Essex secured the County Championship Division Two title with an innings-and-44-run win against Northamptonshire inside two days.
Hampshire's bid to secure a first County Championship title since 1973 got off to a poor start as they were bowled out for 143 by rivals Lancashire.
It's the final round of County Championship fixtures this week – with four sides still in the running to claim the title.
Mark Butcher and Rob Key assess the sides to have reached Vitality Blast Finals Day - Sussex, Hampshire, Somerset and Kent.
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The County Championship returns on Thursday and Essex remain the team to beat but how are the other sides in Group 1 shaping up?
The County Championship returns on Thursday; our preview of the new campaign continues with Group 2, including 2020 runners-up Somerset.
We assess the six sides in County Championship Group 3, with Roses rivals Yorkshire and Lancashire, plus Kent, looking strong.
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