• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Arch enemy, Samit special & comeback kings

    The County Champ threw up some astonishing performances on a sunny Sunday


    Jofra Archer is a bit special. There’s no doubt about that. The 22-year-old from Barbados reminded us all just how special with his maiden 10-fer - actually taking 11 wickets as his serious pace, bounce and movement off the seam helped a depleted Sussex team wrest back control against Leicestershire. Just 18 more months till he can represent England…


    Glamorgan completed a crushing nine-wicket victory over Worcestershire halfway through day three to record back-back victories and dent the Pears’ promotion push. Having been 58/6 on Day One, the Welsh Dragons roared back into control thanks to big runs from Jacques Rudolph and the tail on Saturday, before new skipper Michael Hogan put the polish on victory with a five-wicket haul.


    In a game with more twists than Chubby Checker, Northants eventually got the better of Derbyshire on day three at Wantage Road. After the hosts slipped from 227/1 to 277 all out - thanks largely to Conor McKee’s second five-for of the match - Derbyshire required 320 to win their first Champo game since 2015. It wasn’t to be as Alex Wakely’s band of merry men bowled them out for 191 to win by 128 runs and put themselves right in the thick of the promotion race.


    Samit Patel, take a bow. The Notts favourite batted doggedly for almost eight-and-a-half hours to reach his maiden Championship double century and his highest first-class score. Coming to the crease at 2.33pm on Saturday, the former England all-rounder was still there at 5.15pm on Sunday when Notts declared with Patel unbeaten on 257. What an effort.


    A stoic effort from Kent’s batting line-up put paid to Durham’s hopes of a first win of the summer on the final day at Canterbury. Needing to bat until the close with 10 wickets in hand, captain Sam Northeast led from the front with a 151-ball 72 before bowlers Yasir Shah and Mitch Claydon blocked out the final overs to salvage a nail-biting draw. How big could that result be come September?

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