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    Division Two: The story so far

    Notts and Kent have raced out of the blocks. Can anyone catch them?

    Welcome to Division Two – land of the 100% records. Three to be exact.

    Kent may well be Super, building on their second-placed finish last season to win their opening three matches. And the Worcester boys are happy with two in two.

    But ruling the roost after three games played is Nottinghamshire. To put it mildly, they have blown away their opposition with a bowling attack that has featured England’s Stuart Broad and Jake Ball. Oh, and Australian quick James Pattinson...

    Already, Pattinson has a strong claim for overseas signing of the season. When you consider he has 20 wickets at an average of 11.15 (yes, really), you can see why. But he's also contributed runs too, most notably with a thrilling 89 not out (a first-class best) in Notts' win over rivals Leicestershire.

    Notts might also be responsible for one of the most thrilling innings of the season, when Rikki Wessels smashed an unbeaten 202 against Sussex, allowing Notts to triumph by an innings and 88 runs inside two days!

    Sussex were on the receiving end of another monster innings when Kent came to Hove and left recording back-to-back wins. It was their captain Sam Northeast who continued his excellent form from the 2016 summer to score 173 not out. It was his fifth Champo hundred since June 2016 – no-one, in either division, has more in that time. 

    And, to no-one's surprise, Northeast was helped by the continued brilliance of Darren Stevens. In his 20th season of first-class cricket, aged 41, he has shown no signs of stopping. 

    It wasn't all doom and gloom for Sussex, who sit eighth with two defeats. They might be responsible for one of the most remarkable spells of the season, as young Bajan quick Jofra Archer took 7-67 in his opening match against Kent.

    Northamptonshire and Worcestershire are keeping the pressure on Notts and Kent, who occupy the two promotion spots. A two-day win over Glamorgan and an engineered thriller against Derbyshire saw Northants travel to Worcestershire in search of another win. However, they suffered defeat in a pulsating encounter, eventually won by Pears skipper Joe Leach, who returned a maiden 10-wicket match haul. His celebration needs work, mind...  

     

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