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Essex batsman Ravi Bopara has been named as the Cricket World® County Player Of The Week after he showed strong form for his county as he bids to play himself back into England contention.
In three innings, he scored 331 runs which comprised 142 and 102 in a Championship match against Yorkshire and then an unbeaten 88 in a 40-over game against Northamptonshire.
Bopara's 142 in 193 balls dominated Essex's first-innings score of 399 at Chelmsford and he went on to reach 102 as Essex scored 293 for six before declaring to attempt to force a result.
As it turned out, neither side could win the match with Yorkshire closing on 333 for seven but that wasn't the case during the Clydesdale Bank 40 clash at the weekend.
After Northamptonshire posted 198 for nine, Essex raced to victory with almost seven overs to spare largely on the back of Bopara's unbeaten 88 in 89 balls, which included eight fours and two sixes.
Other contenders for the weekly award included Neil Carter, who scored an unbeaten 99 and took five wickets in a Championship match before scoring century in the CB40, Mark Ramprakash, whose 248 was the highest score of the week, and Murali Kartik, who took 13 wickets for Somerset in two matches.
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