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Stumped for cash: How can county cricket survive?

Create: 02/15/2017 - 00:00

If you watched last season’s Cheltenham Festival or one of Somerset’s 50-over games then you might think that county cricket is in good shape. But while there might be good crowds and plentiful sponsors at times, the domestic game has many problems to solve. XtraTime discussed finance and the future with our two local county chief executives,  Will Brown of Gloucestershire and Somerset's Guy Lavender...


XtraTime's Stars of the Future 2017: Cricket and Fin Trenouth

Create: 02/10/2017 - 00:00
Google 'Fin Trenouth' and notwithstanding a name straight out of Poldark, you rapidly learn that the description of rising star is perhaps an understatement for this Bristol cricketing youngster. Last season, the 18-year-old enjoyed a day that most players can only dream about when he struck an unbeaten 332 while batting for Somerset under-17s against Hampshire, the highest score for any county player in that age group in any ECB match. All the more remarkable was that his record-breaking score came from just 307 balls.

Great British sporting moments of 2016: Captain Alastair Cook becomes first English batsman to pass 10,000 Test runs

Create: 12/16/2016 - 17:33

England's cricketers savoured an early-season Test series success over Sri Lanka before sharing the spoils with Pakistan in the five-day game during July and August. For captain Alastair Cook, the summer saw the opener pass another career milestone when he became the first Englishman to pass 10,000 Test runs, joining an exclusive club that features the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Steve Waugh

Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson, who appeared in seven Tests for England from 2001-03, says ...

AUDIO: Head coach Richard Dawson looks back on Gloucestershire CCC's 2016 season

Create: 10/03/2016 - 16:09

Head coach Richard Dawson reflects on the 2016 county cricket season, which was another mixed one for Gloucestershire CCC

“Overall, in the Natwest T20 Blast we played some good group cricket and deservedly finished at the top of the table. In the 50-over matches we didn’t perform anywhere near where we wanted to be and we deserved to be at the bottom. Last year we had six or seven players contributing every game. This year we had one person making a fifty. You can't do that and then get yourself out of the dirt simply by bowling and fielding well.

AUDIO: Western Storm skipper Heather Knight looks ahead to Kia Women's Super League season

Create: 07/29/2016 - 11:47
England Women's captain Heather Knight is relishing the start of the inaugural Kia Women's Super League season, which begins on Sunday, July 31.
Knight, who succeeded Charlotte Edwards as skipper of the national side, will lead Western Storm – comprising Gloucestershire, Somerset and Exeter University – in the competition and they begin their campaign with a clash against Lancashire Thunder at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.

Cricket book reviews: Joe Root, Chris Gayle and Team Mates

Create: 07/22/2016 - 11:27
Old codgers are often wont to moan that sport has lost its personalities. Killed off by social media indiscretions (what, you mean the whole world can see this? I never knew), an ever- prying paparazzi and wages so high they are too good to jeopardise by saying what you really mean. 
Yet cricket, for all its cap-doffing history, still seems to produce characters either as impeccable as a freshly ironed set of whites or as flawed as a dodgy bookmaker.

AUDIO: Marcus Trescothick still has desire to succeed, says Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard

Create: 07/19/2016 - 17:42
Marcus Trescothick is showing no signs of slowing up after passing 1,000 first-class runs for the 2016 season in mid-July with a double ton against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The 40-year-old former England opener plundered 218 on the hottest day of the year and in doing so equaled Harold Gimblett's all-time record of 49 first-class centuries for Somerset.

T20's OK, but...

Create: 07/12/2016 - 12:23

I’m certainly one of those cricket traditionalists described by the author of the previous T20 article and was a Middlesex member for several years until I moved from London to the West Country. Apart from one season when they were T20 champions, Middlesex have a particular awful record in the format but that is not the reason why its appeal to me is rather lukewarm.


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