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Cricinfo takes a look back at the week of county action and some of the performances that caught the eye
August 22, 2006
Cricinfo takes a look back at the week of county action and some of the performances that caught the eye.
Bowling of the week - Mushtaq Ahmed, 8 for 121 in the match v Durham
Nothing can separate Sussex and Lancashire at the top of the first division, but ultimately one man could make the difference, and decide if the pennant heads north or south in September. For the second time in the season Durham capitulated to Mushtaq Ahmed as Sussex raced home in two days. Time may be starting to catch up with Mushtaq, he has suffered a variety of injuries and niggles throughout the season, including neck, shoulder and groin problems, but he remains Sussex's trump card. He now has 73 wickets in the current campaign, and is on course to match his century haul from 2003 - Sussex's season of Championship glory. Mushtaq will have a huge say over whether that triumph is repeated in 2006.
Team of the week - Essex
Twenty20 finals day was a miserable time for Essex as they failed to enter into the party spirit. But since then the team has bounced back admirably, to the extent where they inflicted Surrey's second defeat of the Championship season, at a time when Surrey were starting to appear invincible. However, without Mark Ramprakash the batting stumbled and Essex pounced. A concerted batting effort built a lead of 200 then, for the second time in the match, the bowling managed to work through Surrey - not something many sides have done this season.
The rumour mill
It's that time of the season again. With the summer entering the final stages, players are eagerly looking over their shoulders at contract news, waiting to see if they have a job for next season. Some players, though, now start sniffing out pastures new - and that means they are plenty of rumours doing the rounds. There is talk that Craig Spearman could be heading to Middlesex and an even more intriguing story that Dominic Cork is being sounded out by Warwickshire. Will Jefferson has been released by Essex so he can try and continue his career elsewhere - with Nottinghamshire currently in the frame. And this is just the start.
Chris Tremlett takes 6 for 89 against Warwickshire...Jon Lewis takes one wicket against Derbyshire after being released by England...but that is better than Graham Onions, who goes wicketless against Sussex...Jamie Dalrymple misses Middlesex's trip to Old Trafford with a groin injury.
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