County Cricket

LV= County Championship - Final Round Preview

The penultimate round of the LV= County Championship last week decided all of the main positions in Division One, with Warwickshire confirmed as champions and Lancashire and Worcestershire the two sides relegated. However, Kent's defeat of Derbyshire threw the race for Division Two promotion wide open, while Gloucestershire's win over Northamptonshire made the battle to avoid the wooden spoon a three-way one. We take a look at all of the permutations and team news ahead of the final round of matches.
10 September 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 7th September

Lancashire,s failure to chase down the 304 for that they needed to beat Middlesex, coupled with Surrey's win over Nottinghamshire, was enough to send the county champions down into Division Two for 2013 less than 12 months after they won their historic title.
7 September 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 6th September

Warwickshire were crowned LV= County Champions a little after lunch on third day at New Road as they bowled Worcestershire out for 209 in their second innings to win by an innings and 202 runs. Chris Wright took the last three wickets to fall to end with figures of four for 65, while Keith Barker and Boyd Rankin took two each today.
6 September 2012

Warwickshire Win 2012 County Championship

Warwickshire won their seventh ever County Championship title by bowling Worcestershire out for 209 in their second innings midway through the third day at New Road, to complete victory by an innings and 202 runs. Alan Richardson was bowled by Chris Wright to wrap up the win that had looked inevitable ever since Worcestershire were bowled out for just 60 early on day one.
6 September 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 5th September

Warwickshire need eight more wickets tomorrow to secure the 2012 Championship title with a round of matches still to play. They racked up 471 for eight before declaring on the second day at New Road to take a monumental first innings lead of 411 against Worcestershire.
5 September 2012

County Cricket Round-Up - 4th September

Title favourites Warwickshire went a long way towards clinching the crown with a round of matches still to play by bowling out a hapless Worcestershire for just 60 on day one at New Road. Chris Wright and Keith Barker each ended with five wickets as the visitors needed just two bowlers to dismiss the home side for their lowest first-class core since 1971.
4 September 2012

Sussex's 'Best Ever Batsman' Murray Goodwin Released

Sussex have announced that Zimbabwe-born batsman Murray Goodwin will not be returning to the club for the 2013 season. Goodwin has endured a disappointing 2012 season, with a return of just 267 runs from 13 matches at an average of 13.35 in the Championship. He has fared better in one-day cricket and averaged almost 33 in the Friends Life t20.
3 September 2012

LV= County Championship Penultimate Round Preview

The penultimate round of the LV= County Championship will get underway tomorrow, with everything still to play for. Warwickshire could wrap up the title over the next four days if results in their match and elsewhere go their way, while the battle for promotion is hotting up in Division Two, with the three teams battling for the second promotion place separated by just six points. Full previews and team news for each fixture are below.
3 September 2012

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