• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Top five: Specsavers County Championship 4 July

    Sean Dickson bagged a triple and Imran Tahir celebrated wildly on another intriguing Championship day


    Records tumbled in Kent's mega run-fest at Beckenham. Sean Dickson became only the second batsman to score a first-class triple for the county, setting a new post-war highest score with his 318, and their second largest of all time. The 382 he put on with Joe Denly, who scored a paltry 182 (!) was also their highest stand in first-class history. Dickson's was the first 300+ score since Kevin Pietersen did it for Surrey in 2015. They eventually declared on 701/7, the second highest total in their history.


    The first result of the round arrived at precisely 4.38pm on Day Two at Cheltenham. After a tumultuous first day in which 25 wickets fell, just seven more followed on Tuesday. Glamorgan eventually fell for 158 in their second innings, leaving the hosts a tricky chase of 135 to negotiate. What a time, then, for the first 50 partnership of the match to emerge (which later became a 137-run stand) between Chris Dent and Cameron Bancroft, as Gloucestershire grabbed a second win of the season, by 10 wickets.


    Sunny Scarbados it was not on Tuesday, but Craig Overton didn't seem to mind. He'd already bagged the wickets of Lees and Lyth last night and added three more as Somerset took a firm grip on the game. A snorter accounted for Harry Brook, Tim Bresnan also nicked off before Andrew Hodd was pinned lbw. Rain arrived with Yorkshire seven down and still 109 behind. After losing to Middlesex on the east coast last year, are Yorkshire destined to stumble again in Scarborough?


    Ben Duckett made it back-to-back centuries with a fine knock at Beckenham in reply to Kent's rather daunting 701/7d, to give the England selectors another nudge just before the Test series with South Africa begins, and Stevie Eskinazi joined Duckett in the ton club after holding together Middlesex's reply to Warwickshire's 334. By the close he had 178 of Middlesex's 302/6. And he's still going. Quite some effort.


    We love Imran Tahir, mostly because of his celebrations. The sheer unadulterated joy of taking a wicket washes all over him, and he had plenty to toast on his debut for Derbyshire at Chesterfield on Day Two against Durham. After the hosts posted 368, Durham were pootling along at 127/2 before Hamidullah Qadri got the ball rolling, and then Tahir took centre stage. He charged off in celebration after removing Paul Collingwood, took care of Graham Clark before grabbing Poynter and Potts in successive deliveries. Durham finished the day on 274/8, a deficit of 94.

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