• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Sensational Samit & A York in the Road

    It was a dramatic day in the County Championship as Samit Patel made history and Middlesex broke Yorkshire


    Sami Patel has scored more Championship runs in two innings than most players will score all season - 504 to be precise. And while he’ll be disappointed to have scored less against Leicestershire (247) than he did against Gloucestershire (257), we’re sure he’ll get over it. And when you consider he scored 66 and 122* in the Royal London One-Day Cup between those double tons, it is some nick he’s in. After Notts amassed 548/9d, it was over to the Dandenong Destroyer, James Pattinson, to help skittle the Foxes for just 134.


    We make no apologies for harking back (yet again) to that balmy September day when Middlesex rattled through the wickets to secure the title against Yorkshire. There was more than a feeling of deja vu on Tuesday, as Messrs Higgins, Roland-Jones, Murtagh, Rayner and Finn from 18/0 to 146/8 and staring down the barrel of a follow on. Does a first win of the season await the defending champions?

    Hey! Ho! Let’s go, Ravi’s got a century. After almost three years - or 1,086 days to be precise - of waiting, the Essex all-rounder was back tonning up again in the Championship, going on to hit 192. It was a crucial knock, allowing those around him like James Foster to score a hundred of his own, as the Division One leaders reach 541/9 before captain Ryan ten Doeschate declared.
    Hell hath no fury like a bowler nearing his maiden first-class hundred running out of partners. But that’s what happened to the unfortunate Kyle Abbott, who reached a career-best 97 not out for Hampshire, only to see 10th wicket partner Matt Salisbury caught at mid-wicket to leave him stranded. It wasn’t such bad news for Lancashire’s Alex Davies, though, as he maintained his good form, striking a third ton of the season to leave the Red Rose B278/5 in reply to Hants’ 395.
    Coming in at 45/2 and then your first partner out three runs later, Worcestershire required an innings of disciplined application from Joe Clarke. He didn’t disappoint. Sticking around for over five hours, the England Lions batsman scored his first Champ hundred of the season. It ensured Worcestershire took a first innings lead of 76, before they picked up three Kent wickets for 120 as the match rattles along at New Road.

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