• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Northeast wins Division Two Player of the Week

    Kent captain Sam Northeast beats off stiff competition to top the poll

    Division Two - Player of the Week

    Four of the best performances from Round Two

    Northeast notched up a mammoth unbeaten 173 in an innings of great power and placement while leading Kent to consecutive County Championship victories.

    Final vote results:

    • Northeast 34%
    • Stevens 29%
    • Fletcher 26%
    • Norwell 11%

    The contenders:

    Liam Norwell - Gloucs
    10 wickets in win over Leicestershire

    Gloucestershire academy graduate Liam Norwell started where he left off last season, ripping through visiting batting line-ups. The seamer was intrinsic to the home side’s first victory of the summer as Gloucestershire bowled Leicestershire out twice inside two days, with Norwell returning match-winning figures of 10-99.

    Luke Fletcher - Notts
    92 runs & 5 wickets in win over Durham

    While dreams of a maiden first-class century were dashed when the nightwatchman was cruelly run out for 92, Luke Fletcher impressed with bat and ball in Nottinghamshire’s second win of the season. He followed up his highest first-class score - made with more than a handful of glorious cover drives - with five crucial wickets to help the visitors to victory.

    Sam Northeast - Kent
    173* in win over Sussex

    Sam Northeast finishing last season just one run behind Division Two top scorer Ben Duckett on 1,337, and his start to this summer suggests he covets that number one spot. He continued in a rich vein of form that stretches back 18 months with a brutal 173 not out to send Kent on their way to back-to-back wins. “Northeast for England” came the chant from the stands - and the away dressing room.

    Darren Stevens - Kent
    68 & 71* with the bat, 5-68 with ball in win over Sussex

    Not only is it back-to-back wins for Kent but also back-to-back Player of the Week nominations for veteran all-rounder Darren Stevens. The 40-year-old celebrated his 20th anniversary as a first-class cricketer by doing what he does best: taking wickets and scoring runs. After innings worth 68 and 71 not out, Stevens then took his 14th first-class five-for as Kent romped to an emphatic win illustrating that age really is nothing but a number.

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