Two wins inside two days and a whole heap of drama. Super Saturday in the Championship did not disappoint...
Three and easy for Notts
The writing was on the wall for Sussex on Friday evening, but they had pride to play for on Saturday. Stiaan van Zyl, Luke Wright, and Jofra Archer made the first innings respectable at 155, and opener Chris Nash scored a half-century from a total of 208 following on, but the Notts seamers are nigh-on irresistible right now and they took 17 wickets in two-and-a-half sessions to wrap up the win comfortably inside two days.
Fightback from Red Rose duo
This has been a high-octane, if low-scoring, game, but Somerset had their noses in front, thanks largely to Dean Elgar who carried his bat for 113 from their first-innings 278. But, a terrific partnership from opener Alex Davies and first-innings hero Liam Livingstone gave the Red Rose real hopes of a win. Coming together at 23 for two, still 146 runs behind, they were there at the end and Somerset's lead had been reduced to just 17. All to play for on day three...
Pears' peachy start continues
A half-century from Moeen Ali on the first day proved crucial as neither side reached 200 in either innings and the Pears squeaked home by 20 runs in a thriller. Another England hopeful, Ben Duckett, looked well set at 45 on the second morning but John Hastings had him caught behind early on and a few hours later he became a second-innings victim of Joe Leach who took ten in the match for Worcestershire.
Blame it on the Bergy
It was a terrific day for South Africans in the Specsavers County Championship, but Gareth Berg staked a strong claim to be named the stand-out man. Stranded on 99 by his Hampshire colleagues in their mammoth first-innings 455, he then dismissed Yorkshire's first three batsmen including England's new Test captain Joe Root. Gary Ballance's fifty was Yorkshire's only solace as they closed on 128 for six, 327 runs behind.
Steve-o to the rescue again!
Another game with a twist or five, and another astonishing performance from Darren Stevens. Kent were in a very strong position looking to build on their first innings lead of exactly 100 runs, but Derbyshire's trio of Palladino, Davis, and Milnes had other ideas. They shared the wickets as Kent stumbled to 51 for five. Time for another Championship masterclass from Darren Stevens. Fresh from another bumper haul of wickets (six for 38), he smashed a 45-ball half-century to tilt the balance in the home side's favour.