• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Top five: Specsavers County Championship 12 Sept

    Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer fired Essex yet again and Surrey piled on the runs

    It was another day filled with wickets for Essex's Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer and Surrey went run-crazy at the Kia Oval...


    Imbibed by the confidence of some international runs and his part in a successful England Test series victory over the West Indies, Mark Stoneman duly returned to county cricket and plundered a brilliant ton for Surrey - his fourth of the season. His 131 included 22 boundaries and left little doubt as to whether he'll be on the plane to Australia later this year.


    Essex know a win at Warwickshire could clinch them the title this week, and their two titans with the ball came to the party as they elected to field first at Edgbaston. Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer took four apiece to make it 120 wickets between them this season, an incredible effort. Porter leads his fellow Eagle by two wickets on 61.


    Stoneman's ton wasn't the last of the impressive knocks in south London. On his first Surrey appearance since facing Yorkshire in the round of pink ball matches in late June (he scored an unbeaten 180 in that game) Kumar Sangakkara breezed back to the crease, looking in sublime touch as he racked up 85 not out, even charging poor Tim Bresnan at one point. He put on 143 in 35 overs with Ben Foakes, who also looked in magnificent touch.


    After victory at Trent Bridge last week Worcestershire are in touching distance of moving above Notts and into top spot in Division Two. They got off to the best possible start, reducing Leicestershire to 25 for three. Despite only being able to play for pride the Foxes fought back, Neil Dexter scoring his first ton of the season, hitting 18 fours and one six. The Pears will have their work cut out if they want to hit the summit.


    Off the back of victory against Warwickshire last week, Somerset appeared to be in a buoyant mood. Their form suggests they aren’t going down without a fight and Steve Davies showed the character they are in desperate need of. His 111, which came off 174 balls and included 12 fours, has put the home side in a fine position going into Day Two. Lancshire's hopes of catching Essex have taken a knock in the process.

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