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Cor­mac Sharvin was the sur­prise leader af­ter he fired an eigh­tun­der-par 63 to take the first-round lead at the English Cham­pi­onship in Hert­ford­shire. The 27-year-old North­ern Ir­ish­man, who teed off in the fi­nal group of the open­ing round at Han­bury Manor, carded 10 birdies and two bo­geys to nudge ahead of six play­ers in a tie for sec­ond at seven un­der. Vet­eran David How­ell looked to have earned his first 18-hole lead at a Euro­pean Tour event in his 636th ap­pear­ance as he reg­is­tered six birdies and a stun­ning hole-out at the 15th to move to eight un­der. But the five-time Euro­pean Tour win­ner bo­geyed the penul­ti­mate hole to join Aus­tralian pair Ja­son Scrivener and Min Woo Lee, Zim­babwe’s Scott Vin­cent, Thomas Detry and fel­low English­man Lau­rie Can­ter in card­ing 64s.

Craig Over­ton has com­mit­ted his fu­ture to Som­er­set with a new three-year ex­ten­sion, de­spite the re­cent de­par­ture of his twin brother Jamie to Sur­rey. The two had both rep­re­sented Som­er­set since com­ing through the acad­emy, and the new deal will see 26-yearold Craig re­main at the Cooper As­so­ciates County Ground un­til the end of the 2023 sea­son. He has played in more than 170 matches for Som­er­set.

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