleared of any involvement in match-fixing in last year's Bangladesh Premier League.
Kent have signed Australia fast bowler Doug Bollinger as their overseas player for the 2014 season.
Cricket legends Virender Sehwag and Muttiah Muralitharan will share the MCC captaincy during their trip to Abu Dhabi.
Kent have announced a new team of coaching support staff that includes their former batsman Matt Walker.
Durham open their LV= County Championship Division One defence against Northamptonshire.
Kent have announced the death of former captain David Clark at the age of 94.
Kent have released veteran fast bowler Charlie Shreck, whilst batsman Alex Blake has been given a new one-year contract.
Kent's Darren Stevens fears his double century against Lancashire last week may be the last innings of his career.
Darren Stevens hit a superb unbeaten 205 to take Kent to a two-wicket win over Second Division champions Lancashire.
Ashwell Prince scored a century in each innings of a match as Lancashire turned the screw on day three against Kent.
Lancashire look set to finish the championship season unbeaten after reaching 75 without loss against Kent.
Ashwell Prince cracked an unbeaten ton as Lancashire overcame a wobbly start to reach 269-8 on day one at Canterbury
David Sales took his first-class run tally beyond 14,000 as Northamptonshire continued their promotion bid against Kent.
The draw has been made for next season's new-look domestic 50-over competition.
Scorecards from the latest round of matches.