- Leicestershires two-year drought set to continue against Essex
Leicestershire 138; Essex 153-3 Jesse Ryder takes five wickets to put Essex on top On yet another grim day in which they were eight wickets down at lunch and already 15 runs behind by the close Leicestershire took further significant steps towards eclipsing their neighbours Northamptonshire from the record books. Sunday marked the second anniversary of the countys last County Championship victory, in the final match of the 2012 summer against Gloucestershire, meaning that if they are unable to win here which already looks a pretty safe bet or at Derby next week, Leicestershire will become the first team to go through two full seasons without a win since Northamptonshire before the second world war. Continue reading... Jesse Ryder justified his elevation to share the Essex new ball by taking five Leicestershire wickets. Photograph: Marty Melville/Getty ImagesJesse Ryder justified his elevation to share the Essex new ball by taking five Leicestershire wickets. Photograph: Marty Melville/Getty Images
- County cricket as it happened
With Andy Wilson at Grace Road, where Essex are attempting to defeat Leicestershire and earn promotion from Division Two 4.25pm BST Andy Wilson sends his mid-afternoon missive Good to see Craig Kieswetter back for Somerset today, for the first time since he suffered that nasty facial injury at Northampton in mid-July. Hes made an immediate impact, too, with 69 from 80 balls in a fifth-wicket stand with James Hildreth which has frustrated Middlesex in their quest to secure Division One survival. 12.54pm BST Andy sends his lunchtime report Leicestershire have now gone more than two calendar years since their last County Championship win, and after a single session of this match it is hard to them ending that run at the 31st attempt. 12.32pm BST Some lunchtime reading from Gary Naylor Garys Final Over of the Week is up on our Guardian Sport Network. Have a read here . 10.36am BST Andy sets up the day Last week, Yorkshires Division One title triumph. This week, Leicestershires retention of the wooden spoon. From penthouse to basement, as Yorkshires cricketers take revenge for the defeat suffered by the countys historians who wanted Richard III reinterred at York Minster rather than Leicester Cathedral. Continue reading... A few fans enjoy the view at Grace Road back in 1997. Photograph: Alex Livesey/AllsportA few fans enjoy the view at Grace Road back in 1997. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Allsport
- Mark Ramprakash: Alastair Cook is resilient. He coped magnificently
Mark Ramprakash is embarking on a new career as a coach but his experiences as a Test batsman helped Englands captain come through a tough patch As the seasons change, and another summer slips away on a beautiful September afternoon in London, Mark Ramprakash straps on his pads. He is batting at No3 in a charity match for an invitational side representing the Sick Childrens Trust against the Authors Cricket Team at a discreet little ground tucked away in the financial heartland of the City. Matthew Hoggard, his former England team-mate, drinks a leisurely beer while waiting for his turn to have a hit and giggle before bowling at the Authors. The more concentrated Ramprakash chooses instead to reflect on the end of one sporting life, after 25 years as a professional cricketer, and the start of another as a batting coach working with Middlesex, the England Lions and, this summer, Alastair Cooks Test and one-day teams. There is excitement in change but, at the same time, his future remains uncertain. Continue reading... Mark Ramprakash: 'I'm not a natural at enjoying recognition.' Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the GuardianMark Ramprakash: 'I'm not a natural at enjoying recognition.' Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
- County cricket: the week's final over
Six talking points from weeks action, including praise for Yorkshire, Jonathan Trott, Ed Joyce and Alex Gidman The County Championship may not be the marathon it once was, but 16 matches is enough to prove the identity of the best team in the country so congratulations Yorkshire, the champions with a match to spare. The win that carried them over the line (over closest rivals Nottinghamshire) followed the template of so many of their victories this season. Big runs up top for Adam Lyth and Alex Lees, with good contributions from the middle order (90s for England men present and past, Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan) backed up by wickets shared by a bowling unit who deliver more wicket-taking deliveries than most, with veteran Ryan Sidebottom leading the way with nine in this match. Yorkshire have nine batsmen who have played at least five matches and average more than 40, and the top wicket-taker in Division One, the unsung Jack Brooks. Remarkably, with a qualification of five wickets and 100 runs, Yorkshire have five players whose averages are the right way round, led by Adil Rashid (566 runs at 44 and 40 wickets at 26) and a wicketkeeper in Jonny Bairstow who averages almost 50 at a strike rate of over 60. The impressive Jason Gillespie has done what so few coaches manage: he has made sure that every player contributes over a full season. And his reward is a first title since another impressive Aussie, Darren Lehmann, was the driving force. I wonder where he is these days? Continue reading... Yorkshires players pose with the County Championship trophy.Yorkshires players pose with the County Championship trophy.
- Paul Collingwood urges England to be aggressive in the World Cup
You never win anything by being conservative Durham veteran set to be Scotlands assistant coach Peter Moores backs Cook as ODI captain Paul Collingwood has urged England to embrace an aggressive brand of one-day cricket if they are to have any hope of competing at next years World Cup. The 38-year-old is in a unique position to pass judgment five months before the tournament in Australia and New Zealand given he is the only man to have led England to success at a major ICC global event. Collingwood captained the side to victory at the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean and was also involved with England as recently as this years tournament in Bangladesh, when he was assistant to the limited-overs coach, Ashley Giles. Continue reading... Paul Collingwood believes England have a chance at the World Cup if they can find some pre-tournament momentum. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty ImagesPaul Collingwood believes England have a chance at the World Cup if they can find some pre-tournament momentum. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images
- England to reap benefit of Yorkshires County Championship success | Andy Wilson
Yorkshires on- and off-field staff are attracting the attention of the ECB, with coach Jason Gillespies future most intriguing Yorkshire seal first County Championship in 13 years What can England learn from Yorkshire, the countys chairman, Colin Graves, was asked after they had clinched a first Championship title for 13 years at Trent Bridge . It was an especially intriguing question, given Gravess increasingly influential role in the corridors of power at Lords. Having joined the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2010 and been elected deputy chairman to Giles Clarke in March 2013, he was appointed to chair the commercial committee this year, an obvious decision given his track record in founding, and making a fortune from, the Costcutter supermarket chain. Continue reading... Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, seen with captain Andrew Gale, could be wanted by both England and Australia. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty ImagesYorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, seen with captain Andrew Gale, could be wanted by both England and Australia. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
- The Agenda: Jens Voigt aims to break one of cyclings toughest records
Veteran German rider tackles the classic hour challenge, while boxer George Groves returns to the ring at Wembley, and former F1 ace Mark Webber heads to Texas Sport picture of the day: Jens Voigt king of the Dales Carl Froch downs George Groves CYCLING RECORD The Vuelta a España reaches its final stage on Sunday (British Eurosport, 5.30pm), as does the Tour of Britain (Eurosport, 3.30pm). The Vuelta concludes with an individual time trial in Santiago de Compostela, while the Tour of Britain comes to a finish in London. But it is, perhaps, a record attempt that catches the eye. Jens Voigt, a 42-year-old German veteran of 17 consecutive years in the Tour de France, and breakaway specialist, who retired last month will attempt to break the classic hour record, currently held by Ondrej Sosenka, with a distance of 49.7km (Thursday, Eurosport, 6.30pm). The hour is one of cyclings oldest and hardest tests. First run in 1876, the past three records ratified by the UCI are Sosenkas, in 2005, Chris Boardmans, in 2000, and Eddy Merckxs, in 1972 only 0.269km separate them across 42 years. Continue reading... Germany's Jens Voigt will attempt to break the classic "hour" record, one of cycling's oldest and hardest tests. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty ImagesGermany's Jens Voigt will attempt to break the classic "hour" record, one of cycling's oldest and hardest tests. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
- Yorkshires County Championship win has its roots in almost going bust
In 2002 Yorkshire were £8m in debt with no assets. Colin Graves rescued them then and was at Trent Bridge to help celebrate the 31st title of their illustrious history There has been a feeling of inevitability about Yorkshires 31st outright Championship title for much of this season. Colin Graves and Martyn Moxon, two key backroom figures who are easily overlooked given the impact made by Jason Gillespie since his appointment as coach, know that the restoration of the White Rose to supremacy in English cricket has been anything but inevitable. Having presented the championship trophy to Joe Root in his other role as deputy chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Graves reflected on the morning in autumn 2002 when Geoff Cope, the former Yorkshire off-spinner and an old friend from league cricket, rang him and said there was a problem. I went down to Headingley the next day, said Graves, not expecting anything. Their bank manager was my bank manager, HSBC, and within 10 minutes he put his cards on the table and said Yorkshire are on the verge, are you prepared to help? Continue reading... Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire's director of cricket, left, with coach Jason Gillespie, said the County Championship win is the highlight of his career. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty ImagesMartyn Moxon, Yorkshire's director of cricket, left, with coach Jason Gillespie, said the County Championship win is the highlight of his career. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
- Jack Shantry helps Worcestershire to promotion against Surrey
Worcestershire 272 & 350, Surrey 406 & 189 Worcestershire win by 27 runs This is a match that will go down in the annals of Worcestershire cricket, indeed those of the county championship itself, as one of the greatest turnarounds. Jack Shantrys match for that is surely how it will come to be known ensured that Worcestershire regained their place in the first division for next season, and did so totally against the odds. Shortly after lunch on the first day, the Worcestershire innings had been in tatters at 133 for six. But deep into the afternoon on the final day, when almost five hours of unstinting diligence from the Surrey opener Zafar Ansari was ended by a run-out, Worcestershire had won a game, by 27 runs, that had been all but lost more than once during the interim. The celebrations will be hard and justified, their final match against Essex, for which the necessary computations were being worked out in resigned fashion until after lunch, rendered irrelevant as far as they are concerned. Continue reading... Worcestershire's bowler Jack Shantry claimed six for 87 in the first innings and four for 44 in the second. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty ImagesWorcestershire's bowler Jack Shantry claimed six for 87 in the first innings and four for 44 in the second. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
- County cricket as it happened
With Andy Wilson at Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire and Mike Selvey at Worcestershire v Surrey 3.20pm BST Some news from Andy Wilson 12.22pm BST The champions Congratulations to @Yorkshireccc - champions! http://t.co/2G7K7FoF3T #Yorkshire #cricket pic.twitter.com/Scm5f6hSPH 11.56am BST The news is in from PA... 11.54am BST WICKET! Sidebottom gets his sixth wicket, Taylor caught at point for 75 and Yorkshire are county champions!!! 11.44am BST Yorkshire have won the championship 11.12am BST Andy Wilson sets up the day A Friday morning starter for ten. When Yorkshire last won the County Championship, who did they beat, where, and who took the last wicket? Sorry to be a spoilsport but Im going to have to type the answers here, otherwise it would be a pretty short starter for the blog. Glamorgan were the opposition in the atmospheric setting of Scarboroughs North Marine Road, with the summer holidays still running as David Byass team won the title with two rounds to spare. 9.54am BST Morning all Today we have Andy Wilson at Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire and Mike Selvey at Worcestershire v Surrey . Continue reading... Adil Rashid of Yorkshire appeals for an LBW during their county cricket match against Nottinghamshire.Adil Rashid of Yorkshire appeals for an LBW during their county cricket match against Nottinghamshire.
- Moeen Ali urges British Muslims joining jihadist groups not to go
From my understanding were not allowed to fight England bowler surprised by reaction to wristbands The England bowler Moeen Ali has urged young British Muslims who are thinking about joining the Islamic State terror group not to go. Mooen, who is a devout Muslim, told the Huffington Post that he believed Islamic law did not permit people from the UK to go out and fight for jihadist groups in Syria or Iraq. Continue reading... Moeen Ali displays his wristbands in the third Test against India. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action ImagesMoeen Ali displays his wristbands in the third Test against India. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images
- Yorkshire fury after Andrew Gale prevented from celebrating title win
Suspended captain forced to watch trophy lift from distance Im gutted for Andrew, says team-mate Jonny Bairstow Yorkshire seal first County Championship in 13 years Yorkshire celebrated their first County Championship title for 13 years with extra feeling in front of the Trent Bridge pavilion after the England and Wales Cricket Board had prevented their suspended captain, Andrew Gale, from being presented with the trophy as a disciplinary measure. Gale was forced to watch on from the dressing-room balcony with the coaching staff as Colin Graves, the chairman of Yorkshire, who is also the deputy chairman of the ECB, handed the trophy to Joe Root, the acting captain for this match. Gale had been banned for the last two matches of the season for abusing Ashwell Prince in last weeks Roses match . Continue reading... Andrew Gale after he had finally got his hands on the County Championship trophy following Yorkshires win at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/GettyAndrew Gale after he had finally got his hands on the County Championship trophy following Yorkshires win at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty
- Saeed Ajmal extended elbow by 40 degrees during ICC bowling tests
Pakistan off-spinner average more than twice allowable limit Ajmal banned over illegal bowling action Mike Selvey: ICC were right to clamp down The suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal had an average elbow extension of well over twice the allowable limit during testing of his bowling action in Australia last month. Ajmal recorded an astonishing 40 degrees with a relatively small standard deviation of 2.5 degrees at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, according to a 23-page report on the tests last month. The rules allow for an elbow extension of 15 degrees. Continue reading... Saeed Ajmal, right, in action for Pakistan against Sri Lanka during the first Test in Galle last month. Photograph: Eranga Jayawardena/APSaeed Ajmal, right, in action for Pakistan against Sri Lanka during the first Test in Galle last month. Photograph: Eranga Jayawardena/AP
- Readers suggest the 10 best sporting mums - in pictures
Last week we brought you our 10 best sporting mums . Here, we present your thoughts on the mothers who should have made the list Wanda Pratt Continue reading... Kevin Durant hugs his mother. Photograph: Layne Murdoch/Getty ImagesKevin Durant hugs his mother. Photograph: Layne Murdoch/Getty ImagesPhotograph: Michael Regan/Getty ImagesPhotograph: Michael Regan/Getty ImagesPhotograph: Getty ImagesPhotograph: Getty ImagesSoccer mom.Soccer mom.
- Yorkshire seal first County Championship in 13 years
Ryan Sidebottom leads way against old club Notts Seamer finishes with six for 30 and nine wickets Yorkshire completed their surge to a first County Championship title in 13 years as Ryan Sidebottom led the way against his old club Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. The veteran seamer finished with six for 30, and nine wickets in the match, as Yorkshire bowled their hosts out for 177 to win by an innings and 152 runs and confirm the 32nd championship in their history. Continue reading... Ryan Sidebottom of Yorkshire celebrates taking the wicket of Chris Read, one of his nine wickets in the game. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty ImagesRyan Sidebottom of Yorkshire celebrates taking the wicket of Chris Read, one of his nine wickets in the game. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
- Former cricketer Chris Cairns is to be charged with perjury
Perjury charge linked to Modi libel action Cairns also under investigation from ICC The former New Zealand cricket all-rounder Chris Cairns is to be charged with perjury, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed. The former captain will face one count of perjury linked to a libel action he brought in 2012, the CPS said. We can confirm that we have authorised police to charge Chris Cairns with one count of perjury, which arises from a libel trial held in the UK in March 2012, a spokeswoman said. Continue reading... Chris Cairns has always maintained his innocence.Chris Cairns has always maintained his innocence.
- Andrew Flintoff: the truth about that pedalo escapade with England
All-rounder wanted late nightcap on boat with Ian Botham Flintoff tells Piers Morgan he suffered from bulimia as a player I woke up on my bed, still wet and sand between my toes Andrew Flintoff has revealed his infamous pedalo incident in the Caribbean was an attempt to get out to sea and find the boat on which he believed Ian Botham was enjoying a late-night drink. The former dual Ashes-winning all-rounder said he still regrets the moment and the consequences when Englands then coach Duncan Fletcher found out about his drunken expedition. Continue reading... Andrew Flintoff, right, revels in Englands Ashes triumph of 2005. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the GuardianAndrew Flintoff, right, revels in Englands Ashes triumph of 2005. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
- Worcestershires Jack Shantry gets them back into the game with Surrey
Worcestershire 272 & 350; Surrey 406 & 30-1 Surrey require 187 to win with nine wickets remaining It was midway through the final session when Jack Shantry winkled the ball down to the fine-leg boundary and the Worcestershire supporters rose to acclaim one of the most unlikely centuries of the season. In scoring an unbeaten maiden hundred 101, in fact the local hero has resurrected a match that, with seven second-innings wickets down and the lead only 37, ought to have seen Surrey done and on the road in time to beat the evening rush. His previous highest score was 55 not out. To put it another way, as someone has pointed out, he has now scored 10% of his career runs in one go. Quite a day. Surrey totally and utterly lost the plot. When Ben Cox ended a charmed innings by pulling ineptly to be caught on the boundary, Worcestershire were doomed. Instead Shantry, first with Joe Leach and then Mitchell McClenaghan, turned the game on its head, so that far from winning, Surrey were left 14 overs to survive in the evening and a total of 217 to win. They lost Rory Burns cheaply to Mitchell McClenaghan. Continue reading... The former England coach Andy Flower, left, looks on with the Surrey coach Alec Stewart during day two of the match between Worcestershire and Surrey. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty ImagesThe former England coach Andy Flower, left, looks on with the Surrey coach Alec Stewart during day two of the match between Worcestershire and Surrey. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
- Yorkshire close in on title after making Nottinghamshire follow on
Yorkshire 532-9 dec; Nottinghamshire 203 & 149-5 Jonny Bairstows sharp practice riles Alex Hales There has been no doubting Yorkshires supremacy here, or over the course of the season, and barring plague, pestilence or Gary Keedys maiden first-class century, they will surely seal their first championship since 2001, and extend their record number of titles to 32, on Friday. For Nottinghamshires captain, Chris Read, however, the second-innings dismissal of Samit Patel by Jonny Bairstow left a slightly sour taste, and he even compared it to the sharp practice of Mankading that caused so much controversy when Sri Lanka caught Jos Buttler napping earlier in the summer. Continue reading... Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow stumps Samit Patel of Nottinghamshire to end a crucial fourth-wicket stand of 53 and effectively crumble the home side's resistance. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty ImagesYorkshire's Jonny Bairstow stumps Samit Patel of Nottinghamshire to end a crucial fourth-wicket stand of 53 and effectively crumble the home side's resistance. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
- County cricket as it happened
With Andy Wilson at Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire and Mike Selvey at Worcestershire v Surrey 3.43pm BST Mike Selvey reports from Worcestershire Best hour of the season the Worcestershire supporters were saying around the ground as the Surrey players trooped from the field for the tea interval. Until then it had not been a good day as Surrey worked their way through the batting, reducing the home side to 171 for seven, a lead of 37. Since then a mixture of robust hitting, brainless bowling, and some moments of comedy have seen Joe Prior and Jack Shantry add precisely 100 for the eighth wicket in 90 balls. To great applause Shantry reached his half century shortly before the break, with 10 fours, most of them carved away as Stuart Meaker pursued a policy of half trackers until the captain intervened, and a six top edged over third man from the same bowler. 3.11pm BST Andy Wilson reports from Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire After shrugging off the criticism of their attritional approach when batting, the champions elect have turned on the style today. Thats mainly thanks to Adil Rashid, who has bowled a 21-over spell from the Radcliffe Road End either side of lunch and taken three wickets. Its wonderful watching him from behind the arm, mixing up his leg-spin and googlies. 12.55pm BST Mike Selvey writes from New Road It has been a productive morning session for Surrey, who go into lunch having taken four Worcestershire wickets and still hold a 14 run lead. Only Moeen, who has been awarded an England central contract, has offered much resistance and he played with his customary freedom to make 51 before he was lbw attempting to sweep Gareth Battys offspin. Earlier he had twice carted the same bowler over midwicket for six and batted 66 balls in all. 11.31am BST Mike Selvey reports from Worcestershire Worcestershire are going to have trouble seeing out the day. Beginning 122 behind with all second innings wickets intact, they have already lost both openers to Jade Dernbach, as in the first innings. Biggest blow was the wicket of Daryl Mitchell who appeared to be bowled behind his legs, perhaps via pad, from a full length ball. Then, after a couple of punchy boundaries Richard Oliver got a thin edge or glove to a bouncer that was too rapid for him to handle as he tried to hook. Already though Moeen Ali has played with calm assurance, although whatever the outcome that always seems to be the case. Worcestershire are currently 54 for two. 11.10am BST Mike Selvey reports from Worcestershire v Surrey Another morning cracking the New Road flags. This really is a glorious place to watch cricket ( sublime yesterday afternoon sitting in the shade of the trees). Today, Surrey have a chance to finish the match, atlhough Worcestershire will be looking to make amends for what was really a pretty dire batting performance in the first innings. The pitch offers a little to the bowlers in the first hour so that Matt Dunn, Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker will be looking to cash in. Daryl Mitchell, meanwhile, will be looking to regain his position as the championships leading run scorer, a spot claimed by Adam Lyth earlier in the week. 11.10am BST Andy Wilson sets up the day from Trent Bridge Could there be a more fitting start to a day on which Yorkshire could conceivably be crowned county champions, for the first time since 2001, than the sight of Geoffrey Boycott, in smart blue tie with white rose, on the BBC Breakfast sofa? Boycott is touring the studios promoting his new autobiography, cleverly titled The Corridor of Certainty , and was at his charming best, even approaching humility, after they softened him up with a video clip of the on-drive against Greg Chappell to bring up his 100th 100 at Headingley. 11.08am BST Morning all Today we have Andy Wilson at Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire and Mike Selvey at Worcestershire v Surrey . Continue reading... Jack Brooks of Yorkshire successfully appeals for a LBW against Michael Lumb of Notts during their County Championship match at Trent Bridge.Jack Brooks of Yorkshire successfully appeals for a LBW against Michael Lumb of Notts during their County Championship match at Trent Bridge.