Hampshire and Worcestershire clinched promotion as Leicestershire propped up the rest again
Hampshire beat Glamorgan by 291 runs to seal promotion and the LV= County Championship Division Two title.
Jeetan Patel has been named county cricket's Most Valuable Player, according to the FTI rankings.
Leicestershire have announced that they have completed the signing of classy Australia seamer Clint McKay.
Hampshire moved closer to securing promotion,after dominating the second day of their clash with Glamorgan.
Essex dominated the opening day against Worcestershire as Hampshire hit back after a disastrous start at Sophia Gardens.
Leicestershire batsman Matthew Boyce and fast bowler Ollie Freckingham have agreed new contracts with the club.
Josh Cobb has become the latest player to leave Leicestershire after he signed a two-year contract with Northants.
Hampshire were favourites to secure promotion, but Kent's resistance and an Essex win have complicated matters.
Jesse Ryder claimed career-best first-class bowling figures to keep Essex in contention for promotion in Division Two.
Surrey kept alive their faint hopes of promotion after earning maximum batting points against leaders Worcestershire.
Leaders Worcestershire endured a testing opening day as they were dismissed for 272 against Surrey at New Road.
Leicestershire are to release seamer Anthony Ireland and top-order batsman Michael Thornely at the end of this season.
Lancashire have signed England Lions seamer Nathan Buck from Leicestershire.
Matt Coles and Sean Ervine each took three cheap wickets as Hampshire crushed Leicestershire by an innings and 34 runs.
Derbyshire have announced the signing of Leicestershire all-rounder Shiv Thakor on a two-year deal.
Worcestershire's clash against Derbyshire at Derby is firmly in the balance heading into the final day of play.
Derbyshire made life difficult for Division Two leaders Worcestershire on day two, while rain frustrated Hampshire.
Derbyshire's batsmen held up Division Two leaders Worcestershire, while Angus Robson and Chris Cooke hit maiden tons.
Derbyshire's home victory over Gloucestershire saw them qualify for the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Full-on Yorkshire are the pride of the County Championship, says David Lloyd, and deservedly so.