This really got away from us. Not particularly looking forward to writing this update, it must be said.
1st – Durham
Okay, Durham weren’t even in the top three the last time we did this in, er, July. Let’s try and work out how they’ve done this.
- Battered Derbyshire
- Soundly beaten by Middlesex
- Fully battered Surrey
- Battered Yorkshire
- Battered Sussex
Against Derbyshire, Keaton Jennings made 93 and 123, but has barely made a run since. He’s a South African who’s doing a four-year residential course in which he’ll learn to be English. Scott Borthwick, batting at three, made a hundred in that game too and followed it up with another against Surrey. Chris Rushworth was the other big performer in that match, taking 10 wickets.
Graham Onions took nine wickets in the Middlesex defeat and then seven the next time he played, against Sussex. Taking County Championship wickets would appear to be some vital biological process for Graham Onions. He simply can’t not do it.
The Surrey match was a bizarre affair. After Chris Tremlett took 8-96 and secured all the headlines, Durham rolled Surrey twice as if they were pastry and the opposition were sausage meat, sharing the wickets between a veritable who’s who of whos: Jamie “Who?” Harrison, Mark “Who?” Wood and Usman “Who?” Arshad. Injuries and international call-ups matter not, it would seem.
The Yorkshire win was built on a monstrous first innings which featured hundreds from Mark Stoneman, Ben Stokes and Michael “Who?” Richardson. The Sussex win was mostly Graham Onions.
2nd – Yorkshire
Yorkshire were top back in July, so at least the whole league hasn’t turned upside down while we were looking the other way. Here are their results.
- Utterly minced Derbyshire
- Drew with Warwickshire
- Whipped Nottinghamshire
- Whupped by Durham
Alphabet-straddling AZ Lees hit 275 against Derbshire. The forgotten Aus, Phil Jaques, hit 139. Wickets were handed out evenly.
Gary Ballance hit a hundred against Warwickshire.
Steven Patterson took five wickets against Nottinghamshire. He’s a 29-year-old fast-medium bowler who comes on first change and averages about 28. Add that to the name and he’s a contender for most generic cricketer in England.
Phil Jaques hit another hundred in the Durham defeat.
3rd – Middlesex
Like Durham, Middlesex weren’t in the top three in our last update. They seem to have gained ground through playing loads of matches and indeed, the two counties above them have a game in hand.
- Soundly beaten by Warwickshire
- Totally did Sussex
- Beat Durham
- Lost to Derbyshire
- Hammered by Somerset
- Beat Surrey
This might be too much to catch up with. Let’s see what happens.
Sam Robson hit a hundred against Sussex and that’s it, we’re out. We surrender. Too many scorecards.
The next chapter
Three more matches for the top two. Details are available on the internet, but not on this bit, because this bit can’t be bothered with details any more and would only get them wrong anyway.