• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Essex take top spot & Sanga rules again

    Essex continued to soar, Brooks celebrated with style and Trescothick showed that age is nothing but a number on a sunny Sunday in the County Championship

    The sun shone at no fewer than eight County Championship grounds on Sunday as Essex continued to soar, Trescothick showed that age is nothing but a number and Sangakkara struck yet another classy ton. Sit back, relax and enjoy the highlights...

    It’s fair to say that Essex are enjoying life in Division One. Last season’s only promoted side have taken to the top tier like ducks to water, largely thanks to Alastair Cook’s superb form with the bat and 23-year-old Jamie Porter’s seam bowling. Porter followed up his five first-innings wickets with a further two in the second as Essex recorded their second win of the season - by an innings and 97 runs, no less.

    Jack Brooks can do no wrong. The enigmatic seamer advanced from 94 overnight to reach his maiden century - against Roses rivals Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford. Maiden tons don’t get much better and neither do their celebrations, Brooks dropping the bat to the delight of the travelling Yorkies.

    After leading the way with the bat, Brooks then struck with the ball, uprooting Haseeb Hameed’s off-stump before the England opener could trouble the scorers. Liam Livingstone and Steven Croft followed soon after, and the home side were teetering at 39/3 before evergreen Shiv Chanderpaul dug in with a 199-ball 106. The Red Rose have a long way to go to save this match but if they do, it will be down to the veteran’s crucial knock.

    So far, 2017 has belonged to the veterans: 41-year-old Darren Stevens is in the form of his life, 39-year-old Kumar Sangakkara can’t stop scoring centuries and now Marcus Trescothick and all 41 of his years have got in on the act with this stunner of a catch. Tres anticipated the sweep shot, made his move and plucked the cherry with his left hand at leg slip. Hero.

    Four County Champ innings, four County Champ centuries for the living legend that is Kumar Sangakkara. Surrey were wobbling at 16/2 when the Sri Lankan superstar came to the crease in the London derby, but he showed all of his class to patiently see out Toby Roland-Jones’ blistering new-ball attack and strike yet another first-class ton. That’s 60 if you're counting.

    Worcestershire openers Daryl Mitchell and Brett D’Oliveira both reached impressive centuries in reply to Derbyshire’s 275. It was a good day for the travelling Pears fans who watched Mitchell pass 10,000 first-class runs en route to 120, while D’Oliveira struck a superb 150.

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