• Specsavers County Championship 1m

    Division One Player of the Week – Jack Leach

    Somerset's Jack Leach wins the Round 14 gong

    Two players from recently crowned County Champions Essex and King Kumar, but Somerset's Jack Leach takes the bacon with a virtuoso performance. 


    Jack Leach – 45%
    Kumar Sangakkara – 26%
    Jamie Porter – 22%
    Simon Harmer – 7%


    Jack Leach (Somerset)
    Took 9/141 to beat Lancashire

    Just when his county needed him most, left-arm spinner Jack Leach produced a fine spell, across both innings – 5/47 and 4/94 – to lift Somerset out of the relegation zone. In doing so, he ended Lancashire’s title hopes. Makes this list for the second week in succession…

    Jamie Porter (Essex)
    7/99 against Warwickshire to seal the title

    The pick of the English bowlers this summer. Is an Ashes place in the offing? Who knows. For now, he leads the country in Championship wickets (64) after this haul, which also sealed Essex’s title win – a first in 25 years.

    Kumar Sangakkara (Surrey)
    164 against Yorkshire

    What would a POTW shortlist be without the King? After a jaunt around the Caribbean for the CPL, Kumar Sangakkara returned to red-ball action with an imperious hundred at the Oval. He’s calling it a day in two weeks. Enjoy him while you can…

    Simon Harmer (Essex)
    8/72 against Warwickshire

    Trailing Porter by one wicket in his Essex teammate Simon Harmer. The pick of the Kolpak signings this season, the off-spinner continues to show his class, helping bowl out Warwickshire in their second-innings with figures of 4/25. That included taking the wicket to seal the win.

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