• Specsavers County Championship 1m

    Samit Patel: Division 2's Player of the Week

    Samit Patel, with a second consecutive Championship double-hundred, is your Division 2 Player of the Week for Round 9.

    Polling has closed, and after some stellar performances in the Round 9 fixtures, the people have spoken. A dominant win for Notts over Leicestershire meant they had two of the four contenders, but the risk of a vote-split was averted and Samit Patel's back-to-back double-tons handed him a landslide victory. Well played, sir!

    Samit Patel – Nottinghamshire

    What is there to say about Samit? Back to back County Championship double-centuries, strokes of glorious brutality, and another match-winning derby performance. The guy is box-office, and at just 32, we're all delighted that he'll be doing the business for Notts for quite some time to come.

    James Pattinson – Nottinghamshire

    Not so much a fish out of water as a Great White shark in the North Sea, Pattinson has been on predatorial form for the Division 2 leaders. It says a lot about his quality that a match-return of 8 for 71 against is pretty much par for the course and, if Samit set up this match, Pattinson hammered home that advantage. 

    Joe Clarke – Worcestershire

    Joe Denly's resolute double century for Kent at New Road might usually grace this poll, but your opponents don't usually chase a victory target in excess of 400! Joe Clarke, having already scored 142 in the first innings, added an unbeaten century in that chase. Clarke has been in magnificent form for the Pears after a tough winter with the England Lions and match-winning efforts like this show he has a big future.

    Chris Rushworth – Durham

    As the Blaydon Races boomed out of the home dressing room on Thursday evening, local hero Chris Rushworth may have been one of the loudest voices in the choir. Winless before the visit of Glamorgan, Durham have missed Rushworth's unerring consistency, but he was back to lead the attack this week and delivered once again. Eight crucial wickets in the match were topped off with a handy knock of 38 after Durham's first innings wobble.

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