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    Five-star Sangakkara & princely Pujara

    On the hottest day of the year, Kumar Sangakkara stunned the cricketing world again, Che Pujara put down roots and Jack Leach made Hampshire heads spin

    We all know that County Championship plus cracking weather equals great times, but throw a Sri Lankan legend, an India Test batsman and England's next spin king into the mix, and you've got a recipe for the perfect cricketing day. Sit back, relax and drink in the best bits...

    FIVE-STAR SANGAKKARA

    Kumar Sangakkara, what more can we say? The Sri Lankan great scored his fifth - yes, FIFTH! - consecutive century as Surrey took on Essex, becoming only the fourth player ever to hit five straight County Champ tons and the first since Mike Hussey in 2003. And he did it after Div One leaders Essex had reduced second-placed Surrey to 31/5. Luckily for the visitors, Sangakkara managed to avoid the fate of his top order team-mates and continued to astonish us all in what’s set to be his final first-class season. He'll begin day two unbeaten on 177...

    LEACH FOR THE STARS

    After a tricky winter spent re-modelling his bowling action, 2016’s stand-out spin star Jack Leach is back tearing through batting line-ups once more. Somerset’s left-arm twirler had too much of everything - flight, drift, turn and bounce - for Hampshire’s out-of-form batsmen, and was duly rewarded with an impressive six-wicket haul. One for the England selectors to keep a close eye on…

    DOUBLE CELEBRATION

    Marcus Trescothick, Darren Stevens, now Paul Collingwood… if you’re not 41 years old, you’re not getting into this elite club of the finest veterans in the County Championship. Durham skipper Colly celebrated his 41st birthday with a brilliant, battling century against Glamorgan to put his side in a commanding position on day one.

    INDIAN SUMMER

    As Trent Bridge bathed in glorious early summer sunshine, recent signing Cheteshwar Pujara filled his boots on his home debut. The India Test batsman reached 112 off 206 balls against Gloucestershire, and looked right at home batting for the best part of two-and-a-half hours under cloudless Nottinghamshire skies. He’s only around for two further County Champ matches after this one - how many more tons will he notch before then?

    COS-CUTTERS

    Leicestershire smashed their highest-ever first-class score against Derbyshire, racking up a mammoth 619 in the first innings, thanks largely to Mark Cosgrove hammering 188. The big Australian began the day unbeaten on 137 and got to work immediately, filleting the struggling Derbyshire attack. The leftie loves playing against Derbyshire: his highest first-class score, 233 for Glamorgan, was against them, as was his previous Leicestershire best of 156.

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