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England Tests captain Ben Stokes hit five consecutive sixes to reach his century in County Durham’s Championship clash with Worcestershire

England Tests captain Ben Stokes hit five consecutive sixes to reach his century in County Durham’s Championship clash with Worcestershire

New England Tests captain Ben Stokes broke a County Championship record 17 sixes by scoring a stunning 161 on just 88 balls in his first appearance of the season for Durham.

Stokes dispatched Worcestershire left-arm spinner Josh Baker for five straight sixes, the last of which lifted a hundred 64 balls shortly before lunch on day two at New Road, and he followed that with a four as Baker was taken for 34 tantalizing tracks.

Most sixes in a county championship round

Number six Player Match Where and when
17 Ben Stokes Worcestershire v DURHAM Worcestershire, 2022
16 Andrew Symond Glamorgan v GLOUCESTERSHIRE Abergavenny, 1995
16 Graham Napier Surrey v ESSEX Crodon, 2011

To open the afternoon session, six more upped Stokes’ 150 and soon after he surpassed the previous record of 16 sixes held jointly by Andrew Symonds and Graham Napier.

Stokes has hit the most sixes in all premier class innings under 200 runs as it was the second time he has hit five successive sixes in the County Championship, having also achieved the feat at the Hampshire in 2011.

Stokes took on Worcestershire spinner Josh Baker for 34 runs in an over, with five successive sixes followed by a four

Stokes took on Worcestershire spinner Josh Baker for 34 runs in an over, with five successive sixes followed by a four

Most races before lunch in a post-war County Championship round

Races Player Match Where and when
174 Brian Lara WARWICKSHIRE v Durham Edgbaston, 1994
148 John Crawley HAMPSHIRE v Notts Southampton, 2005
147 Ben Stokes Worcestershire v DURHAM Worcestershire, 2022

The all-rounder played from 6th place, sharing a 220 position with David Bedingham (135), who hit his second cent of the season before Durham declared it 580-6.

Matthew Potts added to Worcestershire’s misery with a five-wicket run to reduce the hosts to 169-6 at the end, despite a century between Ed Barnard (55) and Brett D’Oliveira (41).

Potts (5-36) recorded six maidens during his 13-year spell to leave Worcestershire floundering to 16-3 at one stage, but Durham remain in full control as they aim for a first win of the season of the county championship.

England Tests captain Ben Stokes hit five consecutive sixes to reach his century in County Durham's Championship clash with Worcestershire

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England Tests captain Ben Stokes hit five consecutive sixes to reach his century in County Durham’s Championship clash with Worcestershire

England Tests captain Ben Stokes hit five consecutive sixes to reach his century in County Durham’s Championship clash with Worcestershire

Fresh off the heroics of Stokes, Joe Root’s return with the bat has been delayed as Essex control established against yorkshire the second day in Chelmsford.

Paul Walter (141) hit his first class first century, before a late cameo from Simon Harmer (54) guided the hosts to 403 all, despite Dom Bess and Jordan Thompson trapping three wickets apiece.

Dimuth Karunaratne (36) and George Hill (28) then succumbed in the closing stages as Yorkshire slipped to 81-3, with Sam Cook (2-15) suppressing opener Adam Lyth earlier in the session.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, league leaders Surrey are masters of their confrontation against Northamptonshire at the Kia Oval, the visitors closing 154-8, trailing by 247 points.

Recovering 261-6, Surrey lost Sam Curran (73) in the opening exchanges on day two, but a formidable ninth wicket of 124 between Gus Atkinson (66 not out) and Jamie Overton (59) took the hosts to 401 in their first rounds.

Northamptonshire lost wickets at regular intervals in response, with Jordan Clark (3-40), Daniel Worrall (2-27) and Colin De Grandhomme (2-27) all impressive, although Luke Proctor provided spirited resistance to the visitors , ending the day undefeated on 61st.

Colin de Grandhomme contributed to an impressive Surrey bowling spectacle on day two

Colin de Grandhomme contributed to an impressive Surrey bowling spectacle on day two

Mohammad Abbas produced a superb performance with the ball in hand Hampshire initiative against Gloucestershire at the Ageas Bowl, only for the visitors to launch a late fightback.

Abbas (6-45) tore through Gloucestershire’s first order to reduce the visitors to 43-5, responding to Hampshire’s aggregate of 342. Ryan Higgins scored the best with 46, while No.11 Ajeet Singh-Dale (36 steps) lifted Gloucestershire to 179 all out.

Nevertheless, in a dramatic conclusion to the day, Hampshire fly-half Felix Organ and Ian Holland both went without scoring as they limped to 28-4, a 191 lead, following a searing late barrage from Mohammad Amir ( 3-22).

Abbas (6-45) ripped through Gloucestershire's top finish at the Ageas Bowl

Abbas (6-45) ripped through Gloucestershire’s top finish at the Ageas Bowl

Lancashire dominated the second day against Warwickshire at Old Trafford, despite an unbeaten 142 from England fly-half Dominic Sibley.

Sibley, picking up 118, saw his partners succumb in blistering fashion in the morning session, with Matt Parkinson (3-60) and Hassan Ali (3-82) inflicting the damage to put the Bears aside for 315.

Luke Wells (70 not knocked out) led Lancashire’s counter-attack alongside Keaton Jennings (44 not knocked out), before rain brought the proceedings to an early halt, with Lancashire 127-0.

In the second division, from Middlesex the middle order retaliated against sussex to let the proceedings run evenly ahead of day three in Hove.

Shaheen Afridi and Martin Andersson claimed two wickets apiece on Friday morning to fire Sussex for 392, but Middlesex were left in disarray at 45-4 midway through the day.

John Simpson (71), Max Holden (58) and Luke Hollman (52 not knocked out) hit half-centuries to lead the revival, while Andersson finished unbeaten on 41 to guide Middlesex to 284-6 at the stumps.

Elsewhere, Kiran Carlson and Sam Northeast compiled a superb 182-race partnership to put Glamorgan in control against Leicestershire at Sophia Gardens.

The home side were teetering at 63-3 in response to Leicestershire’s 320, but Carlson (91) and Northeast (84) completely shifted the pendulum with a magnificent fourth-wicket stand, before Glamorgan closed at 305-5.

Marcus Labuschagne, the No.1 rated hitter in men’s Test cricket, fell to Ben Mike (2-71) for 17, but Chris Wright was the choice of Leicestershire’s attack, claiming 3-65 from his 18 overs .

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