Philip Robinson, in the Daily Mail, laments the sorry state of County cricket, which is strapped for cash and struggling with poor attendances.

Even with cost-cutting measures, Kent still loses about £500,000 a year. After it reduced the wage bill from £1.4 million per annum six players left, including fast bowler Amjad Khan. Radio Kent no longer broadcasts a live commentary from the ground, and the lime tree that lived inside the boundary in one corner of the pitch has died from heart rot. If this club were a dog, it would be on its last trip to the vet.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo