The County Week - June 6-12 June 12, 2006

Cosgrove's double and sharp Daggett

Cricinfo takes a look back at the week of county action and some of the performances that caught the eye

Cricinfo takes a look back at the week of county action and some of the performances that caught the eye.

Callum Thorp becomes one of Lee Daggett's six wickets was Warwickshire pull off a stunning win over Durham © Getty Images
Innings of the week - Mark Cosgrove, 233 against Derbyshire
Cosgrove has come a long way from the batsman who was dropped by South Australia for being overweight. He came back into his state side and racked up 736 runs in the Pura Cup and 591 in the ING tournament, earning himself a one-day international call-up where he smashed 74 off 69 on debut against Bangladesh. Now he is carrying the Glamorgan top order which, this season, is quite a task. He has rarely gone at less than a run-a-ball, but his innings against Derbyshire was an imperious display with the 200 arriving off 203 balls. Most importantly it set up Glamorgan for their first Championship win of the summer.

Bowling of the week - Lee Daggett, 6 for 30 against Durham
Durham had their match at Edgbaston in the bag when Warwickshire were 177 for 8 on the third evening, leading by just 26 runs. Less than 24 hours later, Mick Lewis carved to cover to hand Daggett his sixth wicket and Warwickshire an 18-run triumph. Daggatt was playing just his second first-team match, but tore through the lower order and claimed the last five wickets.

Team of the week - Warwickshire
The win against Durham was not only a triumph for Daggett but also Warwickshire and their team spirit. Last week they lost their latest attempt to sign a match-winning overseas star when Daniel Vettori flew home with a back injury and their seam attack was already showing the effects of a packed domestic season. Heath Streak called for a huge effort from his team and they responded. As Daggett said after his six-wicket haul: "This result can change a season."

The old'uns are the good'uns
Age doesn't weary them. It was a good week for some of county cricket's more `senior' batsmen. John Crawley made two centuries against Nottinghamshire - the first was a battling effort against the moving ball, the second a more flamboyant display of his gifts. There had been murmurings that Graeme Hick was extending his career a year too far as he scratched around for runs, a shadow of his former self. Well, a return to a happy hunting ground turned this around. In 1988, Hick took 405 off Somerset at Taunton to capture the imagination of English cricket fans. Eighteen years later it wasn't quite so dramatic, but he'd have taken 182 before the match. Alistair Brown, who had been dropped for Surrey's previous Championship match, went and smashed a century in the seconds, and returned in the middle-order to gorge himself against Leicestershire to the tune of 215. Spare a thought for Claude Henderson who had figures of 3 for 235.

Ed Joyce celebrated his England call-up with 155 against Yorkshire at Southgate © Martin Williamson
When even your best isn't enough
With England pining for the return of their injured stars, whenever one of them makes an appearance for their county, everything else gets overlooked. Which is shame when a young county player makes an impact. That was situation with Michael Lumb against Middlesex, at Southgate, a game that was also Michael Vaughan's second Championship outing of the season. Vaughan gritted his way to 99, Lumb racked up a career-best 144. Vaughan got the headlines and it didn't get much better for Lumb; even his innings wasn't enough for Yorkshire who fell to an eight-wicket defeat.

Sillence is golden
Taunton is not the place to be a seam bowler. It has been the scene of some big scores in first-class and one-day cricket, leaving the bowlers scurrying for the dressing room. Somerset's match against Worcestershire was heading in a similar direction as Ben Smith hit 203 and Hick 182 in a huge 618. Somerset were making reasonable progress in reply at 216 for 3 before Roger Sillence - probably not a household name even in Worcester - scythed through them with a career-best 7 for 96. Somerset followed on and crashed to a 10-wicket defeat.

England watch
Michael Vaughan makes 99 against Yorkshire...Ian Bell scores 53 and 32 against Durham...Sajid Mahmood takes 5 for 52, against Sussex, his first five-wicket haul in the Championship... Jamie Dalrymple takes 3 for 56 the day after his England call-up to help Middlesex beat Yorkshire... Ed Joyce celebrates his call with 155

Andrew McGlashan is editorial assistant of Cricinfo