Hampshire Vs Warwickshire - The Ageas Bowl
Nothing says it's English summer more than an Ian Bell century. Day three of Hampshire's clash against Warwickshire saw the elegant right-hander score a wonderful century - his 51st in First Class Cricket - laden with pristine drives and powered by his patience (it took him 218 deliveries to complete his hundred). The 34-year old was also supported well by Chris Woakes (66) who batted with great common sense in a partnership worth 151 to give Warwickshire some breathing space at 283/6 in response to Hampshire's 202 - a lead of 81 runs.
Essex Vs Gloucestershire - Essex County Ground
But for Gareth Roderick (58) and Jack Taylor (75 off 76 deliveries), Essex would have wrapped up their first win of the season, such was the dominance they showed throughout the better part of day three. After the home side began the day at 287/6, further contributions from James Foster and Graham Napier saw them through to 385 - a lead of 123 runs. Gloucestershire were always struggling thereafter as Jamie Porter, Graham Napier and Ravi Bopara claimed three scalps each to bowl the guests out for 215. At Stumps, Essex were 34 without a loss needing 59 runs more for a victory.
Nottinghamshire Vs Surrey - Trent Bridge
A 142-run stand for the second wicket between Kumara Sangakkara (83) and Arun Harinath (114)* gave Surrey some sort of hope against a rampant Nottinghamshire side. Following on, the Londoners didn't get off to the best of starts losing Rory Burns early. However, Sangakkara and Harinath led the fightback before the former was caught behind off Jake Ball's (3/77) bowling opening the doors for yet another collapse. At the end of day three, Surrey were 297/5, leading by a mere 76 runs.
Worcestershire Vs Kent; Northamptonshire Vs Sussex; Durham Vs Somerset
No play due to rain.