Tim Wigmore

Chris Gayle roars after reaching his 14th Twenty20 century

NatWest T20 Blast

Overseas influx for the biggest Blast yet

Never has the Twenty20 Blast attracted such a wide array of overseas talent. From Brendon McCullum to Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi to Glenn Maxwell, the Blast's imports are the envy of T20 leagues the world over, the IPL apart

Alec Stewart takes charge of Surrey

England news

'Let down' Pietersen heads for IPL

The 29 runs that Kevin Pietersen added to his overnight score against Leicestershire, to end on a magisterial and undefeated 355, could be the last he ever scores in first-class cricket

Kevin Pietersen throws as Andrew Strauss watches on

England news

'I deserve England place' - Pietersen

"I want my England place and I think I deserve my England place." Kevin Pietersen wasted no time in stating his case after a spectacular, unbeaten triple-centur

Kevin Pietersen was unbeaten at the close

Surrey v Leicestershire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Kia Oval, 2nd day

Pietersen meets England after triple ton

Kevin Pietersen scored an unbeaten 326 at The Oval ahead of a meeting with the ECB's new director of cricket, Andrew Strauss

Tim Wigmore and Matthew Hoggard at London Fields Lido

England's swinger becomes a swimmer

Matthew Hoggard, who is taking to the water for charity, talks about the 2005 Ashes, current fast-bowling stocks and whether an old rival should take charge of England

Liam Norwell went wicketless in the early part of the day

Essex v Gloucestershire, LV= Championship Division Two, Chelmsford, 1st day

Essex subside again into batting bedlam

Perhaps Essex have spent too much time watching England recently. Serenely placed on 61 for 0, Chelmsford offered no hint of the bedlam that once again was about to engulf Essex's batting

John Bracewell talks to Brendon McCullum

Ireland news

Ireland target New Zealand model

John Bracewell says there are 'clear parallels' with New Zealand as he joins Ireland in their attempt to become a Test-playing nation

Centurion Daniel Lawrence gets a handshake from Kevin Pietersen

County news

Lawrence becomes third-youngest century maker

Few sights in sport are more intoxicating than an irresistible talent emerging. Those at the Oval were privileged that, at 17, Daniel Lawrence looked just that as he became the third youngest century-maker in Championship history

Nick Browne anchored Essex's reply

Surrey v Essex, LV= Championship, Division 2, Kia Oval, 2nd day

Browne shows up Surrey shortcomings

The England captain has not scored a Test century for 23 months. So perhaps it is reassuring to know that the production of Essex opening batsmen remains in fine working order

Rory Burns carves through the off side

Surrey v Essex, LV= Championship, Division 2, Kia Oval, 1st day

Surrey's top order graft healthy position

Chilly and unrelentingly gloomy, this was the sort of day Kevin Pietersen thought he'd left behind when his international career began a decade ago