County Round-Up: Scott Borthwick celebrates double century for Durham


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Batsman of the Day

After Mark Stoneman’s 187, Durham’s Scott Borthwick completed his maiden double hundred as Middlesex continued to suffer at Chester-le-Street, their punishment ending when Paul Collingwood declared at 568 for 9. 

The 24-year-old leg-spinning all-rounder made one and four on his Test debut in Sydney but batted at nine and then eight, whereas he has made the No 3 berth his own for his county and now has five centuries in first-class cricket.

He is the first Englishman to score a double-hundred for Durham on the Riverside. Gordon Muchall, Jon Lewis, Will Smith and John Morris all posted 200 or above for Durham but in matches played away. Borthwick needs to bowl more overs to enhance his Test prospects.

Bowler of the Day

The Gloucestershire seamer Will Gidman moved ahead of Worcestershire’s Saeed Ajmal as the leading wicket-taker in the Second Division, taking 5 for 46 as Leicestershire were dismissed for 269 at Grace Road, giving him 31 Championship wickets for the season. Only Yorkshire’s Jack Brooks has more in the two divisions.

England Watch

Stuart Broad appeared to be bowling with no pain after his recent knee problems as he took three wickets for Nottinghamshire against Sussex at Hove, where wicketkeeper Matt Prior looked to be in the mood to show his form with the bat ahead of this week’s announcement of the first Test side until Broad dismissed him for 30.

Samit Patel, who had batted superbly on Sunday, added 14 to his overnight 142 for Nottinghamshire before he was caught at point off 21-year-old debutant Matt Hobden, having hit 25 fours. Moeen Ali, potentially Patel’s rival for the role of batsman-spinner against Sri Lanka at Lord’s next week, advanced his overnight 138 to 162 for Worcestershire against Surrey at The Kia Oval before he was snared by a brilliant catch from wicketkeeper Gary Wilson, ending an innings of 13 fours and five sixes. 

Sam Robson, at one stage a strong favourite to open alongside Alastair Cook, fell for 24 against Durham at Chester-le-Street. His 163 against Nottinghamshire at Lord’s in April remains his only century so far.