• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Top five: Specsavers County Championship 7 Sept

    Marcus Trescothick rolled back the years, Sussex's tail couldn't stop wagging and a county cricket stalwart bowed out...


    Somerset legend Marcus Trescothick proved the accuracy of the old adage 'Form is temporary, class is permanent' with his 65th first-class century. Hitting an unbeaten 119 against Warwickshire, the 41-year-old opener whipped out drive after glorious drive as he crafted yet another supreme knock to take his county to the verge of victory in the big relegation battle.


    After Northants enforced the follow-on, Sussex were staring down the barrel at 246/8, eight runs in arrears and with just two wickets left. Cue heroics from ninth-wicket pair Jofra Archer (74*) and David Wiese (61). They put on a quick-fire 127 from 25 overs with some frankly brutal ball striking to take Sussex to a very handy 128-run lead at the close. How Northants will rue dropping Archer when the score was 251…


    The top-of-Div-Two tussle took a big step in Worcestershire’s direction as the Pears saw off Nottinghamshire for 275 on Day Three, giving themselves a second innings target of 226. Joe Leach took 5/69, his fourth five-wicket haul of the season, then it was Daryl Mitchell’s time to shine. The opener made 63* before bad light intervened. Worcs need 103 more runs with eight wickets in hand - surely only the weather can stop them?


    Haseeb Hameed’s stoic innings finally came to an end on Thursday morning when Jamie Porter trapped him in front after an epic 250-ball 88. The Essex seamer continued to impress as the visitors eventually wrapped up Lancashire’s innings for 290. Porter was by far and away the pick of the attack with 5/73, his third successive five-fer and his fifth of the season. Is it time Div One’s leading wicket-taker received an England call?


    Nottinghamshire stalwart Chris Read took to the crease at Trent Bridge for the final time in his illustrious county career. After 20 seasons with Notts, 39-year-old Read will hang up his gloves at the end of the season. The skipper walked out against Worcestershire to a guard of hour, hit a typically defiant 38 featuring a succession of flowing drives and a pulled six, before departing to a standing ovation. Hats off, sir.

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