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Category: County Championship Division Two

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Darren Stevens: ‘If I never played cricket again I’d feel robbed’

The Kent all-rounder discusses his 24-year career, his ambitions for the future and the England call-up that never cameBy Alex Hoad for The Pinch Hitter“I feel as fresh as a 34-year-old” is not a statement likely to inspire a great swell of confidence …

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Year of the batsman: when the sun shone and the runs flowed in 1990

A new ball, sweltering heat and some weak bowling produced record-breaking scores in the County ChampionshipBy Jo Harman for Wisden Cricket MonthlyTemperatures and tempers were rising in the spring of 1990. Thousands rioted on the streets in protest at…

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Year of the batsman: when the sun shone and the runs flowed in 1990

A new ball, sweltering heat and some weak bowling produced record-breaking scores in the County ChampionshipBy Jo Harman for Wisden Cricket MonthlyTemperatures and tempers were rising in the spring of 1990. Thousands rioted on the streets in protest at…

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ECB delays start of cricket season again but defers decision on the Hundred

ECB confirms there will be no professional matches before 1 JulyWest Indies series slated for June to be rescheduledThe England and Wales Cricket Board has been forced to issue a further delay to the start of the season but a decision over whether to m…

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Sunshine and wickets: how the county cricket season may have begun | Vic Marks

All the action – that didn’t take place but how our correspondent envisaged it – from the opening roundExclusive: the cricket roundup stolen from the Ambridge Observer, which reports on a coronavirus-free world …The sun shone, the mowers clicked into g…

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Counties hope 2020 cricket season can still take place despite disruption

ECB has produced a range of contingency plans for the summer£50m strategic infrastructure fund may be used to ease cashflowThe 18 first-class counties are awaiting guidance from the England and Wales Cricket Board amid cautious optimism the 2020 season…

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County Championship under threat if domestic cricket season is curtailed

ECB desperate to ensure The Hundred goes ahead as plannedRoyal London Cup may also be delayed or cut from scheduleEnglish cricket is braced for a delayed start to the season and a possible crunching down of competitions as the sport tries to salvage it…

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Are cricket ticket prices good value for money?

With just 45% of fans approving of prices, could more be done to attract a new audience to the game?By Jo Harman for Wisden Cricket MonthlyTicket sales in the UK are booming, with more people than ever before wanting to watch live cricket. In 2019, dom…

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Domestic calendar makes Test selectors’ task harder with The Hundred centre stage | Vic Marks

There will be only three rounds of matches next year in the three months that constitute high summer, offering few chances for those seeking to break into Joe Root’s teamOne day after a numbing, naive innings defeat against New Zealand the impetus for …

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Domestic calendar makes Test selectors’ task harder with The Hundred centre stage | Vic Marks

There will be only three rounds of matches next year in the three months that constitute high summer, offering few chances for those seeking to break into Joe Root’s teamOne day after a numbing, naive innings defeat against New Zealand the impetus for …

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The five county cricketers of the year

It’s time to salute the County Championship’s standout players this season: Sibley, Stevens, Abell, Bopara and Vilas• The cricketers of the year in 2017• The cricketers of the year in 2018Dominic Sibley was a schoolboy when he scored a maiden century i…

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County cricket talking points: Essex and Somerset gave us a special season

The season belongs to the champions but Somerset also deserve great credit for the way they pushed Essex all the wayBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt wasn’t just the weather that was miserable at Taunton – or was it? Somerset failed again in …

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County cricket: Somerset v Essex title decider, day three – live!

Play scheduled to resume in rain-affected matchDay two: sides frustrated by rain againEmail Tanya, tweet or comment below the line 10.24am BST Ok, so things are looking up. The rain has stopped and they are pulling the sheets off and doing things with …

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County cricket: Somerset v Essex title decider, day two rain delay – live!

Play resumes after rain-hit first day at TauntonCatch up with Vic Marks’s day one reportEmail Tanya, tweet or comment below the line 10.59am BST So …. Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament was illegal…Lady Hale: Legality of prorogration is just…

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Somerset and Essex create thrilling climax but what is the future of county cricket? | Tanya Aldred

Winner-takes-all finale to County Championship and yet there is talk of culling counties to make way for The HundredWith autumn stepping into its strides – and conkers rolling fat and round outside the pavilion at Lord’s – cricket still has one hand to…

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County cricket: Yorkshire v Kent, Lancashire v Middlesex – live!

County Championship updates from around the groundsThe Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket emailAnd feel free to email Tanya, tweet @tjaldred or post BTL 10.35am BST Parky starting the day with gumption, two banging fours – “Amongst,” said Ken Gri…

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County cricket: Yorkshire v Kent, Lancashire v Middlesex – live!

County Championship updates from around the groundsThe Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket emailAnd feel free to email Tanya, tweet @tjaldred or post BTL 10.35am BST Parky starting the day with gumption, two banging fours – “Amongst,” said Ken Gri…

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County cricket: Yorkshire v Kent, Lancashire v Middlesex – live!

County Championship updates from around the groundsThe Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket emailAnd feel free to email Tanya, tweet @tjaldred or post BTL 10.35am BST Parky starting the day with gumption, two banging fours – “Amongst,” said Ken Gri…

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County cricket: Hampshire v Somerset, Essex v Surrey and more – live!

County Championship updates from around the groundsThe Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket emailAnd feel free to email Tanya, tweet her or post BTL 10.54am BST County caps are funny things. Durham give them out when players make their debuts beca…

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County cricket: Hampshire v Somerset, Essex v Surrey, and more – live!

Live updates from around the county groundsCounty Championship: day one roundupThe Ashes: Guardian writers pick their highs and lowsAnd you can email Tanya here, tweet her here or comment BTL 11.26am BST Middlesex bring up the fifty partnership in 95 b…