Our Gunn & Moore ambassadors have been scoring runs aplenty this month – in the international arena, the domestic game and against the touring Australians as well.
The England-New Zealand One-Day International series was enthralling from start to finish, ending with England taking the decider at Chester-le-Street to win 3-2.
Leading England’s bold new approach was our man Joe Root, who hit 104 in 78 balls in the first ODI at Edgbaston, blasting the fourth quickest ODI century by an Englishman.
It helped set up a comprehensive 210-run win but New Zealand, with Ross Taylor in the form of his life, were not going to lie down without a fight.
He scored a brilliant 119 not out in 96 balls at The Oval to set up victory there and then passed three figures at the Ageas Bowl to put New Zealand 2-1 up, hitting 110.
Back came England, with Root’s 106 not out helping them chase down 350 with six overs to spare and with the ODI series in the bag, he scored 68 to top score in England’s Twenty20 International win at Old Trafford.
Root scored 274 runs in the five-match series and Taylor 375, averaging 68.50 and 93.75 respectively. Well batted!
And although the New Zealand series has just finished, already thoughts have turned to The Ashes with Australia in action against Kent in their first warm-up game.
While one of our ambassadors – Shane Watson – suffered a minor injury scare (but still scored 81 in the second innings), there was much better news for Kent’s opener Daniel Bell-Drummond.
He followed up being dismissed by Mitchell Johnson without scoring in the first innings with an excellent 127 in 112 balls in the second innings.
Hitting 21 fours and three sixes against a strong Australian bowling attack, his knock led to some on social media calling for him to be added to England’s Ashes squad!
Unfortunately for Kent, he lacked support and they were well beaten, but this innings will be one to remember for Daniel and the selectors cannot have helped but take note of such a performance.
In the County Championship, Andrew Gale led by example for Yorkshire with a match-winning century against Nottinghamshire.
His 148 in the first innings set up an innings win for the reigning champions inside three days, delighting the home crowd at Headingley.
It was Gale’s 18th first-class century and came against a high quality attack including Ben Hilfenhaus and Stuart Broad.
Tom Fell continues to be one of our young players to watch and he scored his fourth first-class ton to help Worcestershire secure a draw against Middlesex.
A career-best 143 came off 228 balls at Uxbridge meaning he now has more centuries (4) than he does half-centuries (3) at this level.
As your correspondent is writing, news has just come in that Ben Duckett has scored 120 for Northants against Lancashire at Manchester today.
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Ross Taylor helping out at the GM factory in Nottingham during his recent visit.