• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Sangakkara falls short & Glamorgan win thriller

    Porter shines for Essex and Glamorgan notch first victory of 2017


    Kent kept the pressure on Division Two leaders Notts with a fine win against Sussex. James Harris starred with the ball, taking four wickets to seal a fourth Championship win of the summer for the Spitfires. Sussex suffered their second defeat against their nearest rivals but will take positives after putting up a more resilient effort. Vernon Philander and Michael Burgess led the fightback on day four in Tunbridge Wells.



    After Hampshire's win against Somerset, Essex dropped to second - but not for long. They secured a draw against a Sangakkara inspired Surrey to return to the summit of Division One, with both sides taking 11 points from the Cloudfm County Ground. Jamie Porter played a pivotal role, notching career-best figures of 9-160. 


    Kumar Sangakkara has bossed county cricket this season, and he was oh so close to equalling a stunning record. The Sri Lankan was aiming for his sixth-successive Championship century but missed out by just 16 runs after being caught and bowled by Tom Westley. With the record so near, it was clear to see Sangakkara was disappointed when he trudged off, but he must be pleased with his magnificent effort that saw him become one of just eight players to record five first-class hundreds in a row.


    What a way to bag your first win of 2017! After an extended lunch, Paul Collingwood declared eight short of twin tons, setting the hosts a target of 266 from 51 overs. Nick Selman led the charge, hitting a whopping 116 off of 129 deliveries, including two huge shots in the final over, to clinch an entertaining victory in Swansea. Colin Ingram continued to impress with the bat, reaching 1,000 runs in all competitions for Glamorgan this summer. 

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