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Cricket's lot in the inner city

Apr 3, 2014: The England board's recently announced plans to revive old cricket grounds in urban areas was greeted with suspicion. Is the cynicism justified?

Jon Culley

Revival in the inner cities

Inner cities pledge could hit £50m

Apr 2, 2014: The England and Wales Cricket Board is planning to spend up to £50 million in a massive programme of investment aimed at providing full-size outdoor cricket fields in Britain's deprived inner-cities

Jon Culley

County news

Derbyshire may be forced to move grounds

Sep 26, 2013: Relegated Derbyshire may have to leave their home of the last 142 years and move to a new ground outside Derby if they are not to face a long-term future in Division Two, according to chairman Chris Grant

Jon Culley at Derby

Derbyshire v Warwickshire, Derby, 3rd day

Innings defeat confirms Derbyshire relegation

Sep 26, 2013: Derbyshire were able to begin planning for next season when their relegation to Division Two was confirmed on the stroke of noon

Jon Culley at Derby

Derbyshire v Warwickshire, Derby, 2nd day

Drop beckons after Derbyshire collapse

Sep 25, 2013: The corpse is still twitching but realistically Derbyshire's Division One life is over for the moment

Jon Culley at Derby

Derbyshire v Warwickshire, Derby, 1st day

Woakes repels fighting Derbyshire

Sep 24, 2013: Derbyshire's last throw of the dice began with a demonstration of faith in the team has taken them to the last round of games clinging to the possibility that they still might not go down

Jon Culley at Derby

Warwickshire v Surrey, Edgbaston, 4th day

Surrey relegated by Javid and Woakes

Sep 20, 2013: Surrey went down tamely in the end, their optimistic plan to take 10 Warwickshire wickets in less time that it took to concede 281 runs falling a long way short

Jon Culley at Edgbaston

Warwickshire v Surrey, Edgbaston, 3rd day

Surrey gamble in survival bid

Sep 19, 2013: Surrey need another eight wickets after forfeiting their second innings and setting Warwickshire 281 to win in more than a day, as they attempt to stay in Division One

Jon Culley at Edgbaston

Warwickshire v Surrey, Edgbaston, 2nd day

Solanki's masterclass comes too late

Sep 18, 2013: Days like these have been rare for Surrey this season, which goes a long way, of course, to explaining why they are on the brink of relegation

Jon Culley at Edgbaston

Warwickshire v Surrey, Edgbaston, 1st day

Rain pushes Surrey closer to drop

Sep 17, 2013: Surrey could do without the abrupt arrival of autumn keeping them confined to the dressing room for all but the first hour and a quarter of the first day against Warwickshire

Jon Culley at Edgbaston

Nottinghamshire v Somerset, YB40 semi-final, Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire have a Ball to reach final

Sep 9, 2013: In a contest trimmed to 35-overs per side, Somerset batted for only a little over 25 overs as they were soundly thrashed by Nottinghamshire

Jon Culley at Trent Bridge

County cricket 2013

Geoff Cook at heart of Durham's title push

Sep 9, 2013: In June, Geoff Cook suffered a heart attack while out running. He admits it was 'touch and go' for a while, but now he is back working with his beloved county as they chase the Championship title

Jon Culley

Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Bowlers keep Yorks title march on

Aug 23, 2013: An emphatic a win as Yorkshire could have imagined over a Nottinghamshire side that ought to be higher in the table took them 33 points clear in Division One

Jon Culley at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Yorkshire deepen Notts decline

Aug 22, 2013: Yorkshire's dominance of the second day at Trent Bridge will have been watched with unease at Lord's, Hove and Chester-le-Street

Jon Culley at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire v Essex, FLT20 quarter-final, Trent Bridge

Ten Doeschate, Tait stun Notts

Aug 8, 2013: Nottinghamshire suffered a third consecutive quarter-final defeat after Shaun Tait stole the spotlight from Ryan ten Doeschate with a stunning hat-trick

Jon Culley at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire v Essex, FLt20 Quarter-final, Trent Bridge

Twenty20 hitting in Hales' blood

Aug 7, 2013: First-class cricket has been a struggle for Alex Hales this season, but in Twenty20 he remains a highly dangerous player looking to make a global name for himself

Jon Culley

Yorkshire v Warwickshire, Headingley, 4th day

Warwickshire excited by Rankin's form

Aug 5, 2013: Warwickshire's frustration was greater than Yorkshire's when only an hour's play was possible on the final day

Jon Culley at Headingley

Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, FLt20 North Group, Trent Bridge

Notts crush Lancs to secure home advantage

Jul 28, 2013: Nottinghamshire secured home advantage for their quarter-final in the Friends Life t20 after a thumping victory over Lancashire facilitated by a typically spectacular 82 by Alex Hales

Jon Culley at Trent Bridge

Derbyshire v Yorkshire, Chesterfield, 3rd day

Madsen century too little too late

Jul 19, 2013: Yorkshire went back to the top of the County Championship by wrapping up an innings and 113-run victory over Derbyshire on the third day at Chesterfield despite a brilliant century from Wayne Madsen.

Jon Culley at Chesterfield

Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire, Edgbaston, 2nd day

Warks find their fit under Brown

Jul 16, 2013: Laurie Evans took his score to 178 in a partnership of 199 with Ateeq Javid that gave Warwickshire a strong position in the match

Jon Culley at Edgbaston
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