On another day of action in the LV= County Championship, Nottinghamshire prevented Durham from retaking the top spot in Division One and Middlesex and Essex enjoyed productive days in the battle for promotion from Division Two.
Rain affected matches in the south and east of the country today with the opening days of Essex's match against Derbyshire and Hampshire's against Worcestershire completely abandoned. There were however excellent performances from Riki Wessels, Keith Barker and Tim Linley in the dayâ€™s other matches.
Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna is set to bowl over Twenty20 cricket fans after being announced as the new captain of the LBW - Lazy Bar Walkers.
The new LBW initiative by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was launched by The Only Way is Essex star Sam Faiers at the start of the competition, but with Essex Eagles failing to progress to the finals, Lancashire girl Gemma stepped up to the plate.
Alex Hales put a disappointing England Lions campaign behind him with a century for Nottinghamshire against LV= County Championship Division One leaders Durham at Trent Bridge in today's only action in county cricket.
Lancashire took a 13-point lead at the top of the LV= County Championship, Yorkshire hauled themselves out of the relegation zone and Glamorgan rejoined the Division Two promotion fight on another day of county cricket action.
There were centuries for Ben Brown, Michael Yardy, Steven Croft, Adam Wheater and Ryan ten Doeschate on the first day of matches in round 17 of the LV= County Championship while there was a win in the CB40 for Surrey.
Wormsley Cricket is delighted to announce a special offer on tickets for the Unicorns versus Glamorgan Dragons fixture on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August. Children under the age of 16 are permitted free entry and Adults for just £10.00 for the final match of the season for both teams in Group C of the CB40 competition.
There was a win for Kent in the CB40 and another century for James Taylor for the England Lions. Daniel Grummitt rounds up the latest action and previews the penultimate round of LV= County Championship games that begin tomorrow (17th August).
Durham's lead now stands at just eight points at the top of Division One of the LV= County Championship after Phil Mustard risked an innings forfeiture at Chester-le-Street, while Worcestershire move out of the relegation zone after victory over Sussex. In Division Two, Derbyshire kept their promotion hopes alive with a win over Gloucestershire.
On another day of action in the LV= County Championship, there was a win for Kent over Surrey and notable performances from Moeen Ali and Mal Loye while Nottinghamshire beat Glamorgn in the day's only CB40 fixture.
Darren Stevens was the star of the show in today's LV= County Championship action with a devastating spell of seven for 21 against Surrey. In todayâ€™s other matches, Worcestershire edged ahead of Sussex, Derbyshire took control over Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire hit back against Northamptonshire.
A crucial round of fixtures in the LV= County Championship got underway today, with Derbyshire, Surrey and Durham all enjoying marginally better days than Gloucestershire, Kent and Hampshire in their respective matches.
Hampshire opener Michael Lumb has signed a three-year contract with Nottinghamshire and will join the Outlaws from the start of the 2011 season.
Lumb has hardly featured in domestic cricket this season due to injury but he will head to Trent Bridge after time playing for the Sydney Sixers in the KFC Big Bash T20 League and the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League.
Daniel Grummitt previews tomorrowâ€™s county action which includes round 16 of the LV= County Championship. Four teams: Durham, Lancashire, Somerset and Warwickshire have a realistic hope of clinching the Division One title, while Yorkshire and Worcestershire appear to be fighting it out to ensure that they do not go down with Hampshire.
Northamptonshire and Middlesex look favourites to be promoted from DivisionTwo, but a win from one of Gloucestershire, Essex or Surrey could change that.