County Championship

  • Jonathan Trott hits first century since illness break 1 week ago

    London: England batsman Jonathan Trott scored his first century since returning to top-level cricket after a stress-related illness during Warwickshire's County Championship game against Sussex on Wednesday. The 33-year-old right-hander, who scored 138 in a reserve game last month, reached 106 in the Division One match at Horsham before being caught...
  • Jonathan Trott returns to first-class game with Warwickshire June 30, 2014

    England batsman Jonathan Trott made another return to first-class cricket on Sunday when he played for Warwickshire on the opening day of their county championship match against Nottinghamshire in Birmingham. The 33-year-old flew home from England's Ashes tour of Australia in November because of a stress-related illness and, after playing two...
  • 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...
  • County Championship: Kumar Sangakkara signs for Durham April 29, 2014

    London: Kumar Sangakkara will warm-up for Sri Lanka's forthcoming tour of England by appearing in the next two rounds of County Championship matches for title-holders Durham. "I'm really looking forward to returning to county cricket with Durham and I'm immensely grateful for the opportunity," Sangakkara said in a statement. "I actually made...
  • County Championship: Ian Bell hits ton but Joe Root out for a duck April 28, 2014

    London: Two England batsmen enjoyed contrasting fortunes on the opening day of the latest round of County Championship matches on Sunday. Ian Bell made 122 out of a Warwickshire total of 263 all out against Nottinghamshire in a First Division match at Trent Bridge and the worth of those runs was...
  • Nottinghamshire director Newell ready for England coach interview April 8, 2014

    London: Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell is readying himself for an interview for the vacant position of England coach. The opening round of the 2014 County Championship season has pitted Newell's side against a Lancashire team coached by ex-England boss Peter Moores, also a candidate to replace Andy Flower...
  • James Anderson back in swing with five-for in County April 7, 2014

    London: James Anderson did his best to put a disappointing Ashes tour of Australia behind him by enjoying yet more success at Trent Bridge as he took five wickets on the first day of the 2014 County Championship season. England seamer Anderson, who has taken 49 wickets in seven Tests at...
  • Panesar handed suspended ban for intimidating behaviour September 28, 2013

    London: England's troubled spinner Monty Panesar has been given a suspended one-match ban for threatening and intimidating behaviour towards an opponent, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday. The sanction, which follows two incidents in the County Championship match between Essex and Worcestershire in early September, applies only to...
  • Double-ton teen Sibley makes English history September 26, 2013

    London: Teenage batsman Dominic Sibley hit 220 not out against Yorkshire on Thursday to become the youngest player to score a double century in the history of England's County Championship. His feat, at the age of 18 years and 21 days, also made him the second youngest player to score 200...
  • West Indies' Corey Collymore to leave Middlesex September 21, 2013

    Former West Indies fast bowler Corey Collymore is to leave Middlesex after the Lord's-based county announced Saturday they would not be offering the 35-year-old a new contract. Collymore has spent three season playing for Middlesex, helping the club win the Second Division County Championship title in 2011 and taking 86 wickets...
  • Surrey relegated after loss to Warwickshire September 20, 2013

    London: Surrey were relegated to the second tier of the English county championship on Friday after losing a bold gamble to forfeit their second innings against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Playing at Edgbaston, Surrey had needed to win to have a hope of staying in Division One but lost out when Warwickshire...
  • Durham win County Championship title with victory over Nottinghamshire September 19, 2013

    London: Durham won their third County Championship title in six years after completing an eight-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire with more than a day to spare Thursday. Rain washed out the third day's morning session but when play resumed after lunch at Chester-le-Street, northeast county Durham's headquarters, the hosts needed just 62...
  • Gautam Gambhir rejoins Essex, scores patient 32 September 11, 2013

    Canterbury: Rejoining his county duty after a brief hiatus, out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday made a patient 36 during his side Essex's County Championship Division Two four-day match against Kent. Opening the batting, Gambhir played cautiously and faced 132 deliveries, hitting two boundaries at the St Lawrence Ground. Gambhir was...
  • Gautam Gambhir set to rejoin Essex September 10, 2013

    New Delhi: India opener Gautam Gambhir is set to return to England to rejoin county side Essex after he was forced leave for home due to a family bereavement, Sky Sports said on its website on Monday. "Gautam returned home to India on 1 September but will now rejoin...
  • Piyush Chawla banking on successful Somerset stint August 29, 2013

    Taunton: Like many Indian players before him to turn to county cricket, legspinner Piyush Chawla is hoping to take a bagful of wickets for Somerset in an attempt to earn a recall to the national team. Chawla's brief stint with Sussex in 2009 resulted in 36 wickets in six County...
  • Hashim Amla signs for Surrey August 14, 2013

    London: South Africa's star batsman Hashim Amla has joined Surrey until the end of the season, the English county side announced on Wednesday. The 30-year-old will be available for the last six games of the County Championship and is expected to make his debut against Durham on August 22. Amla, who...
  • Kent sign Vernon Philander on short-term deal June 26, 2013

    Kent county club has roped in South Africa bowling sensation Vernon Philander on a short-term deal. Philander, 28, has had an outstanding beginning to his Test career, taking 89 wickets in just 16 matches at a staggering 17.13. Philander is eligible to play in Kent's FLt20 match against Middlesex on...
  • Adams, Salisbury sacked; Stewart new man-in-charge at Surrey June 17, 2013

    London: After a disappointing start to their County Championship season, Surrey have sacked Team Director Chris Adams and first team coach Ian Salisbury and appointed former captain Alec Stewart as the new man-in-charge at the club. Surrey are currently third-bottom in the league table and still seeking their first win of...
  • Surrey draw despite Ponting's best efforts June 3, 2013

    London: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting fell eight runs short of a double century in his debut match for Surrey, but his team still had to settle for a draw with Derbyshire in the County Championship on Sunday. Ponting was run out for 192 from 271 balls, the highest score by...
  • Ricky Ponting hits century on Surrey debut June 1, 2013

    London: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting marked his first-class Surrey debut with a century against Derbyshire in the County Championship on Saturday. Ponting has retired from international cricket and has joined Surrey for a brief spell while captain Graeme Smith is away on international duty. The 38-year-old batsman showed there is...
  • Essex grateful for England captain Alastair Cook April 30, 2013

    London: Essex were glad to have England captain Alastair Cook on board for a rare County Championship appearance as 15 wickets fell on a dramatic first day against Hampshire at Chelmsford on Monday. The opening batsman finished the opening day of this four-day Second Division clash unbeaten on 25 in...
  • Debut woe continues for South Africa's Smith April 18, 2013

    London: Graeme Smith's first innings as Surrey captain ended in disappointment as the South Africa star was dismissed for just two against Somerset at the Oval on Thursday. Smith was forced to watch South African team-mate Alviro Petersen hit 167 after losing the toss on the opening day of the English...
  • Smith forced to toil in field on Surrey debut April 18, 2013

    London: South Africa star Graeme Smith suffered a frustrating debut as Surrey captain as his compatriot Alviro Petersen hit a superb 167 to put Somerset in a strong position in their County Championship match at the Oval on Wednesday. Smith knows all about Petersen's strengths and weaknesses after batting alongside him...
  • Warwickshire win English county championship September 6, 2012

    Worcester: Warwickshire made amends for its final-day heartbreak last season by winning their first English county championship title since 2004 on Thursday. The club side of England batsmen Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott and New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel beat Worcestershire by an innings and 202 runs at New Road to...
  • Kartik sparks row by backing-up run out August 31, 2012

    London: Former India spinner Murali Kartik caused controversy in the English County Championship on Thursday when he ran out a batsman who had backed up too far down the pitch. Kartik, playing for Surrey against Somerset -- the county he left at the end of last season -- ran out...
  • Harbhajan celebrates recall with 3-wicket haul August 10, 2012

    Canterburry: Senior offspinner Harbhajan Singh marked his recall to the national side with figures of 3 for 35 for his side Essex in a winning cause against Kent, in a County Championship match here on Friday. This is by far Harbhajan's best figures in this county season. Along with Maurice Chambers...
  • Harbhajan goes wicketless in county match July 20, 2012

    London: Harbhajan Singh's barren spell for his county side Essex continued as the veteran offspinner went wicketless in 28 overs that he sent down against Hampshire on the first day of their Division Two County Championship match at the County ground in Chelmsford on Thursday. Although Essex captain Mark Pettini used...