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County Championship 2022

Englandwatch: Matthew Potts bounces back, Sam Hain continues to shine

by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

After the latest round of the County Championship, we take a look at how recent England Test players and a few select others performed.

Dan Lawrence – Essex

61 & 13 v Yorkshire

In a low-scoring thriller at Headingley – Essex won by one wicket chasing 163 after they’d been reduced to 93-7 – Lawrence top-scored for his side in their first-innings total of 225.


Sam Cook – Essex

3-31 & 2-45 v Yorkshire

Cook’s fantastic season continues; his match haul took him past the landmark of 200 first-class wickets, with his career average now sitting at a lowly 19.59.

Rory Burns – Surrey

10 & 1 v Northants

A quiet match for the opener. Table-toppers Surrey were frustrated by a fine third-innings hundred from Saif Zaib that secured a draw. There was still time on the final day for Surrey to have a bat, but Burns was run out for 1.

Dom Sibley – Warwickshire

5 & 54 v Somerset

Sibley is into his last few weeks as a Warwickshire player, with the opener to return to Surrey ahead of next season. Before then he’ll be hoping to rescue Warwickshire from the prospect of relegation; they currently sit second-bottom, level with third-bottom Kent on 115 points. The Bears finished on 256-6 in their final innings against Somerset, with Sibley one of three half-centurions in an unsuccessful chase of 364.

Sam Hain – Warwickshire

67 & 52* v Somerset

Hain reeled off two half-centuries in the match; he has reached fifty in more than half his innings in this year’s Championship. He played List-A cricket for the Lions earlier this summer but is developing strong red-ball credentials, too; since the start of the 2019 summer he averages 47.84 in first-class cricket after 43 matches.

Matthew Potts – Durham

6-52 & 7-49 v Leicestershire

Left out of England’s XI for the final two Tests against South Africa, Potts made a spectacular return to the shires, finishing with a new career-best match-haul of 13-101. Despite having played just eight matches, Potts is the joint-second leading wicket-taker in Division Two and has 69 first-class wickets this summer at 20.37.

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