County

  • Jonathan Trott hits first century since illness break July 23, 2014

    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...
  • 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...
  • About 720,000 people affected in China rains July 15, 2014

    Beijing: About 720,000 people from 240 townships in central China's Hunan Province have been affected due to heavy rainstorms since early Monday, flood control officials said on Tuesday. Initial investigation showed that 465 homes in the province have been toppled and 149,400 local residents have been relocated as a result 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Man accused of stalking Sandra Bullock charged with stockpiling guns June 19, 2014

    Reuters: A man accused of breaking into Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock's Los Angeles home pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he possessed a stockpile of weapons, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said. Police found the weapons cache, which included several machine guns, at the Montrose, California, home of...
  • Pair plead not guilty to burglary of Miley Cyrus' LA home June 11, 2014

    Reuters: A man and a woman have pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles to burglary and theft among other charges, after a Maserati sports car was stolen from the home of pop singer Miley Cyrus along with jewelry and other items, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Tylor Scott, 19, and Naomi Charles,...
  • 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...
  • Lindsay Lohan's mom loses license for a year after drunken driving June 4, 2014

    Reuters: Dina Lohan, the mother of actress Lindsay Lohan, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service on Tuesday and will lose her driver's license for a year after police caught her speeding on New York's Long Island while drunk. Lohan, 51, was sentenced in Nassau County District Court after pleading...
  • 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...
  • Australia: Indian-origin man refused leave to appeal conviction May 30, 2014

    Sydney: An Indian-origin man in Australia, who was jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing disabled women, has been refused leave to apply for more time to appeal against his conviction. Vinod Johnny Kumar was last year jailed for 18 years with a minimum of 15 years in prison. Victoria County...
  • 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...
  • Suspected gas explosion in a US jail, 2 dead, over 100 injured May 2, 2014

    Washington: Two inmates were killed and more than 100 were injured in a suspected gas explosion at a jail in the US state of Florida, authorities said. The blast that took place at about 11 pm on Wednesday at the Escambia County Jail. It also caused the jail building to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kumar Sangakkara on Durham's radar April 17, 2014

    London: In a bid to bolster their county campaign this season, defending champions Durham are reportedly keen to sign Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara on a short-term basis. Durham are understood to be in advanced negotiations with the player, but the management is not willing to reveal the deal, according to...