County Cricket

Somerset Replace Van Der Merwe With Albie Morkel

Somerset have signed Albie Morkel as their second overseas player for the Friends Life t20. It had been thought that fellow South African Roelof van der Merwe was going to fill the role when he took over as the club's main overseas player at the beginning of June, but that whole deal now appears to have been scuppered by red tape.
25 January 2012

Eight-Team First Division Seems Likely From 2014

The outcome of yesterday's meeting between the ECB, the 18 first-class counties, and the MCC appears to be that a 14-match Championship schedule was accepted in principle providing it is made up of an eight-team first division so as not to compromise the integrity of the eventual winner.
24 January 2012

Cricket World Player Of The Week - AB de Villiers

There are two main contenders for this week's Cricket World Player of the Week. Saeed Ajmal and AB de Villiers have each turned in exemplary performances for their teams this week to help Pakistan and South Africa record victories over England and Sri Lanka respectively.
23 January 2012

Warwickshire Announce Operating Profit

Warwickshire CCC have announced an operating profit of over 300,000 pounds for the year ended 30th September 2011. This compares to a 2.1 million pounds loss in 2010.
19 January 2012

Adams Extends Hampshire Contract

Hampshire club captain Jimmy Adams has agreed a one-year contract extension to his existing contract which will see him remain at The Rose Bowl for at least a further three seasons.
17 January 2012

Roland-Jones Pens New Middlesex Deal

Middlesex seam bowler Toby Roland-Jones has signed a new contract with the club which will see him remain with them until at least the end of the 2014 season.
13 January 2012

Peter Moores To Coach Lancashire Until 2014

Lancashire CCC have announced that head coach Peter Moores has signed a two-year extension to his existing contract which will see him remain with the club until at least the end of the 2014 season.
13 January 2012

Somerset Sign Gayle For Friends Life t20

Somerset have signed former West Indies captain Chris Gayle as their overseas player for the Friends Life t20. He will replace Kieron Pollard who is unavailable for county duty due to the West Indies' tour of England. Gayle, however, is involved in a contractual dispute with the WICB which shows no sign of coming to a conclusion.
12 January 2012

Five Players Agree Deals With Leicestershire

Four Leicestershire players; batsmen Josh Cobb, Will Jefferson and Greg Smith, along with seam bowler Alex Wyatt; have all signed one-year contract extensions with the county, meaning that they will remain at Grace Road until at least the end of the 2013 season. In addition, former Kent seamer Robbie Joseph, who was released by the club at the end of 2011, has agreed a short-term deal which will see him play in Leicestershire colours until the end of May.
12 January 2012

Westfield Pleads Guilty To Spot-Fixing Corruption

Former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield has pleaded guilty to charges realating to spot fixing elements of a domestic cricket game in 2009 and will be sentenced next month. In a short hearing at the Old Bailey, Westfield pleaded guilty to a charge of accepting corrupt payments to bowl badly during a game against Durham on 5th September 2009.
12 January 2012

Gloucestershire CCC Rocked By Planning Blow

Gloucestershire have been dealt a tremendous body blow ahead of the 2012 season after having planning permission for redevelopment work at their main ground in Bristol rejected by the city council.
11 January 2012

Petersen Turns His Back On Glamorgan And Commits To South Africa

Glamorgan CCC have confirmed that South African batsman Alviro Petersen will not be returning to the club in 2012. The 31-year-old had been the Dragons' overseas player and club captain in 2011, and it had been thought that he might return under a Kolpak arrangement for 2012 following the signing of Australian Marcus North as their overseas player.
11 January 2012

ECB To Accept Findings Of Morgan Review

The ECB looks set to accept the findings of the Morgan Review in full when their Management Board meets on Thursday, in spite of the reservations of several of the counties and many supporters.
10 January 2012

Kieswetter Signs Somerset Contract Extension

Somerset and England wicket-keeper Craig Kieswetter has agreed a new deal which will see him remain at the County Ground in Taunton until at least the end of the 2014 season.
10 January 2012

Kent Announce Return To Profit

Kent chairman George Kennedy has announced a return to profit for the cash-strapped county. Speaking of the county's improved financial situation, Kennedy said, "We're delighted to announce an operating profit for 2011 of £188,000, compared to a loss of £595,000 in 2010."
10 January 2012

Gatting Signs On For Another Season

Sussex batsman Joe Gatting has signed a one-year extension to his existing contract at the County Ground, which will see him remain at Hove until at least the end of the 2013 season. Meanwhile, Surrey CCC have announced the death of their former physio David Montague at the age of 80.
9 January 2012

Hughes To Join Worcestershire For Whole Of 2012

Worcestershire have formally confirmed that Australian batsman Phil Hughes will be joining them as overseas player for the entire 2012 season. The 23 year-old had originally been expected to join the Royals for the start of their Friends Life t20 campaign and continue through to the end of the season, but, since being dropped from the Australian Test side, Hughes made clear his wish to play a full season of county cricket.
6 January 2012

County Cricket News Round-Up

We round up all of the latest county news from the last few days in our latest County Cricket Round-Up.
5 January 2012

County Cricketers Abroad Part III

With many of England's county cricketers now heading home from their off-season destinations in time for Christmas, we take our monthly look at how they have been performing for their franchises or states so far in the 2011-12 season.
22 December 2011

Pietersen To Stay With Surrey Indefinitely

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has extended his contract with Surrey until the end of his international career. Pietersen, who first signed for the club on a one-year deal in 2011 following a loan spell in 2010, will play for the Brown Caps until he no longer has an ECB Central Contract.
22 December 2011