CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM OF THE WEEK: Dom Sibley's record-breaking antics see him make the cut... but who else is in?

The Cricketer selects a team of high performers from the most recent round of County Championship cricket...


Dom Sibley (Warwickshire): The Warwickshire opener might have been on the losing side against Hampshire but his first-innings century pushed him into illustrious company. The ton - Sibley finished with 109 in 263 balls - was the 23-year-old’s sixth in six first-class games.

Only 12 other men have matched that feat in the game’s history, and there are some substantial names among them (Bradman, Kallis, Ponsford, Procter, Boon, Lara, Kallis and Compton would make one heck of a top order).

Only three men have made centuries in seven or more consecutive games. Warwickshire play Somerset next.

Rory Burns (Surrey): Runs aplenty for the Surrey skipper at Taunton, and important runs too.

Surrey were struggling a little early in their second innings, having fallen to 43 for 3, and there was a brief moment when it appeared Somerset could capitalise.

But Burns, who had already hit a hundred in the first innings, steadied the ship with partnerships of 51 with Ben Foakes for the fourth wicket and 54 with Will Jacks for the fifth.

It bought Surrey time, and eventually the weather intervened to bring the game to a draw. Burns finished with 185 runs in the match.


Gary Ballance hit another excellent hundred for Yorkshire

Gary Ballance (Yorkshire): Yorkshire had appeared to be in a spot of bother against Kent, trailing as they were by 86 runs on first innings.

But Ballance has been in excellent form all season and once again the former England batsman produced the goods with a wonderful 159 from 291 balls in his team’s second innings 469.

Ballance occupied the crease for more than six hours. Yorkshire eventually won the game by 172 runs.

Tom Alsop (Hampshire): This guy is an England player of the future.

Yet another wicketkeeper-batsman to join the long queue for a national spot, Alsop has been in good nick for Hampshire in the 50-over format this year and now he’s added a first-class daddy hundred to his record sheet.

Alsop’s career-best 150 - his second first-class ton - came in 317 balls and across nearly six-and-a-half hours against Warwickshire. None of the rest of the Hampshire top six managed more than 22.

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Colin Ackermann (Leicestershire): A pair of important half-centuries for Leicestershire’s No.5 at Lord’s almost took his team to victory.

The Foxes had not won at the Home of Cricket in the Championship since 1980, but Ackermann made 63 in the first innings to keep his side in the game and was 70 not out second time around when the elements frustrated a result.

That the game ended in a draw should not detract from a fine performance.

Lewis Gregory (Somerset): Somerset’s talismanic allrounder has to be interesting the England selectors.

He piled up 129 runs from 153 balls in his side’s only innings against Surrey, as well as claiming five wickets.

Gregory is now averaging 63 with the bat and 14.21 with the ball in the County Championship this season. He’s top of the Division One wicket-taking league, too.


Simon Harmer (Essex): Essex’s Kolpak spinner played a major role in the demolition of Nottinghamshire at Chelmsford.

Harmer claimed 2-20 in the first innings of the match, as Notts were skittled out for 187, and then added six more wickets second time around to finish with match figures of 8-80. Not bad for a finger spinner in the early season.


Ben Coad was among the wickets

Ollie Rayner (Middlesex): Middlesex’s spinner has not had a great deal of gametime over the past three years, as he battled with injury and a loss of form.

However, he passed a significant milestone during his county’s game against Leicestershire, claiming his 300th first-class wicket.

In conditions not particularly conducive to spin bowling, Rayner finished with 4-58 in the first innings and bagged another scalp in the second.

Ben Coad (Yorkshire): Match figures of 9-118 helped Yorkshire edge past Kent’s late rearguard resilience and book an important victory.

His second innings return of 6-52 was critical, as Coad removed several of the Kent middle order who had looked like securing a draw.


Charlie Morris (Worcestershire): Worcestershire were set on their way to victory over Durham by their opening bowler’s explosive performance in the first innings.

Morris collected 6-53 in 19 overs as the visitors were bowled out for 273. He added a further scalp second time around to finish with 7-97 in the match.

Richard Gleeson (Lancashire): The former Northamptonshire seamer returned to haunt his old club with an excellent 10-wicket haul in Lancashire’s comprehensive victory at Old Trafford.

Gleeson scythed through the Northants top order at the start of the match, claiming the scalps of three of the top five batsmen, before taking a sword to the middle order second time around.

His 10-113 represented the best match figures of his first-class career.

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