Week two of the 2021 County Championship is in the books and just like the first, it wasn’t short of drama.
The return of the premier red-ball domestic competition certainly hasn’t disappointed and to help you stay up to date will every that’s happened, we’ve got all the big stories in one place…
Joe Root comes to the party
We’ll start with the skipper, who was outshone by brother Billy in week one but bounced back with a century in Yorkshire’s 200-run victory over Kent.
Root continued the sterling form he’s shown through much of 2021 by bringing up his first County Championship ton of the season.
Very promising signs ahead of the summer international schedule!
Stuart Broad returns with a celebappeal
Down at Trent Bridge, Stuart Broad was back in action for Nottinghamshire – taking 5-104 as he played his first game since the India Test tour.
🎥 Equally glorious was Stuart Broad doing what he does best!
The 'celebrappeal' makes an appearance too!
— Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) April 17, 2021
It didn’t take long for him to pull out one of his signature celebappeals either!
Matt Parkinson’s ball of the century?
There have been some magical deliveries bowled at Old Trafford over the years but Matt Parkinson’s in Lancashire’s 206-run win against Northants is right up there with Shane Warne’s ball of the century.
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) April 16, 2021
The leg-spinner had something of a frustrating summer, travelling as part of England’s bubble but barely featuring, so it’s fantastic to see him back among the wickets and enjoying his cricket!
Ollie Pope goes big
The Test tour of India wasn’t the easiest time for Ollie Pope, who had after all just recovered from shoulder surgery, but it seems as though he is loving being back on home turf.
Pope made a sparkling 245 – his highest County Championship score and the highest in English red-ball domestic cricket since Dane Vilas’ 266 in 2010 – and it’ll be no surprise to hear that the man often compared to Ian Bell played some truly glorious strokes.
😍 The boundaries in Ollie Pope's 10th first-class century. pic.twitter.com/dhvZPYszKe
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) April 17, 2021
Ollie Robinson blows away Glamorgan
It was another Ollie that proved the hero as Sussex beat Glamorgan in the Welsh capital. Ollie Robinson took 9-78 in a second innings fast bowling display that will have caught the attention of the England selectors.
Career-best figures for @ollierobinson25 🦈
His 9-78 means Sussex have a chasable target…
— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) April 18, 2021
Overall, Robinson finished with figures of 13-128 and also made a useful first innings 67 – he seems like someone we may be seeing in England whites again soon.
It wasn’t all bad for Glamorgan, however, with 22-year-old Kiran Carlson hitting centuries in both innings to add to his 50 against Yorkshire last week.
James Bracey inspires Gloucestershire to West Country derby victory
Gloucestershire continued their impressive start to the season by beating West County rivals Somerset in Taunton as another of England’s exciting up-and-coming batsman starred.
Though he has been part of their bubble a number of times over the past 12 months, James Bracey is yet to make his England debut and his brilliance at number three will have done his chances of changing that no end of help.
Bracey made 118 in the first innings and then 83* in the second as he helped Glos to an eight-wicket victory that takes them two points off the top of Group 2.