This County Championship coverage is hanging by a thread.
By. A. Thread.
1st – Yorkshire
Yorkshire now have an eight-point lead. Like Sussex in our last round-up, they failed to beat Surrey and had to make do with a draw. We may at some point have to consider the possibility that Surrey are improving – or it may just be that they had temporary use of Kevin Pietersen who made 177 not out. Other than that, Andrew Gale made 148 in Yorkshire’s first innings and appears to be in form, while Gary Keedy took 7-99 when they batted the second time.
2nd – Sussex
Sussex and Nottinghamshire swap places even though they drew with each other. Sussex secured one extra bonus point by batting fractionally more quickly and another for taking six wickets in 110 overs whereas Nottinghamshire took five. Both Ed Joyce for Sussex and James Taylor for Nottinghamshire made 204 not out. Rory Hamilton-Brown made 113 for Sussex. To spread things out, we’ll cover the exceptional bowling performances in the Nottinghamshire section of this update.
3rd – Nottinghamshire
Chris Jordan took 5-130 for Sussex. Considering the context, this was arguably the most impressive performance of what has been a very impressive season thus far. He’s now the top wicket-taker in the first division. Born in Barbados but with a British passport, he might have a decision to make before too long.
The next chapter
Nowt until the 8th of July and we can’t be arsed listing matches which are that long away. We could probably have omitted this section, in hindsight.