Following on from the excellent start to the season made by our GM ambassadors, they have continued to produce excellent performances in May and early June, while James Vince made a solid start to his England Test career against Sri Lanka.
Having made a super 282 earlier in the season, Northamptonshire’s Ben Duckett scored 189 in 255 balls against Essex, an innings that included some 28 fours and a six.
Derbyshire’s Shiv Thakor became a Gunn & Moore player earlier this year, and scored his first century of the season with 130 against Kent, which was also a new career best. He then took five for 63 with the ball, and made 81 in the second against Sussex to cap an excellent month for the all-rounder.
Nottinghamshire’s Brendan Taylor announced his return to form in some style in May. He made 71 against Hampshire and then became the first player to score two centuries in an innings at Trent Bridge since Tim Robinson as he scored 114 and 105 not out against Durham. His unbeaten 105 in the second innings came off just 81 balls.
Taylor’s team-mate Michael Lumb registered his first century since 2014 when he posted 108 against Warwickshire while he also made 52 against Durham supporting Taylor’s whirlwind century.
Also in the runs against Warwickshire was Samit Patel, as he tried valiantly to win the game for his side, but his fine 124 in the second innings wasn’t quite enough – he also made 84 against Durham.
Ryan ten Doeschate is off the mark this season in terms of centuries, making 145 against Northamptonshire and Dawid Malan followed up his century at the start of the season with another ton against Hampshire and then 93 against the same opponents in the T20 Blast. His 147 in the County Championship match set up an innings victory and his T20 efforts helped secure a 69-run win.
England and Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth scored 106 against Somerset, while Gloucestershire’s Chris Dent (93 against Northamptonshire), Hampshire’s Jimmy Adams (78 against Middlesex) and Surrey’s Rory Burns (92 against Lancashire) have all put in performances to shout about in the last few weeks.
But perhaps the most consistent performer of the month has been Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond. After a fine start to the season, his last nine innings have seen him pass 50 six times and four of those half-centuries were unbeaten.
The highlight was arguably his 83 not out in 47 balls that guided Kent to an outstanding eight-wicket victory in the T20 Blast over Somerset.
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