Surrey amassed 672-8 against Leicestershire thanks to a stunning 245 by Ollie Pope while Hampshire had Middlesex on the ropes at the Rose Bowl
Ollie Pope made a glorious 245 and Jamie Smith his maiden County Championship century as Surrey made the most of a sun-kissed Oval to reach a mammoth 672 for eight declared against Leicestershire.
Pope, whose form has been comparatively patchy, was pure velvet as he stroked his ninth first-class century for Surrey in just his 27th match – his footwork immaculate, his timing to sigh for in a seven-hour stay at the crease. Smith reached his hundred with a six and Surrey declared with a lead of 297, leaving Leicestershire to successfully navigate 17 overs.
Pope out for a gorgeously golden 245. A fifty for James Hildreth as Somerset quietly reach a sufficiently-bolstered target for their bowlers: 126. After 6.2 overs Durham have at last got a run – and a leg bye: 2-2. Warwickshire 10-0 chasing Nottinghamshire’s wildest dream.
Time for me to construct a round-up but I’ll be hanging on here, just below the surface, bubbling up for air. Keep your eye on Chelmsford and Taunton for me.
Written by Tanya Aldred at Old Trafford
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