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    Top five: Specsavers County Championship 19 Sept

    Rikki Clarke's career-best figures, Toby Roland-Jones' star turn and a thriller brewing at the top of Division Two...

    CLARKE ATTACK
    Somerset were cruising on the Kia Oval’s motorway at 103/1 before a barnstorming Rikki Clarke spell post-lunch scythed through their top order. The relegation-battlers lost five wickets for just 35 runs in under an hour - all to the veteran Surrey seamer - to leave them floundering at 138/6. At one point, Clarke had 3/0 off nine deliveries, and finished with career-best figures of 7/55.

    ROCK ON ROJO
    The top order has failed and you’re in desperate need of a counter-attacking innings. Who do you want to see strolling out to the crease? You could do a whole lot worse than Toby Roland-Jones. Relegation-threatened Middlesex were flailing at 81/6 against Lancashire when RoJo took to the Lord's stage. A 58-ball half-century later and the complexion looked a whole lot rosier. Take note, England selectors...

    TENSE AT THE TOP

    Having been usurped at the top of Division Two by Worcestershire last time out, Nottinghamshire need a positive result at Wantage Road to reclaim the summit. Third-placed Northants had other ideas, though. After being bowled out for 194 - Luke Wood the pick of the bowlers with 4/52 - Northants had Notts 80/5 at the close. Don’t take your eyes off this one!

    BEAR ESSENTIAL
    Warwickshire’s veteran overseas star Jeetan Patel saved the bottom-placed side’s blushes when he hit just the third first-class hundred of his career. Yorkshire had the Bears in big trouble at 49/6 when the off-spinner came to the crease and set about repairing the damage. Patel’s 112-ball ton featured 17 fours and helped fire Warwickshire to a respectable first innings total of 219.

    COOL HAND LUKE
    Luke Wells, captaining Sussex for the first time, duly led from the front as he tonned up against Durham. The left-hander's 16th first-class century and third of the season came up off 178 balls as the South Coast club piled on the runs in their penultimate match of the season. The opener eventually fell for 122.

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