The batsmen (and bowlers) of Middlesex, Warwickshire, Yorkshire and Hampshire busied themselves scoring hundreds and double hundreds. Nothing of any real consequence came about as a result of this behaviour.
The players representing Lancashire and Nottinghamshire stuck to double figures and that game therefore reached some sort of meaningful conclusion. Lancashire won.
The County Championship being what it is, Nottinghamshire remain top despite having now lost half of their games.
The most meaningful contribution of the week unquestionably came from the man who we may begin referring to as The Great Neil Wagner.
As we all know, Neil Wagner isn’t perfect and he may occasionally let you down, but he can also take 11 wickets on his Lancashire debut. Fellow debutant Liam Livingstone, who last year hit 350 in a one-day game while playing for Nantwich, played the innings of the week, making 70.
- Jonny Bairstow – 246
- Sam Robson – 231
- Jonathan Trott – 219 not out
- Liam Plunkett – 126
- Sean Ervine – 123
- James Vince – 119
- Sam Robson – 106
Kudos to Sam Robson for cropping up twice and double kudos to Jonathan Trott for being Jonathan Trott, but hell those numbers tell a soporific story.
Ryan Sidebottom took 4-80 in one of those matches and deserves some sort of medal for being the only one keen to drive a game forwards.
Jake took 4-63 and 2-29.
Bobby didn’t play.
Eat more vegetables, drink a bit less, but don’t go overboard with either. No-one likes a puritan.
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