• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Samit succeeds and Stirling work by Paul

    Batsmen made their mark on proceedings as Samit Patel maintained his excellent form and Paul Stirling hit is maiden Championship century


    The last time Yorkshire ventured south to Lord's it was on that fateful September day when Middlesex wrapped up the Championship title in dramatic fashion. The sun shone as brightly, and there were fewer people in the stands, but the home side remained on top, largely due to two centurions. Sam Robson we are used to seeing hit three figures, but Paul Stirling not so much. In fact, this was his first Championship ton. The pair put on 187 as Middlesex hit stumps at 337/4.


    A man in supreme form. After smashing a wondrous, match-winning 122 off 123 balls in that run-fest of a Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final at Essex on Friday, Samit Patel was at it again on Monday. He reached three figures again for Nottinghamshire - this time at home to Leicestershire - and in the process, surpassed 11,000 first-class runs. That's three tons in his last four matches. Samit is hungry for runs right now.


    After that painful defeat to Notts Outlaws in Friday's semi-final run-fest, at least Essex could get back to business in the Championship knowing they were top. With bottom-side Warwickshire in town, and second-placed Yorkshire facing a tough trip to Lord's, it represented a chance to extend their lead and after winning the toss, they were boosted by runs from Nick Browne and Ravi Bopara as they reached a hard-earned 263/5 at close of play.


    There's always one game that moves on at pace, and today it was at New Road. Kent were quickly in a spot of bother at 88/5 after opting to bat, with Pears captain Joe Leach grabbing three of the wickets. Lower order contributions from Matt Coles and Adam Rouse helped Kent sneak up to 260 and when Brett D'Oliveira went in the second over, Moeen Ali came in at 2/1. He left soon after, after hitting 37 from 16 balls, with nine fours at a strike rate of 231. Like I said, at pace.


    No doubting the delivery of the day - this pearler from Chris Rushworth. It was so good, it looked like a caught behind but had actually glanced the top of off stump on its way past Jacques Rudolph. It was his day too, as the big man ended up taking five and helping to reduce Glamorgan to 221/7 by the day's end.

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