Surrey 707-9 dec (why stop there?)
Ian Grieg 291, *** 95, Stewart 70, Alikhan 55
Lancs 863 (having been 745-3 and Jesty retired hurt)
Neil Fairbrother 366, Mendis and a.n. other got centuries
1650 runs for 20 wickets is the second highest run aggregate in England
after England Australia (1723-31) at Leeds 1948
863 is the ninth highest innings recorded anywhere and the third highest in
England after England 903-7 vs Aus (Oval, 1938)
and Yorks (887 vs Warwicks, Birmingham, 1895)
366 is the twelfth highest individual innings of all time. It took 500
minutes, 407 balls and had 5 sixes and 47 fours.
366 is the third highest county championship score after
Archie McLaren (Lancs vs Somerset, Taunton 1895)
and Graham Hick (Worcs vs Somerset, Taunton 1988).
Other High Scores in this series.
Leics 520 and 249-3; Essex 761-6
This is the fifth highest aggregat score in a match in England.
Essex's total is the sixth highest recorded in the county championship.
Jimmy Cook scored 313 not out for Somerset vs Glamorgan, the 18th
highest score in the County Championship.
Why so many runs?
1) Essex lost the championship last year after having points deducted
for providing a poor pitch - pitches will now favour batsmen.
2) Smaller seams make the bowling predictable.
3) The weather has been outstanding for the time of the year.
4) The matches are spread over four days and batsmen are taking their