Sir Alastair Cook has scored a century in both innings for the first time as Essex and Yorkshire fought out a sluggish County Championship draw.
England’s leading Test run-scorer achieved another milestone moment in his illustrious career on Sunday with an unbeaten 102 in the dying embers of the Chelmsford stalemate.
Any outside prospect of a positive result evaporated on the final morning as Yorkshire were dismissed for 465.
That left Cook, who had scored 107 first time around, under little pressure as he reached his landmark before the captains agreed on a draw.
At Hove, Middlesex’s Australian captain Peter Handscomb played a key support role as they chased down a tough target of 370 to defeat Sussex by seven wickets.
A partnership of 209 between Sam Robson, who hammered 149, and Hanscomb, who compiled 79 off 142 balls, set Middlesex on their wayto win with 3.1 overs to spare, after Indian Test star Cheteshwar Pujara finished on 170 not out when Sussex batted.
At Cardiff, Glamorgan wrapped up a six-wicket success over Leicestershire, but Marnus Labuschagne missed out for the second time in the match, being dismissed for 13 after his first innings 17.