• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Top five: Specsavers County Championship 3 July

    Hampshire and Kent piled on the runs, while Liam Plunkett made a triumphant red-ball return

    Hampshire heroes, both of them, but Jimmy Adams and James Vince went about their centuries in very different ways. Hampshire were 71/2 when vince got to the crease, and Adams was 24 not out, but the former England man raced past him in a flash to get to three figures first, some delectable strokes in there. Adams had ambled his way to 76 by the time Vince went for 104, and eventually reached his second ton of the season, Hampshire ending a good day for batting on 361/4.

    Some odd things happen at county out-grounds, and if you pitched up at Cheltenham on Monday you’d have seen a wicket frenzy. After opting to bat Glamorgan were skittled for 117 in just 32.1 overs, but if Gloucestershire were feeling pretty good about themselves at getting stuck into their local rivals, it didn’t last long. Pretty soon, they were 91/8, eventually clambering up to 141 all out, a lead of 24. Meanwhile at Scarbados, Yorkshire restricted Somerset to 268 in front of a 4,000-strong crowd before losing three quick wickets in the final session. 

    Big Liam Plunkett made a triumphant return to red-ball cricket for Yorkshire, taking four wickets against Somerset on his first County Champ outing of the summer. The seamer has become a prominent limited-overs player for club and country, but hadn’t featured with the red ball so far this season. Figures of 21-5-73-4 may change that in future…

    With Notts looking well set in Div Two’s top spot, the battle for the second and final promotion place is heating up. Worcestershire, Kent and Northants are all in with a shout, and the latter two battle for supremacy at Beckenham this week. After a batting-friendly Day One, Kent are well on top thanks to a mega 305-run second-wicket partnership between Sean Dickson (210*) and Joe Denly (143*). Opener Dickson batted all day for his daddy double, creaming 24 boundaries off 285 balls, as Kent finished 434/1. Woah. 

    The perfect googly, courtesy of Adil Rashid. Good luck with that!

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