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Presenting the county awards for 2011

Sep 21, 2011: First-class cricket in England has been bright-eyed and rosy-cheeked for the last few seasons. And the one just concluded was truly special

Rob Steen

County cricket

Bright future for Lancashire - Chapple

Sep 16, 2011: Glen Chapple, a limping Lancashire captain, sees a bright future for the county after they ended a 77-year wait for the County Championship title

ESPNcricinfo staff

County cricket

A triumph against the odds

Sep 16, 2011: With no money and no major home ground, Lancashire battled against the tide to secure their first Championship title in 77 years

Andrew McGlashan

Hampshire v Warwickshire, Rose Bowl, 4th day

Carberry and McKenzie deny Warwickshire

Sep 15, 2011: Centuries from Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie secured a draw for Hampshire at the Rose Bowl - and denied Warwickshire a first County Championship crown since 2004

Somerset v Lancashire, Taunton, 4th day

Lancashire win Championship after 77-year wait

Sep 15, 2011: On another dramatic final day of a County Championship season Lancashire secured their first outright title since 1934

George Dobell at Taunton

Durham v Worcestershire, Chester-le-Street, 4th day

Durham finish with thumping win

Sep 15, 2011: Durham completed their eighth win of the season by beating Worcestershire by 151 runs 15 minutes after lunch at Chester-le-Street

Nottinghamshire v Sussex, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Sussex wrap up comfortable victory

Sep 15, 2011: Sussex needed little more than an hour to wrap up victory in the County Championship over Nottinghamshire by an innings and five runs

Nottinghamshire v Sussex, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Sussex on course for victory

Sep 14, 2011: A Nottinghamshire collapse left the hosts staring at defeat as Sussex took firm control of their County Championship meeting at Trent Bridge

Hampshire v Warwickshire, Rose Bowl, 3rd day

Warwickshire close in on title

Sep 14, 2011: Leaders Warwickshire closed in on their first County Championship title since 2004 on a day when an unbeaten century from Liam Dawson was not enough to prevent Hampshire being relegated

Somerset v Lancashire, Taunton, 3rd day

Lancashire's fate out of their hands

Sep 14, 2011: The last time Lancashire won the County Championship outright, Adolf Hitler had just organised the Night of the Long Knives, Roosevelt had just launched the 'New Deal'

George Dobell at Taunton

Nottinghamshire v Sussex, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Nottinghamshire top order set strong reply

Sep 13, 2011: Opener Karl Turner posted his maiden County Championship half-century as Nottinghamshire made a steady start in reply to Sussex's imposing first innings total at Trent Bridge

Durham v Worcestershire, Chester-le-Street, 2nd day

Solanki ton can't get Worcestershire to safety

Sep 13, 2011: A innings of 124 by Vikram Solanki helped guide Worcestershire to within a whisker of County Championship Division One safety before they collapsed from 255 for 3 to 288 all out

Somerset v Lancashire, Taunton, 2nd day

Determined Lancashire stay in title race

Sep 13, 2011: If anyone believed the Championship race was over after the first day of the final round of matches, their views must surely have been dispelled by day two

George Dobell at Taunton

Hampshire v Warwickshire, Rose Bowl, 2nd day

Warwickshire pile up runs and now need wickets

Sep 13, 2011: Hampshire and Warwickshire's relegation and promotion hopes still remain in the balance after an arduous second day's play in their County Championship Division One clash at the Rose Bowl

Somerset v Lancashire, Taunton, 1st day

Limping Chapple sums up Lancashire's day

Sep 12, 2011: Hamstring injuries are not known to be fatal to the individual that suffers them

George Dobell at Taunton

Nottinghamshire v Sussex, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Goodwin ton guides Sussex

Sep 12, 2011: Sussex veteran Murray Goodwin hit his fourth County Championship hundred of the summer as the visitors reached 312 for 6 on day one against Nottinghamshire

Hampshire v Warwickshire, Rose Bowl, 1st day

Chopra and Chanderpaul plot title course

Sep 12, 2011: Varun Chopra and Shivnarine Chanderpaul shared a third-wicket stand of 188 as Warwickshire assumed control of the County Championship Division One title race

Durham v Worcestershire, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Worcestershire confirm Yorkshire's relegation

Sep 12, 2011: While Durham's County Championship title hopes drifted away on the remnants of Hurricane Katia, Worcestershire made virtually certain of Division One safety on the first day at Chester-le-Street

County Championship 2011

Championship set for absorbing finish

Sep 11, 2011: Edgbaston, Old Trafford or Chester-le-Street. Where will the Championship pennant be flying next season?

Andrew McGlashan

Lancashire v Hampshire, Liverpool, 4th day

Kerrigan is international-class - Moores

Sep 11, 2011: Peter Moores, the Lancashire coach, believes left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan is already an international-class bowler

Andrew McGlashan at Liverpool
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