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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.
Worcestershire say they are "hugely disappointed" that Saeed Ajmal's arrival has been delayed.
Seamers shine for Surrey against Glamorgan and Worcestershire pick up maximum bowling points against Hampshire.
Worcestershire have signed New Zealand duo Colin Munro and Mitchell McClenaghan.
Surrey reached 209-7 on a shortened second day against Glamorgan, while no play was possible at the Ageas Bowl.
Graeme Smith could only muster 19 on the opening day of the county season as Surrey reached 182-5 against Glamorgan.
Worcestershire coach Steve Rhodes is confident the county can prosper without Alan Richardson and, possibly, Moeen Ali.
A look at the nine counties vying for promotion ahead of the start of the new domestic season.
Worcestershire have rebranded themselves as the Rapids for this year's Natwest T20 Blast.
Yorkshire's Will Rhodes will captain England U19s at the ICC World Cup in the UAE next month.
Worcestershire paceman Alan Richardson has ended his playing career to take up a coaching role at Warwickshire.
David Lucas has retired from first-class cricket after a mutual decision not to renew his Worcestershire contract.
Durham open their LV= County Championship Division One defence against Northamptonshire.
Worcestershire have confirmed Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal will rejoin the county for the 2014 season.
Warwickshire have bolstered their bowling attack for next season with the signing of Richard Jones from Worcestershire.
Spinner Shaaiq Choudhry has signed a new one-year deal with Worcestershire.
Worcestershire have handed new contracts to batsman Joe Leach, bowler Charlie Morris and wicketkeeper Ben Cox.