Tom Westley led the way at the match as Essex with 237 runs batted out for a draw against Warwickshire One in Edgbaston.
Was bowled out for 324, 193 supporting, since the game petered out in the Birmingham sunlight, Essex followed and shut on 158-2. Warwickshire vs Essex scorecard
Westley included a second-innings 97 (161 balls, 14 fours) to his first innings 141 (266 chunks, 18 fours) as he also Alastair Cook (57 not out) additional 157 in 54 overs to shepherd their aspect to security.
The draw secured Warwickshire’s Division One status, condemning Nottinghamshire to relegation, but meant that Essex relinquished the initiative Somerset in the race to the title.
After finishing a seven-wicket success over Leicestershire northamptonshire have promotion from County Championship Division Two in their landscapes. Leicestershire vs Northamptonshire scorecard
As the table was moved next in by his side chasing 141 to win, an unbeaten 44 struck.
Before the latter proceeded leg-before to a Alex Evans delivery which arrived back into the right-hander beginning the day on 22 Rob Newton and openers Ben Curran expanded their partnership into 68.
Curran edged a drive into Colin Ackermann at slip when centurion Rob Keogh edged a push at spinner Callum Parkinson and a catch was then held by Ackermann.
The ball was beginning to turn for Parkinson, but that point Wakely established, along with the right-hander saw his side.
Sussex finished a thorough eight-wicket win over Gloucestershire over the last day to boost their Specsavers County Championship Division Two promotion hopes. Gloucestershire vs Sussex scorecard
Phil Salt and Stiaan Van Zyl staged an unbroken stand of 41 as Sussex successfully chased a small victory target of 74 using 52 overs to spare.
The Bristol success goes the visitors to within 11 points of the promotion places with two matches to playwith.
Any hopes that could regain a parlous situation were dashed since they were ignored in their second innings for 243, when their last four wickets runs.
Chris Jordan and Delray Rawlins claimed two wickets to stop the tail wagging and raise the prospect of an victory.