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    Ravi Ashwin is your Division Two Player of the Week!

    With match figures of 8/162 as well as 64 runs on his Worcestershire debut, India superstar Ravi Ashwin gets the nod...

    How close was that?! It came down to a straight fight between two legends of the game, India spinner Ravi Ashwin and England veteran Paul Collingwood and the sub-continent won out by the slimmest of margins. So for his part in Worcestershire's victory over Gloucestershire, Ashwin is your Div Twi POTW...

    Ravi Ashwin - Worcestershire
    8/162 & 64 runs in win v Gloucestershire

    Worcestershire's push from promotion has had the perfect boost in the shape of Ravichandran Ashwin, a man with 292 Test wickets to his name, and 494 across all formats for India. Batting at six for his new side he scored 64 runs but, crucially, took eight wickets in the match, including five in the second innings to spin his side to an important win over Gloucestershire. The Pears are second in Division Two, and with Ashwin on board until the season's end, they may well stay there.

    Riki Wessels - Nottinghamshire
    69 & 116 in win v Northants

    Notts were 88/4 in their first innings at Trent Bridge when Riki Wessels wandered to the crease, his 69 off 80 balls helping to haul them up to 213 all out, runs that only became more important once the visitors had been rattled for 141. His role in the second innings was different, putting his foot to the floor to take the game miles out of Northants' reach with 116 off just 88 deliveries. A seventh win of the season duly followed.

    Paul Collingwood - Durham
    177 in win v Derbyshire

    Good old captain fantastic. On a tricky pitch, but under gloriously sunny Chester-le-Street skies, Paul Colllingwood dug in early doors before cashing in later on. Durham were 94/3 when he came to the crease and 479/8 when he departed after a superb 177. That mammoth innings set the game up and after the bowlers did their stuff, meant Durham only needed 39 in their second innings to complete a third win of the season.

    Ollie Robinson - Sussex
    7/94 and 57 runs in win v Glamorgan

    The game of the round, without question. Chasing 209 to beat Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay, Sussex's serene progress to 100/2 quickly became 100/4. Then 155/4 became 160/8 in the space of 19 balls. The game looked up at 179/9, with 30 still needed. But enter Ollie Robinson, who had taken seven wickets in the match to that point, who after being told to "be a hero" at tea, went and batted like one. He took 41 off 37 balls, smashing a six to win the match.

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