Before the latest round of County Championship matches, Yorkshire were five points adrift of Middlesex. NOW THEY’RE ONLY FOUR POINTS BEHIND.
Truly, it was the definitive week of this year’s competition. Eight teams were in action and the points accrued ranged from 8 to 11 as everyone drew.
Nottinghamshire were the big winners
And by ‘winners’ we mean ‘drawers’. And by ‘drawers’ we mean ‘people who draw’ not ‘furniture components’ or ‘underwear’.
They picked up those 11 points against Durham, who scored nine. This moves Notts up to bottom of the table.
Nottinghamshire’s Jake Libby made 144, which was downright unseemly when set against all the low scoring that had preceded it. Not to be outdone, Keaton Jennings made 171 not out. How many runs has he made this season? An awful lot. 1,262, including six hundreds. No-one has scored more.
Yorkshire thrashed Hampshire
10-9. Truly, it was a shellacking.
Jack Brooks five-for for Yorkshire. Gareth Berg six-for for Hampshire.
Middlesex thrashed Warwickshire
9-8. It’s a good thing Middlesex and Yorkshire play each other in the last match of the season, or the climax could be a snail’s pace crawl to the line, weaving between the raindrops.
Five wickets for Warwickshire’s Josh Poysden (always nice to see from a leg-spinner). Five wickets for Middlesex’s Ollie Rayner (who opened the bowling).
Lancashire fully drew with Somerset
This is how you draw, with the same number of points: 10-10.
This was a less-than-excellent pitch, although it’s also worth noting that neither side’s attack is ‘all that’. Tom Abell and Peter Trego made hundreds as Somerset sauntered to 553-6. Alviro Petersen made 155 for Lancashire. Liam Livingstone, who started the season as a specialist number seven batsman, came out at three in what may or may not be ‘a development’.