Warwickshire fought back to hold off Surrey’s LV = Insurance County Championship on the Kia Oval.
am Hayne’s undefeated 87 in a continuous stance of 127 with Will Rhodes allowed the Bears to reach a second innings of 270 for four.
Warwickshire captain Rhodes went undefeated 72 when the bad light ended seven overs early.
Alex Davies also contributed 49 as Surrey’s leader for which Will Jacks took two wickets, 207 runs behind on the final day.
Second-placed Hampshire will also face an intriguing outcome against Yorkshire on a difficult field at Scarborough.
Mid-table Yorkshire scored 272 in second innings to give Hampshire a record 214 wins, with the visitors nine unbeaten.
Wicket keeper Johnny Tattersall scored 63 points, first man Adam Leat scored 59 and Matthew Waite scored an important 47 points.
All were handed lives as Hampshire lost six catches that could have cost dearly in the final title tally.
Third-placed Lancashire did their best to keep title hopes alive by turning their fight against Kent at Emirates Old Trafford.
Josh Bohannon led with 134 of 239 balls, while Luke Wells contributed 98 of 139 balls.
Rob Jones folded with 53 undefeated and skipper Stephen Croft made 41 and Lancashire, 125 down in the first inning, closed out 377 for five – a lead of 252.
Australian batsman Matt Renshaw scored a league-best 146 for Somerset against Essex.
Renshaw spent six hours and 34 minutes on the crease and shared an unbreakable 193 partnership with Tom Abell before Somerset’s captain was forced to retire with injury at 90 after apparently injuring his hamstring.
The away side finished the day 359 of 3 in response to Essex’s 505, still 146 behind going into the last day, and a draw appeared to be the likely outcome at Chelmsford.
James Sales scored a career-best 71, helping Northamptonshire to a winning position against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College.
The 19-year-old shared a key position in the ninth wicket of 78 with Ben Sanderson (38) as the visitors increased their first inning tally from 353 overnight in seven to 479 total for a total of 162.
Left hand Zafar Gohar finished with five out of 134, but his efforts were in vain.
Gloucestershire slipped to 135 of five due to stumps in the second innings, still 27 behind despite a valiant 62 from Marcus Harris.
In the Second Division, Derbyshire’s hopes of beating Worcestershire at the New Road were dashed by the weather.
Derbyshire set 289 goals for the home team after Anuj Dal scored 112 unbeaten from 217 goals.
Worcestershire dropped to 108 for five before poor light and rain caused the game to be canceled for the day at 5:10 pm.
Ben Aitchison was again a major thorn in Worcestershire’s side with numbers 15-7-27-3, taking his wicket to seven in the game.
England’s Ollie Robinson also scored seven wickets in the middle of Nottinghamshire’s home game against Sussex at Trent Bridge.
Sussex sailor Robinson proved deadly for the second time with a new ball, cutting the Second Division leaders to 40 out of three in the second innings.
But Nottinghamshire recovered and achieved 284 points out of 7 – a lead of 381 – with Hasib Hamid scoring 94 and Lyndon James 56.
Earlier, Nottinghamshire bowlers James Pattinson and Dane Paterson finished with five wickets each, while Sussex, next bottom of the table, were eliminated with 143 points in response to the hosts’ first 240 innings.
John Simpson challenged Durham with a brilliant eyelid to bring Middlesex to near parity with one day left at Seat Unique Riverside.
The 34-year-old continued his impressive league run with 132 points unbeaten to help the visitors avoid potential trouble with a 201-of-5 score.
The Middlesex scored 417 points out of seven, just four runs behind the home team’s first innings total.