• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Ryan ten Doeschate is Division One Player of the Week

    Essex skipper wins 30% of the public vote for his magnificent unbeaten 168 against Surrey.

    The Essex captain topped the poll in a very close contest after hitting determined 168* against Surrey.

    The results: 

    The contenders:

    Gary Ballance - Yorkshire
    98* in win v Somerset

    No stranger to the Player of the Week gong, Gary Ballance is nominated yet again for another match-defining innings. When all around were losing their heads, the White Rose skipper kept his and hit an unbeaten second-innings 98 to give his side a crucial 261-run lead. Thanks largely to these runs, Yorkshire won a thriller by three runs in a nail-biting finish.

    Ryan McLaren - Lancashire
    75 & 5 wickets in win v Middlesex

    After losing all of Saturday to rain, it looked like Lancashire’s clash with Middlesex was heading for a draw, but Ryan McLaren had other ideas. Coming in at number seven when Lancs were faltering at 125/5, he hit a patient 75 to help propel them to a 129-run lead. The South African all-rounder then took three huge wickets as Middlesex tried to counter punch and Lancs ran out eight-wicket winners.

    Ryan ten Doeschate - Essex
    168* in win v Surrey

    Newly promoted Essex are flying high at the top of Div One, thanks largely to the efforts of captain Ryan ten Doeschate. Faced with Surrey’s first innings 399 - Mark Stoneman’s 197 providing much of that - Essex were in a spot of bother at 134/4. Enter Tendo. His unbeaten 168 was a powerful, dominant knock featuring 26 boundaries and with a strike rate of 80-plus. It took Essex into the red and faced with a target of 252 to win, Tom Westley’s ton did the job.

    Ryan Sidebottom - Yorkshire
    8 wickets in win v Somerset

    Defending a first innings total of 202, it was crucial the Yorkshire bowling attack restricted Somerset. Cue county cricket legend Ryan Sidebottom. The much-loved left-armer took 5/65 to keep his county in the game. He followed up with three more crucial wickets in the second innings to help Yorkshire win the tensest of matches. Remind us why you're retiring?!

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