Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove hit a century
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5. Jamie Soward (London Broncos)
The veteran halfback scored what was probably the sealer in a crucial Super League Super 8s Qualifiers win over the Salford Red Devils. Leading by four points with just over 20 minutes left, Soward was at first receiver on the 50-metre line when he dummied and squeezed through a gap. The Broncos now outnumbered Salford as he closed towards the corner, where he passed to Israel Eliab. The centre was almost pushed into touch but he managed to throw the ball over his left shoulder, where Soward was waiting to receive it and score.
4. Mahe Fonua (Hull FC)
Fonua scored the match-winning try in an 18-12 victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats over the weekend to keep Hull FC pushing for top honours in the Super League. Wakefield levelled things up at 12-all in the 67th minute, but it didn't take long for the away side to get back ahead. With just under 10 minutes remaining the Wildcats knocked on 40 metres from Hull's line. Hull took the advantage, trying to run left to break down an unprepared defensive line. Five offloads sent them to the right, where Fonua was found. The No.2 sprinted at what was left of the line and couldn't be brought down. In his bid to get across the line he offloaded to a teammate, who was taken down just metres short. Fonua played the ball quickly and dived into the corner to score.
3. Jake Lehmann (Yorkshire)
As a mid-season replacement for countryman Travis Head, Lehmann couldn't have performed much better. Now on his way back to South Australia for the upcoming Australian summer, Lehmann scored his first County Championship century last week as he did everything he possibly could to save his side from a heavy defeat against Somerset. Lehmann made 31 in a team effort of just 145 on day one, and Somerset's first-innings 390 set the game up beautifully for the away side. With Yorkshire reduced to 3-37 to start their second innings, Lehmann came in with a deficit of 208 runs. His first five balls? Four, two, four, dot, four. The youngster didn't quite keep up that pace but he went on with his innings even after losing Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid, Tim Bresnan and Andy Hodd. Dropped on 60, Lehmann reached 99 with a boundary off Peter Trego and then cracked three figures with a single off the next ball. Yorkshire had taken the lead not long after, but Lehmann soon fell when he was out lbw to Somerset's left-arm hero Jack Leach.
2. Brad Jones (Feyenoord)
Coming up against a Manchester United side boasting Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Ander Herrera, we would've excused Jones and his Feyenoord teammates for a loss. Instead the Aussie made three saves and United were held to just four shots on target as Feyenoord won 1-0 in their UEFA Europa League clash. Back in the Eredivisie a few days later, Feyenoord handed title rivals PSV Eindhoven their first loss of the new campaign. Jones made seven saves in that 1-0 win, capping off a superb week for the Eredivisie leaders.
1. Mark Cosgrove (Leicestershire)
So close to a century in Leicestershire's first innings against Derbyshire in the County Championship, Cosgrove reached the mark in the second but fell short of steering his side to a victory. It was a match of considerable quality for Cosgrove given he was batting with a hurt left hand, having been hit there a number of times in the first innings. Responding to Derbyshire's first-innings 307, Cosgrove scored 95 not out (four boundaries, one six) but seven teammates failed to reach 20 and they trailed by 60 runs. During that knock he retired hurt on 77 after the 47th over, then returned with his side 7-220 after 71 overs. Set 347 to win on day four, it was always unlikely and especially so after Leicestershire fell to 2-7 in the third over. Cosgrove worked his way to 50 runs off 98 balls and reached his century 81 balls later when he hit his 15th four. If he didn't fall in the 68th over, for 110, they might've scored the remaining 115 runs and stolen victory.
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