There is really only one winner of the Cricket World County Player of the Week this week. Simon Kerrigan returned season-best figures of nine for 51 to bowl Lancashire to victory against Hampshire and keep them in the Championship title race on the final day at The Rose Bowl. He preceded this with three wickets in the first innings to give him career-best match figures of 12 for 192.
As the LV= County Championship enters its final furlong, three teams are still in the hunt for the title. Warwickshire are the team with their destiny solely in their own hands as they know that securing 22 or more points against Hampshire will see the championship pennant fluttering at Edgbaston in 2012. Meanwhile, Lancashire must do as well as possible at Taunton and hope for the best (or worst depending on your allegiance)at The Rose Bowl, while Durham need to win and hope that the aforementioned two either lose or draw if they are to have a chance at a third title in four years.
Somerset's championship hopes ended with a defeat to Yorkshire, while Lancashire and Warwickshire ensured that the title race will go into the last round of matches with wins over Hampshire and Nottinghamshire.
Warwickshire, Surrey, Sussex and Middlesex all had the better of the third day's play in their LV= County Championship matches against Nottinghamshire, Essex, Worcestershire and Glamorgan respectively.
Glamorgan have confirmed that Mark Wallace will be their club captain for the 2012 season. He will replace Alviro Petersen who has returned to South Africa and has endured a mixed season at the helm of the Welsh club.
The penultimate round of matches in the LV= County Championship kicked off today and it was a good day for title challengers Lancashire and Warwickshire as both put in good performances with the bat. In the day's other games, there was a century for Wes Durston and six wickets for Graham Napier.
Unicorns wicket-keeper Josh Knappett tells us how much he and his team-mates love playing at Wormsley, where they play their home games. He also talke about how well his team played in their final group game, when they beat Glamorgan by eight runs.
Worcestershire gave themselves a huge boost in their battle to avoid relegation with a remarkable win inside two days over title-chasing Lancashire as the LV= County Championship battle moves into its closing stages.
Leicestershire left-arm seamer Harry Gurney will move to Nottinghamshire, where he has signed a three-year contract, following the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in September and October.
Gurney missed Leicestershire's Friends Life t20 success but is expected to feature for the Foxes in India before switching to Trent Bridge.