Watkinson goes on the rampage


Mike Watkinson gave the England selectors who overlooked him a glimpse of what they will be missing with his first one-day century in Lancashire's seven-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire in the AXA Equity & Law League at Trent Bridge yesterday.

Watkinson, who opened, hit seven sixes and 11 fours in his 121, scored off only 75 deliveries at Trent Bridge, to help Lancashire to coast home with more than eight overs to spare.

Nottinghamshire's total of 209 for 7 was soon made to look insufficient as Watkinson shared in an opening stand of 145 with the England captain, Mike Atherton, who managed only 47 of those.

Chris Silverwood produced his best Sunday league bowling figures of 4 for 26 to lead Yorkshire to a 63-run victory over Durham at Chester-le- Street.

Durham, yet to beat first-class opposition this season, suffered further misery, being fined pounds 220 fine for not bowling their overs in the allotted time.