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Category: County Championship Division One

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County cricket: Lancashire v Glamorgan, Middlesex v Gloucestershire – live!

County Championship updates from around the groundsAnderson strikes between the showers but Glamorgan hold firmGet in touch! Email Tanya, tweet @tjaldred or comment BTL 11.10am BST One down… 11.07am BST No play before lunch at Northampton. Do email m…

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Surrey v Hampshire, Worcestershire v Essex and more: county cricket – live!

Follow county cricket updates from around the grounds Wood and Raine on song for Durham as Cook hits centuryEmail Simon, tweet @Simon_Burnton or join the discussion BTL 12.17pm BST Northamptonshire’s day has suddenly darkened: they’ve gone from 76-1 to…

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Surrey v Hampshire, Worcestershire v Essex and more: county cricket – live!

Follow county cricket updates from around the grounds Wood and Raine on song for Durham as Cook hits centuryEmail Simon, tweet @Simon_Burnton or join the discussion BTL 12.17pm BST Northamptonshire’s day has suddenly darkened: they’ve gone from 76-1 to…

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ECB ponders Covid passports to get fans back into grounds for championship

ECB exploring all possibilities for spectators to returnNew season will begin without fans on 8 AprilAs the county season prepares to burst into life on 8 April with the first round of Championship matches, the ECB revealed that it is pondering the use…

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Ian Salisbury: ‘To coach players you need to show you care for them’

As Salisbury returns to where it all began at Sussex, he talks about love, loss, leg breaks and his own remarkable journeyBy Phil Walker for Wisden Cricket MonthlyAt around the midway point of a conversation that has ranged across the plains of love, l…

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Ian Salisbury: ‘To coach players you need to show you care for them’

As Salisbury returns to where it all began at Sussex, he talks about love, loss, leg breaks and his own remarkable journeyBy Phil Walker for Wisden Cricket MonthlyAt around the midway point of a conversation that has ranged across the plains of love, l…

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Three memories of cricket in 2020

Following on from his reviews of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Gary has picked out a few highlights from 2020By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt had been an emotional few days. It was early July, deep in lockdown, and we didn’t know wh…

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Restructured first-class cricket season schedule announced for 2021

Three-conference County Championship begins on 8 AprilBob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s from 27 SeptemberEssex will begin the defence of their County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy titles next year against Worcestershire at Chelmsford on 8 April, w…

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Restructured first-class cricket season schedule announced for 2021

Three-conference County Championship begins on 8 AprilBob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s from 27 SeptemberEssex will begin the defence of their County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy titles next year against Worcestershire at Chelmsford on 8 April, w…

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The Spin | Gone in 11 seconds: how technology fixed cricket fixture headaches

Fifty years ago cricket began using computers to draw up fixtures, putting an end to manually tackling county demands“Arranged two months in advance of the old date, the annual meeting of county secretaries was held yesterday at Lord’s,” the Guardian r…

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ECB reveals new County Championship structure and South Africa tour boost

Three divisions of six counties for summer of 2021 England’s tour next month set to get green lightSome clarity is emerging during what are uncertain times for cricket with news of a restructured County Championship for 2021 and the expectation that En…

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Live county cricket season day two: Bob Willis Trophy!

Rolling updates from action all over the countryDay one report: Hameed hits 50 on debut for NottinghamshireEmail Tanya with any thoughts | Tweet @tjaldred 10.46am BST News that the BCCI are intending to hold a women’s IPL, to run alongside the last leg…

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The Spin | County cricket’s life-affirming return is perfect tribute to Bob Willis

Willis longed for a leaner structure that would attract more fans. The new tournament named in his honour fits the bill“On the day that the 1978 cricket season ended, I managed at once to feel satisfaction, gratitude, regret, depression – and overwhelm…

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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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Alastair Cook says cancelling County Championship may be best option

Essex star says condensed campaign would be less ‘meaningful’Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coverageFormer England captain Alastair Cook says he would rather the County Championship was not played at all this season than attempting to hold …

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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…