Champions Trophy, Ashes build-up… Must. Try. And keep on top of. County Championship.
1st – Yorkshire
Middlesex and Yorkshire were equal on points last time we did a County Championship update. They’ve played each other since then and Yorkshire won by 10 wickets. Hundreds were scored by Andrew Gale and the alphabet-bookending AZ Lees. Adil Rashid made 72 and then took 5-78 in Middlesex’s second innings. Rashid’s having a right old season, which will come to a crashing halt the minute England select him for some sort of development squad.
2nd – Durham
A high-scoring draw with Somerset edges into this update, but not in a way where we actually mention any specifics. An 11-run win over Warwickshire was far more significant in lifting Durham up the table. Durham didn’t really score any runs in this match, but that’s okay because they have Graham Onions, who took 5-83. Ben Stokes took seven cheap wickets in the match as well as scoring 61 in the first innings – not bad in a low-scoring game.
3rd – Sussex
Sussex were leading, but drop two places after somehow failing to bowl out Surrey, who have sacked their coaching team of Chris Adams and Ian Salisbury. For once, Chris Jordan relented sufficiently that Monty Panesar had a chance to pick up a five-wicket haul, but he conceded 142 runs in doing so. Vikram Solanki and Zander de Bruyn scored hundreds for Surrey. Yes, they do both play for Surrey. That’s partly why Adams got the arse.
The next chapter
Yorkshire are hosting Surrey, Sussex travel to Nottinghamshire (and will play them at cricket) and then nothing else happens until July the 8th.