• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Harmer wins Div One Player of the Week

    Essex spinner Simon Harmer beat stiff competition to be crowned Division One’s Player of the Week

    It was a landmark week in the Championship as everyone went pink-ball crazy. The weather hampered some matches but we were still treated to an epic final day, full of drama, intrigue and last-gasp finishes. And Essex spinner Simon Harmer put in a fine display against Middlesex to be crowned Division One Player of the Week.

    The contenders:

    Simon Harmer - Essex
    14-172 vs Middlesex

    Simon Harmer is the man for Essex right now. His second 14-wicket haul in two games helped Essex tighten their grip on top spot in Division One after a thriller at Chelmsford. With Middlesex needing 269 to make Essex bat again going into the final day, Harmer stepped up and took a remarkable 9-95 in 46.4 overs - taking his tally for the season to 47 - and claimed the final wicket of Steven Finn in the last over of the day to spark wild celebrations.

    Nick Browne - Essex
    221 vs Middlesex

    Nick Browne was in imperious form with the bat as he racked up a seasons best 221 to help Essex to an innings victory against Middlesex. Browne and Alastair Cook (193) shared a record first-wicket partnership for Essex of 373, passing Graham Gooch and Paul Prichard's record of 316 set in 1994. Those two laid the foundations for what was to come on an epic final day.

    Kumar Sangakkara - Surrey
    180* vs Yorkshire

    What on earth is cricket going to do with itself when Kumar Sangakkara retires?! The Sri Lankan became the first batsman to pass 1,000 first-class runs for the season against Yorkshire. He struck an unbeaten 180 on the way to his sixth century of the county season, but he couldn't help Surrey beat Yorkshire, as rain meant the final two days were washed out.

    Andy Umeed - Warwickshire
    113 vs Lancashire

    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 showed intense concentration as he batted for over eight hours to hit 113 off 392 balls to help Warwickshire earn a draw against Lancashire in another rain-affected game. 


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