County Cricket

Hampshire Win Trophy Despite Miller Blitz

David Miller gave them a scare but Danny Briggs and Chris Wood held their nerve as Hampshire won the 2012 Friends Life t20 by 10 runs over Yorkshire. Miller had the equation down to 21 off the final two overs after Yorkshire had looked out of it at 53 for four, but Briggs bowled a tight penultimate over which went for just seven runs and Wood hit the block-hole with consistency in the final over and they ended short on 140 for eight.
25 August 2012

Katich And Ervine Book Hampshire Final Place

Hampshire's experienced middle-order proved just good enough to overhaul Somerset's modest total of 125 for six in the second semi-final. Craig Kieswetter's excellent unbeaten 63 was rendered a valiant face-saving innings rather than a heroic match-winning one by Simon Katich and Sean Ervine, who added an unbroken 54 for the fifth-wicket to see the Royals into the final.
25 August 2012

Brilliant Bairstow Blasts Yorkshire Into Final

A fine unbeaten innings of 68 not out from 45 balls from Jonny Bairstow was enough to take Yorkshire to their first ever Twenty20 final. Having hit 149 runs during England's Test defeat at Lord's, Bairstow was inexplicably left out of the starting eleven for the first ODI yesterday and he wasted no time today in reminding the England selectors what they had been missing.
25 August 2012

Will Jefferson Forced Into Retirement By Hip Condition

Leicestershire batsman Will Jefferson has sadly been forced to retire from county cricket on medical advice. Jefferson, a tall and elegant top-order batsman, has struggled with injury since May and has been diagnosed with a rare hip condition.
25 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 24th August

A healthy dose of rain at both Edgbaston and Taunton means that Warwickshire continue to lead the way in the LV= County Championship after 17 rounds of matches. They now have a nine-point lead over Sussex with a game in hand and a 24-point lead over third-placed Nottinghamshire. Elsewhere, Tom Poynton and Wayne Madsen fell agonisingly short of making history at Wantage Road, while David Balcombe and Chris Wood did likewise at Grace Road.
24 August 2012

Friends Life t20 - Finals Day Preview

The semi-finals and final of the tenth edition of the world's original domestic Twenty20 tournament will take place tomorrow in Cardiff. The Friends Life t20 may not have the big money of the its Indian cousin or the iconic names of its Australian counterpart, but the matches will be played in front of a sell-out crowd at the SWALEC stadium, and the day will, for some of the players on show, be the biggest of their careers to date.
24 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 23rd August

All eyes will be turned towards Wantage Road tomorrow morning to see if Tom Poynton and Wayne Madsen can break the 102-year-old world record ninth-wicket partnership. They both have career-best scores to their names and added 259 together on day three.
23 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 22nd August

There were plenty of batting collapses today as Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Somerset all squandered promising positions to let their opponents back into the match on day two of fixtures in round 17 of the LV= County Championship.
22 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 21st August

The relegation tussle between Durham and Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street yielded 19 wickets on the first day. Elsewhere, as the 17th round of the LV= County Championship began, Somerset did enough to keep their faint hopes of a maiden title alive at Taunton, while favourites Warwickshire had the better of the opening day against Middlesex.
21 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 20th August

We preview tomorrow's county fixtures and round-up the latest news from the county circuit.
20 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 19th August

Lancashire became the first side to confirm their place in the semi-finals of the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a hard-fought win over Gloucestershire at Bristol. Elsewhere, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Warwickshire and Somerset all recorded wins.
19 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 18th August

There were some thrilling finishes on the final day of matches in round 16 of the LV= County Championship. Jimmy Adams was the hero for Hampshire, while, elsewhere, Mark Wood and Gareth Batty starred for Durham and Surrey.
18 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 17th August

A round-up of the latest news and action from the count circuit.
17 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 16th August

A round-up of all the day's county action, including news of a remarkable day for Graham Onions at Trent Bridge.
16 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 15th August 2012

All seven of today's Championship matches were affected to some degree by the band of heavy showers sweeping across the country, with the opening day of Worcestershire’s relegation match against Lancashire at New Road, and day one at Bristol, where Gloucestershire were supposed to be entertaining Kent, completely abandoned. The second day of the England Lions' match against Australia A was also abandoned without a ball bowled.
15 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 14th August

A look ahead to tomorrow's round of LV= County Championship matches.
14 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 13th August

A round-up of all of today's county news and action.
13 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 12th August

Sussex moved themselves into title contention with a three-day win over Middlesex at Hove, while in the Clydesdale Bank 40, the Netherlands' encouraging campaign ended with a whimper at Old Trafford.
12 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 11th August

Surrey completed their trip to Durham with a crushing defeat in the Clydesdale Bank 40 to follow on from their humiliating one earlier in the week in the LV= County Championship. Elsewhere, Northamptonshire took control over Leicestershire at Wantage Road and Sussex kept the upper hand over Middlesex at Hove.
11 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 10th August

It was a good day for Warwickshire as they wrapped up a seven-wicket victory over Worcestershire to open up a handsome advantage over Nottinghamshire the top of the LV= County Championship's first division. Elsewhere, Kent suffered a setback in their hopes of promotion by being bowled out for 101 against Essex. We round-up those matches plus the rest of the day's action as well as the latest news from the county circuit.
10 August 2012

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