After finishing second for the first two rounds of the season, Kent's Darren Stevens finally takes home the Division Two Player of the Week award. His performance inspired Kent to make it three wins in their first three games, this week beating Derbyshire by 169 runs.
FINAL VOTE RESULTS:
- Darren Stevens 42%
- Riki Wessels 38%
- Joe Leach 11%
- Chris Dent 9%
Joe Leach – Worcestershire
10 wickets in win over Northamptonshire
Talk about leading from the front! Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach returned his first 10-wicket match haul – five in each innings – to bowl his side to a thrilling 20-run win against Northants. In a low-scoring affair at New Road, Leach's captaincy and work with the ball helped make it two wins from two for the start of the season. The victory sees them fourth, with a game in hand on those above them.
Rikki Wessels – Nottinghamshire
Unbeaten 202 to dismantle Sussex
Utterly barbaric from Rikki Wessels, whose 177-ball innings featured 22 fours and seven sixes. Sussex simply could not cope with the number six's assault, which enabled Notts to post a first innings score of 447 inside 78 overs! With that platform, a bowling attack of Stuart Broad, Jake Ball and James Pattinson were able to do what they do best to seal victory by an innings and 88 runs. Top of the league.
Darren Stevens – Kent
9 wickets and 107 runs to beat Derbyshire
What more is there to say about this man? Stevens turns 41 at the end of the month and, for the second week in a row, he makes this list. This time, with a virtuoso performance at home to Derbyshire. Taking 6-47 to give Kent a first innings lead of 100, his 90 helped Kent set an imposing target of 408 and, thanks to three more wickets from Stevens, Derbyshire fell 170 runs short.
Chris Dent – Gloucestershire
160 runs in a hard-fought draw with Durham
Against a challenging Durham attack, featuring a fit and firing Mark Wood, Dent not only registered a half-century in the first innings but posted a defiant 101 in the second as Durham sniffed their first victory of the season. His 12th first class hundred not only allowed Gloucestershire establish a lead but it almost allowed them to sneak a win on the final day.