Middlesex close on first win after perfect day
Middlesex close on first win after perfect day

After a performance as perfect as this - in which John Simpson became their third batsman to score a brilliant ton, and Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland-Jones shared nine Hampshire wickets - it is only rain that can deny Middlesex now

How a cricket transfer works
How a cricket transfer works

The moves, up, down and sideways, in county cricket explained

Malan and Voges master the school-yard
Malan and Voges master the school-yard

Dawid Malan and Adam Voges battled through the tough conditions to blossom into an outstanding match-establishing partnership

Ford stays upbeat despite tough work-out
Ford stays upbeat despite tough work-out

Graham Ford appeared unfazed as his side left Chelmsford after a damp draw against Essex

'I've never felt this good' - Westley
'I've never felt this good' - Westley

At 27, Tom Westley is not one of young guns of county cricket but that may work in his favour. After a difficult winter with England Lions he is more hungry than ever to push him for higher honours

Beard's dream debut shakes Sri Lankans
Beard's dream debut shakes Sri Lankans

Aaron Beard has been on Essex's radar since playing for their U-9s and against the Sri Lankan tourists their hopes began to come to fruition as he took four wickets in an eye-catching first-class debut

Dawson's grit defies Warwickshire's strong push
Dawson's grit defies Warwickshire's strong push

When hands were shaken at 5.52pm, both teams, you sense, left sunny Southampton satisfied

Bell nudges England with timely century
Bell nudges England with timely century

Ian Bell reminded the England selectors of his qualities on a day when a space in the middle order unexpectedly - and sadly - opened up

Topley suffers broken hand during Hampshire debut
Topley suffers broken hand during Hampshire debut

England bowler Reece Topley has broken a bone in his right hand after being struck by Boyd Rankin while batting during his Hampshire debut

Barker races out of the blocks but McLaren leads recovery
Barker races out of the blocks but McLaren leads recovery

Keith Barker had a five-wicket haul before lunch but Warwickshire could not take full advantage as Ryan McLaren led a Hampshire recovery

Fawad Ahmed finds a home
Fawad Ahmed finds a home

He was once a refugee working odd jobs. Now, settled, he seeks to make a difference

Women's Big Bash success opens doors and minds
Women's Big Bash success opens doors and minds

The crowds, the TV ratings, the recognition and the young talent coming through all point to a future that's more inclusive

The rainmakers
The rainmakers

Talent spotter, brand manager, publicist, PA, troubleshooter, friend, guide - it's all in a day's work for the player agent

Joining Sydney Thunder the 'best decision' - Michael Hussey
Joining Sydney Thunder the 'best decision' - Michael Hussey

Michael Hussey, the BBL winning captain, has said that joining Sydney Thunder is the "best decision" he has made

Khawaja 70 hands Thunder maiden title
Khawaja 70 hands Thunder maiden title

The fifth BBL final was a tale of two innings, and two collapses. Kevin Pietersen, who is in marvellous form, scored 74, before Usman Khawaja, who is in simply superhuman touch, made 70 which, as wickets tumbled, proved enough to hand Sydney Thunder their

Thunder claim inaugural WBBL title in tense finish
Thunder claim inaugural WBBL title in tense finish

Sydney Thunder beat their crosstown rivals Sydney Sixers by three wickets to win the inaugural WBBL title, in a tense and scrappy game which came down to the last over

Momentum with Sixers in Sydney derby
Momentum with Sixers in Sydney derby

While Sydney Thunder have been consistent right through the tournament, Sixers have veered wildly and have won nine in a row to make the final

Thunder hope to give Michael Hussey a winning send-off
Thunder hope to give Michael Hussey a winning send-off

Having seen off the double champions Perth Scorchers, four-time semifinalists Sydney Thunder gear up to do battle against Melbourne Stars, who are hoping to give Michael Hussey a winning send-off

Pietersen hails Stars' carefree mindset
Pietersen hails Stars' carefree mindset

Kevin Pietersen has said the Melbourne Stars' success has been built on preparation prior to the match and not worrying about consequences when it came to match-day

Pietersen fifty guides Stars to the final
Pietersen fifty guides Stars to the final

Kevin Pietersen struck a 36-ball 62 to knock out Perth Scorchers and lead Melbourne Stars into their first BBL final