County Championship round up: Amla and Jennings score centuries

Hashim Amla is the star performer in our County Championship round-up.

The latest round of First Class Cricket in the UK is spicing up and a number of the games could go down to the line, with teams fighting it out to gain maximum points. In this article, we summarise the County Championship and round up the best performances so far.

So, which players have stood out so far, in the round of games between May 27th and May 30th?


Amazing Amla

South Africa’s Hashim Amla top-scored with 173 to propel Surrey to a daunting 473 all-out. He has been in fantastic form this season, having also scored a double century earlier in the campaign.

The knock was filled with typical Amla strokes. It has shots all over the wicket and beautiful flicks off his pad – a very subcontinental style feel to his batting. He put on crucial stands with the lower-order – Jamie Overton, Kyle Abbott and Rikki Clarke all providing good company at the crease.


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Essex strengthen hold

After a low-scoring first innings for both sides, Essex pressed home their advantage thanks to their lower-order. They were 53-5 at one point and in real trouble of collapsing under 150.

CHESTER-LE-STREET, ENGLAND – MAY 28: Durham wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley looks on as Essex batsman Ryan ten Doeschate drives for runs during day two of the LV= Insurance County Championship match between Durham and Essex at Emirates Riverside on May 28, 2021 in Chester-le-Street, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

However, Adam Wheater and Ryan Ten Doeschate combined to add 125 for the sixth wicket and put Essex back on top against Durham. They now lead by over 300 with two wickets in hand.

Sanderson’s magic

Ben Sanderson picked up five wickets to give Northants the advantage at County Ground, Hove. Sussex batted first and scored only 175, in which Jack Carson and Henry Crocombe both contributed hugely, after being 67-8 at one point. Sanderson then helped his side edge ahead with the bat, putting on 51 for the last wicket to take Northants to 256 all-out.

Currently, Sussex are 142-4, leading by 61, with Tom Haines and Ben Brown at the crease.


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Keaton comes to the party

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 28: Keaton Jennings of Lancashire bats watched by Yorkshire wicketkeeper Harry Duke during the LV= Insurance County Championship match between Lancashire and Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford on May 28, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

English batsman Keaton Jennings scored a patient century to help Lancashire dominate against Yorkshire, in a “Red Roses” historical clash. Yorkshire batted first and only scored 159, struggling against the superb Tom Bailey, who registered figures of 3-6 in 14 overs, including 11 maidens.

Jennings 114 from 260 balls means that Lancashire now lead by 191 runs and are currently on 350-6. They have a great chance of pressing on tomorrow, should the lower-order contribute with the bat.

We hope you enjoyed our County Championship round up.

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