Today, Hampshire hit Chelmsford and 22 points will be enough to see Essex retain the Championship. Yesterday, meanwhile, Gloucestershire could enjoy their moment of glory as they ran up 239 for 8 from 40 overs, their highest in the League this season.
Dean Hodgson (73) and Mark Alleyne (68) set up the win with a stand of 137 against a depleted attack and Essex, already guaranteed a second-place finish behind Middlesex, were then held to 106 for 4 from 24 overs before the rain arrived to lose out on scoring rate.
Elsewhere, Northamptonshire survived the absence of the suspended Allan Lamb for a home win over Warwickshire. Trevor Ward's 73 off 47 balls saw Kent beat Sussex by 76 runs at Canterbury, but Peter Bowler's Sunday-best 91 was not enough of an umbrella against Lancashire at Old Trafford.Reuse content