County Cricket

  • Ashwell Prince plays down talk of 'racist' abuse Yesterday

    London: South Africa's Ashwell Prince indicated on Friday he did not feel there had been a racist element to the verbal abuse he had received from Yorkshire's Andrew Gale. Yorkshire captain Gale was banned for two matches after being reported by the umpires for verbally abusing Prince, playing for arch-rivals Lancashire,...
  • Cheteshwar Pujara smashes 90 in Derbyshire win, quiet start for Aaron 4 days ago

    London: Cheteshwar Pujara made his first significant contribution in the 'English Summer' as his attractive unbeaten 90 helped Derbyshire overpower Surrey by eight wickets in a Division Two of County Championships here on Wednesday. However his India teammate Varun Aaron's had a quiet start to his county career for Durham as...
  • Jason Gillespie glad to fulfil Geoffrey Boycott order September 13, 2014

    London: Jason Gillespie said he was pleased to have carried out the wishes of Yorkshire great Geoffrey Boycott after guiding the side to their first English County Championship title in 13 years on Friday. Yorkshire's innings and 152-run First Division victory away to nearest pursuers Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge saw them...
  • Yorkshire win English county championship September 12, 2014

    A Yorkshire side coached by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie won England's County Championship title for the first time in 13 years after a crushing innings and 152-run win away to nearest pursuers Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Friday. Left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom, the sole survivor from the last time...
  • Woeful show by Cheteshwar Pujara on Derbyshire debut September 11, 2014

    Cardiff: India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara's county debut turned into a nightmare as he got out without scoring in Derbyshire's second innings in their bid to chase down a tricky target of 261 in a second division of English County Championship on Thursday. After being trapped leg before by pacer Jim...
  • Not interested in playing county cricket, says Ishant Sharma August 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara will be playing for Derbyshire this season while Varun Aaron is also keen on plying his trade in the county circuit but Ishant Sharma, the senior-most bowler of the Indian Test team, is not at all keen on playing in England. Would you be interested in playing...
  • County side Northamptonshire to release South Africa's Andrew Hall August 27, 2014

    London: Northamptonshire will release former South Africa all-rounder Andrew Hall at the end of the season, the English county announced on Tuesday. The 39-year-old Hall joined Northamptonshire in 2007 - the same year he played the last of his 21 Tests for South Africa. Hall went on to captain the Midlands side...
  • Pacer Varun Aaron eyes County stint August 25, 2014

    London: Keen to follow in teammate Cheteshwar Pujara's footsteps, Indian pacer Varun Aaron has expressed a desire to play County cricket in the near future. Aaron, who impressed one and all by his consistent pace during the Test series, wants to improve his bowling skills and said that there is...
  • Andrew Flintoff relishes return to centre stage August 25, 2014

    London: Andrew Flintoff said he had enjoyed being back in the spotlight during English county cricket's Twenty20 finals day with Lancashire but added, "If we'd won it would have been a hundred times better." Former England captain Flintoff was set to be nothing much more than a squad player at Edgbaston...
  • Flintoff heroics can't stop Bears winning T20 title August 24, 2014

    London: Andrew Flintoff returned to the Lancashire side five years to the day since he last played Test cricket but his efforts weren't quite enough to stop Warwickshire winning English county cricket's Twenty20 Blast final. Flintoff, who had made just two appearances in the competition after coming out of retirement earlier...
  • Struggling Cheteshwar Pujara gets BCCI nod to play county cricket August 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara, who was among the top-order batsmen who failed to click in the five-Test series against England that India lost 1-3, has sought permission to play in the remainder of the English county season and will be allowed to do so by the Board. "Pujara is not part of...
  • Graeme Smith calls time on Surrey stint July 21, 2014

    London: South Africa great Graeme Smith will not be returning to Surrey next season, the English county announced on Sunday. The former Proteas captain, who was the London club's skipper, played just three matches for Surrey last season because of an ankle injury and was ruled out for the rest of...
  • Rain puts Andrew Flintoff's return to competitive cricket on hold July 5, 2014

    Andrew Flintoff's possible comeback to competitive cricket following a five-year absence was frustrated by the weather in Birmingham on Friday. The allrounder, whose last appearance for England was against Australia in the 2009 Ashes finale at The Oval, was included in Lancashire's squad for their domestic Twenty20 match against the Birmingham...
  • England's Jonathan Trott set for county comeback June 29, 2014

    London: Warwickshire have named England Test batsman Jonathan Trott in their 13-strong squad for Sunday's County Championship match against Nottinghamshire. The 33-year-old Trott was said to be taking an "indefinite break" from the game after suffering a repeat of the stress-related illness which forced his early departure from the 2013-14 Ashes...
  • Somerset's Alfonso Thomas takes four wickets in four balls June 10, 2014

    South African seamer Alfonso Thomas became the first player in 14 years to take four wickets in four balls in the County Championship on Tuesday. Thomas, playing for Somerset on the third day of their match against Sussex at Taunton, bowled James Anyon, trapped Rory Hamilton-Brown leg before and had Ed...
  • 'Relieved' Kevin Pietersen at peace with end of England career June 9, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen is at peace his England career is over and has said the team's dressing room was not a "pleasant place" during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia. The 33-year-old former captain's central contract was terminated by England after the disastrous tour and the team will walk out to play...
  • Kevin Pietersen flops on return to English cricket June 7, 2014

    London: Kevin Pietersen disappointed on his return to action in English cricket as he scored just five runs for Surrey in their five-wicket defeat against Essex. Pietersen's flop came on Friday in a domestic Twenty20 clash at the Oval, where the controversial batsman was playing for the first time on home...
  • Andrew Flintoff comeback on hold June 6, 2014

    Manchester: Andrew Flintoff's much-talked about return to county cricket won't take place this week after he was left out of Lancashire's squad to play Yorkshire in a Twenty20 match at Old Trafford on Friday. Last week saw Lancashire announce that the 36-year-old allrounder was back in their Twenty20 squad five years...
  • Kevin Pietersen set for Surrey T20 bow June 5, 2014

    London: Former England star Kevin Pietersen will make his domestic Twenty20 Blast debut for Surrey at home to Essex on Friday, tournament organisers announced on Wednesday. A message published on the competition's Twitter feed said: "NEWS: Kevin Pietersen named in @surreycricket squad, set for #T20Blast action at the Oval on Friday." Pietersen...
  • Andrew Flintoff warms-up with club treble June 1, 2014

    London: Andrew Flintoff prepared for his anticipated Lancashire comeback by taking three wickets for his old club side on Saturday. Friday saw Lancashire announce that the 36-year-old all-rounder was back in their Twenty20 squad five years after the former England captain's injury-induced retirement. And ahead of his expected return to county duty...
  • Flintoff making 'massive mistake' in coming back to cricket: Ian Botham June 1, 2014

    England great Ian Botham said Andrew Flintoff was making a "massive mistake" in coming back to play Twenty20 county cricket after five years out of the game. Flintoff, like Botham a pace bowling all-rounder and ex-England captain, was forced to retire through injury in 2009, his ankles and knees having repeatedly...
  • MCC 'snub' sparked Andrew Flintoff return May 31, 2014

    London: Andrew Flintoff has revealed how being overlooked for the upcoming Lord's Bicentenary match between Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Rest of the World spurred him on to make a Twenty20 comeback with Lancashire. The Red Rose county confirmed on Friday that Flintoff, one of their favourite sons, had been...
  • Graeme Smith has no plans to retire from cricket May 31, 2014

    Cape Town: Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has no immediate plans to retire despite suffering another serious injury and sending what seemed a farewell message earlier this week. Smith, who is set for surgery in Cape Town after fracturing his knee playing for English county side Surrey, told South Africa's...
  • Pietersen's Surrey return delayed by finger injury May 30, 2014

    London: Kevin Pietersen's return to action for Surrey following his controversial England exit has been delayed due to a finger injury. Pietersen had hoped to play for Surrey in their Twenty20 fixture against Middlesex on Friday, but a statement on the English county's website said Pietersen would not be risked due...
  • Glamorgan sign Sammy for T20 Blast May 27, 2014

    English county Glamorgan signed West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy for their ongoing T20 Blast season. Sammy, who took over the Sunrisers Hyderabad captaincy from Shikhar Dhawan in the final few games of IPL, will play in the first home match of Glamorgan's campaign against unbeaten Sussex on Friday. The West Indies T20...
  • Hashim Amla to replace injured Graeme Smith at Surrey May 22, 2014

    London: South Africa batsman Hashim Amla is to replace Graeme Smith at Surrey after the former Proteas captain was ruled out for the rest of the English season with a fractured right knee. Smith is now set to return to his native South Africa, with Gary Wilson taking over the...
  • Aussie opener Rogers hits double ton in record chase May 1, 2014

    London: Australia Test opener Chris Rogers hit an unbeaten 241 as English county Middlesex chased down their highest fourth-innings total to clinch a seven-wicket win over Yorkshire at Lord's on Wednesday. Set a huge 472 to win, 36-year-old Rogers stormed to the third-highest fourth-innings score ever recorded by a batsman in...
  • English club side 3 all out, 10 ducks, extras score most April 27, 2014

    London: England's cricketers may have suffered the embarrassment of a World Twenty20 defeat by the Netherlands and a 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia but even they were never bowled out for three as has happened to one club side. Wirral, from north-west England, were dismissed for just three against Haslington in...
  • New Zeakand's Jesse Ryder to play for Essex April 23, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand Cricket says it will not oppose batsman Jesse Ryder's move to English county side Essex, even though he is currently barred from international selection because of off-field misbehavior. Ryder is expected to join Essex in May and will play for the division two county in all formats for...
  • Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal cleared for county cricket April 18, 2014

    Karachi: Star Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been given clearance by his home board to play a shortened stint with Worcestershire in the English season. The 36-year-old's departure was held up after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) discussed the matter following confirmation of Pakistan's tour to Sri Lanka in July-August. "We have...