• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Top five: Specsavers County Championship 28 August

    Darren Stevens and Paul Collingwood proved it doesn't matter how old you are, as the two dominated on the return of the County Championship

    Once again Darren Stevens proved age is nothing but a number by taking seven wickets for Kent on the opening day of their County Championship match against Leicestershire. The 41-year-old is in scintillating form this season, he took his 400th first class wicket with the dismissal of Micheal Carberry before going on to take his sixth five-wicket haul of the year. 

    Let's be honest with ourselves, we love the NatWest T20 Blast, but we’ve missed the shiny red cherry. The return of the County Championship meant we were treated to some classic cartwheeling stump action from around the country today. You just can’t beat a good old cartwheel! 

    There is nothing better than seeing an old favourite scoring big runs and that is what Paul Collingwood did today. The Durham Skipper led from the front against Derbyshire, hitting a splendid 127 not out to help put his side in a strong position going into Day Two.

    Current leaders Essex looked to hammer home their advantage at the top of Division One against Somerset, but it was honours even after the opening day's play. Craig Overton and Paul van Meekeren chipped in with four wickets each before James Hildreth hit a timely 51 for Somerset, who looked to be in the driving seat. Essex did put up a fightback thanks to Jamie Porter, who took four of Essex's five wickets. 

    Division Two leaders Notts looked to be struggling as well, as the hosts were bowled out for 213 by Northants. Despite the lack of runs on the board, Notts’ bowlers weren’t flustered and steam-rolled through the Northants batting line-up reducing them to 141 all out.


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