Chris Gayle's mesmerising innings of 151 off 62 balls was incredibly not enough as Kent beat Somerset by three runs in a thrilling clash at Taunton.
Hashim Amla played a starring role as the Derbyshire Falcons stumbled to a five-wicket win over the Lancashire Lightning.
Lancashire and Surrey recorded impressive victories on the final day of their Division Two matches.
Lancashire have the edge in their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Derbyshire at Southport..
Surrey rallied in the final session to end day two on 250-8 in their LV= County
Championship Division Two clash with Kent.
Ravi Bopara took two wickets and struck a match-winning 81 not out to help Essex past Glamorgan in the NatWest T20 Blast at Cardiff.
Joe Denly and Sam Northeast put on 208 for the third wicket to lead Kent to victory over Gloucestershire in Bristol.
Kent took a slender first-innings lead in their clash with Gloucestershire after reaching stumps 223-9 on day two.
Peter Handscomb's half-century for Gloucestershire failed to stop Kent taking the upper hand on the opening day.
Nottinghamshire crushed Birmingham Bears by eight wickets thanks to a superb 86 by Alex Hales in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Kevin Pietersen was able to watch with his feet up as Surrey beat Leicestershire at the Kia Oval. D2 review...
Kevin Pietersen's last attempt at a call for an England reprieve fell on deaf ears despite his near-record breaking innings
Benedict Bermange is back with all of the quirky facts you need to know about the NatWest T20 Blast.
Check out some of the finest catches taken during the 2014 T20 Blast, including two Yorkshire stunners.
Regular updates from Monday's County Championship matches.
Kent captain Rob Key has been praised for dropping himself from first-class cricket after struggling to find form.
Matthew Critchley and Lewis Hill both scored maiden Championship centuries in Division Two on Sunday.
We profile the men in line for international debuts during England's Sky Live ODI with Ireland on Friday.
Ashwell Prince scored a fine century as Lancashire recovered from a poor start against Northants at the County Ground.
Liam Norwell produced a devastating spell of seam bowling to put Gloucestershire in charge of their match against Essex.