• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Top five: Specsavers County Championship 30 August

    We were treated to a nerve-shredding finish at Colwyn Bay as the Division Two promotion race sparked into life...

    Sussex won a thrilling contest at Colwyn Bay to keep their Div Two promotion hopes well and truly alive! Needing 209 to win, the visitors looked in cruise control at 100/2 but a flurry of wickets - including four for five runs - left them needing 47 runs with just two wickets left. The tension was palpable but Sussex’s No. 9 Ollie Robinson held his nerve in a 37-ball 41, swatting a six to win the game by just one wicket! Phew.

    Daryl Mitchell scored yet another County Champ century to take his tally for the season to five. The only man in either compeittion with more tons than the Worcestershire opener? A certain Kumar Sangakkara. Mitchell hit 130 off 193 balls to help the Pears set a daunting 401-run lead as they go in search of the victory against Gloucestershire that will send them back up to second.

    Lancashire need to beat Warwickshire - and hope that Essex slip up against Somerset - to keep any hopes of winning the County Champ title alive. The Red Rose looked well on course to doing that when they declared with a lead of 304 but the Bears’ dogged defence saw them finish the day 275/6. Will Thursday bring the win they desperately need?

    Div Two leaders Nottinghamshire reduced Northants to 167/4 after setting the visitors a target of 417 to win. England paceman Jake Ball was among the wickets, taking two in an over, as the West Midlanders continued their promotion charge. Win this and they’re almost there.

    What were we to expect after the hottest late Bank Holiday on record? A full day of torrential rain, of course! Though the wet stuff stayed away from the north, much of the south was swathed in sheeting rain throughout Day Three. The Kia Oval, Canterbury and Chelmsford all felt the effects but, happily, there's sunshine in the Thursday's forecast.

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