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    County Cricket 2022 Discussion Thread

    Sussex Cricket is delighted to announce new captains for the County Championship and T20 teams ahead of the 2022 season.

    Tom Haines will succeed Ben Brown as County Championship captain on an interim basis, with Ollie Robinson remaining vice-captain. Ravi Bopara will take over from Luke Wright as T20 captain, with George Garton as his vice.

    Australian international Travis Head was due to captain the side, but the batsman returned to his native country due to increased international commitments, along with the news that he and his partner are expecting their first child.

    Haines enjoyed a successful Summer in 2021, becoming the first batter to reach 1,000 runs in the Championship, as well as captaining Sussex in both the Royal London Cup and in the latter part of the County Championship. The club will ensure the in-form batsman has all the support needed to lead the side this summer.

    Commenting on the decision to award Haines the captaincy, Head Coach Ian Salisbury said: “Tom Haines has been brilliant for Sussex, not only with his run scoring, but also the leadership he showed last season in both the 50 over and County Championship games. This is a great step in his development, and he will be supported by the experienced lads like Steve Finn and Ollie Robinson.”

    Leading the T20 side this year will be legendary all-round Ravi Bopara, who signed a new T20 contract with the club in August 2021. Ravi has been a key member of the Sharks side in the past two years, helping them to reach T20 Finals Day last year, and should he not be available, the team will be captained by either Jofra Archer or Tymal Mills. George Garton will be vice-captain, as he continues his development at Sussex.

    Bopara takes on the role after long-time servant Luke Wright stepped down to focus on his batting and to support both Ravi and George Garton.

    Sussex’s T20 Head Coach, James Kirtley commented: “Ravi’s appointment was an obvious one for us, he’s got tremendous experience at the highest level, having played over 400 T20 games in his career. But for me, when you look down at the list of players available to us, we have such talent and experience within the squad that it could have gone many of the boys.

    “George Garton will be vice-captain, and we are very conscious of not over-burdening him as he continues his development, so he will remain vice-captain in the absence of Ravi. If Ravi isn’t available for whatever reason, either Jofra Archer or Tymal Mills will captain the side.

    “Not only are Jofra and Tymal fantastic T20 cricketers, but they are also great lads, lads who I am sure will inspire the rest of the team. Both players are hugely important for this side, and I feel this decision goes someway to recognise their contributions to the Sharks.”


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    Four England Men’s Centrally Contracted players are available for the opening round of the LV= Insurance County Championship, which begins on Thursday 7 April.

    Batters Zak Crawley (Kent) and Ollie Pope (Surrey) are available for selection from the first round after returning from the three-Test series in the West Indies this week.

    Surrey duo Rory Burns and Sam Curran will also be available for the club’s trip to champions Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Curran is initially available for selection as a batter only as he returns to full fitness following a back injury.

    Dom Bess and Dawid Malan are available for Yorkshire, who do not begin their season until Thursday 14 April, when they play Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol.

    The ECB will provide further updates on the availability of England Men’s Centrally Contracted players ahead of the second round of the LV= Insurance County Championship.


    Latest England player availability for the LV= Insurance County Championship:

    Dom Bess (Yorkshire) – available for LV= Insurance County Championship matches from Yorkshire’s opening match away to Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol (14 April).

    Rory Burns (Surrey) – available for LV= Insurance County Championship matches from Surrey’s opening-round trip to Warwickshire at Edgbaston (7 April).

    Zak Crawley (Kent) - available for LV= Insurance County Championship matches from Kent’s opening-round match against Essex at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford. (7 April).

    Sam Curran (Surrey) – available for LV= Insurance County Championship matches, initially as a batter only, from Surrey’s opening-round trip to Warwickshire at Edgbaston (7 April).

    Dawid Malan (Yorkshire) - available for LV= Insurance County Championship matches from Yorkshire’s opening match away to Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol (14 April).

    Ollie Pope (Surrey) - available for LV= Insurance County Championship matches from Surrey’s opening-round trip to Warwickshire at Edgbaston (7 April).


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    Yorkshire County Cricket Club has bolstered its squad for the Vitality Blast with the signing of Finn Allen.

    The New Zealand international is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. The 22-year-old top order batter has an average of 32.02 in domestic T20 cricket and will be available from the Vikings’ sixth match in the Blast until the end of the group stage.

    “I’m really looking forward to returning to county cricket for the upcoming Blast,” Allen said. “I really enjoyed my first foray into the competition last season and am hungry to contribute to a successful campaign for Yorkshire.

    “As luck would have it, I am currently spending a fair bit of time at RCB with David Willey, so it’s great to be able to establish that relationship prior to arriving.”

    Darren Gough, Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Interim Managing Director of Cricket said: “We have brought in Finn Allen who is an explosive batsman and very good young player.

    “Finn will come here to replace Haris Rauf who we have for the Championship games early season and the first five Blast matches.

    “Our signings to date will give us some excellent options in the Blast and I am thrilled to be able to add these talented players an already exciting squad.”

    Allen will join the Vikings subject to international clearance.

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    Cheteshwar Pujara will have to wait to make his Sussex debut until next week, as delays in issuing his visa means he will not be available for the first LV1= Insurance County Championship match of the season.

    The club have been in regular contact with Pujara and have been working tirelessly to enable him to be available for the first game of the season against Nottinghamshire, however due to delays in issuing his visa, the overseas batsman will not be available until next week.

    Speaking on the issues relating to the delay, Sussex Performance Director, Keith Greenfield commented: “Securing overseas players has been tremendously difficult in the current climate. We renegotiated the initial Pujara contract so he could return for more County Championship and Royal London 50 over matches, and this subsequently changed the visa requirements.

    “On top of this, the Ukraine crisis has meant that the Home Office as redirected their resources to help with the displacement of Ukrainian citizens. We were expecting Pujara to be with us last weekend but can now confirm he will be here at the back end of this week.”

    Pujara will still be available for five rounds of County Championship cricket out of the first six fixtures as agreed, starting with Derbyshire next week. He will also be returning later in the season for the Royal London Cup, and some additional four-day games.

    Head Coach, Ian Salisbury added: “Of course I am extremely disappointed that we will not have a player of Pujara’s experience and quality to be available for the opening day of the season, but we must move on and now focus on the game ahead of us.”


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    Durham Cricket are thrilled to announce the signing of Australian international all-rounder
    Ashton Turner for the entirety of the 2021 Vitality Blast. A proven leader and run scorer with Perth Scorchers in the BBL, Turner will lead Durham out as Captain in this year's Vitality Blast a role he has performed successfully for his BBL side, most recently leading the Scorchers to their fourth BBL title.

    The tall-powerful right hander is a regular in the top four with the Scorchers where has scored over 1600 runs since making his debut against Melbourne Renegades in 2013.Turner, has played both formats of white ball cricket for Australia, which included an unbeaten 84 from 43 balls against India in just his second game for the national side.He has gone onto play 149 T20 games which included a spell with Rajasthan Royals in 2019 and has scored almost 2000 runs in the shorter format of the game.

    In addition to his powerful top order batting Turner has taken 24 T20 wickets with a best of 2/3 in domestic T20 and a best of 2/12 for Australia with his right arm offbreak bowling. Ashton Turner said: “The blast is a competition that I’ve watched with a keen interest from afar and I’m really excited to be able to take part in it this summer. "I’m excited to achieve some success with the club and no doubt we will have some fun
    along the way. I look forward to meeting everyone very soon!"

    Director of Cricket Marcus North said: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Ashton to Durham this summer to lead us out in the Vitality Blast.“In addition to his powerful batting performances Ash is proven leader having captained the Scorchers and Western Australia to multiple championships in recent years and will be a great addition to Durham. I look forward to Ashton joining up with the squad in May."



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    The new County Championship season begins on Thursday, with Warwickshire starting the defence of the title they won back in September.

    Once again, local BBC radio will be following all the action by providing ball-by-ball commentary of every game, alongside live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app.

    After starting last season with a revised structure of three groups of six in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, two divisions return this summer, with the 10 teams in Division One and eight in Division Two that were initially planned for 2020.

    Each county will play 14 matches, with two counties relegated from Division One and two promoted from Division Two at the end of the campaign.

    What to look out for as County Championship returns

    Here's how the commentators think the season will pan out for their sides.

    DIVISION ONE
    Essex
    Glenn Speller, BBC Essex

    Given their recent successes, a Second Division triumph last year was something of a disappointment for Essex as two early losses ultimately cost them a shot at the County Championship title.

    The involvement or not of Simon Harmer could be key to their chances of lifting a ninth title. He could well be included in the South Africa team touring England this summer, which would be a significant setback for Essex.

    Alastair Cook has signed on for another two years and the promising starts made by Feroze Khushi, Michael Pepper and Josh Rymell bode well for the batting line-up.

    The bowling has been strengthened with the addition of Australian paceman Mark Steketee, who was initially named in the Test squad for the recent series in Pakistan before withdrawing as an injury precaution.

    Adam Rossington has also arrived on loan for the season from Northamptonshire to add another top-order batting option as well as a possible choice to keep wicket.

    Australia T20 international all-rounder Daniel Sams will be over for the T20 Blast having played in the IPL and three of the past four BBL finals with Sydney Thunder.

    Essex's members will expect them to challenge on all three fronts but Harmer's potential absence could leave a big hole.

    Gloucestershire
    Ed Seabourne, BBC Radio Bristol & BBC Radio Gloucestershire

    Gloucestershire have methodically ticked off all the items on their winter to-do list ahead of a return to Division One of the County Championship for the first time since 2005.

    Graeme van Buuren is freshly appointed as captain, Dale Benkenstein as head coach and Steve Snell as the club's newly-created performance director.

    Excitement for the arrival of Pakistan's pace prodigy Naseem Shah can only have been heightened by watching him dispatch Steve Smith in both innings of their final Test against Australia.

    Left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar, who claimed 17 wickets in his final three innings of 2021, will take over fully after Naseem's departure for international duty, but will be available season-long should a pitch appear to his liking. Australia opener Marcus Harris has been snapped up to bolster the top order.

    Ambitions go well beyond mere survival in Division One and the confidence of eight victories last season in the competition should serve Gloucestershire well for a vital initial run of matches.

    Jack Taylor skippers an established T20 side that will be expecting to reach the knockout stages after the heart-breaking denouement of last season's Blast campaign.

    The One-Day Cup won't be overlooked either, despite its inherent unpredictability.

    Hampshire
    Kevan James, BBC Radio Solent

    Having come within one wicket of winning last year's County Championship title, Hampshire quite rightly feel they are in with another chance this summer.

    Back again are seamers Kyle Abbott and Mohammad Abbas, who amassed nearly 90 Championship wickets between them (and they didn't play all the matches) and they will be well backed up again by Keith Barker.

    But there has also been one or tweaks in personnel.

    Lewis McManus, who has made the wicketkeeping position his own recently, has gone out on a one-month loan to Northamptonshire. The new number one is the former Sussex man Ben Brown, who arrived in the winter.

    Brown is vastly experienced and, with a batting average of 40, also bolsters that area of Hampshire's game which has sometimes been a bit lacking.

    The county have also strengthened their backroom staff. The highly-rated Graeme Welch has taken over the bowling coach duties from an unlucky Alfonso Thomas, who has departed and since joined Leicestershire.

    T20 prospects look good too after a welcome return to Finals Day last summer for the first time since 2017. Aussie Ben McDermott should add more firepower to the batting in that competition too.

    In all, it's mainly the same group of players and back-up staff, but with a couple of changes that should keep up the momentum built from last season.

    Kent
    Matt Cole, BBC Radio Kent

    After winning last year's T20 Blast and - less triumphantly - becoming the first and probably only winners of County Championship Division Three, there's reason for optimism at Canterbury this year.

    Of all their signings, the return of New Zealand seamer Matt Henry for a spell this summer is the one Kent fans most craved. The Kiwi's 75 wickets in 2018 were a huge part of Kent's promotion to the top tier of four-day cricket.

    The capture of South Africa international all-rounder George Linde for the whole of 2022 looks like a canny bit of business. Kent have been without a front-line spinner for too long and the 30-year-old is more than capable of adding important middle-order runs as well.

    Adding former Australia paceman Jackson Bird early-season to a seam attack that already has proper strength in depth bodes well too.

    Matt Milnes has improved into a serious threat, Nathan Gilchrist is a real prospect and Darren Stevens continues to be the Gandalf of English cricket - getting more powerful as his hair turns white.

    If a top six containing the likes of England opener Zak Crawley and Jordan Cox gets going as well, Kent should be aiming for a top-three finish in the Championship, and having proved themselves once, how about the Spitfires becoming the first team to retain the Blast trophy?

    Lancashire
    Scott Read, BBC Radio Lancashire & BBC Radio Manchester

    Lancashire will start the season with a bowling attack including James Anderson, who is expected to feature heavily in the opening rounds of the County Championship as he aims to regain his place in the England squad.

    Pakistan international bowler Hasan Ali has also signed for the opening six rounds of the Championship.

    Led by their talismanic captain Dane Vilas, the Red Rose carry a strong staff who will expect to compete across all three competitions.

    Last season they finished as County Championship runners-up, the closest they came to being champions since their last title in 2011.

    Regular qualifiers for the T20 Blast knock-out stages, anything less would be a surprise this year while they produced an encouraging 50-over campaign with a young squad.

    Josh Bohannon enjoyed a stellar 2021 and will be hoping to build on that, while the exciting addition of Phil Salt strengthens their top-order batting in all formats and offers another option with the gloves following the departure of Alex Davies.

    Northamptonshire
    Andrew Radd, BBC Radio Northampton

    Just when Northamptonshire supporters were reconciling themselves to the 2019 County Championship promotion counting for nothing, another change of format has given the club a fourth crack at Division One.

    Admittedly the portents are not encouraging - in 2001, 2004 and 2014 Northamptonshire dropped back down immediately - but the winter signings of New Zealand batsman Will Young and Australian fast bowler Matt Kelly should make them competitive.

    New head coach John Sadler caused a few raised eyebrows by replacing Adam Rossington with Ricardo Vasconcelos as red-ball captain barely a fortnight before the start of the campaign. The subsequent loan signing of Hampshire wicketkeeper-batsman Lewis McManus has been followed by Rossington's departure to Essex on a season-long loan.

    In Ben Sanderson and Simon Kerrigan, the county can still boast two of the most-respected bowlers on the circuit, while 41-year-old Gareth Berg should feature again in the red-ball attack along with England Under-19 all-rounder James Sales.

    Under David Ripley, Sadler's predecessor, Northamptonshire claimed two T20 Blast titles but since 2016 have qualified for the knockout stages just once. Left-arm wrist-spinner Freddie Heldreich, one of the finds of 2021, and New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham could be key men in the quest to improve that record.

    Somerset
    Anthony Gibson, BBC Radio Somerset

    Yet again the question on the lips of every Somerset cricket supporter will be 'is this the year when we finally land the County Championship?'.

    The ingredients for that elusive success are still there - a clutch of highly-talented young batters, reinforced by the return of Matthew Renshaw from Australia, a highly-experienced seam attack, led by the indefatigable Craig Overton, England's best spinner in Jack Leach and a captain in Tom Abell who leads by unquenchably enthusiastic example on the field and with the bat.

    The overseas recruits have been well chosen. Renshaw contributed three centuries in his short spell with Somerset in 2018, while Peter Siddle can be almost as much a force for good in the team-room as on the field of play.

    But questions remain. Can the likes of Tom Lammonby, Tom Banton, Lewis Goldsworthy and George Bartlett convert abundant talent into match-winning results? How much will Lewis Gregory, with his chronic back condition, be able to contribute with the ball? And how will Somerset cope if they lose Overton and Leach to England for the Championship run-in in September?

    In white-ball cricket, Somerset will again have no option but to rely on their youngsters in the One-Day Cup, but must surely again be strong contenders in the T20 Blast.

    Ones to watch? I'm hopeful we'll see Lammonby return to his form of 2020, young James Rew is a huge talent, while in white-ball cricket, big-hitting Will Smeed is surely destined for the very top.

    Surrey
    Mark Church, BBC Radio London

    A new coaching team and a squad that is hungry for various reasons means this will be a fascinating summer for Surrey.

    Gareth Batty is the head coach, which is a shrewd appointment after Vikram Solanki understandably took the director of cricket role with the Gujurat Titans in the IPL.

    Not many changes in the playing squad means it's a settled unit and the additions of West Indies seamer Kemar Roach and Australian paceman Dan Worrall adds to the fast bowling unit.

    Individually and team-wise, there are points to prove and there is a real focus at the club on improvement, especially in the red-ball stuff.

    As long as the late-March/early-April snow stops, this is a season to look forward to.

    Warwickshire
    Richard Wilford, BBC Radio WM

    Warwickshire will be determined to make a strong defence of their County Championship title and skipper Will Rhodes has a talented squad at his disposal.

    A rejuvenated Dom Sibley will join Rob Yates at the top of the order, both wanting to push for England spots.

    Rhodes and Sam Hain will be in contention for the middle-order spots with the highly-promising Chris Benjamin and Dan Mousley, while new signing Alex Davies and Michael Burgess are vying for the gloves.

    The arrival of Australian seamer Nathan McAndrew adds some guile to an attack further bolstered by the return to fitness of home-grown Henry Brookes, while Liam Norwell will look to build on an excellent 2021 campaign that caught the eye of the England selectors.

    Teenage spin bowling all-rounder Jacob Bethell could also break into the Championship side following an excellent Under-19 World Cup.

    The T20 campaign promises much for the Bears, with the richly-entertaining Carlos Brathwaite taking on the captaincy and new boy Davies being joined by Ireland international Paul Stirling at the top of the order.

    With Hain arguably the best white-ball batter currently outside the England set-up and a spin attack featuring the guile of Danny Briggs and the left-arm leggies of Jake Lintott, there is cause for suggesting that a return to Finals Day is a realistic target.

    Yorkshire
    Jonathan Doidge, BBC Radio Leeds

    With arguably the most turbulent winter in the club's history behind it, there will be even closer scrutiny on Yorkshire than ever before in 2022.

    The club has been rebuilding off the field for some months, not only in its response to being found guilty of institutional racism, but also in terms of some of its administrators and non-playing cricket staff, as well as coaching staff.

    For all of that, the one constant at Headingley has been the playing personnel. How they will cope back on the field together, having been through what they have, will be a major test of their mental resolve as much as any on-field technique.

    Yorkshire have to approach 2022 with optimism. They have an entirely new coaching staff, headed up by the experienced Ottis Gibson.

    They still have some high-class players among their number. The IPL means they will start the season without the batting firepower of Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan.

    Whether Joe Root will be available remains to be seen and so much will again fall on the shoulders of Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance, who will miss the start of the season to focus on his mental health.

    There will also now be greater expectation on Harry Brook, who has been in and around England during the winter. Brook had a super season in 2021 and supporters will want to see more of that maturing attitude with which he approached the game.

    Matthew Fisher has now had a whiff of England honours himself, making his Test debut in Barbados recently. He'll want to remain in the England set-up's thoughts by starting the Championship season well with the new ball.

    As ever, Ben Coad will spearhead the attack with him, while all-rounder Jordan Thompson continues to blossom, with the ball in particular in the longer format. Off-spinner Dom Bess worked so hard for the team last season and probably didn't always get the rewards that his accuracy deserved.

    The two players with a bit to prove in 2022 would have to be batter Tom Kohler-Cadmore and fast bowler Duanne Olivier. If they return to something close to their best, then Yorkshire can look forward to a very competitive season.

    DIVISION TWO
    Derbyshire
    Dave Fletcher, BBC Radio Derby

    The arrival of international coach Mickey Arthur has increased interest and expectation at Derbyshire after a difficult few seasons of underachievement.

    Arthur wasn't slow to dip into his vast contacts book to bring in two experienced overseas players to bolster the ranks.

    Pakistan opener Shan Masood will be a more than valuable addition to the batting ranks after Derbyshire struggled to score sufficient runs regularly last year.

    And the arrival of Sri Lankan Suranga Lakmal, who has recently retired from Test cricket, on a two-year contract will undoubtedly benefit a young and relatively-inexperienced bowling attack.

    The loss of last season's leading run-scorer Matt Critchley - the only Derbyshire man to reach 1,000 Championship runs - to Essex and leading wicket-taker in all formats Fynn Hudson-Prentice, who has returned to his home county of Sussex, will be tough to cover.

    But as Arthur has said in the build-up to the campaign, it offers opportunities to others and it is up to them to take it.

    As for silverware, Arthur has signed a three-year contract so it might be too much to expect instant results - but it is almost certain to be fun watching the squad develop.

    Durham
    Martin Emmerson, BBC Radio Newcastle

    David Bedingham had a cracking season with the bat in 2021 and should hopefully have another.

    He was unlucky not to finish as the leading run-scorer in the country and was just pipped to 1,000 Championship runs having led all summer.

    He was on the money from game one. Chris Rushworth became the club's leading wicket-taker in first-class cricket and just continues to produce the goods year-on-year.

    He is like a machine and there aren't many better players with a new ball in their hand. He looks after himself well and is rarely injured.

    Durham had a good start in the T20 Blast, then faded alarmingly. That was probably down to the impact of a Covid-19 outbreak in the second-team squad.

    They were excellent in the One-Day Cup and scored a boat load of runs, but unfortunately produced their worst performance in the final against Glamorgan.

    The young lads who made their debuts in that competition all did well and with a mixture of youth and seasoned-pros not called up to The Hundred, I would fancy them to do well in the competition again.

    As for this season's Championship, I have a feeling they will be among the sides at the top of Division Two.

    They had a decent run in their group last year, only losing to Essex in the first 10 games, before the season petered out in September.

    South Africa Test batter Keegan Petersen has signed for the first seven games. He was named ICC Test player of the month in January and I would expect him to open.

    Cameron Bancroft left Durham towards the end of last season and the two have now parted ways.

    While Bancroft had a great first season, which led to an Ashes call-up, 2021 was not the best and no doubt not helped by the disruption caused by Covid-19.

    Glamorgan
    Nick Webb, BBC Radio Wales

    Glamorgan go into the new season on the back of a first trophy in 17 years, but the feel-good factor of winning the One-Day Cup won't hide the need for major improvements elsewhere.

    Their early Championship form in 2021 showed it can be done in the four-day format, but consistency is the key after an alarming collapse in form in September.

    Meanwhile, they need to find a T20 Blast formula quickly after several unconvincing seasons, especially with the Welsh Fire teams in The Hundred providing a counter-attraction for the casual supporters' cash.

    Leading them out will be all-rounder David Lloyd, who takes over from Chris Cooke in first-class and T20 cricket.

    Meanwhile, young gun Kiran Carlson does the honours again in the 50-over format after an impressive captaincy debut.

    Glamorgan should again be relatively unscathed by Hundred calls and should put up a decent title defence.

    Much will depend overall on the availability of Australia's Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser, whose time in Wales is likely to be curtailed again by international duties, and on how they are replaced when the calls come.

    Supporters will be desperately hoping Colin Ingram can rekindle some of his vintage moments in dispatching the white ball far and wide.

    Glamorgan will also hope former Kent and Hampshire stalwart Sam Northeast settles well in Cardiff to play a major part in the top-order batting, with Eddie Byrom another contender after joining from Somerset at the tail end of 2021.

    Seam-bowling all-rounder James Harris re-joins from Middlesex on a three-year contract and will hope to take over the mantle of the magnificent Michael Hogan, who will bow out in September aged 41 after a distinguished career leading the Welsh attack.

    Leicestershire
    Richard Rae, BBC Radio Leicester

    Leicestershire put up a respectably-competitive showing in the toughest Championship 'group' last season, and their Division Two opponents should find the Foxes similarly hard to beat this time round.

    Whether they have the cutting edge to convert solid draws into victories, however, remains to be seen.

    The batting looks promising. While the influential class and calm of Australia Test star Marcus Harris will be missed, Sam Evans (three), Hassan Azad (two), Lewis Hill (three), skipper Colin Ackermann and wicket-keeper Harry Swindells all registered centuries last season, while head coach Paul Nixon believes Rishi Patel has international potential.

    Big-hitting youngster Louis Kimber is another exciting prospect, and South Africa Test all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, signed to replace Harris, has five first-class centuries to his name.

    Supporters hope to see Mulder impress with the ball too, where he will support the efforts of last year's leading wicket-takers, experienced seamer Chris Wright (49) and left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson (50).

    Another South African overseas signing, left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks, will add variety, and Nixon will hope fierce competition for the remaining seamer slot between the likes of Will Davis, Ed Barnes, Roman Walker, Ben Mike, Tom Scriven and Abi Sakande will ensure a productive return.

    Likewise in white-ball cricket, where the return of Naveen ul-Haq, top wicket-taker in the T20 Blast last season, and the signing of explosive batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz, also an Afghan, should help make the Foxes dangerous opponents, and a decent bet to reach the knock-out stages.

    Middlesex
    Kevin Hand, BBC Radio London

    It's all change at Middlesex with a different CEO, managing director and head coach replacing the trio that started last season.

    Andrew Cornish, Alan Coleman (in a renamed MD role of head of men's performance cricket) and Richard Johnson are the incumbents charged with turning around a slump that began with the lifting of the 2016 Championship.

    The latter two will support the bowlers while Mark Ramprakash has been recruited over the winter as a batting coach in a consultancy role. Stuart Law and his assistant Nic Pothas both departed at the end of the last campaign, while Angus Fraser was moved sideways from the MD role to focus on other matters at the county away from the first and second eleven.

    A sustainable future on and off the field is the aim for the new set-up, with financial issues from both Covid-19 and a pensions bungle restricting the county.

    Countering that has been the emergence of an extraordinary group of youngsters who have all come through the ranks - and 11 of them had made their debuts in a 14-month period to the end of last season at the age of 25 or younger.

    This is very much the future for Middlesex, with 70% of the first-team squad having come through their academy. Whether on-field success will immediately be achieved remains to be seen and much will hinge on their batting.

    Australia's Peter Handscomb was brought in as captain last year to help, but struggled in English conditions, while Mark Stoneman was a late-season recruit from Surrey.

    If the batting can find its mojo once again then the ever-impressive bowling line-up, led by the evergreen Tim Murtagh, should help ensure that promotion from Division Two is well within the county's grasp.

    Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi will, as overseas players, give the squad a huge lift in the T20 Blast in particular - another area where Middlesex have struggled to make a big enough impression for some time.

    Nottinghamshire
    Dave Bracegirdle, BBC Radio Nottingham

    After nearly winning the title last year, Nottinghamshire now find themselves thrust back into the wilderness of second division cricket after the counties decided to yank out the plug and reset the Championship to the 2019 finishing positions.

    The harshness of that decision won't have been lost on the prowling pack of lions that is the Nottinghamshire seam attack. Luke Fletcher and Dane Paterson both topped 50 Championship wickets last year and Brett Hutton would have joined them but for injury.

    Bolster that unit with the returning Australian paceman James Pattinson, a fully-fit Jake Ball and maybe, just maybe, a Stuart Broad with a point to prove following his omission from England's tour of the West Indies, and you can imagine there might be some consternation amongst opposition ranks.

    Throw in two young superstars-in-the-making, in all-rounders Lyndon James and Joey Evison, and wicket-taking won't be a problem. Nor should top-order runs be an issue, although it's unthinkable that the county won't lose Ben Duckett and Joe Clarke to the international game this summer. Both are now fully-proven performers, in all formats and all conditions. England take note.

    Notts won seven of their 14 matches last summer and should be expected to do at least as well this time around to guarantee an instant return to the top flight.

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    After a desperately disappointing County Championship campaign last season, things really can only get better for Sussex.

    However refreshing the policy of playing young cricketers, the lack of experience within the side was evident on several occasions last season, and Sussex need to address that imbalance if they are to make progress this summer.

    Planning for the new campaign has been disrupted by the decision from Australia batter Travis Head to be released from his contract, although Sussex have subsequently moved quickly to secure the experienced services of India Test batter Cheteshwar Pujara (delayed by visa issues from making his debut in the opening round), Australia wicketkeeper-batter Josh Philippe and Tom Alsop on loan from Hampshire.

    Supporters will be hoping that newly-appointed skipper Tom Haines can combine the role of captaincy with that of opening the innings, and build on his wonderful form of last summer. To that end, the experience of another new signing, former England paceman Steven Finn, will be invaluable.

    Together with the likes of England seamer Ollie Robinson, there should be plenty of support in the field for the 23-year-old skipper.

    The appointment of Grant Flower as batting coach will be warmly welcomed at Hove, the lack of top-order runs has been a frustration for several seasons.

    But perhaps the most eye-catching and exciting new signing is Mohammed Rizwan, who subject to international commitments with Pakistan, should be available for a large part of the season in both Championship and T20 formats.

    Worcestershire
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    Worcestershire head coach Alex Gidman has admitted he is excited about the 2022 season, and confident of success.

    He says there is a "buzz" about New Road, with a new skipper and some new faces, not least Azhar Ali, a proven international star with 19 Test hundreds for Pakistan, and three years in county cricket with Somerset.

    Dwayne Bravo and Colin Munro are the two new overseas additions for the T20 Blast.

    Ed Pollock, strictly a one-day player at Warwickshire, will get his chance in red-ball cricket and youngsters Taylor Cornell (batter) and Ben Gibbon (bowler) have been given a chance after impressing in second XI games.

    Jack Haynes will hope to lose the tag of promising youngster with more runs under his belt, and left-arm spinner Josh Baker will get more chances.

    Jake Libby was one of the country's leading run-scorers again last summer, while the last bunch of promising youngsters at New Road are now the nucleus of the team: Ben Cox, Ed Barnard and new skipper Brett D'Oliveira among them.

    Of the bowlers, Joe Leach no longer has the responsibility of being skipper, while Dillon Pennington and Adam Finch are others losing the 'promising youngster' tag, and Charlie Morris will bowl all day.

    Promotion to Division One and a decent run in the white-ball competitions would be the aim.

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    Large Pakistani contingent this year. Either the counties will stream the matches live on YouTube or there'll be commentary on BBC local radio stations.

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    Ryan Patel scores the first 50 of the season for Surry, currently on 56 of 62 balls.

    Surrey
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    Day 1 - Surrey chose to bat. Current RR: 4.18

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    Surprising amount of play today after torrential rain overnight.

    A chilly but good start to the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Surprising amount of play today after torrential rain overnight.

    A chilly but good start to the season.
    Hand the trophy to the bears and let us all fully focus on the hundred

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    The restart will be delayed because the hail has returned at Sophia Gardens

    Rain Delay - Durham trail Glamorgan by 229 runs with 10 wickets remaining


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    Next round of the Championship starting today:



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    A lot of Pakistani cricketers are playing this year.

    I am surprised nobody signed Babar Azam. I wanted him to play 4 Day county matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaddy View Post
    A lot of Pakistani cricketers are playing this year.

    I am surprised nobody signed Babar Azam. I wanted him to play 4 Day county matches.
    It's surprising given County Cricket isn't exactly brimming with world-class batsmen, I guess only so many overseas players can be slotted in.

    Anyway bar a ridiculously low scoring game between Somerset and Essex, the pitches seem much flatter so far this season with big runs being made.

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    The Yorkshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signing of Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne.

    The top-order batter is set to debut for the Club in this week’s LV= Insurance County Championship game against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. The 33-year-old will then play a further two games; at Headingley against Kent and away at Essex in early-May.

    Having scored 5,620 Test Match runs at an average of 39.57 including 14 hundreds, the left-hander has enjoyed a significant success at the highest level and will add significant experience to the Yorkshire side.

    Interim Managing Director of Cricket Darren Gough said: "We are delighted that Dimuth will be joining us for the next three Championship games.

    "He has proven himself to be an exceptional leader for Sri Lanka and is a tremendous Test Match batter. It can only benefit the lads in our changing rooms to have a player of his quality and I'm sure they will all get a lot from it. I'm confident he will contribute runs and enjoy his time at Yorkshire."


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    Fantastic to see some great performances by Pakistani’s in the comp so far. Shan, Hasan, Shaheen all are having a good gig so far.

    It’s vital for the coming months making sure the players are well prepared for the World Cup.

    They need to though manage workload and ensure prime fitness for October time.


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    Day 4



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    Hassan, Shaheen and Haris have all bowled well on Day 1, picking up wickets.

    Hassan with a 5er.

    Pakistani players so far making all the noise in the County season.

    Only one to add some notable performances are Azhar and Rizwan.
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    Close of play scores from today.

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    Yorkshire looking good for a big win.

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    Shan misses out on another 50 score, 42 runs in the second innings.

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    Yorkshire moving towards victory, 2 more wickets this morning already.

    6 to get and they win by an innings.

    100 for Kent to score to make Yorks bat again.

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    Northamptonshire Steelbacks have signed Australia batter Chris Lynn for this summer's T20 Blast competition.

    Lynn, 32, made 18 T20 appearances for Australia from 2014 to 2018 and also played four one-day internationals.

    He has scored more than 6,000 runs in 230 T20 matches all round the world, hitting two centuries and 40 fifties, and has also captained Brisbane Heat.

    "He fits the bill really well in terms of his power at the top of the order," said Steelbacks skipper Josh Cobb.

    "I really get the feeling he has a hunger to go out there and perform and when he does Wantage Road certainly won't be big enough."



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    Australia seamer Jackson Bird has left Kent after suffering a shoulder injury.

    The 35-year-old had signed a deal to play up to six matches in the early part of the County Championship season.

    But Bird left the field after injuring his shoulder during Kent's heavy loss to Hampshire last month and has now returned home for rehabilitation after consulting a specialist.

    He played three times for Kent, taking three wickets on his debut against Essex, when he also scored 53 runs.

    "We all wish Jackson a swift recovery and he leaves with our best wishes," Kent's director of cricket Paul Downton told the club website.

    "We hope to see him fit and playing again at the start of the Australian season."

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    SOMERSET SIGN RILEE ROSSOUW FOR VITALITY BLAST

    Somerset’s hopes of Vitality Blast glory this year have been boosted by the news that Rilee Rossouw will be joining the Club as an overseas player.

    Subject to obtaining the appropriate visa, the 32-year-old South African will be available for the whole competition, including the knockout stages and Finals Day.

    The powerful left-handed top order batter has featured in 15 IT20s for the Proteas, scoring over 300 runs at a strike rate of 137.97. In total he has played 236 T20 matches in his career, scoring over 5800 runs at a strike rate of 138.47 with a high score of 112 not out.

    A well renowned T20 player, Rilee has played for some of the biggest franchises in the world, including Royal Challengers Bangalore and Melbourne Renegades. He also played an integral role in the Multan Sultans route to this season’s Pakistan Super League final.
    Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry is excited to have secured the services of such an explosive batter. “I’m delighted that we have signed Rilee for this season’s Vitality Blast,” he said. “Having looked at the strengths and the quality that we currently have within the T20 squad, as well as considering the global, domestic and International cricket concurrently being played during the Blast, including England Test & One-Day International England fixtures, we felt that adding additional explosive firepower to the batting unit would dovetail perfectly with the very strong group of players within the squad and also enhance our ability to go one step further this season.

    “To have a player of Rilee’s proven strike rates and global experience in this format available for the duration of the Blast will add real value to our campaign.”

    After signing for the Club, Rilee said: “I have experience of playing in England and I made 156 at Taunton in a 50-over game a few seasons back. I remember how the Members and supporters reacted to that even though I was playing for the opposition. That is something that I’ve never forgotten.

    “When the opportunity to play for Somerset came along, I was delighted to take up the challenge. I know that the team got to the Final of the Blast last year, and hopefully I can help them go one better this summer.”
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    Division One results:
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    Fantastic run chase from Middlesex.

    Wow

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    Surrey broke the world record for the highest innings score without a batter making a century after piling up a massive 671-9 declared in their County Championship match against Kent.

    The Division One leaders also equalled the first-class record - seven - for the number of players making half-centuries without passing three figures as Surrey made Kent's bowling attack toil again on day two at Beckenham.

    After Ollie Pope and Ryan Patel had made 96 and 76 respectively on day one, Jamie Overton smacked 93 from 92 balls, Ben Foakes made 91, Sam Curran 78, Colin de Grandhomme 66 and Jordan Clark 54 not out for the dominant visitors, for whom Dan Worrall also made an unbeaten 44.

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    Durham's Test hopeful Matty Potts bowled his side to their first win of the season, beating Glamorgan by 58 runs as they were dismissed for a paltry 137.

    The Welsh side looked slight favourites going into the final day at 65-3 but could find no answer to Potts and Brydon Carse (2-31).

    Potts took 7-40 to reach 35 first-class wickets in six games this season.

    Glamorgan have two wins, two losses and two draws so far in 2022.

    Durham were on the front foot from the start of the final day as Potts had Kiran Carlson caught behind without scoring from a snorter of a rising delivery, and key man Sam Northeast edged to slip on 26.

    Carse got some lift from the pitch, having Billy Root caught behind for 10 as he tried to pull, while Potts trapped the out-of-sorts David Lloyd lbw for nought to completed his five-wicket haul.

    Carse had the last specialist batter Chris Cooke caught behind for 22 as the visitors got completely bogged down, losing five wickets for 60 in the morning session.

    Durham had not dismissed any opponents twice in their first five matches but wrapped up the win as Potts removed Michael Neser for 18 and Michael Hogan first ball, meaning the home side did not need to call on the bowling of England captain Ben Stokes.

    Glamorgan were penalised five runs for two low-level breaches of discipline during the game, with Root and Neser visibly disappointed with the decisions against them.

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    Warwickshire's match against Northamptonshire in County Championship Division One meandered to an inevitable draw, with just 10 wickets falling in four days at Edgbaston.

    The final instalment of stultifying stalemate saw the home side, in reply to Northamptonshire's 597-6 take, progress to 568-4, before hands were shaken at 16:40 BST.

    Sam Hain (202) and Matt Lamb (155) extended their partnership to an unbroken 254, a Warwickshire fifth-wicket record against Northamptonshire. Hain's effort came from 494 balls and included a six and 16 fours, with Lamb's contribution taking 230 balls and containing 16 fours.

    Hain and Lamb gently filled their boots against a toiling attack on a flat pitch, during a final day which - like the three which preceded it - presented a less than compelling spectacle.

    The batting dominance was not entirely due to the pitch as both bowling attacks, missing spearheads Liam Norwell and Ben Sanderson respectively, persevered nobly but lacked potency.

    After Warwickshire resumed on 394-4 on the final morning, Hain and Lamb batted serenely through the morning to take the total to 483 at lunch. Hain reached 150 from 378 balls while Lamb, having scored briskly the previous evening, settled for quiet accumulation. He advanced to 98 at lunch and reached three figures shortly after.

    There was little that visiting skipper Ricardo Vasconcelos could do except rotate his bowlers, although he did not exercise that option very much at one end. Former England spinner Simon Kerrigan bowled unchanged at the Pavilion End from 14:55 on the third day until lunchtime on the fourth - a gruelling 37 overs, delivered with no assistance from the pitch.

    Vasconcelos turned to the rarely-seen medium pace of Emilio Gay for the last hour and Hain clipped the latter for the leg-side single which moved him to 200 from 489 balls, 473 of which he had not struck for four.

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    Division One leaders Surrey drew their County Championship match with Kent after rain ruined the final day at Beckenham.

    Just 9.2 overs were possible, with Kent moving from their overnight score of 82-1 to 114-1 during two mini sessions, still 327 runs behind Surrey's first innings score of 671-9.

    Surrey had been favourites after forcing the hosts to follow on on day three, but conditions deteriorated throughout the day and play was abandoned at 15:48 BST, Kent taking 10 points and Surrey 16.

    Ben Compton was unbeaten on 63, while nightwatchman Matt Milnes was 16 not out at stumps.

    Day four began with a minute's silence in memory of Andrew Symonds, who played for Kent between 1999 and 2004.

    A break in the weather meant play started on time and the hosts resumed on 82-1, still 359 behind.

    Conditions were overcast and the ball swung almost immediately but Compton reached 50 in the first over when he pulled Daniel Worrall for a single.

    Light rain began to fall and the players went off after 29 minutes, Kent having moved to 108 without further loss.

    Lunch was taken early and, although play resumed at 13:35, by then it was already raining again.

    After nine increasingly-moist minutes - during which Kent advanced to 114 - the players came off again, Compton having added six to his score.

    After two further hours of waiting and with no prospect of improvement, the game was abandoned as a draw.

    The result lifts Kent off the bottom of the table ahead of Gloucestershire.

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    Sam Robson's second successive century, combined with an afternoon downpour, denied Nottinghamshire top spot in County Championship Division Two as Middlesex salvaged a draw at Lord's.

    Robson's resolute knock of 101 not out, supported by an even grittier unbeaten 18 from Max Holden, thwarted Nottinghamshire's bowlers as they pressed for the victory that would have lifted them above their hosts at the summit.

    The Middlesex pair shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 101 to steer their side to 133-3 - chasing a nominal target of 516 - before rain wiped out the visitors' hopes of forcing a third consecutive Championship win.

    The contest was eventually abandoned just before 17:00 BST, leaving the visitors rueing their decision not to make Middlesex follow on after dismissing them for 195 first time around.

    Survival had effectively been the aim for the hosts since day two and Robson and Holden dug in again after resuming at 69-3, adding only three runs in the first six overs.

    Holden had already been at the crease for more than two hours before he progressed into double figures but, although Stuart Broad beat the bat a number of times, the pair managed to see off his initial spell.

    James Pattinson looked the most dangerous of the Nottinghamshire seamers, unleashing a ball that reared up at Robson and brushed his glove, only to drop just short of Ben Duckett at second slip.

    Robson fended off another rising delivery from Pattinson through the vacant third slip area to advance to 96 - and he leg-glanced the next one to the boundary as well, bringing up his hundred from 177 balls.

    Broad switched to the Pavilion End for a second spell but the Test paceman was barely into his rhythm when rain arrived and the players left the field at 12:30, with the situation never improving sufficiently for them to return.

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    Worcestershire opener Jake Libby returned to form with his first century of the season to deny Derbyshire victory on the final day of the County Championship match at Derby.

    Libby had made only one fifty in his previous eight innings but came good at the right time with an unbeaten 105 off 306 balls to steer Worcestershire to a draw.

    Azhar Ali scored 60 and shared a second-wicket stand with Libby of 164 in 48 overs before Jack Haynes, who scored 16 from 140 balls, joined Libby to complete a determined rearguard action.

    The pair dropped anchor, scoring only 26 runs from 283 balls to end Derbyshire's rapidly fading hopes as the visitors closed on 225-2, a lead of 28.

    Worcestershire went into the final day 138 runs behind but the pitch was flat and Derbyshire were a bowler down with Ryan Sidebottom ruled out by a calf injury.

    Derbyshire had to strike early to apply pressure but there were few alarms as Libby and Azhar batted through the morning to reduce the deficit to 35.

    Libby edged Suranga Lakmal just short of first slip in the fourth over and Azhar missed a loose cut at Luis Reece who was bowling for the first time since August following surgery on his left shoulder and right knee.

    Reece bowled five overs from the Racecourse End and did get some swing while Sam Conners tried to unsettle the batters with some short balls but it was a fruitless first session for Derbyshire.

    Libby drove Reece for his seventh four to reach 50 from 98 balls and Azhar completed his third consecutive half-century after lunch when he cut Lakmal to the ropes.

    Derbyshire's hopes were raised briefly when Azhar went back to work Thomson to leg but was beaten by some turn and given lbw after resisting for 204 minutes.

    His obvious disappointment at missing out on the chance of a century was clear but Libby, who was the second leading run-scorer in the country last season, completed a stubborn hundred from 185 balls.

    He did not score another run from the next 39 balls which underlined his determination not to give Derbyshire a chance of forcing the door back open.

    Derbyshire used spin at both ends to try and get to a second new ball as quickly as possible but when it became available, the light had deteriorated to prevent them taking it.

    The runs dried up with Libby and Haynes scoring 21 from 199 balls so Worcestershire at tea were just 23 runs ahead but only a maximum of 25 overs remained.

    After the interval the game meandered to its inevitable conclusion before the teams shook hands at 16:50 BST with both teams taking 14 points.

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    Somerset steamrollered Gloucestershire's patched-up team to complete a record-breaking County Championship victory by an innings and 246 runs inside three days at Bristol.

    It was Somerset's biggest ever margin of victory over their arch-rivals, which was previously by an innings and 170 at Taunton back in 1893 - a match in which WG Grace featured for the visitors.

    Gloucestershire, whose injury problems increased with the loss of skipper Graeme van Buuren, were bowled out for 186 in their first innings from an overnight 119-4, Jack Leach finishing with 5-49 from 25.4 overs.

    There was no respite for a home side including three new loan signings when they followed on 405 behind beneath cloudless skies as they were bowled out for 159.

    Leach claimed three more scalps to complete match figures of 8-90 while teenager Jacob Bethell impressed for Gloucestershire with a battling 61 - more than treble the next-best score from a home batter.

    Somerset took 23 points to Gloucestershire's one and have now reeled off successive victories after losing their first three Championship fixtures.

    With Van Burren nursing a shoulder injury sustained in the field on day two, Somerset needed only five wickets at the start of the day to wrap up their opponents' first innings.

    Bethell, on a one-match loan to Gloucestershire from Warwickshire, began with a sweet on-drive for four off Craig Overton and followed up with another boundary in the same over.

    There was concern for Somerset when Overton was forced off by a twinge in his left knee, but the England all-rounder was able to return to bowl at the end of the innings.

    Josh Davey made the breakthrough for Somerset with the total on 144, rapping Ryan Higgins on the back pad and pinning him lbw for 31, before quickly having Zafar Gofar taken at slip.

    Lewis Gregory uprooted Zak Chappell's middle stump and the impressive Bethell fell leg-before on the back foot to Leach for 37 as Gloucestershire lurched to 152-8.

    Last pair Matt Taylor and Brad Wheal offered some resistance, taking the total to 186-8 at lunch. Taylor finished 24 not out when Wheal fell lbw to a ball from Leach that appeared to keep low.

    Gloucestershire's second innings had reached 24 in the ninth over when George Scott edged Peter Siddle straight to James Hildreth at second slip.

    Marcus Harris fell on the same total, miscuing a pull shot off Overton and skying a catch to Tom Lammonby at mid-on and it was 28-3 when Miles Hammond nicked a ball from Davey through to wicketkeeper Steve Davies.

    Higgins was caught behind for 16 trying to force Gregory off the back foot and by tea Gloucestershire were in disarray at 74-4.

    Bethell had again given a lesson in technique to more experienced colleagues, but any hopes of a recovery disappeared in the over after the interval when James Bracey swept Leach and Tom Abell took an outstanding catch, one-handed above his head at backward square leg.

    Luck continued to desert injury-plagued Gloucestershire as Bethell slipped when called for a quick single off Leach by Gohar, who was forced to turn back and failed to beat Abell's throw to the bowler's end.

    Chappell was bowled off an inside edge for 20 by Overton, who then took a low catch at second slip off Leach to remove Taylor.

    Bethell's mature batting in a crisis brought him a deserved half-century off 84 balls, with eight fours, but when he swept Leach into the hands of Lammonby at deep square, Somerset celebrated an overwhelming success.

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    James Anderson bowled England team-mate Joe Root for four - but Yorkshire held on to thwart Lancashire's bid for a first Roses County Championship victory at Headingley since 2011.

    Following on, Yorkshire started their second innings at 11:50 BST on day four, 187 runs behind with a minimum of 85 overs remaining.

    Adam Lyth, Dawid Malan and Root fell inside the first 22 either side of lunch, the latter two to Anderson as the score fell to 45-3. But Harry Brook's excellent summer continued with an unbeaten 82 off 157 balls, helping Yorkshire reach 169-6 from 78 overs to seal the draw.

    On the way to 2-17 from 15 overs, on-song Anderson ripped out Root's middle and off stumps with a delivery which kept low just after lunch.

    Both sides wore black armbands and observed a minute's silence before play in memory of former Lancashire all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who died overnight in Australia.

    The Red Rose were the dominant force in a fixture which ended with both sides preserving their unbeaten Division One records; the visitors two wins and three draws, the hosts a win and four draws.

    Having racked up 566-9 in the first innings and made their rivals follow on, Lancashire will feel it was unjust that their haul of 13 points was only one more than Yorkshire's.

    Until day four, when slow turn was on offer, the batters again held sway - as they have done so often this season.

    Keaton Jennings scored a superb 238 for Lancashire - his county's highest individual score in Roses cricket - and Root's first-innings 147 in reply represented his first century in this famous old fixture.

    Given the placid nature of the pitch and Matt Parkinson saying after day three that Lancashire had done well to take six wickets during that day's play, it was no great surprise that Yorkshire survived. But it was a much closer shave than they would have wanted.

    The home side's first innings was wrapped up for 379 in the opening 8.5 overs of play, with Luke Wood getting Steve Patterson caught in the gully fending at a short ball and Parkinson bowling last man Haris Rauf.

    Impressive leg-spinner Parkinson finished with 4-90 from 38.5 overs. He later returned 2-53 from 27 more.

    Tom Bailey then struck with the new ball to heighten Yorkshire nerves.

    At the other end, Anderson impressed with four maidens in a six-over opening burst.

    Anderson was then rewarded immediately after lunch when he first had Malan (23) caught behind pushing forwards five balls into the session - 39-2 in the 18th over - and Root comprehensively bowled.

    Even in the first innings, it was a fierce battle between the two England greats, maybe heightened by Anderson's disappointment at being left out of the Test squad that Root captained in the Caribbean in March.

    Left-arm seamer Wood later had opener George Hill caught behind for 26 as Yorkshire fell to 86-4 with 46.2 overs remaining, but the bowler dropped Brook on the dive at square leg on 30 just before tea off Anderson. It proved a key moment.

    England Test hopeful Brook has batted with a real swagger this season in sailing past 750 runs in only eight innings. This innings was a different matter.

    There was real grit en route to a seventh score of at least 50 this summer, achieved off 90 balls after tea.

    Shortly afterwards, Harry Duke was brilliantly caught at slip by Luke Wells off Parkinson. Yorkshire then fell to 147-6 with 15.1 remaining when Dom Bess was caught at short leg off the same bowler.

    By this time, fading light meant Lancashire had to employ the double leg-spin of Wells and Parkinson. And Brook and co were able to hold firm, with the players shaking hands seven overs early.

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    Lancashire Cricket have completed the overseas signing of right-arm seamer Will Williams, on a short-term red ball deal.

    Williams, from New Zealand, will be available for the LV CountyChamp starting tomorrow at Warwickshire


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    The Yorkshire County Cricket Club can confirm that David Willey will leave Headingley at the end of the season to re-join former club Northamptonshire.

    Willey, who moved to Headingley ahead of the 2016 season, has had an illustrious career with England to date and led Yorkshire Vikings to Vitality Blast quarter finals last summer.

    Darren Gough, Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Interim Managing Director of Cricket said: “The Club was keen to keep Dave at Headingley, but unfortunately were unable to match Northants’ offer.

    “We proactively engaged with Dave on his return from the IPL at the end of May, but were not able to make an offer until our new Board were in place. Since our first cricket strategy meeting with the new Board, we have begun negotiations on a number of contracts with players and look forward to making some exciting announcements in the coming weeks.

    “Everyone at Yorkshire would like to thank Dave for his time at the Club and wish him all the very best for the future.”


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    Today’s results.
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    County Championship Division 1 Table:

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