County Cricket

Hampshire And Warwickshire Book Trips To Lord's

There were wins for both visiting teams in today's Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-finals at Hove and Old Trafford. Hampshire and Warwickshire both ran out comfortable winners and will meet in the final at Lord's on 15th September.
1 September 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 31st August

Warwickshire will go into the final two rounds of LV= County Championship matches with a 22-point lead over their nearest challengers Sussex following their draw against third-placed Nottinghamshire today. In Division Two, Yorkshire and Kent leapfrogged Hampshire after benefiting from declarations at Scarborough and Grace Road.
31 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 30th August

When people look back at this year's Championship battle in a couple of week's time they might pinpoint today as the day when Warwickshire secured the title. At Edgbaston, the Bears piled up 504 for six against their main rivals Nottinghamshire before declaring and reduced the visitors to 188 for four at stumps.
30 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 29th August

As predicted, the rain ruined much of today's LV= County Championship action, with only one match seeing any play - that at New Road between Worcestershire and Middlesex. The second days of the remaining matches in Division One, as well as all of those in Division Two, were abandoned without a ball bowled.
29 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 28th August

On the day that Andrew Strauss was due to return to action for Middlesex only to decide that he needed more time to recover from his Pietersen-induced stress, the man himself showed what England were missing by his omission by striking an exhilarating century at Taunton. Elsewhere, title favourites Warwickshire enjoyed a good day at home to Nottinghamshire, while promotion hopefuls Derbyshire and Yorkshire enjoyed mixed first days to their matches.
28 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 27th August

Rain decimated the final round of group matches in the Clydesdale Bank 40, with as many as six of them ending in a no result. The end result was that Sussex, Warwickshire and Hampshire joined Lancashire in the semi-finals, with Sussex the other side to earn a home tie.
27 August 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 26th August

Following the thrills of Friends Life t20 Finals Day yesterday, another of county cricket's competitions is reaching its climax tomorrow, with the group stage of the Clydesdale Bank 40 coming to a conclusion. There are still three semi-final places up for grabs, with Lancashire the only side already through. We preview each of the games.
26 August 2012

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