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?
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.
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.
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
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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