Specsavers County Championship Players of the Week

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It was a thrilling round of action in the County Championship this week, with all 18 counties in action at once for the first time since 1999.

We pick out the five players who stood out the most:

Stephen Parry:

Despite playing second fiddle to Simon Kerrigan for the past few years, Stephen Parry justified his selection ahead of his fellow left-arm spinner by topping Lancashire’s wicket-taking tally so far this season. The 31-year-old has nine wickets from two matches in conditions that are not typically suited to spinners – no spinner in the country has more. Parry also boasts a remarkable economy rate of 1.86.

Alastair Cook:

Alastair Cook proved what a vital asset he is by scoring 42% of his team’s runs against Somerset. The century will come as a confidence boost for the opener as he enters another chapter of his career, one that does not include the England captaincy.

Ben Coad:

Yorkshire’s bowling looked thin last week with injuries to experienced seamers Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks. Furthermore, Liam Plunkett is resting ahead of a busy white-ball summer with England.

Step forward Ben Coad. The 23-year-old has 18 wickets from his two matches this season – boasting a stunning average of 13.05. He certainly looks to be next off of Yorkshire’s endless production line.

Darren Stevens:

There is only so much you can add to a player who has been around for as long as Darren Stevens has. However, the Kent all-rounder has started the season like a youngster trying to gain the attention of the England selectors.

Against a strong Sussex side, Stevens proved yet again that age is just a number with scores of 68 and 71, along with second-innings figures of 5-51. I am sure the Kent faithful will still be passionately arguably that the 40-year-old could still do a job for his country.

 Luke Fletcher:

The Notts seamer starred with both bat and ball as he helped his side to an important win. Notts have brought their top order struggles down from Division One with them into this season.

Last week, after being 167-7, James Pattinson scored 89* to help his side recover to 329. Luke Fletcher took over the reins this week against Durham, after he scored 92 to help his side to 305 after being 156-7. Fletcher also took five wickets in the match.