September 14, 2012

LV= County Championship, Friday September 14

3pm: Jon Culley at Derbyshire v Hampshire
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3pm: Jon Culley at Derbyshire v Hampshire

Derbyshire are Division Two champions, winning by six wickets with Usman Khawaja 72 not out and man of the moment Ross Whiteley 38 not out, having hit five sixes, winning it with a slog sweep for six off Liam Dawson.

2.15pm: Jon Culley at Derbyshire v Hampshire

Derbyshire's momentous day has attracted a fairly healthy crowd to the County Ground, where nails would be being bitten were the scoreboard not rolling round at enough of a lick to suggest that the win Derbyshire need to be sure of clinching the title is only a matter of time.

Three wickets have fallen in the chase for 196 to win but Usman Khawaja has taken every opportunity that has come his way in a 51-ball half century that came up with his seventh four. He has also lofted Liam Dawson for six over long-on.

Another four followed and at 130-3, they need only 66 more to cut short Yorkshire's celebrations in Chelmsford. Not sure where the trophy is now but presumably on the way here.

2.05pm: George Dobell at Essex v Yorkshire

Yorkshire have won by 239 runs here. The last four wickets fell for 13 runs in 21 balls, with Rafiq ending with career-best figures in an innings and a match and Pattenson taking the final two wickets in successive balls. It is the first time Yorkshire have won three Championship games in a row since 2005.

Now all they can do is wait. If Derbyshire fail to win, Yorkshire will be promoted as Division Two champions.

1.45pm: George Dobell at Essex v Yorkshire

Yorkshire are rushing towards victory here with the wickets of Essex captain, James Foster, Adam Wheater and Graham Naiper. Playing forward to the ever impressive Rafiq, Foster popped a catch off bat and pad to Phil Jaques at short-leg before Wheater was caught behind as he attempted a reverse sweep - an odd choice of shot in the circumstances - and Napier prodded to short-leg. Rafiq, bowling with a six-three legside field and gaining impressive turn, has now taken eight wickets in the match to add to his 128 runs. This the first five-for of his first-class career.

Essex have taken a blow off the field, too. Adam Wheater has just cleared the long-on boundary at the River End where a fellow sitting with his wife, in attempting to catch the ball, managed only to deflect it on to her head. I can assure you there was no laughter whatsoever in the Press Box. The woman is having a check-up in the medical centre, but seems in pretty good spirits. Well, pretty good for a woman who has just been hit on the head by a hard ball.

12.40pm: Jon Culley at Derbyshire v Hampshire

Derbyshire were looking very well set until a couple of overs ago but 45-0 has become 45-2 after David Griffiths found the edge of Paul Borrington's bat and Jimmy Adams took a good catch at first slip and then Wayne Madsen was bowled reaching forward for a ball from Liam Dawson that zipped through and bowled him off his thigh pad. Lunch now. Another 151 to get with 64 overs left. Covers on for the moment. A few dark clouds about.

11.55am: George Dobell at Essex v Yorkshire

By the way, do please keep the season awards coming. I intend to nick the best of them and pass them off as my own next week.

11.55am: George Dobell at Essex v Yorkshire

If Yorkshire win this - and unless the weather intervenes, they surely will - they will have won three championship games in a row for the first time since 2005.

They are well on the way to victory here after two wickets in three balls. A brilliant catch from Gary Ballance - diving swiftly to his right at leg slip to cling on to a low chance - ended Mark Pettini’s season after the batsman glanced a sharply turning off-break off his hips, before Ryan ten Doeschate attempted an ambitious pull to his second ball and lobbed a catch to mid-on.

11.45am: Jon Culley at Derbyshire v Hampshire

Derbyshire have one remaining task to take the Division Two title for 2012, which is to score 196 to win from a minimum of 77 overs after Hampshire were bowled out for 198.

Hampshire added 56 to their overnight scored in 62 minutes. The last four wickets fell in 36 balls, the last two in four. Ross Whiteley, 24 yesterday, continued his outstanding performance in this match by adding a fine, diving catch at cover to see off last man David Griffiths to his running out of Bilal Shafayat, his 57 not out and his two wickets.

11.35am: George Dobell at Essex v Yorkshire

Morning from Chelmsford.

It’s quite dark here so both the weather and Derbyshire may yet conspire to keep Yorkshire from the top of the table, but that’s a bit of a detail. The fact is that Yorkshire will be in Division One next season. Going up as champions is a bonus. Yorkshire have only dismissed the nightwatchman, Tom Craddock, so far today. He poked on to point as if providing catching practise.

Robert Brook - the eminent statistician and co-founder of the association of cricket statisticians (ACS) - tells me that Nottinghamshire’s second innings total of 469-8 is the largest total Warwickshire have conceded that did not contain a century.

As it’s the last day of out county blog, some thank-yous are also in order. Thanks to everyone who has followed or commented and to all those who have contributed. Hopefully this is just the start of our improved county coverage and we can extend it significantly in future years. The one thing it has shown is that there are many people out there with a passion for the county game. We’re grateful, too, for the excellent quality of many of the comments, too. Thanks and winter well.

11.30am: Jon Culley at Derbyshire v Hampshire

The one over bowled by very occasional off-spinner Michael Carberry during Derbyshire's innings yesterday might have appeared to be a moment of randomness on the part of Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams. In fact, it may be part of a cunning plan.

With Dimitri Mascarenhas injured and Danny Briggs already in Sri Lanka, Hampshire are likely to have to press Carberry into service in tomorrow's CB40 final at Lord's, at least in a back-up capacity, alongside Simon Katich, to supplement the efforts of Liam Dawson in the spin-bowling department.

Carberry bowled one over and stunned Tom Poynton, who was caught at leg slip. It was the 14th first-class wicket of his career. He has taken five in List A games, although two of those have been this season.

Hampshire are hoping Mascarenhas, who struggled through Twenty20 finals day on painkillers despite a torn tendon, will be fit for the Champions League in October. Bilal Shafayat, incidentally, has been named in the squad for that competition, even though he is still seeking a contract for next season.

The former Nottinghamshire batsman has made a good case for getting one in the second innings here with a carefully constructed 81, although it has just ended rather farcically -- run out after setting off for an improbable single to midwicket and turning back too late as Ross Whiteley swooped.

With Chris Wood gone to a superb catch by Paul Borrington at mid-off, Hampshire are 187-8, leading by 184. Borrington dropped what appeared to be a sitter offered by David Balcombe, denying Wes Durston another wicket, although it may have swirled in the wind, in his defence.

10.15am: The final day

So here we are, the final day of the 2012 County Championship. It hasn’t quite been the thriller of the previous two years, but we go into today with Derbyshire and Yorkshire vying for the Division Two title after both were promoted yesterday after Kent lost.

Derbyshire’s rise back to Division One is a terrific story, while Jason Gillespie has brought real steel to the Yorkshire team which is an excellent blend of youth and experience.

At this time of the year it’s also customary to hand out a few awards. There are the obvious ones like batsman of the year, bowler of the year etc but we’ll leave you all to come up with few off-beat ideas. Have your say below.

We hope you’ve enjoyed County Cricket Live this season. And, don’t worry, before you know it we’ll be in April again.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • OldAdam on September 14, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    I wonder if it is too late for a new thread now the season is over (I can't count this weekend's Toytown cricket or the competely irrelevant Champions Trophy). What do you wish for for next season?

    As a Derbyshire fan how about this? A fit Clare and Footitt for most of the season. A chance to see how Alex Hughes and Peter Burgoyne fare in the four-day game. Chesney Hughes fulfilling his potential. Finding out what it feels like to bat first.

    And RoseBlanche: I like your award very much. Well deserved.

  • Lısa on September 14, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    C'mon ladıes - have you no suggestıons to beat Nıck Compton as hunk of the year?

  • RoseBlanche on September 14, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Young Player on Cloud 9 Award. Has to be Ross Whiteley -- make or break game for your county to be promoted champions, you dig your team out of a hole with 57 n.o. in 1st innings, bowl 5-2-6-2 and get a run out and catch the last man in opponents' second. Then with four down you get the opportunity to score the winning runs, up the pace as the chase is wobbling, and take your team to the top in style with five sixes, including a six to win the match. And it was his birthday too. Roy of the Rovers stuff --you couldn't write it as fiction! (You can't help wonder if Dawson bowled him a dolly with a smile on his face on that last ball :))

  • RoseBlanche on September 14, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    To Dave Morton: Agree with you about Tymal Mills. Saw him in the last Essex game against Yorks -- if physique, action, and attitude add up to potential then he has it all. He's a Yorkshireman too (West Riding born) so maybe you will see him at Headingley one day.

  • Mathew on September 14, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Thamks for the blog this season to everyone envolved see you next year

  • Warwick R on September 14, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Bowler of the Year? JAMES BALCOMBE back from his rehab with Kent last year! A 100% trier no matter what. Player of the Year? ROBERT CROFT - no question. Surely a legend, and I'm a Hampshire supporter.

  • Warwick R on September 14, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Bowler of the Year? JAMES BALCOMBE back from his rehab with Kent last year! A 100% trier no matter what. Player of the Year? ROBERT CROFT - no question. Surely a legend, and I'm a Hampshire supporter.

  • Martin P on September 14, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Just a quick thanks to all for the entertainment on this blog this season, see you in 2013...

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  • OldAdam on September 14, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    I wonder if it is too late for a new thread now the season is over (I can't count this weekend's Toytown cricket or the competely irrelevant Champions Trophy). What do you wish for for next season?

    As a Derbyshire fan how about this? A fit Clare and Footitt for most of the season. A chance to see how Alex Hughes and Peter Burgoyne fare in the four-day game. Chesney Hughes fulfilling his potential. Finding out what it feels like to bat first.

    And RoseBlanche: I like your award very much. Well deserved.

  • Lısa on September 14, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    C'mon ladıes - have you no suggestıons to beat Nıck Compton as hunk of the year?

  • RoseBlanche on September 14, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Young Player on Cloud 9 Award. Has to be Ross Whiteley -- make or break game for your county to be promoted champions, you dig your team out of a hole with 57 n.o. in 1st innings, bowl 5-2-6-2 and get a run out and catch the last man in opponents' second. Then with four down you get the opportunity to score the winning runs, up the pace as the chase is wobbling, and take your team to the top in style with five sixes, including a six to win the match. And it was his birthday too. Roy of the Rovers stuff --you couldn't write it as fiction! (You can't help wonder if Dawson bowled him a dolly with a smile on his face on that last ball :))

  • RoseBlanche on September 14, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    To Dave Morton: Agree with you about Tymal Mills. Saw him in the last Essex game against Yorks -- if physique, action, and attitude add up to potential then he has it all. He's a Yorkshireman too (West Riding born) so maybe you will see him at Headingley one day.

  • Mathew on September 14, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Thamks for the blog this season to everyone envolved see you next year

  • Warwick R on September 14, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Bowler of the Year? JAMES BALCOMBE back from his rehab with Kent last year! A 100% trier no matter what. Player of the Year? ROBERT CROFT - no question. Surely a legend, and I'm a Hampshire supporter.

  • Warwick R on September 14, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Bowler of the Year? JAMES BALCOMBE back from his rehab with Kent last year! A 100% trier no matter what. Player of the Year? ROBERT CROFT - no question. Surely a legend, and I'm a Hampshire supporter.

  • Martin P on September 14, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Just a quick thanks to all for the entertainment on this blog this season, see you in 2013...

  • Mike on September 14, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Batsman of the year: Compton (Bradmanesque average 99.25) Bowler of the year: Kieswetter (super-Barnes average 1.50) All-rounder of the year (and best tattoos): Trego Administrator of the year (and best retirement party): Brian Rose Commentator of the year: Vic Marks Bowling Performance of the year: Abdur Rehman v Worcs Small Cute Person of the year (now Isa Guha's retired): Abdur Rehman's little boy

  • Matin on September 14, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Thanks for clearing that up Kenny.

    And wholehearted backing for you message in support of that formidable West Midlands triumvirate.

  • William C on September 14, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I can tell you who would not be on my list of commentator/pundit/presenter of the year... Geoffrey Bl**** Boycott for always stating the obvious and being relentlessly predictable.

  • Mark on September 14, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Who would be your TV commentator/pundit/prenter of the year?

  • Mark on September 14, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Who would be your TV commentator/pundit/prenter of the year?

  • Kenny Shovel on September 14, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Martin: No, I'm not your dad. My admiration for David Wainwright doesn't quite stretch to a man-crush.

    Speaking of which, best of British to Alan Richardson, Chris Woakes and Rikki Clarke, as they look forward to spending the long winter months handcuffed to a radiator in George Dobell's basement.

  • Martin on September 14, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @ Kenny Shovel

    You're not my dad are you?!?!

    He has man-love for Wainwright to an almost unhealthy extent and he just seems an unlikely favourite player to have!

  • James on September 14, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Northeast and Billings seasons worth a mention!

  • Kenny Shovel on September 14, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Genuinely delighted for Derbyshire and for David Wainwright who's possibly my favorite player on the county circuit.

  • AndyB on September 14, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    agree with that sentiment, if it wasn't for Read,Franks and the lower order Notts would be down with Worcs and Lancs, too often I turn on at 11.30am and see us 3 down for about 40 odd and yet they recover to 250-300

  • Barrick on September 14, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Well done Derbyshire. I'm pleased for Wainwright; I was concerned when be left that he may not get the success and recognition that he deserved, and also Durston - the Unicorns isn't necessarily the end!

    Both divisions should be very competitive next season, the second possibly more so than the first. Looking forward to it already. Thanks all and see you in April!

  • Stumper81 on September 14, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Has to be Chris Read, he has churned out 1,000 runs, and his wicket keeping is world class. Most of his runs come when Notts are in dire toruble being 4 or 5 down for less than 100 on the board. Shows how good prior is that Read has only played so little international cricket.

  • Bob on September 14, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    G Onions 64 wickets top man.

  • OldAdam on September 14, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Well done Derbyshire. That's what I call finishing the season in style!

  • DrRichie on September 14, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    A bit Yorkie based, I'm afraid

    Bad career choice award: Ajmal Shahzad moving across the Pennines to get relegated for the second time in two seasons

    Young Player of the Year: Azeem Rafiq

    Comeback of the year: Adam Lyth finding the form we all knew he had two seasons ago. Just need Adil Rashid to perform the same trick next year

    Unsung hero: Steve Patterson. The reason Yorks haven't missed Tim Bresnan as much as we feared.

    Thanks for the coverage - bring on next season

  • guildfordbat on September 14, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    A hotch pot of awards for George Dobell to steal the best.

    One Man Team Award: Alan Richardson.

    The Perhaps There Was Some Talent There In The First Place Award: Rikki Clarke.

    The Essex Award for Non Recognition of a Fine Seam Bowler: Chris Wright.

    The Willoughby & Singh Award for the Promotion and Reward of Overseas Players: Essex CCC.

    Award for Services to the Communications Industry: Kevin Pietersen.

    Award for Sportsmanship: Murali Kartik for not running Alex Barrow out earlier in the over.

    And a more serious one -

    Captain of the Season: Gareth Batty - took over the captaincy of Surrey in horrendous circumstances and ensured Division One survival, leading from the front and continually encouraging all.

  • Matt on September 14, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    If Dockrell had played a full season for Somerset (not been involved with Ireland U-19s etc) I feel he could've pushed for the Div 1 Team of the Year. Somerset's 2nd highest wicket-taker and an average of 28, especially when he missed the dry half of the season, for a young spinner is really commendable.

  • Tubby Tim on September 14, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    My Div 1 Team of the year:

    Chopra J.Adams Compton Hildreth Keiswetter R.Clarke Read(capt.wk) Barker Wright Roland-Jones Onions

  • Mark on September 14, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Allenby - agreed. Underrated by those outside of Glamorgan. For me I would love to bring Shiv Thakor to Taunton as English qualified and many years ahead. However Somerset need a stand out bowler - hoping they sign Philander and/or Rehmann for 2013

  • AndyB on September 14, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Always had a very sneaking admiration for Moeen Ali at Worcs, I think he'd fit in well at Trent Bridge.

  • Samuel on September 14, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    The Atlas Award for carrying his teammates could have a couple of winners. Andre Adams was a definite contender before his injury, although Alan Richardson would probably be my first choice.

  • OldAdam on September 14, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Mark - I'd love to have Jim Allenby in my team but I'm also grateful to him for his efforts in the defeat of Kent and, therefore, securing promotion for Derbyshire.

  • Geoff Trew on September 14, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Hopefully some sort of recognition for Robert Croft of Glamorgan . What a stalwart he has been over the past twenty odd years of playing for Glmorgan and England even though a very proud Welshman, even down to his last match another fiver to hlf the Welsh Dragons to another memorable win. Well done crofty all the best in whatever you will do in the future no doubt SKY will have a say Geoff Trew an avid Glamorgan and Robert Croft fan for eons.

  • Geoff Trew on September 14, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Hopefully some sort of recognition for Robert Croft of Glamorgan . What a stalwart he has been over the past twenty odd years of playing for Glmorgan and England even though a very proud Welshman, even down to his last match another fiver to hlf the Welsh Dragons to another memorable win. Well done crofty all the best in whatever you will do in the future no doubt SKY will have a say Geoff Trew an avid Glamorgan and Robert Croft fan for eons.

  • Geoff Trew on September 14, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Hopefully some sort of recognition for Robert Croft of Glamorgan . What a stalwart he has been over the past twenty odd years of playing for Glmorgan and England even though a very proud Welshman, even down to his last match another fiver to hlf the Welsh Dragons to another memorable win. Well done crofty all the best in whatever you will do in the future no doubt SKY will have a say Geoff Trew an avid Glamorgan and Robert Croft fan for eons.

  • Geoff Trew on September 14, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Hopefully some sort of recognition for Robert Croft of Glamorgan . What a stalwart he has been over the past twenty odd years of playing for Glmorgan and England even though a very proud Welshman, even down to his last match another fiver to hlf the Welsh Dragons to another memorable win. Well done crofty all the best in whatever you will do in the future no doubt SKY will have a say Geoff Trew an avid Glamorgan and Robert Croft fan for eons.

  • OldAdam on September 14, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    To go with his half of the Ninth Wicket Partnership of the Year Award, how about Tom Poynton for Most Improved Newcomer of the Year? He started his first campaign as full-time wicketkeeper somewhat circumspectly but has finished full of both confidence and runs - averaging 65 over the last four games.

    Mind you, my Wicket-keeper of the Year would be Geraint Jones. 52 dismissals and a season average of 42 can't be bad. Runner-up James Foster.

  • Martin P on September 14, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Thanks for the article on Tim Ambrose's struggle with depression, also read the wider article in the Telegraph with Darren Cousins story. As a sufferer of depression myself I'm glad to see the Mind Matters schem being introduced - an excellent initiative.

  • Mark on September 14, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Anybody - which 1 player from the County circuit would you like to bring to your club over the winter? Please avoid players being taken away on international/Lions duty

  • Samuel on September 14, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    The James Taylor comment was made before you made that list in reply to your last post by the way. I am in no way saying James Taylor is in the Pie Eater's XI!

  • Samuel on September 14, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @Lisa - the Gut of Blackwell; once seen, never forgotten. James Taylor is out for modelling his hair on Stuart Broad circa 2006. Oh, if only Mark Cosgrove were here...

    There's been a few rumblings on Twitter that Jack Brooks is leaving Northants. Can anyone on the county blog confirm this? If it's true, I'll buy his Somerset headbands and give him a piggyback down to Taunton myself...

  • Lisa on September 14, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    The winner of 'who ate all the pies at the tea interval' award goes to.......... 1) Richard Levi 2) Rob Key 3) Ian Blackwell Purposely omitted an England slow left arm bowling allrounder on the grounds of being too obvious

  • Steve on September 14, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    oh .. and the Iberian Award for adding another string to his bow: Ashley Giles, Can't bat, can't bowl, can't field and now can't manage either.

  • Justin on September 14, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    No mentions of Onions 10 fer?

    there are a lot of players that have excelled this year and several big name that have not. Glad i am not picked to choose the winners. Somerset would get my vote all the time. No i am not biased they are just the only county.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Mark Thornton on September 14, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Sadly, this year's Lord Lucan award must go to Adil Rashid, whose form has gone seriously backwards this year. I hope he will bounce back next year.

  • Mark Thornton on September 14, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Sadly, this year's Lord Lucan award must go to Adil Rashid, whose form has gone seriously backwards this year. I hope he will bounce back next year.

  • will on September 14, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    gut of the year to be battled out between anthony mcgrath and ian blackwell

  • Martin on September 14, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    See Surrey have now released Chris Jordan too. Spriegel gone, Ramps gone, RHB to go. My message is:

    Northants, Kent, Middlesex, Sussex, Essex... lock up your hot prospects. Or send them far, far away and only let them back to enter your indoor schools in January.

    If you call them and can hear indeterminable management speak in the background, for God's sake get there as soon as you can for it is surely the sound of Chris Adams undertaking yet another "rebuilding process" at Surrey CCC.

  • Sam on September 14, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @Nick C, you wouldn't be the man, would you? Somerset have been fairly unlucky, 10 draws speaks volumes about how wellthey actually played to get to second. Individually though, they've had a fair few standouts, like Compton, Hildreth, Trego, etc.

  • Steve on September 14, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    I thought Warwickshire seamed quite well.

    Most counties lost winning positions to the weather at either end of the season.

  • Kenny Shovel on September 14, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Does anyone have figures for the amount of cricket lost to the weather this year?

    I worked out that Yorkshire lost 2250+ overs in the championship, which is more than a third. I'd guess other counties were hit just as bad.

    And that's not including one-day matches. Our 2020 comp moved from 8 home games to 5 and then found itself scheduled in the middle of monsoon season. Very interesting to see the financial hit taken in next year's accounts...

  • Nick C on September 14, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    @Mike, what about Somerset(I'm biased)? At one stage they were reduced to having no first team players to pick from left including talismanic Trecothick. Picking two 19 years olds out of necessity and not choice. If weren't for the amount of washouts they endured early on when in winning positions they could of been legitimate title contenders and they still managed second place.

    I know other teams were affected by the weather but Warwickshire never seamed to be playing during the worst of it.

  • Kenny Shovel on September 14, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Captain of the Year: Paul Collingwood. All Durham's 5 CC wins have come since he took over half way through their campaign.

  • Samuel on September 14, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Mike - us down here at Somerset might have something to say about injuries and England call-ups, and we ended up 2nd and T20 semi-finalists...

  • Steve on September 14, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Moneyball Cup - Warwickshire. With Bell and Trott doing national service together with Woakes missing for much of the season it was a year for players that other counties would - and did - not want.

    Lazarus Trophy - Durham. Couldn't buy a win from April to late July then 80 points in 26 days see them step out of the mire in style.

    Hindenburg Challenge Cup - Lancashire.

    Noah's Ark 'Been there, Done That, Got the Flippers' Award - Worcestershire. If only it rained every day.

    Bay City Rollers One Day Wonder Certificate - Hampshire. Stuck in div 2 of the championship but absolute tigers in games that are not three days too long.

  • Lisa on September 14, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Samuel - how strange that I have gone for Nick Compton when IB is such an obvious choice. I thought your post was building up to say James Taylor

  • Mike on September 14, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Team of the year? Nottinghamshire, who gamely challenged for honours despite missing several first team players to England duty throughout the season. Talk about playing with one hand tied behind your back....!

  • Mike on September 14, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Team of the year? Nottinghamshire, who gamely challenged for honours despite missing several first team players to England duty throughout the season. Talk about playing with one hand tied behind your back....!

  • Mike on September 14, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Team of the year? Nottinghamshire, who gamely challenged for honours despite missing several first team players to England duty throughout the season. Talk about playing with one hand tied behind your back....!

  • Mike on September 14, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Team of the year? Nottinghamshire, who gamely challenged for honours despite missing several first team players to England duty throughout the season. Talk about playing with one hand tied behind your back....!

  • Avi Singh on September 14, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Best county cricket parody Twitter account goes to... (no, not He Who Cannot Be Named) Moin Ashraf. Should be noted how he's taken it all in his stride too, which is exactly how it should be...

  • Samuel on September 14, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Lisa - you're forgetting the hunk of pure testosterone, the man mountain of masculinity that is Ian Blackwell.

  • will on September 14, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Underachiever of the year: Steven Moore Coach of the year:Greame Welch

  • Kenny Shovel on September 14, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Back from 3 days at Chelmsford catching up with mates, some of whom I've not seen in almost 2 years. My head feels as raw as Mills & Craddock's bowling. (that's not a dig, I think they're both talented. I hope Essex stick with them)

  • Lisa on September 14, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Who would win the most follicly challenged player of the year? Tredders perhaps?

  • Big Fella on September 14, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Lizzy - yes Toblerone Jones has been a positive influence for sure this season.

  • Mark on September 14, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    The 'I spend far too much time in front of the mirror award' goes to ......... Moin Ashraf

  • Dave Morton on September 14, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    George - you forgot Arthur Shrewsbury

  • Avi Singh on September 14, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    As for over-rated overseas player, Rob Nicol must be in with a shout - came in to replace his fellow New Zealander, the in-form Kane Williamson, at Gloucestershire, and did diddly-squat.

    My other award would be to the most annoying tweeters in county cricket: all the players who mention how they are 'destroying' Nandos!

    [If you don't get the reference, check out Alex Bowden's hilarious weekly Twitter round-ups on Page 2 :-)]

  • Lisa on September 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Hunk of the year - Has to be Nick Compton. What do you think ladies or indeed men?

  • George Dobell on September 14, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Dave Morton: Larwood and Voce? The Gunns? Robinson? Hardstaff? They're no Nathan Buck, granted, but they weren't too shabby.

  • Lizzy on September 14, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Award for least mobile in the field?

  • Mark on September 14, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Overrated overseas player of the year - Richard Levi (hope I don't have to eat my words post T20 World Cup)

  • Lizzy on September 14, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    I'd like the 259 run 9th wicket partnership between Poynton and Madsen to get some sort of award.

    And a mention for Toby Roland-Jones who has been integral to Middlesex's successful year - success which seems to have gone a little bit under the radar

  • Dave Morton on September 14, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Comment overheard at Leicester: "Apart from Derek Randall and Torvill & Dean, name any decent player Notts have ever produced."

    Some bitterness and envy there, perhaps....but also a grain of truth.

  • AndyB on September 14, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Thanks to all for this brilliant service this summer.....there is a passion out there for the CC even if its a few stolen moments during work!

    Award for biggest underachievers?.....can only be Notts who are the CC equivalent of South Africa, brilliant until it comes to the crunch although in fairness call ups and injuries have played a part in this seasons annual fall from potential champions to all so rans.

  • Martin on September 14, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Thanks to Messers Hopps, Dobell, Culley, Shovell, Kimber and all the rest at Cricinfo. One of the most enjoyable seasons ever in terms of coverage (if not weather!).

  • Si on September 14, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Butter-fingers award: Monty Panesar Bucket-hands award: Rikki Clarke Opening Partnership of the year: Varun Chopra, Ian Westwood County Cameo: Kevin Pietersen - for his runs in so few innings Immovable Object/Amla impersonation Award: Nick Compton

  • George Dobell on September 14, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Paul,Somerset: I agree with you about Tony Palladino. Unsung hero. Hope he gains more recognition in coming weeks and months.

  • Dave Morton on September 14, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I had forgotten Chris Dent, who scored a good-looking 60 against Yorks early season. Palladino I rate highly. He bowled well at Headingley, and I saw him score an absolutely sensational century at Stamford Bridge in the 2nd XI game last season.

    Hopefully Essex, who have produced some outstanding players now with other counties, have put their troubles behind them.

    I'd love to see Mills at Headingley, though. Could be the missing link in the Yorkshire attack, a FAST bowler.

  • Jack Sheldon on September 14, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Breakthrough player of the year for Azeem Rafiq? Couldn't get in the Yorkshire team at the start of the year; now one of the first names on the teamsheet and, with his good head, can't be far from England's thinking, at least for one-dayers.

  • Paul, Somerset on September 14, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Cricketer of the year for me Tony Palladino. Without his whistleblowing we may never have discovered what Essex CCC were up to. I'm so pleased that he has followed up his subsequent sacking from Essex by playing such a huge role in Derbyshire's return to Div. 1.

  • Samuel on September 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @Barrick - I think the player themselves picks the side they play for, hence why the West Indian players all go for their fat IPL contracts as opposed to their actual domestic sides. A joke tournament that is surely on the way to being canned, judging by the crowds last year anyway.

    Some more awards: Skip the first innings please: Usman Khawaja, for his seeming inability to score runs first time up

    Most infuriating player: James Vince - no one makes batting look so easy yet few people can have had a worse season. The 114 in this televised game is his only score over 50 in the CC this year!

    Wicket taking dross: Steven Finn, for his ability to get wickets with leg side half trackers!

  • Barrick on September 14, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @Dave Morton - I'd add Chris Dent of Gloucestershire into that too.

  • Mark on September 14, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Gentleman of the year - Marcus Trescothick Prats of the year - Murali Kartik/Kevin Peterson

  • Mark on September 14, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Innovative batsmen of the year (and last year as well) - Jos Buttler Innovative (if not sometimes infuriating) bowler of the year - Jade Dernbach Under achieving player of the year - Murray Goodwin Find of the year - Shiv Thakor Most promising newcomer - Daniel Bell-Drummond

  • Barrick on September 14, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Whilst I'm thinking of overseas players, a question was raised in the local the other week to which I don't know the answer, nor have I investigated it yet.

    With regard to the Champions League, and our chances of retaining Miller and Starc for it, what happens if another side for which they have played also qualifies? (Again, I don't know if that is the case for the upcoming tournament).

    I'd suspect that they were only employed for the domestic season, but let's hope we managed to sneak a Champions League clause in there too, just in case.

  • Dave Morton on September 14, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    I have been watching 2nd Division cricket all summer - 1st Division next season! - and have been impressed by a number of players who performed well when I was there.

    To list the non-Yorkshire ones:

    Tymal Mills (Essex), Shiv Thakor and Wayne White (Leicester), Will Bragg (Glamorgan), Michael Bates (Hampshire), Matt Coles (Kent), Will Gidman, Ian Saxelby and Jack Taylor (Gloucester).

    I think Mills and Thakor especially have real potential.

  • Ged on September 14, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Coach of the Year, Dizzy at Yorkshire. Forming a predominently young squad into a competitive unit. Bringing through some great talent that have started earning international honours, with the liklihood of more to come.

  • Barrick on September 14, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    On overseas players, if not the award itself, then honourable mentions could go to both Ashwell Prince and Phillip Hughes, especially given the relative performances of their counties.

  • Paul Whyte on September 14, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I believe it should be a Somerset double with Pete Trego and Nick Compton fighting for honours both have been outstanding. Nick was the first to 1000 runs this season and Pete took 50 wickets this season as Somerset came second in Division 1 of LVCC. I think they should be in contention for tour places to India.

  • Paul Whyte on September 14, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I believe it should be a Somerset double with Pete Trego and Nick Compton fighting for honours both have been outstanding. Nick was the first to 1000 runs this season and Pete took 50 wickets this season as Somerset came second in Division 1 of LVCC. I think they should be in contention for tour places to India.

  • Samuel on September 14, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Who would everyone's Overseas player of the year be? Abdur Rehman at Somerset & Jeetan Patel for the champions would be good shouts!

  • Edges_Wedges on September 14, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Newcomer of the year should go to Shiv Thakor of Leicestershire. 18 years of age and 6 50s in last 9 innings for a county struggling in division 2

  • Matt on September 14, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Who's got the award for fastest century in the CC? If I remember correctly Somerset have a great history in this very minor competition with Richard Johnson and Peter Trego having won it before.

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  • Matt on September 14, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Who's got the award for fastest century in the CC? If I remember correctly Somerset have a great history in this very minor competition with Richard Johnson and Peter Trego having won it before.

  • Edges_Wedges on September 14, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Newcomer of the year should go to Shiv Thakor of Leicestershire. 18 years of age and 6 50s in last 9 innings for a county struggling in division 2

  • Samuel on September 14, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Who would everyone's Overseas player of the year be? Abdur Rehman at Somerset & Jeetan Patel for the champions would be good shouts!

  • Paul Whyte on September 14, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I believe it should be a Somerset double with Pete Trego and Nick Compton fighting for honours both have been outstanding. Nick was the first to 1000 runs this season and Pete took 50 wickets this season as Somerset came second in Division 1 of LVCC. I think they should be in contention for tour places to India.

  • Paul Whyte on September 14, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I believe it should be a Somerset double with Pete Trego and Nick Compton fighting for honours both have been outstanding. Nick was the first to 1000 runs this season and Pete took 50 wickets this season as Somerset came second in Division 1 of LVCC. I think they should be in contention for tour places to India.

  • Barrick on September 14, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    On overseas players, if not the award itself, then honourable mentions could go to both Ashwell Prince and Phillip Hughes, especially given the relative performances of their counties.

  • Ged on September 14, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Coach of the Year, Dizzy at Yorkshire. Forming a predominently young squad into a competitive unit. Bringing through some great talent that have started earning international honours, with the liklihood of more to come.

  • Dave Morton on September 14, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    I have been watching 2nd Division cricket all summer - 1st Division next season! - and have been impressed by a number of players who performed well when I was there.

    To list the non-Yorkshire ones:

    Tymal Mills (Essex), Shiv Thakor and Wayne White (Leicester), Will Bragg (Glamorgan), Michael Bates (Hampshire), Matt Coles (Kent), Will Gidman, Ian Saxelby and Jack Taylor (Gloucester).

    I think Mills and Thakor especially have real potential.

  • Barrick on September 14, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Whilst I'm thinking of overseas players, a question was raised in the local the other week to which I don't know the answer, nor have I investigated it yet.

    With regard to the Champions League, and our chances of retaining Miller and Starc for it, what happens if another side for which they have played also qualifies? (Again, I don't know if that is the case for the upcoming tournament).

    I'd suspect that they were only employed for the domestic season, but let's hope we managed to sneak a Champions League clause in there too, just in case.

  • Mark on September 14, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Innovative batsmen of the year (and last year as well) - Jos Buttler Innovative (if not sometimes infuriating) bowler of the year - Jade Dernbach Under achieving player of the year - Murray Goodwin Find of the year - Shiv Thakor Most promising newcomer - Daniel Bell-Drummond