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A triumph against the odds

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

Paul Oxenbury

Somerset v Essex, Clydesdale Bank 40, Taunton

Scrapping their way into the semis

It's grand when you can watch a game without the aid of Alexandre Dumas, isn't it?

India in England 2011

Grounded Buttler confident he can succeed

Jos Buttler's thoughtful manner is at odds with the dynamic, explosive brand of batting that has turned heads on the county scene for the last two seasons and has now led to further honours in the international arena

George Dobell


County cricket should be celebrated

It's only fair that the county game receives some of the praise for its part in England's success story. The Championship to provide the foundations for the international side

George Dobell

Loss of identity, but it's the new way

County cricket doesn't have a transfer system but it may not be far away as more players are being enticed to new clubs

Jane Cable

Hampshire v Nottinghamshire, Rose Bowl, 4th day

A travesty of a pitch inspection

The guiding principle of Law 7 with regard to pitch preparation is simple: conditions should be as similar as possible for both sides throughout the match - and there can be no argument that this has not been achieved

George Dobell

County cricket

An uneven playing field

The ECB have agreed to end the English season early to open a window for the Champions League but is it right given they have no stake in the event?