LADIES & GENTS, THE 2016 TITLE RACE
The 2016 Division One title race - you beauty! The plot thickened hugely thanks to Somerset smashing the defending champions on home soil in what proved to be Jason Gillespie’s first home Championship defeat in his last game in charge. In control from Day One, Somerset finally turfed Yorkshire out in their second dig for 286, largely thank to Jack Leach’s 6-fer, and duly knocked off the 44 required for a monumental win!
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES
Best. Celebration. Ever. When 20-year-old Rob Jones went to his maiden Championship hundred in just his third match, there was no catching him! Jones had watched his side slump to 6-4 before carrying his bat for 106 not out - the youngest to do so for the Red Rose since 1935. Not only that, it held up Middlesex’s title charge. They lead by 140 runs and set us up for another thriller of a final day at Emirates Old Trafford.
CUMMINS’ CORKER OF A YORKER
What a game, what a conclusion. Chasing 271 to win in a magnificent match that ebbed and flowed for three full days, Sussex got it down to 11 to win with two wickets thanks to 50 from Chris Jordan and 70 not out from David Wiese. Then what happened? Miguel Cummins happened. Two wickets in two balls, including a peach of a yorker to uproot Steve Magoffin’s middle stump, sealed the deal. Fitting, as the Baijan took 12 in the game!
Surrey’s 18-year-old superstar-in-the-making Sam Curran showed once more why everyone’s so excited by this young man’s potential. A burst of four wickets in seven balls - including the eye-catching scalp of Ben Stokes for a second-baller - decimated the Durham middle order. He also dismissed future teammate Mark Stoneman and Graham Clark to finish with 6-51.
Poor old Mark Cosgrove. Battling with a hand injury, he had to leave the field for treatment on his way to an unbeaten 95 as partners came and went. And to add insult to injury - literally - he didn’t always get value for his shots. A little less straight next time, Cossie.