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Daryl Mitchell hit 102 not out as Division Two leaders Worcestershire reached 299-7 on day one against Gloucestershire.
NatWest T20 Blast holders Northamptonshire are on the verge of elimination following defeat to Worcestershire.
Worcestershire gave Saeed Ajmal a winning send-off and extended their lead at the top with victory over Leicestershire.
Worcestershire moved into a strong position against Leicestershire, while Hampshire's bowlers hit back against Essex.
Adam Wheater came to Hampshire's rescue with the bat, while Leics made life difficult for Division Two leaders Worcs.
Daryl Mitchell passed 1,000 championship runs for the season as Worcs reached 317-9 on day one against Leics.
Andrew Flintoff took two wickets on his return to competitive cricket as
Lancashire beat Worcestershire by 50 runs.
Leicestershire's faint hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast were all but extinguished by rain.
Saeed Ajmal posted match figures of 12-140 as Worcestershire claimed a 249-run victory over Glamorgan at New Road.
Division Two promotion rivals Surrey and Hampshire played out an inevitable draw on the final day at the Kia Oval.
Two late wickets for Gareth Batty gave Surrey a glimmer of hope of beating Second Division promotion rivals Hampshire.
Tom Fell hit 133 as Worcestershire recovered against Glamorgan, while Jason Roy starred for Surrey against Hampshire.
Worcestershire Academy director and former player Damian D’Oliveira has died at the age of 53.
Worcestershire continued their winning streak at the top of the NatWest T20 Blast North Group by beating Birmingham.
James Vince cracked 240 as Hampshire thrashed Essex by 470 runs inside three days to boost their promotion hopes.
Surrey and Hampshire took complete control of their respective Division Two fixtures on Monday.
Hampshire finished the first day in the ascendancy after making 286 all out and then reducing Essex to 55-2 at stumps.
Lancashire hung on to claim a nine-run victory over Leicestershire, their fifth win from seven keeping them tied at top.
Test debutant Moeen Ali has been awarded an England increment contract by the ECB.
Promotion chasing Hampshire and Worcestershire sit joint top after they were forced to settle for a draw at New Road.
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