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  • Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Brooks wins Div 1 Player of the Week

    A maiden century for Jack Brooks sees him pip a strong field...

    The County Championship returned and did not skip a beat, even if rain threatened to impinge on an otherwise sunny parade. Here are the top four performances from Division One...

    FINAL RESULTS 

    • Marcus Trescothick – 25%
    • Kumar Sangakkara – 30%
    • Jamie Porter – 13%
    • JACK BROOKS – 32 %

    THE CONTENDERS

    Marcus Trescothick – Somerset 
    106 & 46* v Warwickshire 

    The game situation is enough for Tres to be on here: a hundred and unbeaten score fought off Warwickshire, who were sniffing their first win of the season on the final day at Taunton. But the first innings hundred was a momentous one: it meant that Trescothick became the leading century scorer for Somerset in first-class cricket, beating Harold Gimblett's record of 49. 

    Kumar Sangakkara – Surrey 
    114 & 120 v Middlesex 

    Two majestic hands from Sangakkara allowed Surrey to escape from Lord's with a draw. Both hundreds came in precarious situations, as Middlesex thrived with the new ball. Both were made in typically stylish fashion and a matter of days after his portrait was unveiled by the MCC in the Pavilion. Oh, and he passed 20,000 first class runs. Not a bad few days for Sanga... 

    Jamie Porter – Essex
    5-24 & 2-21 v Hampshire

    Top of the table, having a laugh. Porter's seven wickets help Essex skittle surprise packages Hampshire for their second win, sending them into first place in Division One, after Surrey drew with Middlesex. He was the chief destroyer in the first innings as Hants were ripped out for 115, in which they were 18-5 after seven overs! The follow-on was enforced, Porter picked up two in the second and Essex went on to win by an innings and 97 runs. 

    Jack Brooks – Yorkshire
    109* v Lancashire

    Has there been a more popular maiden hundred on the circuit? In a Roses match, no less. When Jack Brooks went into stumps on day two, unbeaten on 94, the wider cricket family were willing him to pick up the remaining runs the next morning. Luckily, his slumber was fine – so "knackered" was he – and the remaining runs were picked for a ton off 146 balls (seven fours, four sixes). The celebration was handy, too... 

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