Diary of a cricket obsessive

County Championship round-up: Prolific Hughes sounds another Ashes warning

England may have the upper hand against West Indies at Lord's but they were reminded again that the precocious talents of Philip Hughes lie in wait for them later in the summer as the 20-year-old Australian batsman registered his third century in four Championship innings for Middlesex at the Oval.

County Championship round-up: Trescothick falls victim to fledgling Fletcher's best

There may be a long, hot summer in prospect but there was little evidence of it yesterday, when the latest round of Championship matches began under familiar grey skies and ball dominated bat almost everywhere.

Gloucestershire savour first success since 2007

Gloucestershire, who finished bottom of the Second Division last season, secured their first Championship victory since September 2007 after a tense finish at Wantage Road, where Northamptonshire fell 45 runs short of their target of 371.

County Championship round-up: Voges mars Notts' fine day by falling short again

For the second time in a week, Adam Voges failed narrowly to complete a century as Nottinghamshire edged ahead at Old Trafford.

Sports Books of the Year 2008

An unusual winner of the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, in that the book is not primarily about sport and the stated author didn't write it. But Marcus Trescothick's Coming Back To Me: The Autobiography (HarperSport, £18.99), an at times harrowing account of his battle with depression while trying to do battle as an England batsman, sets a new benchmark for honesty, so no matter that his words were put into order by the estimable Peter Hayter.

Somerset 202 & 66-2 Lancashire 248: Langer allows heart to rule over head in title challenge

Scratch the surface of Justin Langer and you get a profound man. It was characteristic of him when he said not so long ago: "As long as you are true to yourself – you make a decision based on what your heart is telling you and not necessarily your head every time, then you can go to bed feeling pretty good about yourself each night."

Marcus Trescothick: 'I thought I was going to die...'

Brian Viner Interviews: The Somerset opener reveals how he is only now making a recovery after his desperate battle with depression ended his England career

Somerset 202 Lancashire 56-4: Caddick stands up to lack of recognition

There was hardly a bed to be had in Taunton yesterday. "It's the last match of the season," said Cathy in the tourist information office by way of explanation. "And it's a big one."

Trescothick and Harmison enjoy home comforts

By now it matters deeply to all the contenders, but for two players the climactic fortnight ahead will hold a special place. It may be some distance removed from their greatest triumph, but the 2008 County Championship offered Marcus Trescothick and Stephen Harmison a shot at redemption. They will be trying their socks off.

Cricket round-up: Stanford side named for big money match

Stanford Superstars – the team who take on England for a £10m Twenty20 purse – have named their squad for the 1 November contest.

County Championship round-up: Drizzle leaves Adams to grizzle over another draw

It has been a frustrating season for Sussex. Seeking a third consecutive Championship, they have won just twice and a good chance of a third victory yesterday was ruined by rain.

South Africa overcome demons to enjoy spoils

Smith's heroics soothe nerves as tourists shake off 'chokers' tag

County Championship round-up: Middlesex look to ICC for Champions League blessing

Middlesex are awaiting official confirmation that the Champions League will be an authorised event before accepting an invitation for this October's tournament.

Round-Up: Ten Doeschate pulls Essex out of the fire

A brilliant unbeaten 99 off 66 balls by Ryan ten Doeschate earned Essex a tie with Leicestershire in a NatWest Pro40 thriller at Grace Road. The Netherlands international hit 12 runs off the last three balls to see the Eagles equal Leicestershire's 255 for six for the loss of eight wickets. Both sides scored 93 runs off the final 10 overs of their innings yet Essex seemed doomed as they went into the last over still needing 16.

Tea Report: Somerset v Kent

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