County Cricket

County Cricket Round-Up - 29th February

We round up all of the latest county news from the past few days in our latest County Cricket Round-Up feature.
29 February 2012

MCC Name Team To Face Lancashire

The MCC have named the eleven players that will take part in the traditional Champion County match against reigning champions Lancashire which will be held from 27th to 30th March. Surrey and former England batsman Mark Ramprakash will captain the side, which also includes the spin pairing of Gareth Batty and Ian Blackwell, alongside younger players such as Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory and Worcestershire and England Lions batsman Moeen Ali.
24 February 2012

Cricket Video - Richard Gould 'Can't Wait' For New Season - Cricket World TV

Ahead of the new county season, we caught up with Surrey chief executive Richard Gould ahead of the 2012 season at the Kia Oval. He talks about the changes at Surrey over the last few years, from the partnership with Kia to new faces coming in and how the rescheduling of this year's Twenty20 Cup could cost the club up to £500,000.
15 February 2012

Alviro Petersen Announces He Is Joining Essex

South African batsman Alviro Petersen has revealed via his Twitter account that he has signed a contract with Essex for the first part of the 2012 county season.
11 February 2012

Leicestershire Sign Sarwan For 2012

Leicestershire have signed West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan as their main overseas player for the 2012 season. The Guyanese right-hander will represent the Foxes in all cricket during the forthcoming season, including playing alongside Abdul Razzaq in their Friends Life t20 side.
10 February 2012

Pears Sign Ajmal For Friends Life t20

Worcestershire have signed Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for their Friends Life t20 campaign. He completes the Pears' overseas signings for 2012 following their capture of Australian batsman Phil Hughes on a season-long deal.
9 February 2012

Chris Taylor To Take Gloucestershire To Court

Outgoing Gloucestershire batsman Chris Taylor is to take his former employees to an employment tribunal following the news that the 35 year-old has failed to agree a contract extension with the club. The main reason for the failure to reach an agreement was the rejection of the club's plans for ground redevelopment at their Bristol headquarters, which were turned down by the city council last month. His contract for 2012 was dependent upon the plans getting the go-ahead.
7 February 2012

Sussex Snatch Styris From Essex

Sussex have signed former New Zealand and Essex all-rounder Scott Styris as one of their two overseas players for the Friends Life t20. It is understood that he will be available for the Sharks' entire T20 campaign.
1 February 2012

Surrey Sign Dirk Nannes for FLt20

Surrey have re-signed Australian fast-bowler Dirk Nannes for their 2012 Friends Life t20 campaign. The 35 year-old also represented the Lions last season and proved popular with their players, management and supporters.
26 January 2012

Housego Pens Long-Term Gloucestershire Deal

Gloucestershire have signed former Middlesex top-order batsman Dan Housego on a three-year contract. The 23-year-old was a member of Gloucestershire's Academy before moving to Lord's, and played for their Second XI against Denmark as long ago as in 2003
25 January 2012

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