County Championship round-up: Ollie Pope reaches divine ton but is succeeded by Hashim Amla as Surrey piles up against Hampshire … and England Test hopeful Dan Lawrence scores 90 for Essex
- Hashim Amla hit an unbeaten 215, while Ollie Pope hit 131 at the Oval
- Pope scored 452 championship rides this season against an average of 75
- Dan Lawrence helped Essex score 561 for eight against Worcestershire
Ollie Pope had a winter to forget, but a 131 innings when Surrey crashed into Hampshire at the Oval bolstered suspicion that this could be his summer.
Pope, who recently scored 245 against Leicestershire, now has 452 championship runs against an average of 75 – although he was surpassed by Hashim Amla.
On the scene of his triple century for South Africa in 2012, Amla made – after three ducks in four innings – an effortless unbeaten 215 when Surrey reached 513 for three, a 421 lead.
Surrey batsman Ollie Pope has scored 452 championship runs with an average of 75
Despite his divine power, he was outdone by Hashim Amla, who effortlessly made an unbeaten 215
Haseeb Hameed narrowly failed in his quest for a third century in four strokes when Nottinghamshire pushed for their first win in 30 first-class games.
Hameed was bowled by Derbyshire leg spinner Matt Critchley for 94, after putting on 157 with Ben Duckett.
Darren Stevens celebrated his 45th birthday with his 30th first class five-for, but then made a duck when Kent dropped to 74 all-out at Cardiff and allowed Glamorgan to hike to a 10 wicket victory.
Dan Lawrence made 90 as champion Essex scored 561 for eight against Worcestershire
Another golden oldie did the damage: Australian sailor Michael Hogan, who turns 40 this month, took five for 28.
The hopeful test Dan Lawrence made 90 when champion Essex took 561 for eight against Worcestershire at New Road, just three weeks after making 490 for nine against them at Chelmsford. There was also a century before Captain Tom Westley.
Durham took control of Chester-le-Street when openers Alex Lees and Will Young hit hundreds in response to Warwickshire’s meager 87 total.
The home team closed at 287 for four.