• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Jamie Porter is named Division One Player of the Week

    The Essex star got the nod after taking career best match and innings figures in the win over Somerset

    The Specsavers County Championship returned with a bang last week and we were treated to some cricket of the highest order. But you've anointed Jamie Porter your Player of the Week after he took career best match figures of 12/95 and career best innings figures of 7/55 as Essex kept up their title charge. Hard to argue with that, eh?

    Jamie Porter - Essex
    12/95 in win v Somerset

    Needing 10 wickets in under two session on the final day to keep their title charge on track, Essex turned to local pace ace Jamie Porter. In the absence of injured overseas star Mohammad Amir, Porter led the attack as the Division One leaders bowled Somerset out for 109 to win by 179 runs. The 24-year-old took career-best innings and match figures of 7/55 and 12/95 respectively and cruised past 50-plus wickets for the third straight season.

    Liam Livingstone - Lancashire
    224 in win v Warwickshire

    Lancashire kept their Division One title hopes alive thanks largely to a maiden double-century from exciting young talent Liam Livingstone. The swash-buckling all-rounder batted throughout Day Two to reach a career-best 224 and lead the team to a huge first innings total. In a chanceless innings that emanated swagger, Livingstone hit 25 fours and 4 sixes. Is an England call-up next on the cards?

    Kyle Jarvis - Lancashire
    6/77 & 2/77 in win v Warwickshire

    The Red Rose needed to beat Warwickshire to stay within touching distance of Essex at the top of the table and duly bowled them out for a below-par 200 in the first innings. Kyle Jarvis was the spearhead of the attack, taking 6/67 off his 18.2 overs alongside strike partner Ryan McLaren, who chipped in with the other four wickets. After enforcing the follow-on, Jarvis took another two scalps en route to a crucial victory.

    John Simpson - Middlesex
    119 runs in draw v Surrey

    Middlesex were in more than a spot of bother when John Simpson came to the crease on Day Four of the London derby. The champions were floundering at 38/3 in the second innings, just five runs ahead and with opener Nick Compton retired hurt. Surrey could scent an unlikely victory. But ever-reliable Simpson dug in his heels and saved the visitors’ blushes with an unbeaten 150-ball 88.

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