Kevin O'Brien, the hard-hitting Gloucestershire and Ireland batsman, received the 2011 Walter Lawrence Trophy - supported by Veuve Clicquot - for his 44-ball hundred at the traditional presentation dinner in The Long Room at Lordâ€™s on October 18.
O'Brien, who thumped 9 sixes and 7 fours in his hundred, finishing with 119 off 52 balls, was presented with the Trophy and a cheque for Â£5,000 from former England and Somerset all-rounder Vic Marks, who was guest speaker for the evening.
Will Smith has agreed a new two-year deal with Durham, just over a year after losing the captaincy and his place in the team.
The 29 year-old said of the news, "I've enjoyed this season a lot. I've felt comfortable in the middle and what's just as important to me as scoring the runs is knowing that I've played some important innings, which have helped us win games. I'm delighted to be staying with Durham for another two years.
Middlesex Director of Cricket Angus Fraser has been busy readying his squad for life in Division One over the past couple of days by securing the services of three players and dispensing with all-rounder Jamie Dalrymple for the second time in his career.
Academy graduate Mark Wood has signed a two-year contract with Durham that will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2013 season.
The 21 year-old, who has been a member of Durham's prolific Academy since 2007, said of the announcement, "I've been a part of the Durham set up for a few years now and it feels great to be making that next step up to the professional squad."
Leicestershire CCC have announced that the whole of their outfield is to be reseeded this winter following complaints by players about its unevenness. The initial plan was to give the existing outfield a revamp but, when local contractors Hewitt Sportsturf were bought in, it was decided a brand new outfield was the best solution.
Following the high-profile defection of Joe Denly to Middlesex and Leicestershire's predicted loss of James Taylor to either Nottinghamshire or Warwickshire, we examine whether more needs to be done to reward counties who produce talented young players.
Kent have been busy restocking their playing reserves and have signed three players on their first professional contracts, as well as renewing the deals of two existing players.
Academy graduate Fabian Cowdrey, grandson of the legendary Colin Cowdrey and uncle of Graham and son of Chris, has continued the family tradition and fought off the overtures of Surrey to sign a contract of undisclosed length with the club. Fellow Academy graduates Ivan Thomas and Benedict Kemp, both right-arm seam bowlers have also agreed deals.
Durham have announced that they have extended the contracts of Graham Onions and Ruel Brathwaite to the end of the 2015 and 2013 seasons respectively.
Onions took 50 wickets at 27 apiece in first-class cricket last season after returning from a career-threatening injury and said of his new contract, "After missing last season due to injury I am delighted with the way this season has gone. I have had an amazing amount of support from my team mates and the backroom staff at Durham."