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Subject: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/28/17 at 9:54 am

Essex seam bowler Jamie Porter has signed a two-year contract extension with the new county champions. The 24-year-old is the leading wicket-taker in the Championship this summer with 75 at an average of 16.82, three more than team-mate Simon Harmer. His new deal ties him to Chelmsford until the end of the 2020 season.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/28/17 at 2:53 pm

Sussex all-rounder Jofra Archer has signed a new contract to stay with the club until the end of the 2020 season. Archer, 22, was Sussex's leading wicket-taker in County Championship Division Two this season with 61 dismissals at an average of 25.29. The Barbados-born player has made 49 appearances for the county in all formats of the game since 2016. "He has achieved everything we could have expected and more," director of cricket Keith Greenfield said.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/29/17 at 12:46 pm

Seam bowler Brett Hutton is to leave promoted Nottinghamshire and join Northants on a three-year contract. The 24-year-old took 37 wickets as Notts finished second in Division Two of the County Championship, including 11 in two games against Northants. Hutton will fill the gap at Wantage Road caused by Mohammad Azharullah's decision to leave the club. "He will bring quality and competition to what is already a fine group of seam bowlers," said head coach David Ripley.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/29/17 at 1:11 pm

Division Two champions Worcestershire have made their first signing for 2018 by re-signing paceman Steve Magoffin from Sussex on a one-year deal. The 37-year-old Australian will return to New Road a decade on from the season he spent with the Pears in 2008. Queensland-born Magoffin, who was at Surrey in 2007, has taken 334 wickets over the past six years with Sussex. He was offered a contract by several other counties, including another Division One side.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/17 at 5:35 am

Andy Hurry has returned to Somerset as their new director of cricket, while bowling coach Jason Kerr has been promoted to head coach. The two men will replace former director of cricket Matt Maynard. Hurry, 52, coached at Somerset from 2001 and became the county's director of high performance for 2014, but then left to take charge of the England Young Lions programme. Former all-rounder Kerr, 43, had been working as assistant coach. Injury ended his playing career in 2002.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/17 at 7:55 am

Matthew Maynard would consider a return to Glamorgan after leaving his role as Somerset director of cricket. Ex-England batsman Maynard has left Taunton after three years in charge despite having two years left on his contract. The former Glamorgan coach and captain says he would welcome a return to the Swalec Stadium in some capacity. "It's a wonderful club and it may happen, we will have to wait and see," said Maynard. He says he plans to meet with the Welsh country's director of cricket Hugh Morris.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/17 at 9:54 am

Gloucestershire have signed Middlesex all-rounder Ryan Higgins on a three-year deal until the end of 2020.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/03/17 at 3:07 pm

Veteran Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens and spinner James Tredwell have extended their contracts with the club. Stevens, 41, took 62 wickets in Division Two of the County Championship at an average of 18.08 and scored 707 runs at 41.58. Tredwell, 35, took three wickets in his six first-class games last season.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/03/17 at 3:34 pm

Former England opener Michael Carberry will replace Mark Cosgrove as Leicestershire captain next summer, BBC Radio Leicester understands. Last week, Foxes chief executive Wasim Khan promised "wholesale changes" after a winless season in Division Two of the County Championship. Cosgrove joined the Foxes ahead of the 2015 season and has been Championship captain for the last three seasons. Carberry arrived on loan in August and signed a two-year contract last month. Leicestershire finished bottom of Division Two with nine defeats in 14 matches.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/03/17 at 4:32 pm

Wicketkeeper Daryn Smit has signed a one-year contract extension with Derbyshire to keep him at the club until the end of the 2019 season. The 33-year-old South African arrived on a two-year deal in March and scored 548 runs in all formats this summer, with 30 catches and three stumpings.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/17 at 11:44 am

Durham batsman Jack Burnham has been banned for a year after testing positive for a recreational drug. The 20-year-old failed the test under the England and Wales Cricket Board's illicit drugs policy after providing a hair sample in September. The club say Burnham will receive their support in tandem with the Professional Cricketers' Association and ECB. "I'm bitterly disappointed in my actions, I've let my team, members and supporters down," Burnham said.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/17 at 12:00 pm

Essex seam bowler Sam Cook has signed a two-year contract with the new county champions to run until 2019. The 20-year-old took 18 wickets in four Championship appearances, claiming five in an innings on two occasions. Cook will complete degree studies at Loughborough University before focusing on cricket full-time. "The last few weeks or so have been a bit of a blur, but it has been absolutely incredible," he told the club website.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/05/17 at 8:59 am

Batsman Graham Clark and wicketkeeper Michael Richardson have extended their contracts at Durham, which will now expire at the end of 2019. Clark, 24, was the county's third-highest first-class run scorer in the 2017 season, making his first century and nine half-centuries in all formats. Richardson, 31, has been with Durham for seven years and made nine half-centuries in the 2017 season. "They will each have a big role to play," head coach Jon Lewis said. "Both have a good range of skills that can be utilised in red-ball and white-ball cricket and in 2018 they have a chance to show what they can do as key members of the first team."

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/17 at 8:49 am

Derbyshire all-rounder Luis Reece has signed a new three-year deal with the club until the end of the 2020 season. The 27-year-old joined the county from Lancashire in October 2016 and scored 732 first-class runs, including two centuries, in 2017. He also scored 433 runs in the T20 Blast at a strike-rate of 138. "You work hard throughout the winter and into the summer, and then when you put in good performances it's always nice to be rewarded," Reece said.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/17 at 9:35 am

Durham captain Paul Collingwood has signed a new contract until the end of the 2018 season, his 22nd campaign with the county. The 41-year-old ex-England all-rounder, scored 1,087 Championship runs and 1,657 in total in 2017. He was named player of the year, players' player of the year and batsman of the year at the 2017 Durham Players Awards ceremony on Thursday. "I am so proud to still be playing for my home county," Collingwood said

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/17 at 5:34 am

Nottinghamshire paceman Matt Milnes has signed a one-year deal with the club. The 23-year-old was given a three-month contract in June, but has yet to make a first-team appearance. Milnes, who was born in Nottingham and came through the academy, said: "It's a very hard first team to break into, but that's the aim. "I haven't quite made the cut after being in first-team squads, but it's given me a taste for it and it's been great to learn from the senior lads." Director of cricket Mick Newell added: "Matt's been with us all year, part-time at first, and we've known about him for quite a long time. "He's probably been the stand-out pace bowler in the second team, so we feel he fully deserves the opportunity to become a full-time professional."

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/17 at 9:43 am

England opener Keaton Jennings says he cannot wait to start the next phase of his career with new county Lancashire. Jennings signed a four-year deal with the Red Rose club after attracting the interest of several other counties. The ex-Durham batsman will slot into a top order that includes Haseeb Hameed, Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone. "Between the four of us, hopefully we can grow together and really push this changing room to new heights," Jennings told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/17 at 1:33 am

England limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings has extended his contract with Kent, and been appointed as the club's vice-captain. The 26-year-old has played 13 one-day internationals and 13 T20 matches for England since making his debut for the national side in June 2015. "It means a lot to play for my home county," he said.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/17 at 6:45 am

Sussex batsman Luke Wells has extended his contract with the club, and will now remain at Hove until the end of the 2019 season. The 26-year-old left-hander was the top scorer in Division Two of the County Championship last season, with 1,292 runs at an average of 64.60. "We have a lot of work to do over the next two years and beyond to get back to winning ways," he said. "I'm hoping to continue leading from the front as a senior player." Eastbourne-born Wells, the son of former Sussex captain Alan Wells, has scored 6,489 runs in 107 first-class appearances for the club since making his debut in 2010.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/17 at 9:06 am

Worcestershire captain Joe Leach has signed a new three-year contract with the promoted club. Leach has been rewarded for leading from the front with a career-best campaign haul of 69 wickets as he led the Pears to promotion from Division Two in his first season as skipper. "Joe has been so consistent with the ball in Championship cricket," said director of cricket Steve Rhodes. "To secure him for the next three years sends a message to everyone."

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/17 at 11:03 am

Bowler Luke Wood has signed a contact extension with Nottinghamshire to keep him at Trent Bridge until 2019. The 22-year-old took 18 wickets in six first-class matches last season, with match figures of 8-83 at Northants.
The Nottinghamshire-born bowler said: "It was nice to get the opportunity at the end of the season.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/17 at 9:30 am

Worcestershire all-rounder Alex Hepburn has signed a new one-year contract with the Division Two champions. The Australia-born player finished as leading run-scorer and top wicket-taker for the club's second team in three and four-day cricket last season. He broke into the Worcestershire side for the final five T20 Blast matches, with figures of 5-24 against Notts - the county's best in T20 cricket. Hepburn, 21, said: "It is nice to get rewarded for a good season."

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/17 at 9:54 am

England international Chris Jordan has extended his contract at Sussex, and will remain at the club until the end of the 2019 season. The 29-year-old all-rounder was Sussex's leading wicket-taker in the T20 Blast last season, with 16. Jordan has scored 1,765 runs and taken 230 wickets across all three formats since his debut for Sussex in 2013. "He is becoming a key, senior figure in the squad," Sussex director of cricket Keith Greenfield said. Jordan has played eight Tests, 31 one-day internationals and 26 T20s for England since making his international debut in September 2013.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/17 at 10:08 am

Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson believes his omission from the England Lions squad to tour Australia is based on his displays in red ball cricket. The 27-year-old played two Tests for England against South Africa in July before he was dropped from the side. "I don't think I did myself any justice at Test level," Dawson told BBC Sport.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/13/17 at 6:41 am

Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper Tom Moores has signed a new contract which will see him stay at the Trent Bridge club until the end of the 2019 season. Moores, son of Notts and ex-England coach Peter, played every match as the Outlaws won the T20 Blast for the first time last season. Notts were also promoted from Division Two of the County Championship and won the One-Day Cup. "Being involved in the T20 Blast was the highlight of my career," he said.

Subject: Re: 2018 Cricket Season (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/15/17 at 6:53 am

Derbyshire have signed former West Indies seam bowler Ravi Rampaul from Surrey on a three-year contract. The 32-year-old, who took 49 wickets in 18 Tests, has joined the county as a non-overseas player and will be available to play in all three formats. "The club has ambitious plans for the years ahead and I'm excited by what we can achieve," he told the club website. Rampaul spent two seasons with Surrey and helped them reach the One-Day Cup final in 2017. Derbyshire finished eighth in Division Two of the County Championship and reached the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast last season.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/15/17 at 7:02 am

England cricketer Ben Stokes has married Clare Ratcliffe at a ceremony in East Brent, near Weston-super-Mare. International team-mates Joe Root, Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook were among the guests at the church service. Stokes, 26, was arrested last month on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol. Earlier this week, his agent said the all-rounder would publicly explain what happened "when the time is right".

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/16/17 at 7:53 am

Wicketkeeper Ben Cox has signed a new four-year contract with Division Two champions Worcestershire. The 25-year-old's existing deal at New Road still had three years to run but he has agreed improved terms until the end of the 2021 season. Cox is the 11th player to sign a new contract with the promoted county in 2017. "It's a statement of intent from the club that they want all the players now signing long-term contracts," Cox said.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/16/17 at 9:22 am

Leicestershire have named former Foxes and England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon as their new head coach. The 46-year-old has replaced Pierre de Bruyn, who left the county in September after one year in the role. Nixon, who won the County Championship twice as a Leicestershire player, appeared in 19 one-day internationals and one T20 game for England. "I know that I can make a positive impact in my new role and I can't wait to get started," he said.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 2:00 am

Northamptonshire all-rounder Rob Keogh has signed a new deal to stay with the club until the end of the 2019 season. Keogh has scored almost 4,000 runs in 139 games for Northants in all formats, having made his professional debut with the county in 2010. The 25-year-old off-spinner has also taken 73 wickets, averaging 39.89 with the ball in first-class matches. "Rob's a modern, three-dimensional cricketer, able to contribute in all formats," head coach David Ripley said.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 2:25 am

Nottinghamshire off-spinner Matt Carter has signed a new one-year contract.
The 21-year-old has made five first-class appearances for Notts so far, taking 17 wickets. He played a vital role in the final County Championship game of the season, which clinched promotion from Division Two, scoring 33 runs and taking 4-106 to help earn a draw against Sussex. "It's good to know the club have faith in my ability to contribute at senior level," Carter said.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 3:15 am

Leg-spinner Will Beer has signed a new one-year contract with Sussex. Beer, 29, has been at the club since he was 10 and has taken 153 wickets in 166 matches across all three formats. He took seven wickets in nine T20 Blast matches last season, as well as making three appearances in the One-Day Cup and one in the County Championship. "I am looking forward to kicking on from last season and hopefully bringing success and silverware back to Hove," he told the club website. Beer follows Chris Jordan, Luke Wells, Jofra Archer, Michael Burgess, Delray Rawlins, Abi Sakande and Stu Whittingham in signing new deals at Sussex.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 4:18 am

Nottinghamshire seamer Luke Fletcher is set to resume training for the first time since being hit in the head by the ball in a T20 Blast match in July. The 29-year-old, who was struck by a straight drive from Birmingham Bears' Sam Hain on his follow-through, is to return to training on 8 November. Fletcher said he was "lucky" to escape serious injury after the incident. "The consultant is extremely happy with his progress so far," physiotherapist James Pipe told Notts' website.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 4:46 am

Essex and England Lions batsman Dan Lawrence has signed a new contract with the county champions until 2019. The 20-year-old made 761 runs at an average of 44.76 in first-class cricket during the 2017 season. "For my first taste of Division One cricket, I thought I had a good season and to play a part in winning a first title in 25 years was incredible. "Hopefully 2018 can be just as good, if not better, and I can continue to score loads of runs," he said.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 6:53 am

Teenagers Conor McKerr, Ollie Pope and Amar Virdi have all extended their contracts with Surrey, and will remain at The Oval until the end of 2020. The three players, all 19, made their first-class debuts for Surrey in 2017. Wicketkeeper-batsman Pope scored 371 runs in one-day competition and then played in the club's final five games in the County Championship. Off-spinner Virdi took six wickets in three outings while seamer McKerr struck once in two appearances. Right-armer McKerr had a loan spell at Derbyshire last season, taking 14 wickets in two appearances.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 8:06 am

All-rounder Steven Mullaney has signed a four-year contract with Nottinghamshire.
The 30-year-old joined prior to the 2010 season and has become a crucial figure across all three formats. Mullaney played a key role last season, scoring 1,171 runs and taking 41 wickets as Notts won the One-Day Cup, the T20 Blast and were promoted from Division Two of the Championship. "It's fantastic to sign until 2021. I feel my best is set to come," he said.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 10:15 am

Somerset chairman Andy Nash is to step down in January after 10 years in the role and will be replaced by committee member Charles Clark. Nash will continue as a director of the England and Wales Cricket Board. Nash told the club website: "At the AGM in January I shall be handing over to Charles Clark, who has served for over six years on the general committee and is therefore very well qualified. "He is a man of integrity. He will be a very popular and effective leader."

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 12:14 pm

County champions Essex have signed Kent all-rounder Matt Coles on a contract until the end of the 2019 season. Coles started his career at Kent, before rejoining the club in 2015 after an 18-month spell with Hampshire. The 27-year-old has taken 334 wickets in first-class cricket at an average of 29.25 and a further 202 dismissals in limited-overs matches. He averages 20.17 with the bat in the four-day format, with one century and 12 fifties to his name.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/17 at 5:53 am

Gloucestershire seamer Chris Liddle has signed a one-year extension to his contract for the 2018 season. The 33-year-old, who has been with the county for two years, featured across all three formats of the game in 2017. The former Leicestershire man has taken 44 wickets in 31 first-class matches so far in his career. "Chris put together good performances in all formats, especially in the One-Day Cup," head coach Richard Dawson told Gloucestershire's club website.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/17 at 6:29 am

New limited-overs captain Colin Ingram says Glamorgan play the "right brand of cricket" to win a title. Glamorgan reached the T20 Blast Finals Day in 2017 after a quarter-final appearance the previous year. "I think there's a great atmosphere around our white-ball cricket and for me it'll be about building on that," said Ingram, who has skippered his South African side, Warriors. Michael Hogan continues as Glamorgan's County Championship captain.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/17 at 7:51 am

Surrey have signed Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh as their overseas player for 2018. The 26-year-old will be available to play in all forms of the game, international commitments permitting. Marsh, the son of former Australia opener Geoff, has played 21 Tests, 48 one-day internationals and nine T20s since making his debut in 2011. "The opportunity to challenge myself in English conditions is something I can't wait for," he told the club website. Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart described Marsh as a "highly talented, exciting and motivated" all-rounder. "His all-round abilities and experience will add great balance and depth to our squad," he added. Marsh's elder brother Shaun is also an international cricketer and had a spell in county cricket with Yorkshire this summer.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/17 at 8:53 am

Gloucestershire all-rounder Jack Taylor has been banned from bowling for 12 months because of an illegal action. The off-spinner, 25, was reported twice by different umpires within a year. An England and Wales Cricket Board hearing upheld the findings of an independent analysis at Loughborough University which showed his action was in excess of the allowed limit. It is the third time Taylor has been suspended from bowling, following bans in 2013 and 2016. The right-armer's suspension runs until 26 September 2018, after which he will be able to ask for a re-assessment of his action. Regulations state the elbow joint must not straighten by more than 15 degrees during a bowler's delivery.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/17 at 10:44 am

Sussex have released batsman Chris Nash from the final year of his contract, ending his 26-year stay at the club. The 34-year-old, who joined Sussex at the age of eight, requested to be released from his deal at Hove. Cuckfield-born Nash made his first-class debut in 2002 and has scored over 11,000 first-class runs, winning six major trophies with the club. A Sussex statement thanked the right-hander for his "long and distinguished service" to the club. Nash was a member of the Sussex side which won the Championship title in 2006 and 2007, one-day trophies in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and the Twenty20 Cup in 2009. He scored 578 runs at an average of 27.52 in the County Championship last season, as Sussex finished fourth in Division Two. Sussex said Nash requested to be released from his contract as he wishes to "take his career in another direction".

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/25/17 at 6:09 am

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has signed a new five-year contract with newly-promoted Worcestershire. Birmingham-born Moeen, who moved to New Road from Warwickshire in 2007, is now tied to Worcestershire until 2022. "To commit my future and probably the rest of my career to Worcestershire is a fantastic feeling," he said. The 30-year-old has played 129 times in all formats for England since his debut in 2014, scoring five centuries and taking 128 wickets in 44 Tests. Moeen has made 18 County Championship appearances in four seasons for Worcestershire, and has also squeezed in regular appearances in limited-overs matches since becoming an England regular.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/25/17 at 9:05 am

Middlesex batsman Max Holden has signed a new contract, which will keep him at Lord's until the end of 2020. The 19-year-old spent most of last season on loan at Northamptonshire, scoring 629 runs at an average of 39.31 in the County Championship. England Under-19 captain Holden made his first-class debut for Middlesex against Hampshire last month. "In 2017 he gave everyone a glimpse of what he is capable of," said managing director of cricket Angus Fraser.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/25/17 at 12:04 pm

Essex opener Nick Browne has signed a contract extension with the club until the end of the 2019 season. The 26-year-old scored 952 County Championship runs in 2017 as Essex won the title for the first time since 1992 and went unbeaten through the campaign. Browne also shared a county-record opening stand of 373 with Alastair Cook against Middlesex in June. "After the season we have had, it was an easy decision to sign a contract extension," the left-hander said.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/25/17 at 2:30 pm

Sussex have parted company with head coach Mark Davis by mutual consent following an internal club review of the season. The 46-year-old took charge in November 2015 after Mark Robinson left Hove to become head coach of England women. South Africa-born Davis joined Sussex as a player in 2001 and moved onto the coaching staff after retiring in 2005. "Action needed to be taken in order to build for the future," chief executive Rob Andrew said.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/26/17 at 8:52 am

Former Sussex captain Chris Adams would "find it very hard" to turn down a role at the club if he was offered one. The Hove-based side are looking for a new head coach after parting company with Mark Davis on Wednesday. Adams, 47, won the County Championship three times during 11 years as a player with the county. "My heart and my passion is there but I don't make those decisions. If there was a position of some form it would be hard to say no," Adams told BBC Sussex.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/27/17 at 4:35 am

Australian fast bowler Nathan Rimmington has joined Division Two side Durham on a two-year deal. The 34-year-old played for Melbourne Renegades in the 2016-17 Big Bash League and will be available across all three formats for Durham until at least the end of the 2019 campaign. He has taken 103 first-class wickets at an average of 30.18. "I feel like I have a lot to offer in terms of experience and leadership," Rimmington said. Rimmington, who holds a British passport, has also played for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and is a handy lower-order batsman with a first-class best of 102 not out.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/27/17 at 5:21 am

Hampshire all-rounder Ian Holland has signed a new two-year contract with the county after impressing in his first full season for the club. Former Victoria bowler Holland, 27, who won Australian show Cricket Superstar in 2012, is a British passport holder through his English father. He took 19 County Championship Division One wickets in eight appearances last season, at an average of 18.47. "It's great the club have shown faith in me," the right-armer said. "I'm excited to sign a new contract with Hampshire," he added. "I thoroughly enjoyed my first season with the first team."

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/27/17 at 10:02 am

Fast bowler James Weighell has signed a new two-year contract with Durham. Weighell, 23, has spent his entire career with the county and will now stay until the end of the 2020 season. He took 38 wickets across all three competitions in 2017, including 11 in four County Championship matches. "We've been impressed with James' development with both bat and ball and feel he can offer a lot to our bowling attack in red and white ball cricket," said head coach Jon Lewis. Weighell follows Graham Clark, Michael Richardson and Paul Collingwood in signing new deals at the north east county this month, while Durham have also signed Australian fast bowler Nathan Rimmington.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/28/17 at 4:32 pm

Surrey's England quartet Mark Stoneman, Ben Foakes, Jason Roy and Tom Curran have all extended their contracts at The Oval for at least three more years. The news of opening batsman Stoneman and wicketkeeper Foakes signing new deals comes on the day they fly off on England's Ashes tour to Australia.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/30/17 at 2:00 pm

Sussex wicketkeeper-batsman Michael Burgess has extended his contract with the Division Two club. The 23-year-old, who agreed a new one-year deal in September, will now remain at Hove until the end of 2019. The right-hander scored his maiden first-class century in the final game of the season against Nottinghamshire. "It was felt that, after outstanding performances at the end of the season, Michael deserved a further year," said director of cricket Keith Greenfield.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/30/17 at 3:16 pm

Essex's England batsman Tom Westley has agreed a new two-year contract. The 28-year-old helped them become county champions last month and played five tests for England this summer. After scoring 59 on his debut against South Africa, he failed to make double figures in five of his next seven innings and missed out on selection for this winter's Ashes tour of Australia. "To be a part of this team with my close friends and achieve the success we have done is special," he said.

Subject: Re: British Cricket (Summer UK, and relevant news)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/31/17 at 11:58 am

All-rounder Luke Wright has extended his contract with Sussex, keeping him at Hove until the end of 2020. The 32-year-old, who joined the county in 2004, spent 18 months captaining the side in all formats before stepping down from the role in June. Wright has scored over 13,000 runs and taken 244 wickets in 382 appearances for the club, winning two Championship titles and four white-ball trophies. He has also played 50 one-day internationals and 51 T20s for England.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/17 at 2:25 am

Essex head coach Chris Silverwood will take over as full-time England bowling coach from January. Silverwood, 42, replaces former West Indies bowler Ottis Gibson, who left to become head coach of South Africa. Former England seamer Silverwood, who played in six Tests and seven ODIs, led Essex to their first County Championship for 25 years in September. He will not be involved in the Ashes, with England using former New Zealand bowler Shane Bond as a consultant.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/17 at 7:07 am

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove is determined to see the county avoiding another brush with County Championship relegation in 2018. They stayed up by two points in 2017 after being reinstated in Division One a year earlier after Durham's demotion. Bransgrove will meet with coaching staff later this month to plan a title challenge next summer. "Last season we were in the frame at the top end after the first three of four games," he told BBC Radio Solent.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/17 at 7:26 am

Nottinghamshire have signed opener Chris Nash on a three-year contract. The 34-year-old former England Lions batsman was a free agent after left Sussex granted his request to end his 26-year stay with the club. Nash made his first-class debut in 2002 and has scored over 11,000 first-class runs, winning six major trophies. He said it was an easy decision to renew his link with Notts head coach Peter Moores, who gave him his first deal at Sussex.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/17 at 10:51 am

Surrey have appointed Richard Bedbrook as the first full-time head coach of their women's side. The 39-year-old has overseen the Surrey Stars in the Women's Super League for the past two years alongside his role in the club's academy. He will now also take control of the Surrey women's team that plays in the county One-Day Cup and T20 competition. "I'm very pleased to be given the opportunity to take on this new role," Bedbrook told the club website. "Having the task to take the women's team and other elite women's programmes forwards is a great moment in my career."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/03/17 at 7:31 am

Graeme Welch has left his job as assistant coach with Leicestershire to rejoin Warwickshire as bowling coach in the wake of Alan Richardson's exit. Former Bears medium-pacer Welch, 45, left Essex to become bowling coach at Edgbaston under Ashley Giles in January 2010, helping the team to win the County Championship in 2012. Welch left to become elite performance director with Derbyshire in 2014. But he left Derby in June 2016 after two and a half years in charge.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/03/17 at 10:27 am

Veteran Lancashire batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has signed a new one-year deal to remain with the county for the 2018 season. The former West Indies international, 43, hit 819 runs in the 2017 County Championship, averaging above 50. "I'm very excited to return for the 2018 season having thoroughly enjoyed last year's campaign," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/06/17 at 4:43 am

England Test vice-captain Ben Stokes' absence from the Ashes tour of Australia is a "blow" to the team, says director of cricket Andrew Strauss. Stokes is awaiting the outcome of a police investigation into his involvement in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub on 25 September. England have completed their first warm-up match for the Ashes, which start in Brisbane on 23 November. "The situation in a word is complicated," Strauss told the BBC.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/06/17 at 12:58 pm

Batsman Alex Blake has become the latest Kent player to sign a new contract with the club. The 28-year-old was restricted to white-ball cricket during the 2017 season and hit a 46-ball century in a One-Day Cup game against Somerset. "I feel I've got a lot to offer the team in all three formats of the game," Blake told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/17 at 1:58 pm

Warwickshire have appointed former captain Ian Westwood in a new role as development coach - five months on from his retirement as a player. Westwood, 35, who had explored the possibility of becoming a first-class umpire, has opted to stay at Edgbaston. As part of the county's end-of-season restructuring, he is now responsible for helping to support academy players make the transition to the first team. Tony Frost remains unaffected as the county's second XI and batting coach.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/08/17 at 9:40 am

Former Glamorgan captain and director of cricket Matthew Maynard is to rejoin the Welsh county as a consultant batting coach. Maynard will take up a part-time role under head coach Robert Croft. The 51-year-old will work with both first-team squad members and academy players in the new position. Maynard left his post as Somerset director of cricket at the end of the 2017 season, after a reorganisation of their coaching structure.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/10/17 at 4:56 am

Hampshire quartet Jimmy Adams, Fidel Edwards, Brad Taylor and Chris Wood have all signed one-year contract extensions with the county. All four have penned new deals at the Ageas Bowl taking them through until the end of the 2018 season. Top-order batsman Adams, 37, will start his 17th season with the club in April. Former West Indies paceman Edwards, 35, will return for a fourth season at the club having taken 33 County Championship wickets in 2017. "I'm delighted to stay at the club and to still be part of the group is great," former county captain Adams told BBC Radio Solent.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/17 at 11:08 am

Tim Ambrose says Warwickshire's young players should be given the empowerment to drive the club forward. The Bears were relegated from Division One of the County Championship last season with one victory and nine defeats, five of them by an innings. Wicketkeeper batsman Ambrose, 34, told BBC WM: "It is going to be up to the youngsters to step up and take direction of this team. "We should give them that platform and that empowerment to do it." The Bears also finished bottom of the One-Day Cup North Group, but found form in the T20 Blast as they reached Finals Day on their home Edgbaston ground, before defeat in the final by Notts Outlaws.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/17 at 12:05 pm

Australia opener Aaron Finch has signed a two-year contract to play Twenty20 cricket for Surrey. The 30-year-old right-hander has played in the T20 Blast in the past two years for the south London club, scoring 748 runs in 19 appearances. "Aaron is one of the leading T20 batsmen in the game," Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/17 at 1:28 pm

Essex wicketkeeper James Foster has signed a new one-year deal with the county champions for 2018. Foster has spent his entire career with Essex, scoring over 18,000 runs and accounting for more than 800 dismissals across all three formats of the game. The 37-year-old won seven Test caps and 16 limited-overs caps for England. "He fought his way back into the team last season which shows what sort of character he is," chairman John Faragher told BBC Essex.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/13/17 at 5:49 am

Fast bowler George Garton has signed a two-year contract extension with Sussex, keeping him at Hove until 2020. Garton, 20, has been called up by England as cover for Jake Ball, who injured his ankle in an Ashes warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI. He will remain with the squad for the remaining warm-up game in Townsville before the first Test on 23 November, before rejoining the Lions party for their camp in Brisbane and Perth. Garton joined Sussex at under-10 level.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/17 at 5:18 am

Steven Mullaney has been appointed Nottinghamshire club captain following the retirement of Chris Read. The 31-year-old all-rounder will serve as skipper in four-day and 50-over cricket, with a decision still to be made on the T20 captaincy. "It's a huge honour and a privilege to be asked to be captain of such a great club," said Mullaney. Mullaney moved to Trent Bridge in 2010 and scored 620 runs and took 25 wickets in the County Championship last season. The former Lancashire player was a key part in the county securing promotion from Division Two, as well as winning silverware in both the T20 Blast and One-Day Cup in 2017. "I'm delighted Steven has accepted our offer to be club captain and believe he will do an excellent job," said director of cricket Mike Newell. "Should Dan Christian return as one of our overseas players for T20, as we hope he will, then he will captain that side, but Steven will lead us in the other two formats."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/17 at 12:29 pm

Derbyshire have escaped punishment over the loss of their entire rain-hit four-day County Championship match with Kent at Chesterfield in September 2017. The England and Wales Cricket Board's Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) have merely cautioned the county. But the CDC has advised all first-class counties in future not to use out-grounds before mid-May or in September.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/27/17 at 9:03 am

Warwickshire have named veteran New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel as County Championship and One-Day Cup captain for the 2018 season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/27/17 at 10:09 am

County champions Essex have appointed former bowler and Olympic fencer David Acfield as the club's new president. The 70-year-old played more than 400 first-class games for Essex and takes over the role from club legend Doug Insole, who died in August. Since retiring in 1986 after 20 years as a player, Acfield has held roles as chairman and treasurer at the club.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/27/17 at 11:53 am

County champions Essex have appointed assistant coach Anthony McGrath as their new head coach. Ex-Yorkshire and England all-rounder McGrath joined Essex in February 2016 as assistant to Chris Silverwood, who left his position on 1 November to become England bowling coach. McGrath, 42, had previously spent a year on Yorkshire's coaching staff. "He was an integral part of the success over the past two years," chief executive Derek Bowden said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/27/17 at 4:43 pm

Kent all-rounder Will Gidman has extended his contract with the club. The 32-year-old initially joined the county on loan from Nottinghamshire in July 2016, before agreeing a permanent switch at the end of that season. He scored 236 Championship runs at an average of 16.65 last season, as well as taking five wickets in 10 matches. "Will is an extremely experienced cricketer whose contribution within the group is priceless," head coach Matt Walker told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/30/17 at 9:31 am

Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone will replace Steven Croft as the club's captain for the 2018 season. Livingstone, 24, made his Red Rose debut in 2015 and played two Twenty20 internationals for England in 2017. He replaces Croft, 33, who captained Lancashire for two years and led the county to the 2015 T20 Blast title as well as promotion to Division One. "I feel privileged, humbled, and most of all, hugely excited by this opportunity," Livingstone said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/30/17 at 4:17 pm

Newly-appointed Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie hopes to bring a "very positive and aggressive" brand of cricket to the county. The 42-year-old former Yorkshire coach has agreed a three-year deal at Hove and will take charge in March. "We have to work out how we are going to go about our style of play," the ex-Australia fast bowler told BBC Sussex.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/01/17 at 6:01 am

Lancashire have signed Australia all-rounder James Faulkner on a two-year Twenty20 contract. The 27-year-old had a spell with the Red Rose in 2015 and helped the team to the 2015 T20 Blast title. Faulkner was due to rejoin the county for 2017, but the move was blocked by Australia because of a knee injury. The pace bowler has taken 170 wickets in 149 T20 matches, including 24 international games, and scored 1,098 runs at a strike rate of 125.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/09/17 at 7:03 am

Hampshire wicketkeeper-batsman Calvin Dickinson has signed a new contract with the county. The 21-year-old broke into the first team in the 2017 season after an injury to Lewis McManus, featuring in the T20 Blast semi-final loss to Notts Outlaws. Pace bowler Chris Sole, 23, has also been handed a deal until the end of next season. Scotland international Sole is yet to make a first-team appearance following a hand injury last season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/12/17 at 11:50 am

Yorkshire have re-signed New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson for a fourth spell with the county. Williamson, 27, will join up with the Headingley side in July and will be available for four County Championship matches and 11 T20 Blast games. Meanwhile, Harry Brook, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Jack Leaning and Matthew Waite have signed new deals. Pace bowler Coad, 23, took 50 wickets in Division One last season and has signed on until the end of 2020.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/12/17 at 2:58 pm

All-rounder Ravi Bopara has renewed his contract until the end of next season at county champions Essex. The 32-year-old, who has played 13 Tests, 120 One Day and 38 Twenty20 games for England, has spent his entire career at Chelmsford. "I have been with the club since I was 11-years-old and have loved every minute of it," Bopara said. "The 2017 season was incredibly special and I believe we are in a good place to build on our Division One title."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/13/17 at 12:24 am

Lancashire all-rounder Danny Lamb and seamer Toby Lester have signed new contracts with the county to the end of the 2018 season. Lamb, 22, took two wickets on his List A debut in Lancashire's One-Day Cup defeat by Nottinghamshire in May. Lester, 24, played 10 games for the Red Rose's second XI, taking 22 wickets in nine appearances. "We hope they'll both hit the ground running come the 2018 season," said Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/13/17 at 5:32 am

Kiran Carlson has signed a new three-year contract that will keep him with Glamorgan until at least 2020. The 19-year-old is the youngest player in county first-class history to score a century and take a five-wicket haul. Carlson took 5-28 against Northampton on 31 August 2016 on his Championship debut and 12 days later hit an unbeaten 101 against Essex. "It's great to commit to Glamorgan for the next three years and nice to have that security," Carlson said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/15/17 at 3:11 am

Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher has been given the all-clear to return to training following a head injury. Fletcher, 29, has been out of action since being struck on the head by the ball during a T20 Blast match in July. He has been able to bowl in the nets recently, but the news from the doctor means can train from 8 January and return to matches for the 2018 season. "It's very pleasing to finally get the nod to start full training again," Fletcher told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/15/17 at 8:56 am

Steve Rhodes has left his role as director of cricket at Worcestershire following an internal investigation into his conduct. It was announced on 29 November that the club were "dealing with a disciplinary matter".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/28/17 at 2:31 am

England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and Test bowler Toby Roland-Jones are among four players who have extended their deals with Middlesex. Morgan, 31, has scored more than 7,000 runs since his debut in 2005, while Roland-Jones has taken 458 wickets in 181 appearances. The paceman, 29, made his Test and one-day international debuts in 2017. Off-spinner Ollie Rayner and batsman Stevie Eskinazi have also agreed new contracts with the Lord's club.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/28/17 at 5:00 am

Somerset have signed Australia opener Cameron Bancroft as an overseas player for the 2018 county season. The 25-year-old has played all three Tests in the current Ashes series and saw Australia to victory in the opening game in Brisbane with an unbeaten 82.
Bancroft will play for Somerset in the County Championship and One-Day Cup. "This will be a key ingredient to us achieving our aspirations of winning silverware," said Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/28/17 at 5:30 am

Nottinghamshire's T20 Blast-winning captain Dan Christian has agreed a new contract to play for the club in the competition for two more seasons. The Australian all-rounder, 34, first joined the Outlaws in 2015. "I'm thrilled," Christian said. "To lead Notts to their first T20 Blast win ranks as one of the most memorable moments of my career." Christian has made 16 international T20 appearances and has a further 19 caps in one-day internationals. The Outlaws begin the defence of the title they won for the first time in 2017 when they face Birmingham Bears, who they beat in last season's final, at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, 4 July.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/28/17 at 10:59 am

Middlesex opening batsmen Nick Gubbins and Sam Robson have extended their contracts with the club. Left-hander Gubbins has scored over 3,500 runs in all competitions since making his debut in 2014. On Tuesday, the 23-year-old was named in the England Lions squad to tour the West Indies in early 2018. Right-hander Robson, 28, played seven Tests for England in 2014 and scored 785 Championship runs at an average of 39.25 last season. The club, who were relegated from Division One in the summer, 12 months after winning the title, have not disclosed the length of the pair's new deals.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/28/17 at 12:54 pm

Former Nottinghamshire captain and wicketkeeper Chris Read will return to the club in 2018 as a part-time coach. Read, 39, retired at the end of last season after helping Notts win the One-Day Cup and promotion from County Championship Division Two. He amassed a club record 983 first-class dismissals and scored 15,103 runs in 20 seasons at Trent Bridge. The former England player sat out of the Outlaws' T20 Blast win, instead having an off-the-field role. Notts head coach Peter Moores said: "To be able to tap into Chris' knowledge as a captain and player, as well as his specialist skills which he can use to can support our wicketkeepers, makes him the perfect fit for our coaching team."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/29/17 at 2:48 am

All-rounder Kieran Noema-Barnett has signed a one-year contract extension for County Championship Division Two side Gloucestershire. The 30-year-old, who joined Gloucestershire after a trial in 2014, has a career total of 120 wickets and two first-class centuries. The New Zealand left-hander said: "I'm happy to have signed a contract extension at Gloucestershire. "Hopefully I can contribute towards a successful 2018 season."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/29/17 at 4:45 am

Glamorgan fast bowler Marchant de Lange says a new 10-over format for cricket could help spread the game to new audiences and new countries. South African paceman De Lange played for Bengali Tigers in a trial tournament in the United Arab Emirates. "It's definitely something I think will take off and spread around the world," he told BBC Sport Wales. Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan and Ravi Bopara were among the England players involved in Sharjah.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/29/17 at 6:49 am

Surrey all-rounder Scott Borthwick has signed a new contract, and will remain at The Oval until the end of 2020. The 27-year-old moved from Durham last winter and featured in 12 Championship matches, scoring 446 runs at an average of 24.77 and taking four wickets. Borthwick played one Test for England against Australia in 2014, having appeared in two one-dayers and one T20 international in 2011. "My first year here has shown me what a talented group we have," he said. "I'm excited for what the future can bring for this team."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/04/18 at 2:45 am

Worcestershire have appointed former spinner Matt Rawnsley as their new chief executive.
The 41-year-old, who played at New Road between 1996 and 2002, will replace Tom Scott in the role on 1 March. Rawnsley will help the county look for a new head coach following Steve Rhodes' departure in December. "Matt inherits an exciting team and a club well set to continue to grow - on and off the pitch," said Worcestershire chairman Stephen Taylor.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/09/18 at 6:01 am

Trevor Bayliss will step down as England coach when his contract expires at the end of the 2019 Ashes. The 55-year-old, who was appointed in 2015, has just seen his side beaten 4-0 in Australia, but told England director of cricket Andrew Strauss of his plans a year ago. "I'm contracted to September 2019 and that will see me out," the Australian told BBC Sport.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/10/18 at 12:40 am

Yorkshire opening batsman Adam Lyth has signed a two-year contract extension. The 30-year-old, who played seven Tests for England in 2015, made his debut for the Headingley side 11 years ago. He struggled for runs in the County Championship in 2017, but his 161 off 73 balls against Northants in the T20 Blast in August is the highest ever score in English T20 cricket. "I've been here since I was 11 and I was absolutely thrilled to sign an extension," he told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/13/18 at 2:44 am

Worcestershire have appointed Kevin Sharp as their new head coach. Sharp, 58, was second team and batting coach at New Road and replaces Steve Rhodes, who was sacked in December. It has been reported Rhodes delayed telling the county about the arrest of 22-year-old all-rounder Alex Hepburn, who was charged with two counts of rape last month. Former Worcestershire paceman Alan Richardson, 42, has also replaced Matt Mason as bowling coach.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/13/18 at 5:40 am

Middlesex bowler James Harris has extended his contract with the Division Two club. The 28-year-old has taken 146 wickets in 48 first-class appearances since moving to Lord's from Glamorgan ahead of the 2013 campaign. "I am delighted that James has committed his immediate future to Middlesex," managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said. "He is a huge asset to the club and has many good years ahead of him."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/13/18 at 6:46 am

Ireland will take on Somerset in a four-day encounter at Taunton as preparation for their first men's Test match in May against Pakistan. The game against the county side on 6-9 April will see Irish left-arm spinner George Dockrell returning to the County Ground, where he spent five seasons. "Everyone is buzzing ahead of the historic first Test and this game will be a great help," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/15/18 at 8:53 am

England cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with affray over an incident outside a Bristol nightclub.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/16/18 at 9:53 am

Somerset will be captained in this year's T20 Blast by Lewis Gregory. Gregory, 25, led the side in last season's five-wicket quarter-final defeat by eventual winners Notts. And, although Tom Abell will captain the side in the County Championship and the One-Day Cup, Gregory will take over in the shortest form of the game. "To have my name on the captain's board alongside some of the great names in the club's history is a huge privilege," said Devon-born Gregory. Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said: "Lewis has established himself as a key member of the squad with the bat, the ball and within the dressing room.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/18/18 at 8:13 am

Kent have named Sam Billings as their new club captain in all formats of the game, replacing Sam Northeast. Wicket-keeper-batsman Billings, 26, made his Kent debut in 2011 and has played 13 one-day internationals and 13 T20 matches for England. Batsman Northeast, 28, had been skipper since 2016, but is now free to speak to other counties about a possible move. "I am incredibly proud and honoured to have been offered the captaincy," Billings told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/18/18 at 9:26 am

Lancashire have signed Australian pace bowler Joe Mennie for the 2018 season as the club's overseas player. The 29-year-old, who currently plays for South Australia and Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash, has taken 200 first-class wickets in 53 matches. Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple said: "It was really important that we brought in a high-quality overseas player to the club. "Joe will be involved in all three competitions throughout the season." Mennie, who has signed for Lancashire until 2 September, will play alongside fellow Australian James Faulkner, who joined the club for the T20 Blast last month. "I can't wait to join up with Lancashire for the upcoming county season." Mennie told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/18/18 at 10:43 am

Nottinghamshire are considering Australia spinner Nathan Lyon as their overseas player for the upcoming season, reports BBC Radio Nottingham. The 30-year-old played county cricket for Division Two champions Worcestershire in 2017 and took six wickets in four Championship matches. Lyon was an integral part of the Australian side that reclaimed the Ashes 4-0 earlier this month. The off-spinner took 21 wickets at an average of 29.23.Lyon is understood to be one of a number of overseas options Notts are considering for the 2018 campaign.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/18/18 at 12:03 pm

Kent have appointed former England wicketkeeper Paul Downton as their new director of cricket. The 60-year-old was managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board from February 2014 to April 2015.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/19/18 at 7:39 am

Somerset seamer Tim Groenewald has extended his contract until the end of the 2019 season. The 34-year-old South African has taken more than 150 wickets across all three formats for the Taunton side since joining from Derbyshire in June 2014. "I'm really happy to be staying. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Somerset and I wouldn't want to play for anyone else," he told the club website. "It's an ambitious club and no one is happy to settle for second best."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/19/18 at 10:07 am

Leicestershire have signed Pakistan seam bowlers Mohammad Abbas and Sohail Khan to share the club's main overseas role for the 2018 season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/24/18 at 1:23 am

Middlesex pace bowler Tom Helm has extended his contract with the club. The 23-year-old made his debut in 2013, but injury has restricted him to 10 first-class and 26 white-ball appearances for the county. "For some time we have been saying that all Tom has needed is an injury-free year," managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said. "In 2017 he virtually achieved this and we all witnessed what he is capable of producing in matches." Middlesex have not disclosed the length of Helm's new deal.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/24/18 at 3:44 am

Paul Russell, a former Glamorgan cricket club chairman and ex-Ebbw Vale RFC president, has died. Russell became the Welsh county's chairman in 2003 and left the role in 2011. During that time he helped turn their home ground in Cardiff into a Test and one day international cricket venue. Ebbw Vale issued a statement praising Russell for the role he played after rugby union turned professional in 1995. In the statement, The Steelmen said: "Those of us that were fortunate to follow the club at that time have fantastic memories to thank Paul for. "His contribution to his home town club cannot be underestimated and will never be forgotten."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/24/18 at 5:39 am

Off-spinner Dom Bess has signed a new two-year deal with Somerset. Bess made his first Somerset appearance in 2016 against Pakistan, followed by an impressive County Championship debut against Warwickshire. The 20-year-old has featured in 12 first-class matches, taking 49 wickets. "We are pleased that one of the most exciting young spinners in the country has committed his future to the club," said Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/24/18 at 10:55 am

Surrey have appointed Vikram Solanki as assistant head coach, with Stuart Barnes leaving the south London club to pursue other opportunities. Barnes, 47, moved to The Oval from Gloucestershire in October 2012, initially as bowling coach. Former England limited-overs batsman Solanki, 41, has been coaching at Surrey since retiring in 2015. "I'd like to thank Barnesy for all his effort and dedication to the job," said director of cricket Alec Stewart. "Vik has impressed everyone since being brought onto the coaching staff after ending his playing career and has earnt this promotion."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 7:36 am

Sussex have signed Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for the first half of their T20 Blast campaign. The 19-year-old has taken 42 wickets at an average of 14.35 in 27 Twenty20 internationals since his debut in 2015.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 7:47 am

County champions Essex have signed Australia paceman Peter Siddle for the first five games of the 2018 Championship season. The 33-year-old, who has 62 Test caps for his country, is set to make his bow in their Division One opener in April. He has previous four-day experience in England with Nottinghamshire, where he left in March because of a back injury. "I've enjoyed my previous experiences of county cricket and can't wait to get under way at Chelmsford," Siddle said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 9:54 am

Northamptonshire have re-signed Sri Lanka all-rounder Seekkuge Prasanna for this summer's T20 Blast campaign. He played 10 games for the Steelbacks in the 2016 competition when they lifted the trophy for the second time. The 30-year-old, who bowls leg-spin, will arrive prior to their first group game against Leicestershire on 4 July. "We know he's capable of boundary hitting - he's an archetypal T20 cricketer," head coach David Ripley told BBC Radio Northampton.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 10:06 am

Middlesex have appointed England batsman Dawid Malan as captain across all formats of the game. The 30-year-old, who has played 10 Tests and one T20 international, has scored over 14,000 runs for the club since making his debut in 2006. Malan, who became Middlesex skipper in the T20 Blast in 2016, replaces all-rounder James Franklin in the role. England opener Sam Robson has been appointed as Malan's vice-captain in the County Championship.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 10:40 am

Derbyshire seamer Ben Cotton has left the club after agreeing to cancel the final year of his contract. Cotton appeared in 67 games for Derbyshire in all formats of the game, taking 89 wickets. The 24-year-old made only two appearances in first-class cricket last season, but played in eight T20 Blast fixtures, taking nine wickets. "Ben has shown that at his best he can take wickets," cricket advisory director Kim Barnett said. "But with opportunities likely to be limited this year, we felt that it would be best for both parties that Ben should be able to pursue his career elsewhere."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 11:55 am

Sussex all-rounder Jofra Archer says he is "doing the maths" to ensure he qualifies for his "dream" of playing Test cricket for England. Barbados-born Archer, 22, is not eligible for England until the winter of 2022, when he will have completed the seven-year residency period. He needs to spend 210 days a year in England to complete his residency. "I think I have a longer career in England than I would have in Barbados," he told Stumped on BBC World Service. Archer, who was sold in this month's IP

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 12:35 pm

Northamptonshire have signed New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell for the first month of the 2018 season. The 27-year-old is available for four County Championship matches before South African all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt arrives in mid-May. Bracewell has played 27 Test matches, 16 one-day internationals and 17 Twenty20 fixtures for New Zealand. "It's a great opportunity to challenge myself in different conditions," Bracewell said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 2:07 pm

Middlesex pace bowler Tom Helm has extended his contract with the club. The 23-year-old made his debut in 2013, but injury has restricted him to 10 first-class and 26 white-ball appearances for the county. "For some time we have been saying that all Tom has needed is an injury-free year," managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said. "In 2017 he virtually achieved this and we all witnessed what he is capable of producing in matches." Middlesex have not disclosed the length of Helm's new deal.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 3:13 pm

Birmingham Bears have re-signed New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme for their 2018 T20 Blast campaign.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 4:17 pm

New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi has agreed a new deal to return to Notts Outlaws as their second overseas player for the T20 Blast in 2018. The 25-year-old, the world's number one T20 bowler in the ICC rankings, helped the Outlaws to a first victory in the competition in September. Sodhi is expected to be available for all of Notts' T20 matches. "I can't wait to come back as it was such an amazing experience playing in a winning team last year," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 5:02 pm

Derbyshire all-rounder Tom Milnes has been released by the county. The 25-year-old joined the club at the end of the 2015 season after a loan spell from Warwickshire. He made 11 first-class appearances for the Division Two side, but played mostly for the second XI in 2017. "With opportunities likely to be limited for Tom in the coming season, we have agreed that he should be able to pursue his career elsewhere," cricket advisor Kim Barnett said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/06/18 at 5:10 pm

Matt Mason has left Worcestershire after 16 years to join Leicestershire as the club's new head bowling coach.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/09/18 at 2:37 am

Karl Krikken has left his role as Shropshire director of cricket to take on a coaching position with Lancashire. Krikken, 48, has been named lead coach at the county's Indoor Cricket Centre at Old Trafford and will also be head coach of the under-14s side. Shropshire chairman Toby Shaw praised Krikken's "fantastic professionalism". "He's helped the development of many of the players. His coaching abilities were very well received and we are sorry to see him go," Shaw added. Krikken spent 27 years at Derbyshire as a player and coach before joining Minor Counties side Shropshire in 2014.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/09/18 at 6:54 am

Worcestershire have signed Australia batsman Travis Head as their "main overseas player" for the 2018 season. Head will be available for all formats of the game for the newly-promoted Championship Division One side. The 24-year-old has played 34 one-dayers and nine T20 internationals. "He is ambitious to play Test cricket and Cricket Australia have encouraged him and other young players to play cricket this summer," Worcestershire vice-chairman Tim Curtis said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/18 at 1:38 pm

New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner will re-join county champions Essex in May. The 31-year-old is available for all formats and has signed until the end of July, though he could extend his stay until the end of the campaign. He began last season with the Chelmsford side and returned for their final three County Championship games as they lifted the title. "We have been working hard on bringing Neil back for a while," said Essex head coach Anthony McGrath.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/16/18 at 2:28 am

India fast bowler Ishant Sharma will join Sussex for the first two months of the English county season. The 29-year-old has taken 234 wickets in 81 Test matches, and has also played 80 one-day internationals and 14 T20s for his country. The right-armer will be available for five games in the County Championship, and all eight of Sussex's group stage fixtures in the One-Day Cup. "I am looking forward to my maiden stint in county cricket," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/16/18 at 11:22 am

Derbyshire have signed New Zealand international spinner Mitchell Santner as their overseas player for the second half of the 2018 season. Santner, 26, who helped New Zealand reach the 2016 World T20 semi-finals, has played the short format for the last two summers with Worcestershire. He broke his finger on his debut in 2016, missing the rest of the season. But he returned last summer to play in 13 of the 14 matches, taking 13 wickets and weighing in with 239 runs. "We're delighted to secure Mitchell for the second half of the 2018 season," said Derbyshire cricket advisor Kim Barnett

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/18/18 at 11:33 am

England all-rounder Adil Rashid will only play white-ball cricket for Yorkshire during the 2018 season. The club are renegotiating the leg-spinner's contract, although the 29-year-old's situation will be reviewed in the autumn. Rashid, a regular in England's one-day international and T20 sides, made the most recent of his 10 Test appearances against India in December 2016. "It's for this season coming and to see how it goes," he told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/19/18 at 7:13 am

Hampshire have signed Kent middle-order batsman Sam Northeast on a four-year contract.
Northeast, 28, turned down a contract extension in January and as many as eight counties are believed to have been interested in his signature. The right-hander scored 1,017 runs in the County Championship last season, including three centuries. "I'm hugely excited about joining Hampshire," Northeast said. "It's a club and team with a bright future."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/22/18 at 4:49 am

Yorkshire have signed Australia international fast bowler Billy Stanlake for the 2018 T20 Blast. The 23-year-old, who at 6ft 8in is the tallest player to ever represent his country, is set to play a minimum of 12 games for the Vikings. The paceman helped Australia win the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 tri-series against New Zealand on Wednesday. "It'll be a great experience and hopefully an exciting few weeks," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/28/18 at 8:50 am

England and Hampshire seamer Reece Topley will play white-ball cricket only in 2018 following two seasons of injury problems.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/28/18 at 10:05 am

Somerset have re-signed New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson for the entirety of this season's T20 Blast. Anderson made four appearances for Somerset in last season's T20 Blast, scoring 142 runs before an injury ended his time at Taunton. The 27-year-old has won 29 Twenty20 international caps for New Zealand, scoring 432 runs and taking 14 wickets. "I feel I have unfinished business and I hope I can help Somerset go all the way," he told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/28/18 at 10:58 am

Nottinghamshire have announced a pre-tax profit for the year ending September 2017 of £279,000.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/28/18 at 11:39 am

Batsman Sam Hain has signed a contract to keep him at Warwickshire until at least the end of the 2021 season. The 22-year-old, part of the England Lions squad for the one-day series with West Indies A, joined in 2013 and has scored 3,965 runs across all formats. Sport Director Ashley Giles said Hain is a tremendously talented batsman and "one of the most exciting young prospects in the county game". "He's enjoyed a lot of success in white ball cricket," Giles added.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/28/18 at 1:21 pm

Somerset all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe has extended his deal at Taunton until the end of the 2019 season. The 33-year-old Netherlands international re-joined the Division One side in 2016, after an initial spell with the county in 2011. Last season he made Somerset's fourth-highest List A score - 165 not out - to help them recover from 22-5 and beat Surrey in the One-Day Cup. "This is a great place to play your cricket," Van der Merwe said. "I genuinely feel that we could be on the brink of something special."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/28/18 at 1:59 pm

Durham have signed South Africa's Aiden Markram and New Zealand's Tom Latham as overseas players for the 2018 season. Markram, 23, will arrive for the start of the season and play in the County Championship until May. Latham, who also played for Durham last season, will then take over and captain the side in the One-Day Cup. "I am confident they will both contribute to what we hope will be a successful season," said Durham chairman Sir Ian Botham.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/01/18 at 4:21 am

Hampshire have signed South Africa batsman Hashim Amla as an overseas player for the first three months of the county season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 5:05 am

Worcestershire have announced a post-tax profit of £449,426 for their promotion-winning 2017 season. But the County Championship Division Two champions have only been kept in profit by a £500,000 England and Wales Cricket Board 'income' contribution - for the second year running. A similar £500,000 ECB payment in 2016 enabled a £428,673 surplus to be shown. Without both payments, Worcestershire would have reported a £71,327 loss in 2016 and £50,574 in 2017. Cricket wages increased by £406,842 in 2017, but this was partially offset by a healthy increase in both membership and match income.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 5:41 am

Worcestershire have completed the winter overhaul of their coaching team by bringing back Alex Gidman to New Road as second XI coach. The former Gloucestershire captain, 36, first moved to Worcester near the end of his playing career in 2015. He now returns as part of the reshuffle following director of cricket Steve Rhodes' departure in December. Kevin Sharp became head coach, while Alan Richardson was brought back to replace Matt Mason as bowling coach.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 7:17 am

Northamptonshire have signed South African wicketkeeper Ricardo Vasconcelos for the 2018 season. The 20-year-old will join the county for the One-Day Cup in May and will provide cover for first-choice gloveman Adam Rossington and Ben Duckett. He is a Portuguese passport holder and qualifies as a domestic player. "He's a young, hungry cricketer who's able to provide wicketkeeper cover and push the guys for batting spots," said Northants head coach David Ripley.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 7:39 am

India captain Virat Kohli should spend time in the County Championship before this summer's Test series against England, says former skipper Kapil Dev. Kohli has a career batting average of 53.40 from 66 Tests, but averaged only 13.40 during India's last Test series in England in 2014. Kapil, who won the World Cup as skipper in 1983, feels Kohli must "get runs everywhere" to be the world's best. "Practice makes a man perfect. One has to practise those conditions," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 8:41 am

Andy Nash has stepped down as a non-executive director of the England and Wales Cricket Board as a result of "significant differences". The former Somerset chairman had been a member of the ECB's board since 2004. Nash said plans to compensate Test venues - reported by the Times to be £500,000 for each year they miss out on a Test - "suggest a move to promote eight counties as first among equals". "This is not a direction of travel I can live with," he wrote.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 10:41 am

Leicestershire have signed Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi for this summer's T20 Blast competition. Nabi is the second Afghan player to agree a county deal after compatriot Rashid Khan signed for Sussex. The 33-year-old has played 93 one-day internationals and 60 T20 matches for his national team. "He can make a huge impact in our middle order and is an off-break bowler with great control and skill," said Foxes head coach Paul Nixon.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 11:18 am

Kent have signed South Africa batsman Heino Kuhn on a Kolpak deal, subject to the 33-year-old obtaining a visa. The right-hander has played four Tests and seven T20Is for the Proteas. "We're delighted to welcome a player of Heino's quality and experience to the club," said Kent director of cricket Paul Downton. "We believe Heino can complement our talented batsmen across the three formats and serve as a mentor to those coming through the ranks." Kuhn, who has scored 9,698 first-class runs at an average of 43.48, will be available in all three formats of the game for Kent.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 12:36 pm

Warwickshire boss Ashley Giles says that England Lions batsman Sam Hain has the potential to be playing Test cricket within the next 12 months. Hain shone after being called up by England Lions in Antigua on Wednesday, hitting 144 against West Indies A. And Giles insists that there could be a lot more yet to come from the 22-year-old in white and red-ball cricket. "In white-ball cricket terms, you could probably argue that this England call is overdue," Giles told BBC Sport.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 3:49 pm

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has signed for Nottinghamshire for the first half of the 2018 season. The 34-year-old is available for eight County Championship games and the entire One-Day Cup campaign before leaving at the end of June. Taylor scored a match-winning 181 not out on Wednesday in New Zealand's five-wicket ODI win over England. "I'm looking forward to testing myself in the early-season English conditions," Taylor said

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 4:41 pm

Stephen Parry and Dane Vilas have signed contract extensions with Lancashire to keep them with the county until the end of the 2019 season. Left-arm spinner Parry, 32, took 25 wickets in 13 Championship matches in 2017. South African Vilas, 31, joined Lancashire on a Kolpak deal in January 2017, signing an initial two-year deal. "They are both integral parts of the squad in all competitions," head coach Glen Chapple said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/14/18 at 4:08 am

John Wright and Dominic Cork are returning to Derbyshire to guide their challenge in this summer's T20 Blast. Wright, who returns as specialist coach, masterminded a club record eight T20 wins for Derbyshire as they reached the quarter-finals last season. Former Derbyshire and England bowler Cork returns as T20 bowling coach. "We are delighted to have John and Dominic back as specialist coaches for the Vitality Blast this summer," said Derbyshire cricket advisor Kim Barnett.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/14/18 at 4:59 am

Batsman Chris Dent has signed a new two-year contract with Gloucestershire and has been made the new club captain. The 27-year-old will lead the side in the County Championship and One-Day Cup this summer and will remain with the club until September 2020. The opener takes over the four-day captaincy from Gareth Roderick and the 50-over role from Michael Klinger. "I'm excited and proud to have the opportunity to captain Gloucestershire," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/15/18 at 11:18 am

Kent have signed New Zealand paceman Adam Milne and Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for the 2018 T20 Blast. Milne, 25, re-joins the Spitfires having taken 15 wickets at an average of 12.46 in the Blast last season. Stoinis, 28, has played 20 white-ball matches for Australia and T20 cricket for Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Melbourne Stars. Milne is available for the whole Blast, while Stoinis will play the last nine of Kent's 14 group-stage matches.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/15/18 at 2:59 pm

Former England and Yorkshire seamer Ryan Sidebottom has joined Surrey as a bowling consultant. Sidebottom, 40, retired in 2017 having taken 762 first-class wickets and won five County Championship titles over a 20-year playing career. The left-armer also played 65 internationals for England across all three formats between 2001 and 2010. "It's great to be back in the game and I can't wait to get out there working with the boys," Sidebottom said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 2:06 am

Gloucestershire seamer David Payne is to have ankle surgery next week and will miss the start of the season. The 27-year-old was the club's leading wicket-taker in the T20 Blast last year and took 28 wickets in 11 County Championship Division Two matches. Ex-England Under-19 player Payne is a product of Gloucestershire's academy and is under contract until 2019. Kent provide the opposition for the county's four-day campaign opener at Canterbury on Friday, 13 April.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 2:34 am

Concussion replacements will be available for the first time in English county cricket during the 2018 season. As a result of a new law, teams will be able to replace a player who has concussion or a suspected concussion. The substitute will be eligible to bat and bowl in the game, but the new player must be deemed a "like for like" replacement by match officials. The new rule will apply in the County Championship, One-Day Cup, T20 Blast and Women's Super League.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 4:25 am

Worcestershire chief executive Matt Rawnsley plans to keep the promoted Division One county as a competitive force following his appointment at New Road. Although the Pears won the Division Two title last September, Rawnsley feels that the club has been too divided. "I want to get the feeling that we're one club again," Rawnsley told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 4:49 am

Nottinghamshire's Paul Coughlin will miss at least four months of the coming season after a shoulder operation. The 25-year-old all-rounder was hurt diving in the field during the England Lions' final match of their One-Day series against the West Indies A earlier this month. Coughlin, who has yet to play for Notts after joining from Durham in September, underwent surgery last Wednesday. "He has now got a long rehab to go through," said head coach Peter Moores.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 5:49 am

India fast bowler Varun Aaron is to join Leicestershire for part of the 2018 county season. The 28-year-old will replace injured Sohail Khan, who had been set to fill the gap when Mohammad Abbas is part of Pakistan's side touring England. Aaron will be available for County Championship and One-Day Cup games between 20 April and 20 June. He has taken 18 wickets in nine Tests for India, and 11 in nine one-day international appearances. "Varun is a high-quality performer and his skills will be ideally suited to early season conditions in England," said Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 9:03 am

Derbyshire batsman Charlie Macdonell has left the club by mutual consent to pursue other career opportunities. The 23-year-old requested to be released from his contract, which was due to expire at the end of the 2018 season. Macdonell played six first-class games, scoring 325 runs at an average of 46. "Charlie is a good young player who showed us his potential at this level when given the opportunity," said club captain Billy Godleman. "He has spent the winter continuing his studies at Durham University, while also training with Durham MCCU ahead of the new season. "Charlie has taken the decision to pursue other career opportunities and we wish him all the very best for the future."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 10:04 am

Gloucestershire wicketkeeper James Bracey has signed a new contract until the end of the 2019 season. The 20-year-old has played seven first-class matches since making his debut in 2016 and averages 51.44 with the bat. Bristol-born Bracey scored a career-best 156 against Glamorgan at Cardiff in the penultimate County Championship fixture last season. "It's something I've always worked very hard for and I'm grateful for all the opportunities," Bracey said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 11:12 am

Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson says the Pakistan Super League was the best atmosphere he has experienced. Dawson, 28, helped Peshawar Zalmi to the final of the T20 competition where they were beaten by Islamabad United in Karachi on Saturday. "To play three games out there in what was the first cricket for a while in the country was a great experience," Dawson told BBC Radio Solent.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 12:07 pm

The England and Wales Cricket Board has commissioned a review into the £2.5m Glamorgan received for not applying to host Tests between 2020 and 2024. The "external review" follows a meeting between the ECB and representatives from all 18 first-class counties. Surrey chairman Richard Thompson has quit his role as a non-executive director of the ECB and Andy Nash also left citing "significant differences". Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris says he is not worried by the review. "The board agree that it will be valuable to have an external review into the process around the payment," said ECB chairman Colin Graves. "I recognise there have been questions raised and, while answers have been provided, we are determined that the process is fully reviewed."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 12:43 pm

Worcestershire have signed New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill for their first eight matches in this summer's T20 Blast competition. Australian batsman Callum Ferguson, 33, will then come in to replace him for the final six group games. Ferguson's compatriot Travis Head will be available for the full 14-match schedule of games as the county's main overseas signing this summer. Guptill, 31, is due to arrive on 20 June and will stay until 29 July.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 2:47 pm

Somerset have appointed Andrew Cornish, formerly the boss at Liverpool Airport, to be the club's new chief executive. He will succeed Lee Cooper, who stood down on 14 March after just nine months in the position. Former club cricketer Cornish will take up office at Taunton on 3 April.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/02/18 at 4:00 am

England batsman Alex Hales has been signed by Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad as Australian David Warner's replacement. Warner resigned as captain of the IPL side before being banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia for his part in a ball-tampering scandal. Hales, 29, had gone unsold when the IPL auction took place in January.

"I'm excited to be given this chance to play in arguably the biggest domestic tournament in the world," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/02/18 at 5:54 am

Wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Brown will captain Sussex in the Championship and One-Day Cup in 2018. Brown led the team for the second part of the 2017 season after Luke Wright stepped down from the role. "Everyone that knows me knows how passionate and proud I am to be a Sussex player, so to become club captain is a special day for me and my family," said the 29-year-old. Former England international Wright will lead Sussex in the T20 Blast.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/02/18 at 6:11 am

Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry would consider signing Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft in the future, despite confirming he would no longer be joining them this summer. Bancroft was given a nine-month ban after he used sandpaper to damage the ball in a Test against South Africa. The 25-year-old had been set to join Somerset as their overseas player. Hurry, who confirmed Bancroft had still been "keen to come to Somerset", said "the door would never be closed".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/03/18 at 8:00 am

Pace bowler Harry Podmore has left Middlesex to join County Championship Division Two rivals Kent. Podmore, 23, made his Middlesex debut as a teenager in a T20 match against Essex in 2014, taking 2-20. He has taken 31 first-class wickets, but did not play for Middlesex in the Championship in 2017 and had loans spells with Glamorgan and Derbyshire. "Harry is a talented bowler who we believe can thrive here," head coach Matt Walker told the Kent website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/06/18 at 7:06 am

Hampshire have signed fast bowler Dale Steyn for a minimum of two matches as he looks to be fit for South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka in July. The 34-year-old will join in June and cover for compatriot Hashim Amla in a one-day and County Championship game. Steyn, who has taken 419 Test wickets, could return as an overseas player in the "final weeks" of the 2018 season. "Dale is one of the best bowlers in the world," Hampshire director of cricket Giles White told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/06/18 at 8:40 am

Surrey have begun looking for a new overseas signing for the start of the county season because Australia's Mitchell Marsh needs ankle surgery. The 26-year-old all-rounder signed for the club in October and was due to play all three formats this summer. A Surrey statement said he could still play for them later in the season "providing he can prove his fitness"

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/06/18 at 2:38 pm

Middlesex have signed Australia all-rounder Hilton Cartwright as an overseas player for the start of the 2018 domestic season. The 26-year-old, who has played two Tests, will be available for the north London club's first five games of the County Championship campaign. Right-hander Cartwright averages 43.60 with the bat in first-class cricket. His deal at Lord's, which is subject to approval by Cricket Australia, could be extended further into the summer. "Our initial policy was to go into the season without an overseas player," Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/06/18 at 4:44 pm

Spin bowler Tom Smith has signed a new two-year contract with Gloucestershire that will expire after the 2019 Championship season. The 30-year-old has been associated with Glos since 2013 and was a regular in one-day cricket in 2017, playing 19 games across the two competitions. Eastbourne-born Smith took two wickets in the 2015 One-Day Cup Final win against Surrey at Lord's. "I thoroughly enjoy my time at Gloucestershire," Smith said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/11/18 at 2:32 am

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Worcestershire may be forced to move their first home game following the customary flood problem at New Road. Over two-thirds of the outfield is currently under water following prolonged heavy rain throughout March. Although they had been scheduled to start with two away games, to avoid such an eventuality, the first County Championship home game on 27 April against Nottinghamshire is now at risk. "I hoped we wouldn't be affected much," said chief executive Matt Rawnsley.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/14/18 at 6:55 am

The cricket season started with Championship matches yesterday, reports will be done on results on the ending of matches, or significant events.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/14/18 at 8:28 am

Somerset have signed Australia batsman Matt Renshaw as their overseas replacement for Cameron Bancroft. Bancroft was banned from cricket for nine months for his part in Australia's ball-tampering scandal. Renshaw, 22, has scored 630 runs in 13 Test appearances with a top score of 184, while he has been capped once in Twenty20 cricket.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/14/18 at 1:51 pm

Surrey have signed South Africa batsman Dean Elgar as an overseas player for the first two months of the season. The 30-year-old left-handed opener has played 49 Test matches for the Proteas, averaging 42.58 with the bat. Elgar will join the south London side ahead of their opening game against Hampshire on 20 April and will remain until his country's tour of Sri Lanka. He had a stint with Surrey in 2015, playing three games, and had spells with Somerset in 2013 and 2017. "Given the news that Mitch Marsh will need ankle surgery, to be able to bring someone of Dean's calibre to the club, at such short notice, for the first period of the season is a real bonus," Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/14/18 at 4:24 pm

Lancashire County Cricket Club made an operating profit of £2,347,000 for 2017, an increase of 92% on the previous year. The figures also reveal a net surplus after interest of £971,000, the first time the county has accrued this since 2013, which included an Ashes Test. Again Test revenue helped, with a total 60,000 crowd for the South Africa Test. Domestic cricket also played a part, with the T20 Blast Roses derby against Yorkshire attracting 20,000 supporters. Their success as an international venue has resulted in the award of four Test matches over the next five years and they are also a host venue for the new domestic Twenty20 competition, which is set to start in 2020. Lancashire finished second in Division One of the County Championship last season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/15/18 at 10:12 am

Middlesex laid down a marker in Division Two with a 160-run win over Northamptonshire at Lord's. I was there!

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/16/18 at 7:20 am

Yorkshire and Essex's County Championship match at Headingley was abandoned as a draw without a single ball bowled because of a wet outfield. Umpires Ian Gould and Richard Illingworth called off day four shortly after a second inspection at 10:00 BST. Yorkshire head groundsman Andy Fogarty described recent conditions in Leeds as "the worst in 30 years I've known". "This weather seems to have started since January right until now," Fogarty told BBC Radio Leeds.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/16/18 at 10:54 am

Nottinghamshire began life back in Division One with a six-wicket win at Lancashire after an incredible finish. Having resumed on 58-2, the hosts were all out for just 73 after losing eight wickets for 15 runs, as England paceman Jake Ball (4-14) and left-armer Harry Gurney (6-25) ran riot at Old Trafford. That left Notts needing 10 runs to win, but they then slumped to 9-4.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/16/18 at 12:27 pm

Hampshire's fast bowlers condemned newly promoted Division Two champions Worcestershire to a heavy 196-run County Championship defeat on the final morning at Southampton.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/16/18 at 4:04 pm

Gloucestershire scored the 47 runs needed to beat Kent by five wickets, despite a mini-collapse at Canterbury.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/18 at 2:32 am

Yorkshire completed their first County Championship win of 2018 by 164 runs despite resistance from Nottinghamshire on the final morning at Headingley. It took the home side 12.4 overs to pick up the two wickets they needed as Tom Moores and Jake Ball put on 66. Ben Coad bowled Ball for 30 and ended the game two balls later when Harry Gurney edged to second slip. Coad finished with 6-81 - and match figures of 10-130 - with Moores left unbeaten on 40 in Notts' 238.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/18 at 6:01 am

Sam Northeast's fine century for Hampshire was in vain as Surrey claimed the six wickets needed on day four at The Oval to complete a 139-run win. Resuming on 116-4, still 356 runs away from their target of 472, former Kent batsman Northeast fought a lone battle in his 254-ball innings of 129. Number 10 batsman Brad Wheal resisted with Northeast for most of the middle session to take the game past tea. But both went after the interval and Hampshire were all out for 332.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/18 at 9:55 am

Somerset made a winning start to their County Championship campaign by beating Worcestershire by 83 runs at Taunton. They failed to add to their overnight 255-9 as Ed Barnard (6-37) bowled Tim Groenewald, leaving James Hildreth unbeaten on 111. Set 279 to win, Worcestershire lost early wickets and despite Tom Fell's 41, they went into lunch on 85-6. The tailenders added 74 for the last two wickets, with Barnard making 45 not out, but they were all out for 195. A run-out ended the game with more than four sessions to spare as Barnard called Steve Magoffin for a second run and he was beaten by Matt Renshaw's throw to the bowler's end. Worcestershire have begun the summer with back-to-back defeats following promotion from Division Two last season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/18 at 12:45 pm

Defending champions Essex claimed their first success of the new season by bowling out Lancashire for 288 to win by 31 runs on day three at Chelmsford. Chasing a target of 320, the visitors lost openers Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings with only 32 on the board. Alex Davies (71) and Jordan Clark (59) batted well, but both went leg-before-wicket to pace bowler Jamie Porter. The Essex man then ended the game by removing Joe Mennie for 56 to finish with 4-54 and match figures of 9-80. Despite struggling in bowler-friendly conditions in their first innings, it was an excellent performance by Essex after seeing no play at all over the four days in Yorkshire last week.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/18 at 2:11 pm

Warwickshire gave an early indication of their promotion potential by beating Northamptonshire by an innings and 48 runs on day three at Wantage Road.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/18 at 3:09 pm

Luke Wells made a century for Sussex on day four before they settled for a draw at Leicestershire in Division Two. Resuming on 11-0 with a 27-run lead, Sussex lost four batsman, but the hosts were unable to take a flurry of wickets to trigger a final-session run chase. Wells, who also took four first-innings wickets, finished unbeaten on 102. As the hosts were yet to bat in their second innings, the players shook hands when Sussex declared on 241-4 - with a lead of 257 - shortly before 17:00 BST.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/18 at 3:15 pm

Glamorgan got their campaign off to a winning start as they just got home by six wickets before the light closed in at Bristol. Gloucestershire took the game deep into the final session after reaching 372 all out, led by James Bracey's marathon 120 not out. Glamorgan needed 83 to win in 21 overs, but there was a clatter of wickets in the gathering gloom. Aneurin Donald's hooked six eventually got them across the finishing line.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/18 at 3:28 pm

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Heino Kuhn steered Kent to their first win of the Division Two season against Durham. After Durham set a target of 93 to win, Kent survived losing Sean Dickson to a thick edge from a Nathan Rimmington delivery to coast to victory. Bell-Drummond made 45 not out from 64 balls, with Kuhn hitting an unbeaten 36 from 71 to achieve the target. Earlier, James Weighell's 84 had given Durham faint hopes, leading a recovery from 39-7 to 170 all-out.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/18 at 3:41 pm

Derbyshire won their first home County Championship match since September 2014 with a 101-run victory over Middlesex in Division Two. The hosts began the final day at Derby needing seven more wickets, with Middlesex on 86-3 chasing 442. Middlesex slumped to 166-7, before runs from Toby Roland-Jones (46), James Harris (64 not out) and Tom Helm (52) took the match into the final session. But Duanne Olivier bowled Tim Murtagh as the visitors were all out for 340. Derbyshire had gone three whole seasons without a victory on their own ground since beating Leicestershire in the final match of the 2014 campaign.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/26/18 at 2:43 pm

London Stadium will not host any World Cup matches next summer. The England and Wales Cricket Board was considering high-capacity venues to host the 50-over competition in 2019, but the home of West Ham is not one of the 11 grounds named. Lord's will host the final on 14 July, while the semi-finals will be played at Old Trafford and Edgbaston. England play the first match of the tournament against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May. Australia begin their title defence in a day-night match against Afghanistan on 1 June in Bristol. The tournament, which features 10 teams playing nine round-robin matches, runs from 30 May to 14 July.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/28/18 at 1:39 pm

Play was abandoned for the day between Middlesex and Glamorgan at Lord's without a ball bowled, after hours of frustration for players and spectators. Only intermittent light rain fell after the scheduled start of 11:00 BST, but five inspections failed to produce any action because of a damp outfield. Umpires Ian Gould and Rob Bailey finally called off proceedings at 17:00 BST. It was the only county match in the South of England not to see any play.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/28/18 at 3:28 pm

Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan is set to focus on assisting the club's coaching staff across all age levels rather than playing.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/18 at 9:33 am

Middlesex and Glamorgan saw the final day of their Championship match at Lord's washed out because of heavy rain. Umpires Ian Gould and Rob Bailey abandoned the game at 12:05 BST. Just 58 overs were bowled in total, with a frustrating combination of light rain, a damp outfield and bad light affecting the first three days. Glamorgan took eight points to Middlesex's six, having had more chance to use favourable bowling conditions.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/18 at 2:52 pm

Nottinghamshire beat Worcestershire by an innings and 41 runs to go top of County Championship Division One.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/18 at 5:02 pm

Jack Leaning's 68 could not prevent Somerset from claiming their second win of the Championship campaign as they beat Yorkshire by 118 runs in Taunton. Chasing a target of 321, with nine wickets left, Yorkshire lost Cheteshwar Pujara to the day's first ball.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/18 at 5:19 pm

England opener Mark Stoneman again failed to fully press his case for Test selection in Surrey's Division One draw with Lancashire at Old Trafford.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/18 at 5:47 pm

Hampshire and Essex vied for bonus points as their weather-affected match at the Ageas Bowl ended in a draw. Resuming on 241-4, Liam Dawson (34 not out) and Kyle Abbott (43) helped Hampshire secure a fourth batting bonus point as they declared on 351-7.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/18 at 5:59 pm

Sussex and Gloucestershire were thwarted in their respective bids for a Division Two victory as rain prevented any play on the final day at Hove.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/18 at 6:10 pm

Gary Wilson hit an unbeaten 64 as Leicestershire and Derbyshire both battled for bonus points on the final day of their draw at Grace Road.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/18 at 6:24 pm

Northamptonshire suffered their first total abandonment of four-day County Championship fixture as the visit of Durham ended in a draw without a ball being bowled.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/18 at 8:15 am

Middlesex skipper Dawid Malan has suggested trying out pink balls in early-season matches in the wake of his side's weather-hit County Championship home game with Glamorgan. After an entire lost second day at Lord's on Saturday, Malan points out that they could have played under floodlights with a pink ball. "It's disappointing," Malan told BBC Radio London. "It might be worth the ECB looking at pink balls at this time of year." He added: "We've been experimenting for the past eight or nine years. Why not throw another in?" Malan made his first half-century for England in the first day-night Test to be played in England against the West Indies at Edgbaston in August 2017.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/03/18 at 7:29 am

West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite will join Kent for their first four matches of the T20 Blast. The 29-year-old hit four successive sixes off Ben Stokes to help his side to victory against England in the World T20 final in India in 2016.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/03/18 at 9:27 am

Leicestershire wicketkeeper Lewis Hill has signed a new deal to keep him with the Division Two county until the end of the 2020 season. The 27-year-old, who has scored 1,843 career runs in all formats, came through the club's academy system.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/03/18 at 1:52 pm

Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz will join Derbyshire for the first 10 matches of this season's T20 Blast.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/06/18 at 2:54 pm

Essex collapsed on the third morning as Yorkshire completed victory at Chelmsford, despite being bowled out for 50 in their first innings. The county champions resumed on 97-4, needing 141 more runs to win. But they slumped to 146 all out to lose by 91 runs as Steve Patterson claimed a career-best 6-40 and Ben Coad 3-36. Yorkshire's score after choosing to bat first was the sixth lowest total made in the first innings of a County Championship match by a winning team. The lowest remains the 31 that Gloucestershire posted against Middlesex at Bristol in 1924.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/06/18 at 3:13 pm

Early Division Two leaders Warwickshire needed just an hour to record a final-day eight-wicket win over Derbyshire.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/08/18 at 3:51 am

Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail hit unbeaten half-centuries to guide Pakistan to a nine-wicket victory over Northamptonshire on the final day of their second tour match. Resuming on 240-5, Northants added another 30 runs before Rob Newton was removed lbw by Mohammad Abbas for 118.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/08/18 at 9:54 am

Worcestershire avoided defeat for the first time this season as their County Championship meeting with Surrey ended in an expected draw at The Oval.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/08/18 at 2:53 pm

Sussex kept their heads to record their first County Championship win of the season by beating Middlesex at Hove. Coming in at seven following a collapse of four wickets for 15 runs, skipper Ben Brown hit an unbeaten 65 to see his side to a three-wicket victory

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/13/18 at 9:46 am

Lancashire took just over an hour to finish off Nottinghamshire as they beat the County Championship Division One leaders by an innings and 67 runs. Seam bowler Graham Onions took three of the wickets at Trent Bridge to finish with 6-55 and match figures of 9-77. England's James Anderson warmed up for Test duty by taking two wickets in his 4-26 haul, with 6-53 in the match. Lancashire's first victory of the season was their first top-flight away win since beating Northants in 2014. It earned them 22 points, with Notts taking only three.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/18 at 6:03 am

Pakistan seized control in Malahide as they closed day three with a 116-run lead over Test debutants Ireland. Ireland were reduced to 7-4 in reply to Pakistan's 310-9 declared but they recovered thanks to Kevin O'Brien's 40 and an unbeaten 33 from Gary Wilson. Mohammad Abbas took 4-44 as Ireland were bowled out for 130. Pakistan enforced the follow-on but openers Ed Joyce (39) and William Porterfield (23) gave Ireland hope by moving to 64-0 at stumps.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/18 at 6:59 am

Simon Harmer and the departing Peter Siddle took five wickets each as Essex held their nerve to beat Worcestershire for their second victory of the season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/18 at 9:46 am

Sam Curran took 10 wickets in a match for the first time as Surrey wrapped up victory over Yorkshire by an innings and 17 runs at The Oval.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/18 at 12:11 pm

Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach is set to miss England's first Test match against Pakistan later this month after the county confirmed he has broken the thumb on his bowling hand.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/18 at 2:15 pm

James Vince boosted his England selection chances by batting through the entire final day to guide Hampshire to a draw against Somerset at Taunton. He scored 201 not out from 437 balls as the visitors went from 178-2 overnight to 432-4 when the game ended at 16:50 BST, with Hashim Amla making 107.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/18 at 3:05 pm

Warwickshire opener Will Rhodes made his maiden first-class century to help the County Championship Division Two leaders beat Northants at Edgbaston and earn their third straight win.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/18 at 3:25 pm

Leicestershire won their first Championship game since September 2016 as they scraped a thrilling three-run victory over Glamorgan, who were dismissed for 247.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/18 at 1:36 am

Matt Henry starred with bat and ball as Kent beat Sussex by 58 runs to clinch a third successive Division Two win. Henry smashed five fours and three sixes in vital 55 to push Kent's score on from 125-4 overnight to 235, setting Sussex 270 for victory in Canterbury. The New Zealand fast bowler then took 6-53 to dismiss Sussex for 211 and reach 37 wickets for the season. Luke Wright (47) and Ben Brown (48) batted well, but their dismissals saw Sussex slip to their first defeat. The victory lifted Kent to second in Division Two, 15 points behind unbeaten leaders Warwickshire.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/18 at 3:21 am

England paceman Mark Wood took a career-best 6-46 for Durham as their County Championship game against Derbyshire ended in a draw. The 28-year-old, who is hoping to be named in England's squad for the first Test against Pakistan on Tuesday, bowled 22 overs on the final day, but his side were unable to force a win. Derbyshire had reached 279-9 in their second innings, a lead of 186, when the captains shook hands at 17:00 BST. Both have drawn two games in 2018.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/18 at 4:45 am

James Bracey hit an unbeaten century as Gloucestershire dug in to earn a draw against Middlesex at Lord's. Resuming on 66-2, and trailing by 179, the visitors appeared set for their second defeat of 2018 on the final day. But Gareth Roderick's 48 helped them pass 150 before he was caught off James Harris (3-60) and Jack Taylor (41) and Bracey added 91 for the fourth wicket. The 21-year-old reached 125 alongside Graeme van Buuren (46) before they declared on 326-4, ahead by 81 runs. For Gloucestershire, who were forced to follow-on on day three, the result was a huge boost, thanks largely to Bracey facing 271 balls, and hitting 16 fours, during his 329 minutes in the middle. Middlesex, who looked dominant as they made 455-8 declared in their first innings, were thwarted by persistent rain on day two. The draw was the second of the season for both sides, and Middlesex are fifth in the table, with Gloucestershire seventh, as switch to for the start of the One-Day Cup.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/18 at 9:48 am

England have recalled batsman Jos Buttler and called up uncapped off-spinner Dom Bess for the first Test against Pakistan starting next week. Lancashire's Buttler, 27, has not played first-class cricket this season but has made five successive fifties in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Bess, 20, replaces Somerset team-mate and left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who broke a thumb on Monday. James Vince, who batted at three for England over the winter, misses out. The first Test at Lord's starts on 24 May and the second at Headingley on 1 June.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/18 at 2:11 pm

Pakistan denied Ireland an unlikely win in their inaugural Test after a nervous start to their run chase at Malahide. A stunning opening bowling spell raised the tantalising prospect of Ireland becoming the second side to win on Test debut as Pakistan were reeling on 14-3. But Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam shared a 126-run fourth wicket stand as Pakistan battled to their winning target of 160. The match ended just as rain clouds began to darken over Malahide and the prospect of a draw had surfaced.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/18 at 4:29 pm

Derbyshire have signed Scotland international fast bowler Safyaan Sharif to play in the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast competitions this summer. The 26-year-old has played 35 ODIs, taking 53 wickets at an average of 25.41 and with best figures of 5-33. He has also taken 52 wickets at 19.80 from 42 international Twenty20 matches. Cricket adviser Kim Barnett said: "He's a talented quick bowler and showed this winter he has ability to take wickets and perform to a high standard."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/16/18 at 9:20 am

Nottinghamshire have signed top-order batsman Will Fraine for all formats until the end of the season. The 21-year-old has been playing for the county's second XI and has also featured for Durham MCCU. The right-hander will go straight into the Notts Outlaws squad as they begin the defence of their One-Day Cup title against Lancashire at Old Trafford on Thursday. "I'm really excited for my chance to show what I can do," said Fraine

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/16/18 at 10:16 am

Alfonso Thomas has joined Surrey as a white-ball bowling consultant for this season's One-Day Cup and T20 Blast. The 41-year-old, who has been West Indies bowling coach since February, will work alongside Geoff Arnold. Thomas took 263 T20 wickets and 219 in List A games during his career, which included eight years at Somerset. "Alfonso will be a very good addition to the coaching team with his deep knowledge of the game," Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said. "I'm very confident he will act as an excellent mentor to our bowlers and work well alongside Geoff."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/16/18 at 12:08 pm

Fast-bowler Billy Stanlake will no longer join Yorkshire after Cricket Australia pulled him out of the move. The 23-year-old had agreed to play a minimum of 12 T20 Blast games for the Vikings this summer, but Australia now want him to focus on other formats. Stanlake has played two one-day and six T20 internationals for his country. "They've pulled him out of our deal, which is obviously very disappointing for us," said Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon. "Now the new Australia coach is in place, they want him to play some different cricket to T20 during the period he was due to be with us."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/18 at 4:32 am

Hampshire have signed New Zealand all-rounder Colin Munro and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman for the upcoming T20 Blast.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/18 at 5:43 am

Derbyshire made their highest-ever score in 50-over cricket as they began this season's One-Day Cup campaign with a 57-run win over Warwickshire. Led by opener Billy Godleman's career-best 137, and fifties from Ben Slater (69) and Wayne Madsen (58), the visitors piled up 357-8 at Edgbaston. Jonathan Trott was the surprising standout bowler with 4-65. Sam Hain made a fine 108 in the chase, and Keith Barker blasted 48 not out, but Warwickshire were all out for 300. The Bears looked well set at 173-3 in the 27th over, with Hain and Adam Hose scoring at a good rate

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/18 at 6:12 am

Paul Horton's century helped Leicestershire beat Northamptonshire in their first game of the One-Day Cup. Horton's 103 from 126 balls saw Leicestershire to 182-3, but no other batsman was able to reach fifty as the Foxes made 265-7 from their 50 overs. Opener Josh Cobb hit 56 for Northants, but his dismissal left his side 95-5. Brett Hutton (34 not out) and Graeme White (38) put on 64 for the ninth wicket, before the hosts were bowled out for 193, 73 runs short. White scored his 38 from only 42 balls with four fours and one six, but Northants' hopes were ended when he was caught behind off Ben Raine (3-31), with Ben Sanderson the last man out two overs later. Gavin Griffiths was the pick of the Northants bowlers, taking 4-30 from his seven overs.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/18 at 10:04 am

Defending champions Notts Outlaws started their 2018 One-Day Cup campaign with a win, despite a brilliant century from Lancashire's Keaton Jennings. Notts were bowled out for 318 as Chris Nash (52), Ross Taylor (58) and captain Steven Mullaney (70) all hit fifties. Leg-spinner Matt Parkinson took a career-best 5-68 for Lancashire. Opener Jennings kept the chase on course, but pulled Harry Gurney to mid-wicket for 136 in the 47th over and Lancashire finished on 309-9. The hosts needed 16 off the final over at Old Trafford with last-wicket pair Tom Bailey and Parkinson at the crease, but fell nine runs short.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/18 at 12:08 pm

Sussex comfortably chased down Kent's below-par target in their opening game of the One-Day Cup. Kent struggled with variable bounce as they were bowled out for 188 in 43.3 overs, with opener Daniel Bell-Drummond the last man out for 90 from 115 balls. Sussex looked in trouble early in their chase as Luke Wright fell for just four and Harry Finch was dismissed for nine. But Luke Wells (62) and Ben Brown (73 not out) helped the hosts to a seven-wicket win with 10.1 overs to spare.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/18 at 12:41 pm

Tom Westley made a career-best 50-over score of 134 as Essex beat Middlesex by six wickets in the One-Day Cup. England international Westley, 29, survived being dropped three times on his way to a 94-ball century. Varun Chopra (59) put on 153 for the second wicket with Westley as Essex won with 44 balls to spare, making 253-4. Nick Gubbins had earlier made 50 from 52 balls but Middlesex slumped to 250 all out from 79-0, Ravi Bopara and Neil Wagner both taking three wickets.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/18 at 4:03 am

Paceman Craig Overton produced his best limited-overs figures as Somerset beat last season's losing One-Day Cup finalists Surrey by eight wickets. Overton took 4-27 as the home side were skittled for just 129 in 35.2 overs.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/18 at 11:58 am

Gloucestershire cruised to an eight-wicket win over Glamorgan in their One-Day Cup match, reaching 265-2. George Hankins, with a career-best 85, and captain Chris Dent (80) put on 150 to set up the win. Glamorgan's 264 was based round stands of 98 between Shaun Marsh (57) and Colin Ingram, and 75 between Chris Cooke and David Lloyd. But Dan Worrall (3-47) took key wickets upfront, and Chris Liddle (4-60) ran through the lower order.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/18 at 1:29 pm

Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit 164 off 151 balls as Yorkshire powered to a 142-run victory at Durham in the opening round of fixtures in the 2018 One-Day Cup.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/18 at 3:29 pm

Worcestershire began their One-Day Cup campaign with a 50-run victory over Derbyshire at New Road. Ross Whiteley (58), Ben Cox (56 not out) and Tom Fell (56) all made half-centuries as the hosts reached 323-6 - their second biggest total at their home ground in 50-over cricket. Wayne Madsen's 87 and 62 from Luis Reece kept Derbyshire in contention at 208-4 with 15 overs remaining. But they lost three wickets in six balls before ending 273 all out. Three Worcestershire bowlers took two wickets apiece, with Travis Head (2-48) ending Madsen's aggressive 70-ball innings.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/18 at 4:05 pm

A quick-fire 65 from all-rounder Gareth Berg handed Hampshire a dramatic two-wicket win against Sussex at Hove in the One-Day Cup.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/18 at 1:47 am

Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel took 4-33 and Sam Hain hit a ton as the Bears made it two One-Day Cup wins out of two against Yorkshire at Headingley. After openers Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth put on 80 inside the first 12 overs, Yorkshire were reeled in when both went in the space of three balls, Che Pujara top-scoring with 73. Having limited the Tykes to 247-9, Hain then made a fine unbeaten 102. Jonathan Trott hit 50 as the Bears made 248-5 to win with 25 balls to spare. Adam Hose also weighed in with an important 44 in a 97-run stand with England Lions batsman Hain.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/18 at 5:30 am

Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel took 4-33 and Sam Hain hit a ton as the Bears made it two One-Day Cup wins out of two against Yorkshire at Headingley. After openers Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth put on 80 inside the first 12 overs, Yorkshire were reeled in when both went in the space of three balls, Che Pujara top-scoring with 73. Having limited the Tykes to 247-9, Hain then made a fine unbeaten 102. Jonathan Trott hit 50 as the Bears made 248-5 to win with 25 balls to spare. Adam Hose also weighed in with an important 44 in a 97-run stand with England Lions batsman Hain.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/18 at 5:45 am

Notts Outlaws suffered their first defeat as defending champions of the One-Day Cup, losing by 49 runs to Northamptonshire at Market Warsop. Josh Cobb (78), Alex Wakely (72) and Adam Rossington (50) all contributed half-centuries as the the visitors posted a healthy 339-9. Notts lost regular wickets in their chase, although captain Steven Mullaney's 71 kept them in contention. But they ended up comfortably short, all out for 290 with 3.4 overs left. Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson and Brett Button took two wickets each, while Graeme White returned figures of 3-63.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/18 at 8:34 am

Lancashire opener Alex Davies hit his first one-day century to help his side hammer Durham by 192 runs. After losing their One-Day Cup opener to holders Nottinghamshire on Thursday, the Red Rose responded well, enjoying their biggest runs victory in this competition in 28 years. Davies (147) and Keaton Jennings (73) set the platform for the hosts' 314-7. Tom Bailey, Stephen Parry, Joe Mennie, Matt Parkinson and Liam Livingstone all took two scalps as Durham made 122. Davies' knock was Lancashire's highest-ever individual score at Old Trafford in one-day cricket - and their best against a fellow first-class county, beating Neil Fairbrother's 145 against Hampshire at Old Trafford in 1990. It is bettered in the county's one-day records only by Australian Andrew Crook's 162 not out against Minor Counties side Buckinghamshire at Wormsley in 2005. Durham, who suffered their second worst defeat in List A cricket, also lost their opening game heavily, by 142 runs to Yorkshire on Friday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/18 at 9:58 am

A quick-fire 65 from all-rounder Gareth Berg handed Hampshire a dramatic two-wicket win against Sussex at Hove in the One-Day Cup. The visitors chased a target of 251 with just four balls to spare as they recovered from a perilous 133-6. Berg struck sevens fours and two sixes off just 37 balls to follow his earlier 3-51 with the ball. Sussex had looked set for a second win in two games when Harry Finch made 108 from 142 balls in a total of 250. Finch's maiden List A century came from 137 balls as he marshalled the majority of Sussex's innings, although he survived being dropped three times - including twice in his 90s. Luke Wright made 56 from 66 balls as he and Finch shared a second-wicket partnership of 105. Hampshire looked well behind the required rate when Hashim Amla fell for 63 off 83 balls, but Berg and Lewis McManus (41) put on 61 in just 37 balls for the seventh-wicket to wrestle the momentum back in their favour.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/18 at 11:03 am

James Hildreth blasted a superb career-best 159 off just 125 balls as Somerset beat Glamorgan by 83 runs for their second One-Day Cup win. Hildreth, who was dropped on 63, smashed eight sixes and 13 fours as Somerset raced to 372-7. Peter Trego made 56 while Tom Abell hit 40 off just 25 balls. Glamorgan were bowled out for 289 in reply, Colin Ingram top-scoring with 85 off 70, but rarely looked likely to threaten their target. Tim Groenewald took the vital wickets of Ingram and fellow Test batsman Shaun Marsh, both caught in the deep, with Max Waller claiming four catches in all. Those dismissals after a slow start left too much for the middle and lower order, despite some brave hitting from Marchant de Lange (40). Glamorgan bowler Michael Hogan faces a scan on a hamstring injury which saw him limp off after bowling, and bat with a runner.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/18 at 12:09 pm

Gloucestershire battled to a four-wicket One-Day Cup win over Essex after a successful run chase in Bristol. Gareth Roderick's unbeaten 87 from 89 balls saw the hosts pass their target of 288 with 11 balls to spare. Roderick added 79 for the fifth wicket alongside Ryan Higgins (47), after opener George Hankins had made 77. Ashar Zaidi's 82 from 77 balls and a 50 from Ravi Bopara had given Essex hope as they posted a solid 287-7, but they were unable to halt Roderick's reply. The hosts' Chris Liddle took 4-57 - including the wickets of Bopara, Zaidi and opener Varun Chopra - to help limit the visitors. Essex looked in a strong early position on 74-0 after 11 overs, but then lost three wickets in the next 14 balls to slip to 82-3, and captain Ryan ten Doeschate was later run our for 22. Victory was Gloucestershire's second from two matches so far in the South Group, while for Essex defeat was their first of the 2018 competition.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/18 at 2:44 pm

Paul Stirling struck 125 as Middlesex beat Kent by 70 runs to register their first One-Day Cup win of the summer. Stirling's 115-ball knock, including 13 fours and five sixes, helped his side make 313-9 - as England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan chipped in with 50. Kent looked to be falling well short when they slipped to 159-6, with Tom Helm's 4-49 doing much of the damage. Heino Kuhn's 90 from 92 deliveries revived their hopes but, after he fell to Helm, they slipped to 243 all out. No other visiting batsman managed to reach fifty, with Daniel Bell-Drummond's 44 the next best score. Kent have now lost both of their opening One-Day Cup games, after a comfortable seven-wicket loss to Sussex on Thursday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/18 at 2:45 pm


Paul Stirling struck 125 as Middlesex beat Kent by 70 runs to register their first One-Day Cup win of the summer. Stirling's 115-ball knock, including 13 fours and five sixes, helped his side make 313-9 - as England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan chipped in with 50. Kent looked to be falling well short when they slipped to 159-6, with Tom Helm's 4-49 doing much of the damage. Heino Kuhn's 90 from 92 deliveries revived their hopes but, after he fell to Helm, they slipped to 243 all out. No other visiting batsman managed to reach fifty, with Daniel Bell-Drummond's 44 the next best score. Kent have now lost both of their opening One-Day Cup games, after a comfortable seven-wicket loss to Sussex on Thursday.
Yippee!!!!!!  A win for my team!

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/18 at 5:44 pm

Rilee Rossouw struck an entertaining 90 to help Hampshire maintain their 100% start in the One-Day Cup with a four-wicket win against Surrey. In a rain-reduced game, Hampshire reached a revised target of 227 from 34 overs with seven balls to spare. Left-hander Rossouw struck 11 fours and two sixes in his 68-ball knock. Earlier, fellow South African Dean Elgar top scored with 91 for Surrey before rain reduced their innings to 44 overs in which they posted 262-7. Hampshire have two wins from two in the South Group, while last season's runners-up Surrey have lost their first two games. The hosts looked set for a more convincing victory before Rossouw fell at 167-3. He was one of four wickets for Surrey all-rounder Rikki Clarke, whose 4-48 in seven overs threatened to claw his side back into it. England leg-spinner Mason Crane continued his encouraging return from a stress fracture of the back, taking 3-45 from eight overs for Hampshire.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/23/18 at 6:56 am

Sussex made their third highest List A score as they ended Somerset's winning start in the One-Day Cup at Taunton. Luke Wright made 105 off 87 balls to lead Sussex to 341-7, and was well backed by David Wiese (58 off 37) and Michael Burgess (56 off 44). Somerset were well set to chase the target as James Hildreth's 87 helped them recover from 101-4 to 240-5. But the last five wickets went down for 26 as Somerset were bowled out for 266 in the 43rd over to lose by 75 runs. After reaching 281 runs in three One-Day Cup innings in the space of six days, it was Hildreth's return catch to spinner Danny Briggs which started the rot at the end.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/23/18 at 12:24 pm

Somerset off-spinner Dom Bess will make his England debut in the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday. The 20-year-old, who has played only 16 first-class matches, will become the third new spinner to debut for England in the space of four Tests. "He's full of confidence, he has a lot of energy and he's very switched on," captain Joe Root told BBC Sport.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/23/18 at 4:18 pm

Kane Williamson will play fewer games for Yorkshire this summer after Cricket New Zealand reduced his availability. Kiwi captain Williamson, 27, had agreed a deal to play four County Championship and 11 T20 Blast matches this summer. But he will now be available for three Championship and nine T20 games for Yorkshire between 20 July-29 August. "We're frustrated and counties are having to deal with this sort of thing all the time," said director of cricket Martyn Moxon. He told the club website: "Obviously the club are disappointed by the reduced amount of cricket Kane will be available for, but he will still play a significant amount for us."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 7:37 am

England captain Eoin Morgan has been named in the one-day international squads to play Scotland and Australia in June after fracturing his finger. Morgan chipped a bone in the end of his finger while fielding for Middlesex on Sunday but should be fit for the one-off ODI in Edinburgh on 10 June. England then host Australia in a five-match series starting on 13 June. Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will be rested against Scotland, with Sam Billings replacing him in the 13-man squad. Buttler and bowler Tom Curran return to the 14-man squad for the Australia series, while Billings drops out. Fast bowler Liam Plunkett also returns after missing the 3-2 series win over New Zealand in March due to a hamstring injury, replacing Craig Overton. England recorded a 4-1 one-day series win over Australia in January and became the world's number one ranked ODI side earlier this month.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 8:25 am

England's Jason Roy hit 86 from just 64 balls as Surrey eased to a six-wicket victory at Essex in the One-Day Cup.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 9:11 am

Hampshire suffered their first One-Day Cup defeat of the summer as Kent pulled off a thrilling one-run victory. Joe Weatherley hit a maiden century for the home side, but they could only manage two of the four runs needed for victory off the final over of the game. Weatherley, who played four dot-balls from Matt Henry before taking a single, was unbeaten on 105 in their 295-5. Kent earlier totalled 296-4 with Daniel Bell-Drummond making 82 and Sean Dickson 68 not out off 41 balls.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 9:27 am

Gloucestershire's One-Day Cup game against Sussex was abandoned without any play following a heavy storm in the Bristol area. Umpires Neil Mallender and Tom Lungley took the decision to call off the game after discussions with ground staff. "In their opinion, the entire playing area is waterlogged," Gloucestershire posted on Twitter.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 11:10 am

Durham moved off the bottom of their One-Day Cup group with a five-run win against Northants at Wantage Road. Batting first, captain Tom Latham made 86 and built a fourth-wicket stand of 125 with Will Smith as the visitors reached 256-7 on a difficult pitch. Adam Rossington (66) and Alex Wakely (79) added 129 runs for Northants' fourth wicket as they looked on track. They needed 16 from the final over and Rory Kleinveldt hit a six but then fell as Durham restricted them to 251-9.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 12:35 pm

Adam Lyth hit an unbeaten 132 as Yorkshire coasted to victory against Leicestershire in the One-Day Cup. Mark Cosgrove's 84 from 88 balls and fifties by Ned Eckersley and Neil Dexter helped Leicestershire to 293-9. Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore put on 153 for Yorkshire's first wicket before the latter fell to Cameron Delport for 74. But India's Cheteshwar Pujara helped himself to man unbeaten 75 as he and Lyth, who hit two sixes and 15 fours, saw them to 295-1 in the 47th over.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 3:07 pm

One-Day Cup holders Notts suffered their second group stage defeat of this summer's competition as Warwickshire won by 108 runs at Trent Bridge. The Bears lost Jonathan Trott for a duck but were given a flying start by Ed Pollock, who smashed a quickfire 56. In-form Sam Hain weighed in with 72 and Adam Hose made 51 before the innings subsided from 250-3 to 295-9. New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor scored 56 for Notts, but Aaron Thomason took 4-45 as they were all out for 187. It was a largely undistinguished batting effort by the home side, whose final wicket fell with over 11 overs remaining.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 3:54 pm

Daryl Mitchell hit an unbeaten 102 to help Worcestershire move to the top of the One-Day Cup North Group as they beat Lancashire at New Road. With both sides reduced to 48 overs after stormy weather in Worcester, Karl Brown's 48 and Liam Livingstone's 67 helped the Red Rose finish on 254-9. Worcestershire started slowly as Joe Mennie (3-56) removed Travis Head for 17 and England's Moeen Ali for 24. But Mitchell's century stabilised the hosts and they ended on 255-7. The players were taken off for safety reasons with Lancashire 175-5 after 31 overs of their innings in at New Road, when lightning struck near to the ground.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 4:19 pm

Somerset ended Middlesex's three-match winning run in the One-Day Cup as they came out on top by 53 runs at Taunton. With a delayed start having reduced the game to 49 overs a side, Peter Trego (65) steadied Somerset after Steven Finn (4-65) removed both openers. Lewis Gregory (56) and Roelof van der Merwe (52) shared 91 before they were all out for 283 with three balls left. Middlesex lost wickets regularly in reply, but John Simpson made 77 before they were bowled out for 230. Simpson hit two sixes and nine fours in his 76-ball innings, but was finally caught behind off Paul van Meekeren (3-32) at the start of the 41st over. Earlier, James Hildreth pulled off a magnificent leaping catch at slip to remove the dangerous Eoin Morgan for 11. Both sides now have three wins and two defeats from five group games played. Somerset are in action again on Tuesday, when they take on Kent at Canterbury, while Middlesex play Hampshire at Northwood the following day.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 5:03 pm

Kent captain Joe Denly starred with bat and ball as they earned their first One-Day Cup win of the summer by beating Glamorgan by four wickets. Denly hit 17 fours and two sixes in an imperious Kent record 150 not out off 143 balls, sharing a stand of 88 with Alex Blake (41) as they reached 278-6. Nick Selman anchored Glamorgan's innings with a career-best 92 off 125 balls in a total of 274. But Denly's leg-spin claimed key wickets as he finished with 4-56.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 5:41 pm

Worcestershire completed English one-day cricket's largest successful run chase to beat Leicestershire by six wickets at New Road. Callum Ferguson's 192 helped them pass the target of 377 with 16 balls to spare after opener Joe Clarke's 62. Paul Horton (79), Ben Raine (83), Mark Cosgrove (70) and Colin Ackermann (71 not out) helped the visitors to 376-4. In reply, the hosts lost Moeen Ali for a duck before Ferguson arrived and hit five sixes and 21 fours. Daryl Mitchell's 50 from 36 balls and Brett D'Oliveira's unbeaten 54 from 47 balls also helped the hosts get over the line. Worcestershire's win was their fourth from five games and kept them top of the One Day Cup's North Group.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/18 at 1:23 am

Surrey and Sussex's One-Day Cup match at the Oval was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain. The abandonment was the second involving Sussex in the space of three days after Sunday's heavy storms saw no play at Gloucestershire. Bad weather had delayed the start until 12:45 BST but the rain returned and the game was called off at 14:30 BST. Surrey and Sussex have both won two matches in the One-Day Cup South Group so far in the 2018 campaign.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/18 at 5:45 am

Kent won their third successive One-Day Cup match, beating Somerset by 28 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/18 at 11:05 am

England's Ben Stokes will have a scan on his hamstring later on Thursday as he attempts to prove his fitness for the second Test against Pakistan. The all-rounder spent time in the nets on Thursday morning and was able to run at full intensity without any issues. However, he will not take part in any bowling or fielding sessions and will undergo a fitness test before play starts at Headingley on Friday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/01/18 at 5:34 am

Lancashire kept their hopes of progressing in the One-Day Cup alive as they comfortably beat Leicestershire by nine wickets with 24.1 overs to spare. The hosts had been dismissed for 172 after 49 overs, with Mark Cosgrove top-scoring for Leicestershire with 52, as in-form Matthew Parkinson took 4-30. In reply, Alex Davies made 23 for Lancashire before Haseeb Hameed and Liam Livingstone's 133-run partnership. Skipper Livingstone's 90 not out and Hameed's unbeaten 55 eased them home.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/01/18 at 7:34 am

England captain Eoin Morgan has been named in the one-day international squads to play Scotland and Australia in June after fracturing his finger. Morgan chipped a bone in the end of his finger while fielding for Middlesex on Sunday but should be fit for the one-off ODI in Edinburgh on 10 June. England then host Australia in a five-match series starting on 13 June.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 3:47 am

England responded to a heavy defeat at Lord's by dominating the first day of the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley. Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Chris Woakes each took three wickets to bowl Pakistan out for 174. At one stage, they slipped to 79-7 and needed 56 from Shadab Khan to avoid being embarrassed. England suffered the late blow of losing Alastair Cook for 46, but captain Joe Root ended on 29 not out as England reached 106-2, 68 behind. This was a complete turnaround from the nine-wicket defeat in the first Test, where they were comprehensively outplayed.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 5:48 am

Luke Fletcher claimed his limited-overs best figures of 4-20 as One-Day Cup holders Nottinghamshire defended a comparatively low total to beat northern group leaders Worcestershire. Notts looked under par when they only posted 202, of which Riki Wessels made 50 and Ross Taylor 47. England all-rounder Moeen Ali took career-best one-day figures of 4-33. But Worcestershire struggled on a slow Trent Bridge pitch, slumping to 28-4, before being bowled out for 164. Only briefly, in a 63-run seventh-wicket stand between Daryl Mitchell (62) and Ed Barnard (36), did the visitors look like reaching their target.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 7:46 am

Rain delayed the start of day two in the second Test between England and Pakistan at Headingley. A pitch inspection is due at 13:50 BST although the forecast is for more wet weather throughout the day in Leeds.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 9:44 am

Derbyshire moved to the top of their One-Day Cup group with a 51-run victory over Northamptonshire. Billy Godleman and Ben Slater (94) put on 182 for the first wicket as Derbyshire batted first. Godleman finished 125 not out, his second century of the competition, to help his side to 265-2. Ben Duckett gave Northants hope with 57, but once he was out the rest of the innings folded and the hosts were bowled out for 214.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 10:55 am

Ian Bell scored a brilliant unbeaten 145 to guide Warwickshire to a five-wicket win over Durham at Chester-le-Street in the One-Day Cup. After Will Smith (119) and Michael Richardson (111) helped the hosts to 299-8, the Bears fell to 14-2. But Bell and fellow ex-England batsman Jonathan Trott put on 202 for the third wicket to wrestle back control. Trott was dismissed by Paul Collingwood for 100, before Bell saw the visitors to victory with seven balls to spare.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 11:27 am

Gloucestershire were rained off after six overs in reply to Somerset's 211 as the West Country One-Day Cup derby ended in a draw in Taunton. Torrential rain left areas of water on the outfield, leaving umpires Ben Debenham and Richard Illingworth with no option but to abandon the game. Both sides take a point each. Peter Trego (74) and James Hildreth (35) were Somerset's main run makers. Chris Dent then hit four boundaries as the frustrated hosts raced to 39-0. Craig Miles (3-31), Benny Howell (2-24) and Chris Liddle (2-42) were the main contributors with the ball for a Gloucestershire side who still stand handily placed to qualify for the knockout stages, despite having three of their six group games rained off.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 1:33 pm

Kent moved up to second in the One-Day Cup south group with a fourth successive win as they put in a commanding display at home to Surrey. Heino Kuhn top-scored with 117 as Kent amassed a club record-equalling 384-8 from their 50 overs. Surrey, in reply, slumped from 97-2 to 164 all out inside 31 overs after Jason Roy's quick-fire 68. Veteran all-rounder Darren Stevens took a List A career-best 6-25 with the ball as Kent won by a mammoth 220 runs. Kent's total matched their previous List A best of 384-6 against Berkshire in 1996.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 3:01 pm

Glamorgan captain Colin Ingram hit an unbeaten 95 to steer to his side to a six-wicket victory over Sussex. Kiran Carlson, returning from university exams, smashed 59 not out off 40 balls as Glamorgan reached 278-4 for their first One-Day Cup win. They added 98 in 10 overs to break the shackles imposed by Sussex's bowlers. Sussex owed their total of 277-8 to a hard-hitting stand of 120 off 97 balls between David Wiese (67) and Michael Burgess (58). But Sussex are now almost certainly out of One-Day Cup contention.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 4:32 pm

England and Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales says he will return to red-ball cricket after the 2019 World Cup. In February, the 29-year-old signed a deal with Notts to only play limited-overs games until 2019, in a bid to cement his spot in the England team. "I'm certainly not turning my back on four-day cricket," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/03/18 at 6:48 am

England are close to an agreement to play a four-day Test against Ireland at Lord's next summer. The match would take place between the World Cup, which is being hosted in England, and the five-Test Ashes series against Australia. The proposal will be put to the England and Wales Cricket Board's cricket committee and discussed at board level. Ireland lost by five wickets to Pakistan in their inaugural Test in May.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/03/18 at 2:16 pm

England surged to victory over Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs to win the second Test and draw the series 1-1. Jos Buttler displayed his full range of strokeplay in a sparkling 80 not out to take England to 363 - a 189-run lead. And after Pakistan were reduced to 42-3, it never seemed likely that the game would reach day four at Headingley. Off-spinner Dom Bess claimed his maiden Test wicket in returning 3-33, while Stuart Broad took 3-28 as Pakistan were 134 all out in their second innings. It was a limp capitulation by the tourists, who failed to get anywhere near the performance of their nine-wicket win at Lord's.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/08/18 at 4:29 pm

Northamptonshire wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Rossington has signed a new deal until the end of the 2019 campaign.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/18 at 2:14 pm

Australia began their preparations for the upcoming one-day series with England by beating Middlesex by 101 runs at Lord's. Travis Head top-scored with 106 while Aaron Finch hit 54 as Australia ended their 50 overs on 283-6. Middlesex opener Max Holden, 20, scored 71 in reply but he was unable to find support at the other end. Kane Richardson claimed figures of 9-0-3-31 for the visitors as Middlesex were bowled out for 182 after 41 overs. Australia begin their one-day series with England on Wednesday in a day-night match at the Oval. Middlesex return to County Championship Division Two action when they travel to Leicestershire on Wednesday, 20 June.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/10/18 at 5:01 am

England bowler James Anderson is to miss six weeks of action to get over a "long-standing right shoulder injury". The move has been made to ensure the 35-year-old is fit to face India. "We have five Tests against India in a six-week period from 1 August, which will be an intense and challenging period for all our bowlers," said England coach Trevor Bayliss. "Therefore it's vital that we ensure Jimmy goes into that series in the best possible condition." Anderson played in both Tests of the drawn series against Pakistan, taking 9-172 overall.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/10/18 at 2:39 pm

Scotland stun England as Calum MacLeod hits 140 not out in Edinburgh

Scotland 371-5 (50 overs): MacLeod 140* (94), Coetzer 58 (49)
England 365 (48.5 overs): Bairstow 105 (59), Watt 3-55

Scotland secured the biggest win in their cricketing history with a thrilling six-run defeat of England. Callum MacLeod's brilliant 140 not out took the home side to 371-5 in glorious batting conditions in Edinburgh. Jonny Bairstow's 54-ball century looked to have England on course until they slipped from 220-2 to 276-7. Liam Plunkett (47 not out) and Moeen Ali (46) kept them in it, but last man Mark Wood was lbw to Safyaan Sharif from the fifth ball of the 49th over. It is a wonderful result for Scotland, who have been improving steadily since the 2015 World Cup and were only denied a place in the 2019 tournament when rain stopped their match against West Indies in the qualifying tournament in March.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/11/18 at 5:09 am

Derbyshire have added to their T20 Blast squad by signing batsman Calum MacLeod, who led Scotland to a one-day triumph over England on Sunday.

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An air ambulance landed on the outfield at Old Trafford to attend to an ill spectator at the ground, interrupting Lancashire's County Championship fixture against Essex for 35 minutes. The helicopter landed next to the old pavilion while Essex's Simon Harmer was facing a delivery from Lancashire's Graham Onions early on the third day. It is believed that the spectator left the ground in one of three ambulances that also attended the scene.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/11/18 at 11:31 am

Surrey bowled out Hampshire in two sessions on day three at the Ageas Bowl to win their County Championship match by an innings and 58 runs. Hampshire started their second innings 233 runs behind after being asked to follow on and were bowled out for 175. Joe Weatherley top-scored with 50, while Rilee Rossouw was 39 not out. Surrey's South African paceman Morne Morkel claimed 3-37 to finish with five wickets on debut, and teenage spinner Amar Virdi also took three wickets. Victory takes Surrey to the top of a tight Division One table, although Somerset will move above them if they beat Nottinghamshire in the game still taking place at Taunton.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/11/18 at 2:01 pm

County champions Essex came through a late alarm as they beat last season's runners-up Lancashire inside three days for the second time this summer.On a day in which 20 wickets fell at Old Trafford, nine were taken by Jamie Porter (5-30) and Simon Harmer (4-34). After helping Essex post 302 to earn a one-run first-innings lead, the duo bowled out Lancashire for 105. Essex then slipped to 41-4 before Ryan ten Doeschate and Ravi Bopara saw Essex home to win by five wickets on 108-5.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/11/18 at 3:56 pm

Leicestershire earned their second win of the 2018 County Championship season as they beat winless Northamptonshire by six wickets inside three days.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/11/18 at 5:52 pm

Nottinghamshire have made a 28-day approach to sign Leicestershire all-rounder Zak Chappell, reports BBC Radio Nottingham.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/19/18 at 10:22 am

Hampshire have signed Middlesex off-spinner Ollie Rayner on loan for their next two County Championship matches. Rayner provides cover for Brad Taylor, who has an ankle injury, and England spinner Mason Crane, who is again suffering with back pain. The 32-year-old has 290 wickets in 135 first-class games for Middlesex and Sussex at an average of 33.32. "I'm looking forward to repaying Hampshire's faith in me," he told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/20/18 at 7:25 am

England's Mark Stoneman has withdrawn from Surrey's side for their match with Somerset because of family reasons. The 30-year-old opener had been set to play in their County Championship fixture Division One on Wednesday. A post on Surrey's Twitter page said Stoneman would be absent "until further notice".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/20/18 at 7:51 am

England seamer Jake Ball has extended his contract with Nottinghamshire until the end of the 2021 season. The 27-year-old, who has taken 27 wickets in the County Championship and 14 in the One-Day Cup this season, earned an England recall for the ongoing one-day series with Australia. He helped Notts win last season's One-Day Cup, although he missed the final. "Being Notts born and bred, I'm delighted to sign up to my home county for three more years," said Ball.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/20/18 at 9:57 am

England made the highest one-day international total in history as they crushed Australia by 242 runs to seal the series at Trent Bridge. The hosts scored 481-6 in 50 overs - eclipsing their own own record of 444-3, set against Pakistan at the same venue in 2016. Alex Hales hit 147 and Jonny Bairstow 139 as England briefly threatened to post 500 in the third ODI. Australia were bowled out for 239 in 37 overs as Adil Rashid took 4-47. England's win, which gave them an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with two games to play, came only 11 days after New Zealand made the highest total in a women's ODI - 490-4 against Ireland in Dublin. While the innings of Hales and Bairstow, which both lasted 92 balls, laid the platform, skipper Eoin Morgan provided the late impetus with a rapid 67. The left-hander hit a 21-ball half-century - the fastest by an England player - in becoming his country's all-time top ODI run-scorer. "This is a poor Australian side who have been utterly dismantled," said BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew. "It was ruthless from England. The wheels fell off for Australia."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/21/18 at 1:11 am

England made the highest total in women's Twenty20 internationals as they beat South Africa - only hours after the record was set by New Zealand. New Zealand posted 216-1 in a 66-run win over South Africa in the tri-series opener, thanks largely to captain Suzie Bates' 124 not out. But England eclipsed it with a mammoth 250-3 on the same Taunton wicket. Tammy Beaumont hit 116 off 52 balls before England limited South Africa to 129-6 to seal a 121-run win.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/21/18 at 3:12 pm

Ryan Patel's incredible five-wicket haul put Surrey on course for victory against Championship leaders Somerset. Surrey started the day on 351-5 but they were all out for 459, with Ollie Pope making 117.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/22/18 at 9:28 am

Northamptonshire sealed a first County Championship win of the season as they eased to a 10-wicket victory against Gloucestershire at the County Ground. Resuming on 245-8, Matt Taylor and Craig Miles's overnight 78-run ninth-wicket partnership was broken early on. Brett Hutton added the wickets of Taylor and Chris Liddle for career-best figuresof 8-57 as Gloucestershire were all out for 250, with a 31-run lead. Ben Duckett hit all the required 32 runs as Northants wrapped up victory.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/30/18 at 2:44 am

England pace bowler Stuart Broad will have a scan on an ankle injury on Friday, Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores has confirmed. The 31-year-old only bowled four overs in Worcestershire's second innings in their County Championship game. Moores said it "made sense" to remove Broad, who has taken 417 Test wickets, after he aggravated the injury. He added: "It is manageable, but he has a lot of cricket to play in the rest of the summer." England's Test series against India begins on 1 August at Edgbaston.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/30/18 at 7:26 am

Batsman Dawid Malan has replaced seamer Tom Curran in the England squad for their Twenty20 match against India at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Curran is recovering from a side strain and is expected to be fit for the other two games in the three-match series. Middlesex captain Malan, 30, has played five T20s for England, scoring 250 runs at a rate of 150.6 runs per 100 balls. After the T20 series, the teams will meet in three one-day internationals before a five-match Test series. England go into the series having beaten Australia 5-0 in a one-day series, and winning a T20 match against them. India prepared by beating Ireland 2-0 in a T20 series.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/30/18 at 12:46 pm

Rilee Rossouw starred with a superb 125 as Hampshire beat Kent by 61 runs to win the One-Day Cup final at Lord's.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/16/18 at 5:47 am

Joe Root's gritty century laid the foundations for England's series-levelling victory over India in the second one-day international at Lord's. Root made 113, and David Willey's unbeaten 50 from 31 balls gave England the late impetus to reach 322-7. Though India slipped to 60-3 in reply, the reassuring presence of captain Virat Kohli kept them in the game. After he was lbw to Moeen Ali for 45, the tourists limped to 236, to lose by 86 runs. The three-match series is left poised at 1-1 and will be decided at Headingley on Tuesday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/17/18 at 4:55 pm

England served notice of their World Cup-winning credentials by crushing India in the third one-day international to take the series 2-1. The home side eased to their target of 257 with 33 balls and eight wickets to spare - Joe Root hitting the winning runs to complete a second successive century and Eoin Morgan ending on 88 not out. That India were restricted to a modest 256-8 was down to England's excellence with the ball and in the field. Shikhar Dhawan made 44 before being run out by Ben Stokes, while Virat Kohli looked ominous for 71 until he was bowled by a lovely Adil Rashid delivery. With England's limited-overs summer now at an end, the first of five Tests against India begins on Wednesday, 1 August.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/18/18 at 3:46 am

Kent all-rounder Will Gidman is to retire from playing at the end of the season. Gidman, 33, will take charge of the county's second XI for part of this summer while Min Patel is away with the England Under-19 squad. "I feel I've given the game everything I can as a player and the time is right to move into coaching," Gidman said. "The chance to lead the second XI for a couple of weeks and work with some exciting young talents is a great one."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/20/18 at 1:51 am

England will play their first ever Test match against Ireland in July 2019, before the start of the Ashes series. They begin the summer on 5 May with a Twenty20 international against Pakistan, followed by a five-match one-day international series, and then the World Cup starting on 30 May. England face Ireland at Lord's in a four-day match from 24-27 July - their first Test of fewer than five days since the tour of New Zealand in 1971. The Ashes series starts on 1 August.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/20/18 at 8:38 am

Leicestershire batsman Mark Cosgrove has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the 2020 season. The 34-year-old is closing in on 6,000 runs in all competitions for the Foxes since making his debut in 2015. Australian Cosgrove follows T20 captain Colin Ackermann in committing his future to the county. "I've loved my time with the Foxes and it was an easy decision," he said. "We're making good progress under Paul Nixon and the coaching staff." Cosgrove played in three one-day internationals for Australia in 2006, but holds a UK passport and so is not classed as an overseas player.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/12/18 at 1:39 pm

England completed a crushing innings and 159-run victory over India at Lord's to take a 2-0 series lead. James Anderson took 4-23 to finish with nine wickets in the match and Stuart Broad shone with 4-44 as India were bowled out for 130. The hosts had declared on 396-7, with Chris Woakes finishing on 137 not out, before Anderson reduced India to 17-2. Rain delayed play twice but India lost wickets regularly and Woakes took the final scalp to secure an emphatic win.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/14/18 at 8:32 am

England cricketer Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray after a fight near a Bristol nightclub. The Durham all-rounder, 27, denied the charge following the fracas between a group of men last September.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/18 at 5:08 pm

Nottinghamshire have signed West Indies Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite for the rest of the County Championship season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/18 at 1:51 am

Alastair Cook said his retirement from international cricket has been an "18-month process" after he ended his Test batting career with a century against India in the fifth Test at The Oval. His 147 helped England set the tourists an unlikely 464 to win, with India closing the fourth day on 58-3. "The timing is right," said Cook. "This has been an 18-month process. "I started noticing things in my game and preparation were missing. That edge isn't there."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/18 at 8:02 am

Veteran all-rounder Darren Stevens has signed a new one-year deal to stay at Kent until the end of the 2019 season. The 42-year-old, who joined Kent in 2005, has scored 14,928 first-class runs and taken 449 wickets. He made his debut for Leicestershire in 1997 and took a career-best 8-75 for Kent against the Foxes last season. Stevens hit 64 with the bat and took 4-44 with the ball at Middlesex on Monday as Kent continue to push for promotion from County Championship Division Two.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/18 at 9:56 am

All-rounder Martin Andersson has joined Derbyshire on loan from Middlesex for the rest of the 2018 season. The 21-year-old replaces Sean Ervine in the squad for the County Championship match against Glamorgan on Tuesday. Hampshire all-rounder Ervine retired last month while on loan at Derbyshire. Andersson has made one T20 Blast appearance for Middlesex and played in six Second XI Championship games this summer, scoring 267 runs at and average of 33 and taking 10 wickets at 27.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/18 at 11:47 am

James Anderson took the final wicket to become the most successful fast bowler in Test cricket and secure a 118-run victory in the fifth Test against India at The Oval. The 33-year-old bowled Mohammed Shami to claim his 564th wicket, surpassing the record of Australia's Glenn McGrath. It secured a 4-1 series victory for England, who were held up for much of the fifth day by centuries from KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. However, a stunning leg-break from Adil Rashid dismissed Rahul as the tourists fell from 325-5 to 345 all out.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/18 at 1:40 pm

Surrey closed in on their first title since 2002 as prolific captain Rory Burns hit another superb century on day two against Worcestershire. They were 213-6 at stumps in reply to the home side's 336 all out, a deficit of 123, with Burns unbeaten on 103. Somerset's defeat by Hampshire means his side just need to avoid losing the game to become champions. Worcestershire added only 48 to their overnight 288-6 after Ed Barnard went early for 63, bowled by Morne Morkel.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/18 at 2:19 pm

Kent need just 52 more runs to beat Middlesex at Lord's and boost their Division Two promotion chances. Kent took a 31-run lead after adding six runs in the morning to finish on 192 in reply to Middlesex's 161. Matt Henry then took 4-40 to take his wickets tally to 66 as Middlesex made just 186 in their second innings. Kent's chase of 156 wobbled at 57-4 before Daniel Bell-Drummond (27 not out) and Heino Kuhn (26 not out) steered them to 104-4 at stumps.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/12/18 at 5:41 am

Kent have signed Nottinghamshire seamer Matt Milnes on a three-year deal. The 24-year-old made his debut for his hometown club against Somerset in June and has taken 14 first-class wickets. Milnes told the club website: "I'm grateful for the opportunity Notts have given me and I've loved every second of being involved with my childhood club. "I appreciate all the help I've been given to improve my game but feel the time is right to move on and I'm looking forward to getting going here."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/12/18 at 7:11 am

Kent boosted their hopes of promotion from Division Two and ended those of Middlesex by completing a three-wicket win on the third morning at Lord's. Chasing a target of 156, they had ended day two just 52 runs short on 104-4. James Fuller (3-53) and Ethan Bamber (2-34) shared three wickets between them, including Heino Kuhn for 39. But a lucky inside edge for four by Sam Billings off Fuller ended the game by taking the total to 157-7 and left the Kent captain unbeaten on 31. The 19 points earned by the visitors took them to the top of the table, pending the outcome of Warwickshire's away game against Leicestershire. And Middlesex are now unable to catch either side after their fourth defeat of the season - leaving Kent, Warwickshire and Sussex to contest the two promotion spots.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/12/18 at 10:21 am

Fast bowler Craig Miles has agreed a move to Warwickshire from Gloucestershire from next season. The 24-year-old will join the Bears on a three-year contract having made his Gloucestershire debut at 16.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/12/18 at 12:54 pm

Yorkshire require three more wickets on the final day of the Roses match to beat rivals Lancashire, who slipped to 109-7, chasing 230 at Headingley. The game was finely poised at 81-3, but Jack Brooks bowled Liam Livingstone before two wickets in three balls from Ben Coad swung it in the hosts' favour. Josh Bohannon and Keshav Maharaj will resume needing 121 more runs to win. Gary Ballance (83) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (63) earlier put on 148 to drag Yorkshire towards 272 all out.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/13/18 at 11:09 am

Surrey have won the County Championship for the first time since 2002 after beating Worcestershire by three wickets.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/14/18 at 7:55 am

Essex's former England wicketkeeper James Foster is to retire at the end of the season. The 38-year-old, who played seven Tests and 11 One-Day Internationals during his 19 years as a professional, is to pursue a career in coaching. In an open letter on the club's website Foster said it was "privilege" to play for his home county and talked of his pride at representing his country. "It is with great sadness I will no longer be an Essex player," he added. "Thank you to all the Essex players for making it such an enjoyable changing room. Winning the County Championship in 2017 was one of my happiest memories."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/14/18 at 8:46 am

Tomorrow is the T20 Blast Finals Day, the 16th in the competition's history, and another showpiece at Edgbaston awaits. Worcestershire Rapids take on Lancashire Lightning in the first semi-final, while Sussex Sharks later face Somerset. Lancashire, Somerset and Sussex have all won it before, whereas Worcestershire will be making their first Finals Day appearance.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/14/18 at 12:18 pm

Middlesex seamer Steven Finn will miss the final two games of the County Championship Division Two season due to an ongoing knee problem. Finn, 29, is taking time off to rehabilitate his left knee, with Middlesex out of promotion contention. A statement on the club website said Finn's injury had "hampered his ability to perform close to his best". It added that the England international would "concentrate on getting his knee right for 2019".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/14/18 at 2:45 pm

Northamptonshire wicketkeeper/batsman Ricardo Vasconcelos has signed a contract extension to stay with the club until the end of the 2021 season. South African Vasconcelos has scored 527 runs in eight first-class matches since joining Northants in May. The 20-year-old, who was born in Portugal, has also featured in 11 limited-overs games. "Ricardo has impressed everybody with the quality of his batting," head coach David Ripley told the club website. "We took a bit of a punt on each other and the signs are things are working out very well for both parties."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/15/18 at 6:50 am


Tomorrow is the T20 Blast Finals Day, the 16th in the competition's history, and another showpiece at Edgbaston awaits. Worcestershire Rapids take on Lancashire Lightning in the first semi-final, while Sussex Sharks later face Somerset. Lancashire, Somerset and Sussex have all won it before, whereas Worcestershire will be making their first Finals Day appearance.
Worcestershire Rapids set Lancashire Lightning 170 to win, in the first semi final.

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Worcestershire Rapids beat Lancashire Lightning by 20 runs, and go through to the final.

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Sussex Sharks make 202-8 against Somerset in the second semi final.

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T20 Blast Finals
Sussex Sharks captain Luke Wright's stunning 92 inspired his side to reach the T20 Blast Final as they beat Somerset by 35 runs. Wright smashed seven sixes and five fours in his 53-ball innings as Sussex posted an imposing 202-8. All-rounder David Wiese (52) shared a 120-run stand for the fourth wicket. Somerset slumped to 33-3 in reply although Tom Abell and Corey Anderson (both 48) briefly gave them hope before they finished short on 167-8.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/15/18 at 4:25 pm

T20 Blast Finals
Worcestershire won the T20 Blast for the first time as they beat Sussex at Edgbaston by five wickets. On their first appearance at Finals Day, Moeen Ali's side chased a target of 158 with nine balls to spare.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/26/18 at 5:17 am

Lancashire were relegated to Division Two of the County Championship after being bowled out for 273 by Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. Nottinghamshire's two bowling bonus points against Somerset meant Lancashire needed to pass 300 within 110 overs of their first innings to keep their survival hopes alive. However, after resuming on 123-4, the tail collapsed to the second new ball. Despite their struggles, the Red Rose could at least end the year with a win. Good contributions from bowlers Josh Bohannon (3-46) and Richard Gleeson (3-45) left Hampshire on 178-8 at the close of play, a lead of 92 - former home skipper Jimmy Adams having gone for 13 on his final appearance. Lancashire will go down to the second tier alongside Worcestershire.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/26/18 at 6:16 am

Kent fast bowler Ivan Thomas will miss six to nine months of cricket as he requires knee surgery on Wednesday. The 27-year-old needs a full reconstruction after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his right knee. He sustained the injury in training before the County Championship Division Two clash against Glamorgan last week. A statement on the club website said: "He will be continually monitored throughout his recovery."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/26/18 at 7:35 am

Warwickshire's left-arm fast bowler Keith Barker will join Hampshire next season on a two-year contract. Former Lancashire junior Barker, 31, has been at Edgbaston since his football career ended in 2009.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/26/18 at 8:40 am

Craig Overton took a hat-trick - the second by a Somerset bowler in two days - as they beat Nottinghamshire by an innings and 146 runs. Overton followed captain Tom Abell's first-innings effort at Trent Bridge, removing Ben Slater, Samit Patel and Riki Wessels in successive balls. All three wickets were catches taken at slip by Marcus Trescothick. Josh Davey (3-20) wrapped up Notts' second innings for 184 to seal victory for the Division One runners-up. There are many instances of two hat-tricks being taken in the same first-class match, including eight players who have achieved the feat individually. The most recent of those was in November 2017, when Australia paceman Mitchell Starc took a hat-trick in each innings of New South Wales' Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia. Nottinghamshire finished level on points with Lancashire, who beat Hampshire in their final fixture, but avoided relegation by virtue of having won four Championship matches this season compared to Lancashire's three victories.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/26/18 at 11:33 am

Australian Michael Klinger will return to Gloucestershire next season after agreeing a contract to play and captain the side in the T20 Blast. The 38-year-old will be back for a seventh season at the county while also taking on a role as batting consultant. "I'm looking forward to returning and extending my contract in the T20 Blast," he said. "Hopefully we can go all the way to finals day next year." Klinger retired from first-class cricket at the end of the 2016 season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/27/18 at 3:58 am

England one-day opener Jason Roy has been named in the four-day squad for the Lions' winter tour of the UAE.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/27/18 at 6:10 am

Warwickshire's former England batsman Jonathan Trott says announcing his retirement in May gave him a "new lease of life" and allowed him to enjoy his final season in professional cricket. Trott, who played 52 Tests for England, ended his career by helping the Bears win County Championship Division Two. The 37-year-old told BBC Sport: "It's not about me, it's about this being a good day for the club.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/27/18 at 10:45 am

Surrey narrowly missed out on a record-breaking win as Essex clinched a thrilling one-wicket victory over the county champions at The Oval. The hosts' 410-run first-innings deficit would have been the biggest to have been overturned to win a first-class match. Chasing 132 to win, Essex collapsed to 55-5, 97-7 and then 124-9. But Ryan ten Doeschate inflicted Surrey's first loss of the season with 53 not out in an amazing climax.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/27/18 at 11:34 am

Derbyshire batsman Anuj Dal has agreed a one-year deal to keep him at the county until the end of next season. The 22-year-old made both his first-class and T20 debuts this season and also had an impressive campaign for the second team in all formats. "I'm delighted to sign a professional deal to cap what's been a great summer for me," Dal told Derbyshire's website. The right-hander has played four matches in County Championship Division Two following his debut in August.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/27/18 at 1:51 pm

Gloucestershire all-rounder Graeme van Buuren has signed a one-year contract extension with the county. The 28-year-old South African-born right-hander qualifies as a non-overseas player due to his wife holding a British passport. His 2018 season was cut short by injury after playing against Middlesex in the T20 Blast in August. "I feel I have much unfinished business to play out with Gloucestershire next season and beyond," Van Buuren said. Meanwhile, batsman Kieran Noema-Barnett has left the club at the end of his contract and is returning to his native New Zealand.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/18 at 7:37 am

Sam Curran and Rory Burns are among the Surrey players to be honoured at the annual Cricket Writers' Awards. Curran, 20, was named Young Cricketer of the Year and batsman Burns, 28, the County Championship Player of the Year. Natalie Sciver, 26, took the Women's Cricket award after skippering Surrey Stars to the Super League title. Alec Stewart and his father Micky, who both played for Surrey and England, received a special award for their family's contribution to the game. Their involvement with the club began almost 60 years ago when Micky, now 86, made his first-class debut and Alec is the current director of cricket at The Oval, while his brother Neil is part of the youth coaching set-up.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/18 at 7:57 am

All-rounder Craig Meschede has signed a two year-contract extension that keeps him at Glamorgan until the end of the 2020 season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/18 at 8:21 am

Derbyshire wicketkeeper-batsman Harvey Hosein has signed a two-year contract, which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2020 season. The 22-year-old has scored 1,259 first-class runs since his debut in 2014. "We feel Harvey has a bright future," Derbyshire head of cricket Dave Houghton told the club's website. "He has shown the qualities of a top cricketer who can win games and we now want to give him the confidence of our full backing."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/18 at 8:42 am

Yorkshire have signed Nottinghamshire opening batsman Will Fraine. The 22-year-old, who has agreed a three-year deal at Headingley, was part of the Yorkshire academy before moving away to go to school and university. Having played first class cricket for Durham MCCU, he joined Notts in May and hit 30 against Surrey in the County Championship in July. "He's a talented young batsman," Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/18 at 8:45 am

Leicestershire have signed Lancashire all-rounder Arron Lilley. The 27-year-old has signed a two-year contract at Grace Road. Lilley was a member of the Red Rose side that won the T20 Blast in 2015 and has a strike rate of 153.53 in the shortest format of the game. "Arron will add great value to our side, he is a three-dimensional cricketer who will be valuable in all formats," Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/18 at 9:01 am

Kent have signed Netherlands fast bowler Fred Klaassen. The 25-year-old, who made an appearance for the county's second team this season, has agreed a two-year contract. He joins having helped his club side VOC Rotterdam win the Dutch title for the first time in 23 years and made his international against Nepal in August. "In the short time we have known Fred he has made a big impression around the group," Kent director of cricket Paul Downton told the club website. "His left-arm bowling will give us a different option and balance to our attack. He'll be a great addition."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/18 at 10:25 am

Left-arm spinner Aron Nijjar has signed a contract extension at Essex The new deal will see the 24-year-old remain at Chelmsford until the end of next season Head coach Anthony McGrath said: "He has a lot of potential and we know how dangerous he can be with both ball and bat, so we're thrilled to see him stay Nijjar made his first-class debut against Leicestershire in 2015 and has taken 16 wickets, while averaging 26.11 with the bat. He played in last week's one-wicket win over Surrey at The Oval as a substitute fielder and took a catch to dismiss Jason Roy for 128 during the third day's play.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/18 at 11:17 am

Relegated Lancashire have released Simon Kerrigan, Karl Brown and Arron Lilley at the end of their contracts. Slow left-armer Kerrigan, 29, made his only England Test appearance against Australia in 2013 and was loaned out to Northamptonshire last season. He announced earlier this season he was putting his playing career on hold to take up a coaching post at Lancashire.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/18 at 11:48 am

Derbyshire have released wicketkeeper Gary Wilson by mutual consent. The 32-year-old Ireland international joined the Division Two side from Surrey in 2016 and scored 1,281 runs in 50 matches. Wilson, who had a year left on his deal, will now return to Ireland. "With Ireland gaining full ICC membership and being part of the future tours programme, coupled with my young family, this is a good opportunity to move home," he told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/18 at 2:55 pm

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas will return as Leicestershire's main overseas player next season. The 28-year-old took 50 wickets for the Foxes in County Championship Division Two this season at an average of 17.72. Abbas will be available again next summer to play in the Championship and the 50-over One-Day Cup. He was named man of the series during Pakistan's 1-1 draw with England in May, taking 10 wickets, including two four-wicket hauls at Lord's. "I've really enjoyed my time at Leicestershire," he told the club website. "I've relished the chance to be a senior bowler and I'm looking forward to coming back next year."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/03/18 at 7:47 am

Worcestershire have signed batsman Riki Wessels on a three-year deal from Nottinghamshire. Notts released Wessels, 32, from his contract with them to facilitate the move, just over a week after Joe Clarke left Worcestershire for Trent Bridge. He joined Notts from Northamptonshire in 2011 and helped them win both the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast in 2017. "I'm looking forward to starting another chapter of my career at a club I've a lot of admiration for," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/03/18 at 12:04 pm

"Strong candidates" will be vying to be Scotland's new head coach, says former England captain Michael Vaughan. Grant Bradburn stepped down last month after leading Scotland to the World T20 and victory over England. Vaughan said: "It's a good job. There will be many coaches who will see it is as an opportunity to drive an associate nation forward. "You know if you do a good job anywhere, people will be looking at you." Bradburn, 52, spent more than four years in charge of Scotland before leaving to become Pakistan assistant coach. Vaughan suggested former England all-rounder and team-mate Paul Collingwood, who retired last week, as a possible replacement. "Paul Collingwood, maybe. There's a name for you," Vaughan said. "It's a really good job for someone to grab hold of and try and drag Scottish cricket forward."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/18 at 5:32 am

Andrew Strauss has stepped down as England's director of cricket after three and a half years in the role. The 41-year-old had taken a break in May after his wife Ruth entered a new period of treatment for cancer. Andy Flower, who has covered for him, will continue in an interim role before a full-time replacement is found. Strauss said 2019 is "potentially the most important year the game has had in this country" with the World Cup and Ashes series on home soil. "We have an incredible opportunity to do something special," said the former Test captain.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/18 at 6:21 am

England have named three uncapped players in their squad for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in the West Indies next month.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/18 at 9:08 am

Hampshire have signed right-arm seamer James Fuller from Middlesex on a two-year deal. The 28-year-old former Gloucestershire player joined Middlesex in 2016 and helped them win the County Championship in the same season. South African-born Fuller has also represented England Lions. He becomes Hampshire's second addition to their bowling ranks for next season with left-armer Keith Barker also joining from Warwickshire.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/18 at 10:16 am

All-rounder Aaron Thomason and wicketkeeper Alex Mellor have signed new contracts with Warwickshire. Thomason, 21, has agreed a two-year deal while Mellor, 27, will remain at Edgbaston for the 2019 campaign. Thomason has made 16 List A appearances for Warwickshire and played 28 T20 games for Birmingham Bears since his debut in 2014. Mellor was a regular for the second XI in 2018, scoring 883 runs and taking 29 catches in all formats. "Aaron has been a consistent performer in white-ball cricket for the last two years and he can make a serious push to play in the Championship side," sport director Ashley Giles told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/18 at 10:53 am

Leicestershire all-rounder Neil Dexter has signed a new one-year contract. The 34-year-old, who arrived before the 2016 season from Middlesex, has scored 1,843 first-class runs for the Foxes and taken 61 wickets. Dexter said: "We've made great strides forward under Nico (Paul Nixon) and the coaches and it's exciting to be a part of the future here. "We want to continue the progress in red-ball cricket and also have success in the white-ball competitions."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/18 at 3:05 pm

Northamptonshire have given contracts to Scotland off-spinner Tom Sole and batsman Charlie Thurston. Sole, 22, has penned a two-year contract while 22-year-old Thurston has been given a one-year summer contract. "Obviously Tom's season was ravaged by his ankle problem, but we see him as a very strong white-ball cricketer," head coach David Ripley said. "Charlie had a very strong white-ball season in our second XI which earned him some first-team opportunities."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/18 at 7:16 am

Former England batsman Nick Compton has announced his retirement. The 35-year-old right-hander played 16 Tests between November 2012 and June 2016, scoring 775 runs, including two centuries, at an average of 28.70. He made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 2004 and spent five years with Somerset before rejoining the north London club at the end of 2014. Compton, a regular pundit on BBC Radio 5 live, did not feature for the Lord's side during the 2018 campaign. "The pinnacle of my career was following in my grandfather Denis Compton's footsteps, having achieved my dream of playing and winning Test series for England," he told the Middlesex website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/18 at 8:18 am

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate has signed a new contract at Chelmsford until the end of the 2019 season. The all-rounder, 38, has spent his entire first-class career with the club and led them to the County Championship title in 2017, their first in 25 years. The Netherlands international averages 47.16 with the bat in first-class cricket and has taken 212 wickets. "My affinity for Essex just grows stronger and I'm really pleased with the way we're developing," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/18 at 10:59 am

Gloucestershire's Miles Hammond has signed a new contract until the end of the 2020 season. The left-handed batsman, 22, scored 474 runs at an average of 34 in County Championship Division Two this summer, including a maiden century.
He also made 313 runs in 14 T20 Blast appearances with a strike rate of 155.
"It was a breakthrough year for Miles. We look forward to working with him and continuing his development," said head coach Richard Dawson.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/18 at 4:48 pm

Pace bowler Ben Cotton has signed a new one-year deal with Northamptonshire. The ex-Derbyshire seamer, 25, claimed a career-best 5-48 in the Championship win over Sussex last month, having moved to Northants earlier in the year. "There's no doubt Ben is very hungry for another opportunity in the county game," said head coach David Ripley. "He showed his quality in the three first-team matches he played for us after having a fine season in the second XI."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/18 at 1:31 am

Harry Dearden has signed a one-year contract extension at Leicestershire. The 21-year-old left-hander becomes the latest player to commit his future to the club in recent weeks, following Mohammad Abbas and Neil Dexter. Head coach Paul Nixon said: "We look forward to Harry continuing his development with us." Dearden made his first-class debut in 2016 and is approaching 1,000 runs in all formats for the club, as well as offering a handy off-spin option.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/18 at 6:29 am

Gloucestershire teenage seam bowler Ben Charlesworth has signed a three-year contract with the county. The 17-year-old impressed in the last four County Championship matches of 2018, taking four wickets, as well as playing for England Under-19s. Charlesworth is currently in the middle of sitting his A levels at St Edward's School in Oxford. "I'm excited about the future with our young squad and I am grateful to all who have supported me," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/18 at 7:32 am

Hampshire have released three players at the end of their contracts. Wicketkeeper Calvin Dickinson, 21, all-rounder Asher Hart, 24, and Scotland international bowler Chris Sole, also 24, will leave the county. But batsmen Ollie Soames and Harry Came have been offered their first professional contracts. Opening batsman Soames, 22, featured in four County Championship Division One matches at the end of the season, scoring 69 runs in eight innings. "It's that time of year where you have to make difficult decisions and sadly guys miss out," director of cricket Giles White told BBC Radio Solent.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/18 at 8:23 am

Harry Dearden has signed a one-year contract extension at Leicestershire. The 21-year-old left-hander becomes the latest player to commit his future to the club in recent weeks, following Mohammad Abbas and Neil Dexter. Head coach Paul Nixon said: "We look forward to Harry continuing his development with us." Dearden made his first-class debut in 2016 and is approaching 1,000 runs in all formats for the club, as well as offering a handy off-spin option.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/18 at 12:13 pm

Glamorgan have signed batsman Billy Root, the younger brother of England captain Joe, on a two-year contract. Root, a product of the Yorkshire Academy, joins from Nottinghamshire where he has spent the last two seasons, subject to ECB registration. Glamorgan said they were looking to sign two batsmen ahead of the 2019 summer. "I believe I can make a big contribution to the side over the next few seasons," said Root, 26.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/18 at 1:03 pm

Hampshire left-arm seamer Chris Wood has signed a new contract, which will keep him at the Ageas Bowl until the end of the 2020 season. The 28-year-old has taken 105 first-class wickets and 220 in limited-overs games for the club since 2010. "He's become a very smart bowler who has a sense of what the batsman's looking to do," director of cricket Giles White told the club website. "Hopefully he plays a big part in our campaigns over the coming two years."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/18 at 1:50 pm

Former Northants and England all-rounder David Capel has had successful surgery on a brain tumour. The 55-year-old collapsed at a club event in August, but is now at home recovering from the operation. Capel first joined Northants in 1979, and his 33-year association with the club ended when he was replaced as head coach in 2012. He made 15 Test and 23 one-day international appearances for England between 1987 and 1990. "Everyone connected to the club wishes David a full and speedy recovery," said a club statement.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/18 at 2:35 pm

Somerset leg-spinner Max Waller has signed a new two-year white ball contract with the county. The 30-year-old's deal is predominantly for the T20 Blast, but he will also be available for One-Day Cup selection. Waller has taken 111 Twenty20 wickets in 111 matches since his debut in 2009. "There's a genuine belief that this squad can achieve something great and I was always very keen to continue being a part of that," Wiltshire-born Waller told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 12:25 am

Glamorgan will appoint a new director of cricket following a review of their poor season. Chief executive Hugh Morris has been carrying out a dual role since his return to the club in 2013. The change follows a campaign in which Glamorgan finished bottom of the County Championship, failed to make the last eight of the T20 Blast and won just one One-Day Cup game.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 1:35 am

Leicestershire fast bowler Dieter Klein has agreed a new deal for 2019. The 29-year-old South Africa-born left-armer first joined the Foxes in 2016 and has taken 62 wickets for the county in all forms of the game. He also made a career-best 94 with the bat in the final Championship game of the summer against Glamorgan.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 4:37 am

James Bracey has signed a new deal with Gloucestershire to keep him at the club until the end of the 2021 season. The 21-year-old batsman and wicketkeeper was their second-highest scorer in the County Championship this summer with 785 runs. He scored two centuries including 125 not out on the final day against Middlesex in May to salvage a draw. "We see James playing a massive role for Gloucestershire," chief executive Will Brown told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 6:01 am

Former England opener Michael Carberry has parted company with Leicestershire by mutual consent. Carberry, 38, initially joined the Foxes on loan from Hampshire in August 2017 and was named captain when he made the move permanent before last season. But his last appearance for the county came at the end of May after he was stripped of the captaincy. In a statement, Leicestershire wished Carberry well for the future and added it would make no further comment.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 7:02 am

Glamorgan have parted company with head coach Robert Croft who leaves the Welsh county after three decades. The decision comes after Glamorgan finished bottom of the County Championship, having failed to qualify for the T20 Blast quarter-finals. They will also appoint a new director of cricket after chief executive Hugh Morris relinquished the dual role. Croft, 48, has been with the county since 1989 as a player, assistant coach and has been head coach since 2016.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 8:05 am

Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has admitted he spot-fixed after six years of denial. The 37-year-old has also apologised to former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who was sent to jail after Kaneria encouraged him to spot-fix. Essex Police say they are "currently reassessing the investigation" following Kaneria's admission. Kaneria, who was banned from playing in England and Wales for life, says he "cannot live a life with lies". "It's been six years. I lost everything," the leg-spinner told Al Jazeera. "I lost friends, respect from fans. "I want to apologise to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex team-mates, Essex Cricket Club and the fans, to Pakistan and my fans around the world. And to my wife and family - I have let them all down."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 9:26 am

Leicestershire seamer Gavin Griffiths has signed a new deal at Grace Road. The 24-year-old has agreed a contract extension that will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2020 season. He took 36 wickets at an average of 24.50 in the County Championship last season, including taking 10 wickets for 83 runs against Durham in a match where he had consecutive career-best figures. "I've relished being a part of the Foxes over the last two years," Griffiths told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 1:08 pm

Worcestershire all-rounder Ed Barnard and batsman Tom Fell have both signed new contracts to stay with the county.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/23/18 at 7:57 am

Gloucestershire seamer Chris Liddle has signed a one-year contract extension for the 2019 season. The 34-year-old former Leicestershire and Sussex left-armer, who arrived in November 2015, has agreed to remain in Bristol for a fourth straight year. Liddle has only made nine County Championship appearances in three seasons with Gloucestershire, but has performed well in the One-Day Cup. He took 18 wickets in six matches in 2017 and a further 13 in 2018. "Chris has consistently performed well in one-day cricket," said Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson. "He is an experienced and important player in the dressing room."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/18 at 4:53 am

Glamorgan all-rounder David Lloyd has signed two-year a contract extension to keep him at the club until the end of the 2021 season. That will stretch the 26-year-old's senior career at the Welsh county to six years. The north Walian has scored more than 2,200 first-class runs and taken over 50 wickets. I'm now one of the senior players at the club and I want to kick on over the next few seasons," said Lloyd. Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris said: "He is a proven performer across all three formats with both bat and ball and was having a strong 2018 campaign before injuries curtailed his season. "Hopefully next year he puts his injuries behind him and can carry on improving and fulfil his undoubted talent."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/18 at 11:12 am

Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper Tom Moores has signed a new three-year contract at Trent Bridge. The 22-year-old initially agreed a two-year deal last October but has been rewarded with fresh terms after an impressive 2018 season. Moores, the son of Nottinghamshire head coach Peter, took 52 catches and scored 1,324 runs in all competitions to win the Player of the Season award. "I can't thank the club enough for the faith they have shown in me," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/25/18 at 5:30 am

England are the one-day kings. Despite Tuesday's dead rubber producing their heaviest-ever defeat, their 3-1 series victory in Sri Lanka was their ninth one-day international series win in a row and their 14th out of 17 since the 2015 World Cup. They have totally reinvented themselves since being eliminated in the group stages of that tournament. Their one-day game was stuck in the dark ages. Now it is trailblazing. England, the world number one ODI side, are superbly poised to overturn their miserable World Cup record - despite reaching the final three times, they have never won the competition. This is how Eoin Morgan's side have leapt from a forlorn rabble to indisputable favourites for the 2019 World Cup on home soil.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/30/18 at 9:43 am

Hampshire pair Ryan Stevenson and Felix Organ have signed new extended contracts with the county until the end of the 2020 season. Right-arm seamer Stevenson nearly quit the game because of a back injury earlier this year.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/30/18 at 11:26 am

Derbyshire have appointed MCC head coach Steve Kirby as the county's new assistant and bowling coach. The 41-year-old Lancashire-born former Yorkshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire fast bowler will work with Derbyshire head of cricket Dave Houghton and head of development Mal Loye. Kirby is Houghton's first appointment since returning to the county. "We're lucky to attract a coach of Steve's quality and experience to Derbyshire," said Houghton.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/30/18 at 1:26 pm

Essex wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Wheater has signed a new two-year contract to keep him at the club until 2020. The 28-year-old rejoined Essex from Hampshire in 2016 and helped them win the County Championship last year. Wheater averaged 34 in red-ball cricket this season, making three half-centuries as well as taking 23 catches. "Since returning to Essex I've been fortunate enough to experience success and I'm keen to continue putting trophies in the cabinet," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/30/18 at 1:59 pm

Former England all-rounder Craig White has stepped down as Hampshire head coach after two seasons in the role. The 48-year-old took up the post full-time at the start of the 2017 season, having previously been the county's assistant and bowling coach. He leaves at the end of his contract, having been with the county since 2012. Hampshire won the One-Day Cup last season under White's leadership and also reached Finals Day in the T20 Blast in 2017. The former Yorkshire player cited personal reasons for his decision and "spending long periods of time away from his family".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/31/18 at 12:13 pm

The County Championship will feature a 10-team Division One from 2020, with only one team being relegated next year and three going up from Division Two. The current structure - in place since 2017 - will be reversed, with eight counties to compete in the second tier. The ECB also confirmed the One-Day Cup will run alongside the new competition - unofficially known as 'The Hundred' - when it launches in July 2020. Overseas players will not be allowed to play in the 50-over tournament. The men's domestic playing programme group (MDDP), chaired by Leicestershire chief executive Wasim Khan, met four times before agreeing to the proposals. "We are very pleased that that there was unanimous support for a structure that will hopefully improve our domestic game and in turn the England teams," Khan said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/31/18 at 1:36 pm

Kent head coach Matt Walker has signed a two-year contract extension. The 44-year-old has spent the past two summers in charge of the Canterbury side, guiding them to promotion to Division One in 2018. Walker was a player with the county for 16 seasons before becoming assistant coach to Jimmy Adams in 2014. "I have always been incredibly proud to coach Kent, so I'm delighted to be able to extend my contract," he told the county's website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/18 at 1:50 pm

Former Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams believes the club need a new head coach who can build on Craig White's work. White left the county on Tuesday after two seasons in the post to move back closer to his family. Adams, 38, retired at the end of last season and is moving into coaching, but admits the chance to succeed White himself has come a bit too soon. "It's about finding the right person who can manage the first-team group better," he told BBC Radio Solent.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/02/18 at 11:18 am

Durham seamer Barry McCarthy has left the club to concentrate on his international career with Ireland.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/18 at 2:34 am

Kent seamer Harry Podmore has signed a new deal the the end of the 2021 season, while batsman Zak Crawley has agreed an improved two-year contract.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/18 at 5:48 am

Surrey have appointed Richard Johnson as assistant coach after the former England bowler was released from his contract at Middlesex. The 43-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at The Oval and will focus on supporting the club's bowling attack. Johnson, who played three Tests and 10 one-day internationals in 2003, joined Middlesex's coaching staff in 2010 and had 14 months left on his contract. "This is an excellent chance to be part of something exciting," he said. Surrey won the County Championship title by 46 points under head coach Michael Di Venuto in 2018.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/18 at 12:34 pm

Gloucestershire pace bowler Matt Taylor has signed a new three-year contract to keep him with the county until 2021. The left-armer, 24, took 46 wickets in County Championship Division Two last season, at an average of 25.46. He is the younger brother of all-rounder Jack Taylor, who agreed a new deal with the club last month. "After making some great progress as a squad this season I am excited to see what we can achieve over the next few years," Matt Taylor said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/18 at 1:39 pm

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has donated a "significant" sum to help Durham's under-16 side fund their trip to Dubai in the Ramada Gulf Cup. Stokes, 27, played in the competition himself as a teenager, going on to represent the county across all senior formats. "It's a fantastic opportunity for some of Durham's young guys to gain invaluable experience," Stokes said. "It taught me a lot about myself as a cricketer and as a person." Academy director John Windows added: "This is a top-quality tournament and the boys get a chance to experience sub-continent conditions."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/18 at 3:48 pm

Notts paceman Harry Gurney will head to Australia in January to play for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash. The 32-year-old England one-day and Twenty20 international will play alongside his Notts T20 skipper Dan Christian, under the captaincy of Australia opener Aaron Finch. "I'm really excited. I can't wait to get going with the Renegades," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/08/18 at 5:21 am

Gloucestershire all-rounder Jack Taylor has switched to bowling leg-spin after serving a third ban for an illegal action as an off-spinner. The 26-year-old did not bowl last season, with his latest 12-month suspension ending in September. "I've had issues for the past five or six years and I'm a little bit sick of it," Taylor told BBC Bristol.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/13/18 at 10:03 am

Gloucestershire all-rounder Jack Taylor has switched to bowling leg-spin after serving a third ban for an illegal action as an off-spinner.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/13/18 at 11:25 am

Leicestershire all-rounder Cameron Delport has left the club midway through a two-year contract. Delport, 29, has agreed to depart by mutual consent after first moving to Grace Road in 2016. He last played a County Championship game in April 2017, featuring mainly in limited overs matches since then. He played in five One-Day Cup and nine T20 Blast games in 2018 - his last appearance was a second-ball duck against Birmingham Bears on 2 August. The South Africa-born player, who appeared for Leicestershire as a non-overseas player on a UK passport, has most recently been playing in the Afghan Premier League for Paktia Panthers.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/13/18 at 12:30 pm

Kent batsman Sean Dickson has signed a two-year contract extension with the county. South Africa-born Dickson, 27, has been with Kent since 2015 and was an integral part of their County Championship promotion last season. The right-hander scored three Championship centuries and also took 39 catches across all formats. "I'm delighted to extend my stay," he said. "We've some hard work ahead, but team spirit is at an all-time high."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/18 at 6:34 am

Former Glamorgan captain and head coach Matthew Maynard will take temporary charge of the county's winter training. The 52-year-old told BBC Sport Wales he would not rule out applying for a second spell in the head coach role. Maynard rejoined the Welsh side in November 2017 as a consultant batting coach and steps up as interim coach following the departure of former head coach Robert Croft in October. Maynard does not intend to apply for the new director of cricket job.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/18 at 10:12 am

Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris says the focus will be on the right appointments as director of cricket and head coach, whether they are from Wales or outside. Morris relinquished his role as director of cricket after five years.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/18 at 12:56 pm

Lancashire have appointed South African Dane Vilas as their new captain. The 33-year-old was Lancashire's top County Championship run scorer in their 2018 relegation season, and succeeds Liam Livingstone, who stood down after just one year to focus on his batting. Vilas captained the team four times in Livingstone's absence last season. "I feel honoured and humbled. It's a privilege to be part of writing the next chapter in the club's history," said the six-times capped Test player.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/15/18 at 7:02 am

Durham batsman Cameron Steel has signed a contract extension to keep him with the county until the end of the 2021 campaign.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/21/18 at 7:33 am

Kent seam bowler Calum Haggett has extended his contract at the county until the end of the 2020 season. The 28-year-old was ever-present in Kent's run to the One-Day Cup Final last season, taking 14 wickets. Taunton-born Haggett made his first-class debut for the county in 2013 and has taken 89 wickets since. "I'm thrilled to commit my future to Kent," Haggett said. "This county is now my home and I feel proud to represent it."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/21/18 at 8:40 am

Durham seamer Chris Rushworth has signed an extended contract until the end of 2020 season. The Sunderland-born 32-year-old took 80 wickets across all formats in 2018 and has more than 600 in his career. "I'm delighted to have extended my contract and still have a huge amount of passion, drive and energy to take wickets," he told Durham's website. "We have a positive dressing room at the minute and hopefully I can use my experience to help the younger lads."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/21/18 at 11:35 am

Kent fast bowler Ivan Thomas has signed a two-year extension to his contract. The right-arm seamer took 24 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 26.25 to help Kent win promotion to County Championship Division One in 2018. His best match figures of 9-126 came against Leicestershire in August. The 27-year-old, who is recovering from a serious knee injury, told the club website: "I really enjoyed my cricket this season. It was an easy decision to make to commit to the club."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/21/18 at 12:24 pm

Cumbria-born batsman Graham Clark has signed a contract extension with Durham that will run to the end of the 2021 county season. The 25-year-old has scored 1,464 first-class runs since making his debut for the county against Hampshire in 2015, and has played across all formats. "We're happy that Graham has extended his deal," head coach Jon Lewis said. "I am confident he will continue to demonstrate his ability over the next few seasons." Clark added: "I'm delighted to be extending my contract with Durham and excited to help the team compete for silverware next season."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/22/18 at 8:50 am

Sussex opening batsman Phil Salt has signed an extension to his contract. The 22-year-old was Sussex's second-highest run-scorer as they finished third in Division Two of the County Championship, in what was his first full season at the club. The Sussex academy graduate also scored 355 runs during the Sharks' run to the final of the T20 Blast. Salt told the club's website: "Sussex is definitely the place where I want to continue playing my cricket." The club have not disclosed how long the extension is.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/23/18 at 3:02 am

Surrey have appointed Richard Johnson as assistant coach after the former England bowler was released from his contract at Middlesex. The 43-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at The Oval and will focus on supporting the club's bowling attack. Johnson, who played three Tests and 10 one-day internationals in 2003, joined Middlesex's coaching staff in 2010 and had 14 months left on his contract. "This is an excellent chance to be part of something exciting," he said. Surrey won the County Championship title by 46 points under head coach Michael Di Venuto in 2018.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 9:30 am

T20 Blast winners Worcestershire have made a major change to their backroom staff for the second winter running by naming Alex Gidman as first-team coach.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 9:42 am

Lancashire leg-spinner Matthew Parkinson has signed a new contract to keep him at the county until the end of the 2021 season. Parkinson, 22, took 25 wickets to help the Lightning reach T20 Blast Finals Day in 2018. "It's a great feeling to secure my long-term future," he said. "I'm determined to cement a regular spot in the Championship side in 2019 and to help Lancashire achieve promotion back into Division One."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 10:53 am

Derbyshire have signed batsman Tom Lace on loan from Middlesex for the 2019 county season. The 20-year old will be available for all three formats, excluding any fixtures against Middlesex. Lace made four appearances, including his first-class debut, on loan at Derbyshire in 2018, scoring 219 runs. "Tom is a young lad with a good technique, giving us another option at the top of the order," said Dave Houghton, Derbyshire's head of cricket.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 11:38 am

Somerset wicketkeeper Tom Banton has signed a contract extension to stay with the County Championship runners-up until the end of 2020. The England Under-19s player has featured 13 times across all formats for Somerset since making his T20 Blast debut against Middlesex in July 2017. Banton, 20, made his first-class bow against Surrey at Taunton in September. Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said: "Tom has a very high ceiling and he is on an upward trajectory."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 11:59 am

Northants have signed South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma for part of the 2019 county season. The 28-year-old will join up with the second-tier side for eight County Championship matches between 14 May and 17 July. He has scored 1,488 runs in 31 Test appearances for his country. "Signing a player of his international stature underlines our ambitions. His Test experience will bring an added dimension," chief executive Ray Payne.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 1:49 pm

The England & Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that their new competition in 2020 will be 100 balls a side. The format will be made up of ten 10-ball overs, which can be bowled by one or two bowlers, in clutches of either five or 10 consecutive balls. Trialled at Trent Bridge in September, it has been introduced as part of a new ECB five-year strategy for the game. "The strategy we have created will give the whole game clear priorities," said ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 2:08 pm

Lancashire backroom duo Mark Chilton and Karl Krikken have been appointed to new roles targeting the pathway of more home-grown talent into the first team. Chilton, 42, takes on the job of performance director, on top of his existing position as assistant to head coach Glen Chapple. Former Derbyshire and Shropshire boss Krikken, 49, is performance manager. "There is a vast array of talent throughout the age-group sides," said director of cricket Paul Allott. "We want to ensure those players with the right attitude and ability fulfil their potential.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 2:27 pm

Glamorgan new signing Billy Root says he has joined the Welsh county in search of more first-team cricket.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 3:07 pm

Former England all-rounder Ravi Bopara has signed a one-year contract extension at county side Essex that will expire at the end of 2019. Bopara, 33, made his first-class debut for the county in 2002, won the 2017 County Championship and he is the club's current longest-serving player. He played 13 Tests, 120 one-day and 38 Twenty20 games for England, the last of which came in 2015. "I still have plenty of years left," Bopara said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 3:29 pm

Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond has signed a contract extension, which will keep him at Canterbury until the end of the 2021 season. The 25-year-old right-hander has scored 4,825 first-class runs at an average of 32.16 since making his debut in 2011. "We are building a squad that will compete in all formats and Daniel is an integral part of our plans," director of cricket Paul Downton said. "I'm confident he can thrive in Division One next season."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 5:06 pm

Somerset fast bowler Josh Davey has signed a new two-year deal to remain at Taunton until at least September 2020.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 5:36 pm

County champions Surrey will start their defence of the title with a home match against predecessors Essex. The Championship season will begin on 5 April, eight days earlier than in 2018, with three games in each division.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 5:56 pm

Somerset have signed Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali for the 2019 county season. The 33-year-old had a short spell with the Division One side last season, scoring over 400 runs in seven County Championship games. Azhar, who is currently playing for his country in a Test series against New Zealand in United Arab Emirates, will be available for the Championship and One-Day Cup. "I am really pleased to be going back," Azhar told the Somerset website. "Somerset is a special club and it was a pleasure to play for them in 2018. There was a really good atmosphere in the dressing room and there are some very good players at the club. "The supporters were excellent, and I look forward to seeing everyone again next year."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 6:12 pm

Essex off-break bowler Simon Harmer has signed a contract extension, which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2021 campaign. The 29-year-old has taken 129 wickets over the past two Championship seasons. "Harmy is a world-class bowler who can do serious damage with the ball," Essex head coach Anthony McGrath told the club website. "He's such a vital part of the bowling attack, so I'm thrilled he'll be here for the foreseeable future."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/04/18 at 10:35 am

Derbyshire have signed all-rounder Logan van Beek as their overseas player for the entire 2019 season. The 28-year-old New Zealander is available for all formats of the game. "We were looking for a specific type of cricketer, someone to enhance our bowling attack," said Derbyshire head of cricket Dave Houghton. Van Beek recently played for New Zealand A against India A, having previously represented the Netherlands at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/04/18 at 12:01 pm

Gloucestershire have signed Stuart Whittingham after the right-arm fast bowler was released from his contract at Sussex. The 24-year-old, who has played four one-day internationals and three T20 games for Scotland, has agreed a three-year deal with the club. "Stuart will add to our bowling group and boost competition for places," head coach Richard Dawson said. "He is still at an age where there is room for development." Gloucestershire had been looking to boost their seam bowling options after Craig Miles and Liam Norwell both joined Warwickshire.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/06/18 at 11:49 am

Former Glamorgan captain Matthew Maynard says he will apply for a second spell as the county's head coach. Maynard was named as interim coach following Robert Croft's departure in October. In a management reshuffle Glamorgan have two roles available, with director of cricket candidates being interviewed this week. "I will go for the head coach post because I can see the talent in the squad," said Maynard.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/06/18 at 1:54 pm

Batsman Will Rhodes, fast bowlers Ryan Sidebottom and Henry Brookes, and all-rounder Alex Thomson have signed new contracts with Warwickshire. Opener Rhodes, 23, and academy graduate Brookes, 19, have agreed extensions until the end of the 2021 campaign. Australian Sidebottom, 29, and off-spinner Thomson, 25, will remain with the Bears until after the 2020 season. "Will, Ryan, Henry and Alex have big futures ahead of them as Bears," said sport director Ashley Giles.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/06/18 at 2:46 pm

England fast bowler Liam Plunkett will join Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League this winter after Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson was ruled out with a back injury. Parkinson, 22, was already out of the ongoing England Lions tour of the UAE due to a stress fracture in his back. Further scans have revealed he is not yet ready to return to training. Plunkett, 33, will instead play in the second half of the Twenty20 tournament, which starts on 19 December. The Surrey bowler, who is part of England's limited-overs sides, is set to replace Sandeep Lamichhane when the Nepalese leg-spinner goes to play in the Bangladesh Premier League. "I'm determined to get fully fit over the next couple of months," said Parkinson, who took 59 wickets for Lancashire in all formats in 2018. "Hopefully the Big Bash is an opportunity that will come around again in the future." Parkinson will have further scans and be assessed again in January.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/06/18 at 5:17 pm

Dimitri Mascarenhas has left his post of assistant head coach and bowling lead with Essex at the conclusion of his contract. The ex-Hampshire and Essex all-rounder, 41, joined the Chelmsford-based side at the start of the 2018 season, but has opted not to renew his deal. "Dimi is a highly sought-after coach with global experience," head coach Anthony McGrath told the club website. "However, his departure allows us to re-evaluate the coaching set-up."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/14/18 at 8:40 am

Former England left-arm spinner Ashley Giles is on the verge of replacing Andrew Strauss as England's new director of cricket. The 45-year-old, who is sporting director at Warwickshire, has been identified as the preferred candidate and is finalising contract details. Giles was sacked as England's ODI coach in 2014 despite leading them to a Champions Trophy Final. Ex-England batsman Strauss is stepping down because his wife Ruth has cancer.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/14/18 at 9:48 am

England would have to "screw-up" to not win the 2019 World Cup, according to fast bowler James Anderson. Captain Eoin Morgan's side are the number one-ranked one-day team in the world and are strong favourites for next summer's World Cup on home soil. They have won their last nine series of two matches or more and have won 51 of 77 matches since the 2015 World Cup. "There's no-one really anywhere near in the one-day form, probably India is the closest," Anderson said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/14/18 at 1:30 pm

Hampshire have named former Ireland head coach Adrian Birrell as first-team manager, replacing Craig White. South African Birrell, 58, has more recently been an assistant coach with the Proteas, having previously led England's under-19 side. Ex-England all-rounder White stepped down in October for personal reasons, after two seasons as head coach. "It is a wonderful opportunity for me personally and I can't wait to get started in the new year," said Birrell. "I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of cricketers and look forward to competing for honours in all three formats."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/14/18 at 5:23 pm

Lancashire pair Josh Bohannon and Rob Jones have signed contract extensions to keep them with the county until the end of the 2020 season. All-rounder Bohannon, 21, made his debut for the Red Rose in May after signing his first professional deal ahead of the campaign. Batsman Jones, 23, has featured in 13 first-class games since his 2016 debut. Head coach Glen Chapple said: "We're delighted that Josh and Rob have agreed contract extensions at the club."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/15/18 at 1:32 pm

Ben Coad has signed a two-year contract extension with Yorkshire, keeping him at Headingley until the end of 2021. The 24-year-old seamer, who came through Yorkshire's academy system, took 48 wickets at 16.33 during the 2018 County Championship season. "It's not only the biggest club in England, but probably the world," Coad told the club's website. "It's a massive privilege to play here and a massive honour to sign an extension."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/15/18 at 1:54 pm

Gloucestershire have extended batsman George Hankins' contract to the end of the 2021 season. He was the club's top run-scorer in this year's Royal London One-Day Cup, with 291 runs at an average of 58.20. "I am delighted to have extended my contract," the 21-year-old said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/15/18 at 2:31 pm

England Test captain Joe Root has signed a new three-year contract with County Championship side Yorkshire.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/15/18 at 3:00 pm

Lancashire have signed Australia internationals Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns for the 2019 county season. All-rounder Maxwell, 30, will be available for all formats, including up to five County Championship games. Opener Burns, 29, has played 14 Tests for his country, scoring three centuries at an average of 36.76, and will be available for 10 County Championship games. The Red Rose will play in Division Two in 2019 following relegation this year.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/19/18 at 5:15 am

Yorkshire batsman Harry Brook and wicketkeeper Jonny Tattersall have both signed new three-year deals. Brook, 19, had a breakthrough season for Yorkshire last term, scoring 575 first-class runs at an average of 25. Meanwhile, 24-year-old Tattersall had already signed a one-year extension during last season but will now remain with the White Rose through to 2021. "It's a huge honour to be playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world," Brook told the club's website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/19/18 at 12:34 pm

Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite has signed a new one-year contract extension to keep him with the club until the end of the 2020 season. The 22-year-old has had an injury-hit two seasons for the White Rose. "I'm over the moon to sign a new deal. Hopefully I can push on from what I've done in the past few years," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/20/18 at 6:21 am

Northamptonshire captain Alex Wakely has signed a new contract until the end of the 2020 season. The batsman, 30, has made 329 appearances for the Division Two county since his debut in 2007, scoring 10,826 runs in all formats. He also led Northants to the T20 Blast title in 2013 and 2016. "I have so much more I want to achieve, both individually and as a captain, and I can't wait to get going next year," Wakely told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/20/18 at 12:54 pm

Essex have signed South African batsman Cameron Delport for the 2019 and 2020 T20 Blast competitions. The 29-year-old, who has played in the Big Bash League and Indian Premier League, left Leicestershire last month, midway through a two-year contract. He has scored almost 4,000 runs in 171 T20 matches at a strike-rate of 138.29, and is a useful medium-pace bowler. "The club has an amazing history and tradition so I'm proud to be given the opportunity to get involved," he said. "There's a strong squad and I hope to play my part in getting the Eagles to Finals Day come September."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/20/18 at 1:47 pm

Northamptonshire paceman Nathan Buck has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2021 season. The 27-year-old has spent two summers at Wantage Road, taking 67 first-class wickets at an average of 23.83. Buck, a former England Under-19 and England Lions player, has claimed a total of 225 first-class wickets in his career with best figures of 6-34. "I'm excited at the club's ambition over the next few seasons," he told the club website.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/21/18 at 12:06 pm

Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa has agreed to rejoin Essex for next year's Twenty20 Blast. Zampa, 26, was Essex's top T20 wicket-taker during the 2018 season, claiming 12 wickets at an average of 20.75. His new deal includes not only the Blast's group stage, but any potential matches in the knockout stages. Essex head coach Anthony McGrath said: "We saw how talented Zamps is with the ball last year and he's one of the best leg-spinners around at the moment."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/21/18 at 1:54 pm

Gloucestershire all-rounder Jack Taylor says he is "excited" to bowl again but admits a third suspension for an illegal action took a mental toll.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 3:02 am

England fast bowler Olly Stone has a stress fracture in his lower back, his county Warwickshire have confirmed. The 25-year-old returned from the West Indies tour last week for further tests which revealed the fracture. Stone made his one-day international debut against Sri Lanka in October and played in four of the five matches. "We're bitterly disappointed for Olly who has already had his fair share of injury heartache," said Bears first-team coach Jim Troughton. Stone previously spent just over a year out after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee as he celebrated the wicket of Moeen Ali while playing for Northamptonshire in 2016.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 4:05 am

England internationals Sam Curran, Tom Curran and Ben Foakes have all extended their contracts with Surrey. All-rounder Sam Curran, 20, has signed until the end of the 2020 season, having made his Test debut last summer. His brother Tom, 23, and Test wicketkeeper Foakes, 25, will be with the county champions until 2021. "It's a credit to the club that our players want to sign extensions and help build on last year's success," said director of cricket Alec Stewart. Sam Curran and Foakes are both involved in the current series against West Indies, while Tom made his Test debut in Australia in 2017.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 4:54 am

Durham batsman Ryan Davies has opted to leave the club for personal reasons. The 22-year-old joined from Somerset last season, signing a two-year contract in May 2018. The former England Under-19 international went on to make three first-class appearances for Durham and was a regular in their T20 Blast side. A club statement said: "We extend our best wishes to him and his cricketing future."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 6:36 am

Sussex have signed Pakistan left-arm seamer Mir Hamza on a two-month deal. Hamza will be available for nine County Championship matches, plus a tour game against Australia A in July. The 26-year-old will join Sussex ahead of their Division Two fixture at Northamptonshire on 20 May. He said: "I'm very excited to have the chance to play county cricket with a great club like Sussex, following in the footsteps of Pakistan legends like Javed Miandad and Imran Khan." The Karachi Dolphins paceman made his Test debut in their 373-run win against Australia last October and has taken 282 wickets in 59 first-class matches at an average of 18.34.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 9:20 am

Durham have appointed former New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin as their new head coach. Franklin, 38, joins on a two-year contract and will start working at the Riverside in February. He will be assisted by former Durham players Neil Killeen and Alan Walker, who have agreed new deals. "I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to lead coaching at Durham," Franklin said. "I can't wait to join up with the squad and staff."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 12:21 pm

Leicestershire have appointed Karen Rothery as their new chief executive. Rothery has previously worked across a number of sports and spent two and a half years as England Netball's commercial director. She will join the county in April, with Roy Bent filling the position in an interim role until then. "Karen was the outstanding applicant with proven leadership and experience," chairman Paul Haywood told the club website. Rothery's predecessor Wasim Khan has left the county after four years to become managing director of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 2:55 pm

Warwickshire recorded an operating profit of £1.7m for 2017-18, but their profit and turnover figures both fell from the previous year. The club says the drop is down to four fewer major match days being staged at Edgbaston in 2018 than in 2017. In addition, the Test between England and India finished on the fourth morning, leading to reduced ticket, catering and merchandise revenues. On the pitch, the Bears won Division Two of the County Championship in 2018. Warwickshire made a profit of £2.4m in 2016-17.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 4:16 pm

England batsmen Ollie Pope and Mark Stoneman are among seven players to sign new contracts with Surrey. Scott Borthwick, who played one Test in 2014, has also extended his deal along with Will Jacks, Ryan Patel, Conor McKerr and Amar Virdi. Pope and Jacks have signed until 2022 with Patel, Borthwick, McKerr, Stoneman and Virdi agreeing deals until 2021. Director of cricket Alec Stewart said: "It's crucial we keep our highly talented group of players together."

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