The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has voiced its disappointment after the England and Wales Cricket Board refused to allow Jonny Bairstow to participate in the title decider clash against Middlesex in the ongoing County Championship.
Keaton Jennings scored an unbeaten double century for Durham while Steve Magoffin picked a five-wicket haul for Sussex as day one of the latest round of County Championship kicked-off on Monday. Elsewhere, Somerset bowled Yorkshire for 145 and scored 107 for one at stumps to end the day in a dominating position.
Somerset beat Warwickshire in a low-scoring contest in Taunton while Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire secured 10-wicket wins in their Division Two encounters against Glamorgan and Kent respectively on the third day of the ongoing round of the County Championship.
Sussex handed Leicestershire a defeat by an innings and 59 runs inside two days while Ben Duckett slammed a double hundred to put Northamptonshire firmly ahead on the second day of the ongoing round of the County Championships.
At the end of the 17th week, Middlesex continue to lead the Division One points table but their lead has been cut down to four points. In Division Two, Essex have also strengthened their position at the top and enjoy a 24-point lead over the second placed Kent. Ahead of the 18th week, it is the time for a statistical round-up.
Somerset surged ahead with Peter Trego's unbeaten 154 in Division One while Tom Westley’s maiden double hundred gave Northamptonshire a commanding lead in Division Two by the end of the second day. Here is everything you want to know on day two of the latest round in the County Championship.
Somerset began the latest round of County Championship fixtures strongly with Tom Abell scoring a ton, taking the score to 339 for seven against Lancashire. Elsewhere the bowlers dominated in the rest of the fixtures on the first day with as many as five bowlers registering their five-wicket hauls.
In their championship encounters on day four, Surrey and Yorkshire secured wins in Division One while Sussex, Kent and Worcestershire registered victories in Division Two. Elsewhere, Durham and Hampshire drew their encounters against Warwickshire and Somerset respectively in Division One.