• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Sangakkara wins Div 1 Player of the Week

    A double hundred and 86 extends Kumar Sangakkara stellar run of form

    To the surprise of no one, Surrey's Kumar Sangakkara wins Division One's Player of the Week. Again. By a landslide. He may have fallen just short of a record century, but his five on the bounce, including a double in the first innings, sees him take the spoils



    The contenders:

    Kumar Sangakkara – Surrey
    200 & 84 v Essex 

    The remarkable thing about Sangakkara's incredible run of five straight centuries in consecutive innings has been the situations: the last three, in particular, have dug Surrey out of precarious situations. His side were 31-5 on day one against Essex, having opted to bat, before Sangakkara came in and doubled up! Then, on the final day, his 86 quelled Essex's late riposte. While he did fall short of equalling the likes of Don Bradman with six-in-a-row, it was another match to savour for the Sri Lankan. 

    Kyle Abbott – Hampshire
    49, 33 & 4-49 v Somerset 

    On a spinning wicket at Taunton, Abbott's runs and wickets proved vital to Hampshire's 90-run win. Hampshire were in a heap on 100-7 in the first innings when Abbott's 49, matched by George Bailey, helped the visitors get to 162. Four wickets helped restrict Somerset to a lead of 35, which Abbott all but cut off with his 33 in the Hants second innings, allowing them to set a chase of 259. 

    Jamie Porter – Essex
    4-89 & 5-71 v Surrey

    Across the four days, there wasn't much in the Chelmsford pitch for the bowlers. Yet Jamie Porter managed to record his best match-figures with some high-class seam bowling. He, along with Matt Quinn, took apart Surrey's middle order in the first session, leaving them 31-5 inside the opening hour. Then, he summoned a remarkable spell of five for 15 in 27 balls which threatened to turn Surrey over. 

    Liam Dawson – Hampshire 
    4-63 & 4-66 v Somerset

    Another match-best with the ball, this time from Liam Dawson, whose left-arm spin took eight wickets, shared evenly across both innings, in Hampshire's hard-fought win against Somerset. He was in the game from the start, bowling first change in the first innings to remove four of the top six before coming on again early in the second to take four of the top seven to give him total figures of 8-129. 

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