ALL HAIL KING KUMAR
We really are running out of superlatives for the man, the myth, the legend that is Kumar Sangakkara. Surrey’s Sri Lankan great proved that he’s head and shoulders above the rest yet again with a rollicking unbeaten 180 off 183 balls on a rain-affected day in Headingley. While hitting his sixth ton of the summer, the 39-year-old became the first man to reach 1,000 County Champ runs for 2017. And he’s still got seven more games to go!
Andy Umeed showed there is still room for a good old fashioned blocker in modern cricket. In true Geoffrey Boycott style, the young opener dug in and batted for over SEVEN hours to reach his second first-class century off 331 balls! Not even England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson could tempt the youngster outside his off-stump. Batted.
If you’re good enough, you’re old enough. Hamidullah Qadri is just 16 and became the first player born in the year 2000 to play in county cricket when he was named in Derbyshire’s XI to take on Glamorgan. And the teenager impressed with the ball at the SSE SWALEC, bowling economically and taking his maiden wicket when Andrew Salter was caught at slip.
KNOCK ON WOOD
Here’s a sight England and Durham fans alike will enjoy, Mark Wood steaming in with the pink ball and taking a hatful of wickets. The fan favourite took his fifth first-class five-for to help his side keep a foothold in the game against Worcestershire. Finishing with figures of 5/54 off 18.4 overs, it’s excellent news for the England selectors ahead of the first day/night Test in August.
KENT GET MULLERED
Steven Mullaney, take a bow. As if taking three wickets for just two runs at the ridiculous economy rate of 0.66 on Monday wasn't enough, the Notts all-rounder then smashed his career-best score of 168 on Tuesday. Reckon he likes that pink ball a bit?!