WARKS STUN THE CHAMPIONS
A thrilling three days at Lord’s climaxed in a thumping 190-run win for the visitors thanks to an inspired Bears bowling performance and a lacklustre Middlesex batting effort. Faced with 327 to win on a deck that looked to have flattened out from the 20-wicket first day, the champions stumbled to 136 all out to give Warwickshire a well-deserved first win of the season. Congrats!
THE WONDER OF WOAKES
He’s back! Chris Woakes returns and Warwickshire win their first game of the season. Coincidence?! The England all-rounder certainly made his mark at Lord’s, scoring a vital half-century and taking 5/95 across Middlesex’s two innings. Should England decide he needs a few more miles under his belt before a Test recall, Warwickshire will surely reap the benefits.
Things are rarely dull when Sussex paceman Jofra Archer’s around. That was definitely the case today when the fierce seamer sent down a TRIPLE wicket maiden against fellow promotion-chasers Worcestershire to help send his side up to third in the table. Archer is now the leading wicket-taker in both divisions with 49 scalps and qualifies for England at the end of next season. Watch this space.
It happens in football all the time, ex-players performing out of their skins against their former clubs. It’s a bit rarer on the county circuit but Steve Davies did just that as Somerset piled on the runs against Surrey. The wicketkeeper recorded his highest score for his new county, hitting an elegant 142 against his old team-mates. Batted.
Some wickets are beautiful to watch. You know the type, perfect length, just clipping the top of off stump. This long-hop from Scott Borthwick is not that, but it just shows that wickets come in all shapes and sizes! And his catch is an absolute belter, to be fair.