County Cricket

Tom Harrison leaves the ECB with the game in poor repair.
Jim Smith - May 18, 2022

Tom Harrison ends his reign as CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board with the game in disarray. The principal victim of that is cricket in England and Wales, but it is also an unedifying end to the career of a man who brought a great deal to the sport. The TV rights package […]

Hashim Amla is the star performer in our County Championship round-up.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 28, 2021

The latest round of First Class Cricket in the UK is spicing up and a number of the games could go down to the line, with teams fighting it out to gain maximum points. In this article, we summarise the County Championship and round up the best performances so far. So, which players have stood […]

England opener Haseeb Hameed has forced himself back into England's Test squad, with consistent runs in the County Championship.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 28, 2021

A comeback for the ages After nearly 5 years out of the international game, England’s Haseeb Hameed has managed to win back a place in the most prestigious cricket squad in the country. Albeit, in a freaky way – Ben Foakes slipped in the dressing room and recently tore his hamstring, having to be withdrawn […]

Dom Bess and Jack Leach are both in the frame to be England's main test spinner in the summer.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 25, 2021

The tale of two spinners Both Dom Bess and Jack Leach have put together compelling cases to be selected this summer, with both New Zealand and India touring. However, only one is likely to play in English conditions because four fast bowlers including Ben Stokes are likely to play most of the games. So, who […]

Darren Stevens may well be called up to the England Test Squad when they face New Zealand in June.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 23, 2021

A coming of age? Darren Stevens was told during the 2019 County Championship that his contract would not be renewed by his team Kent. This was his final season at the club. However, he scored a double-century and took five wickets in the same game to force Kent to rethink their strategy. Since then, Darren […]

The England Test squad will have a new look about them with many regulars missing against New Zealand.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 18, 2021

Three Lions name their squad to begin the English Summer The England Cricket Board (ECB) recently named their Test squad to take on New Zealand in two games, starting on the 2nd of June 2021. The hosts will be looking to win their first Test series against the Kiwis since 2013, when they won 2-0 […]

Hampshire CCC fell to another defeat in the County Championship, in hands of Craig Overton and Somerset.
Michael Vince - May 11, 2021

Back-to-back defeats for Hants Hampshire CCC nearly suffered a second consecutive innings defeat, still losing by ten wickets, Somerset being their tormentors this time. Another sub-100 first innings score put them firmly on the back foot from the off and things rarely looked up from there. Batters fail again As usual, Somerset’s extremely strong bowling […]

The England Test Team could see new faces for the two game series with the availability and fitness of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Dominic Sibley in doubt.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 10, 2021

Selectors look to test squad depth A series between New Zealand and England promises to provide great value to viewers around the globe. The 2019 Cricket World Cup Final remains a painful memory for the Kiwis. Meanwhile, the England Test Team will want to exert their own revenge, having not beaten New Zealand in a […]

James Vince heads our list of best County Championship players in 2021, having captained and batted for Hampshire superbly.
Michael Vince - Apr 30, 2021

The stars so far There are some clear outliers in terms of performances (so far) in the domestic scene. The best County Championship players in the 2021 season have usurped their counterparts significantly and as a result turned heads elsewhere.  The England selection committee will likely have their eye on these players, with a big […]

Ian Holland has so far starred for Hampshire in the 2021 County Championship.
Michael Vince - Apr 29, 2021

Tail holds firm to deny Hampshire three in three Hampshire were denied a third straight victory in the 2021 County Championship by a brave last wicket stand by Gloucestershire’s Dom Goodman and Josh Shaw. Brad Wheal had helped reduce Gloucester to 161 for 9 but the last pair remained steadfast for nearly 18 overs. Skipper […]

Mohammad Abbas helped Hampshire Cricket to a dominant victory over Middlesex.
Michael Vince - Apr 20, 2021

Hants CCC continue strong start to season Hampshire County Cricket Club continued their dominant start to the 2021 County Championship with another outstanding all-round performance. Middlesex were the victims this time but to begin with they put up a better fight on day one than Leicestershire. Skipper James Vince won the toss again and elected […]

Hampshire County Cricket's win over Leicestershire was spearheaded by their captain James Vince's double century.
Michael Vince - Apr 14, 2021

Captain Vince leads the way as Hants CCC triumph Hampshire County Cricket skipper James Vince stroked a 207 ball 231 as Liam Dawson and Tom Alsop contributed to a huge win over Leicestershire but the event was slightly overshadowed by a stumping controversy surrounding keeper Lewis McManus. Winning the toss this early in the season […]

Our County Championship 2021 preview features the defending champions Essex CCC.
Glen Campbell - Apr 11, 2021

LV= Insurance 4-day First Class Cricket preview With new sponsors, LV Insurance, England’s County Championship returned on Thursday, 8 April but most of the games were either drawn or called off. Supposedly just for this year, due to COVID-19, England’s premier first-class competition has a new format. In this article we will form a County […]

The Sky Sports Cricket Podcast is arguably the best to listen to in the world.
Glen Campbell - Mar 26, 2021

Finding the right cricket podcast to listen to Whether it’s while commuting to work, or while working-out at the gym, podcasts make great company. Unfortunately, with so many of them out there, discerning listeners often have to trawl through a lot of detritus before finding the right podcast for them. So to make life a […]

A cricket revival in Pakistan should have been on the cards but the PSL being suspended due to Covid-19 has set the PCB back.
Saad Qaisar - Mar 20, 2021

Pakistan Super League failure The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are yet again under the radar for their mismanagement in conducting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6. The tournament has now been postponed, after several players tested positive for COVID-19 virus. Another opportunity to start the cricket revival in Pakistan has been lost. The blame […]

Ben Stokes has adapted some of the best fielding tips in cricket to become a world-class athlete.
Varun Desai, Editor - Mar 13, 2021

How to develop your fielding skills in cricket Saving runs for the team and affecting run outs are two key ways that fielding affects the game of cricket. This part of the game is often overlooked but it plays a critical part in a team’s success. In this article, we will be looking at the […]

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Jimmy Anderson in action as England skittle New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Mar 13, 2021

England’s latest red-ball reset has gotten off to a flying start with England skittling New Zealand at Lords. Having lost the toss and been put into the field by the Black Caps on what looked like a good day for batting day, it did not take long for Jimmy Anderson to make an impact on […]

Angelo Mathews was player of the match in the Chattogram Test.
Jim Smith - Mar 13, 2021

There was not very much in it for the bowlers in the Chattogram Test and not for the first time. Angelo Mathews, in particular, delivered a timely reminder of his quality with the bat, falling just one run short of a double century in Sri Lanka’s first innings. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim struck centuries […]

Ben Stokes in action for Durham ahead of England vs New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Mar 13, 2021

England have named their first 13-man squad of the new era under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes. The immediate takeaway is that if English cricket administrators have not always been as appreciative of Stuart Broad and James Anderson as they should have been, England cricket fans will certainly be grateful that they can call upon […]

Umran Malik, the Jammu Express, has made a fine start to life with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Vyom Nanavati - Mar 13, 2021

Abdul Samad has perhaps done Indian Cricket its biggest favour in recent times. Introducing Umran Malik as a net bowler to the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad in 2020, eventually paved the way to international recognition for India’s latest (and fastest) bowling sensation. Meet Umran Malik: the Jammu Express. The speedster is able to rack up speeds […]

Ben Stokes in action for England.
Jim Smith - Mar 13, 2021

Ben Stokes is clearly an inspirational leader. Whether it single-handedly leading England to victory at Headingley – surely his finest moment – or captaining a scratch English side to a 3-0 victory against a full-strength Pakistan, he is clearly a cricketer that teammates will follow. That he is extravagantly gifted, to the extent that he […]

English Cricket should introduce a one day franchise cricket tournament.
Jim Smith - Mar 13, 2021

The first English foray into Franchise Cricket was along way from being a success. The considerable cash reserves built up by the ECB over the years were frittered away on the Hundred without many obvious benefits in return. Of course, the Hundred is not without positives. It certainly shouldn’t be overlooked that it provided a […]

English Test Cricket is at its lowest ebb.
Jim Smith - Mar 13, 2021

The abject performance of the Test team has been the defining story in English cricket over the last 18 months. The summer of 2020 was reasonably positive for England as they beat the West Indies 2-1 and Pakistan 1-0, before recording a dominant 3-0 win away from home against Sri Lanka. They even got the […]