Matthew Hoggard

County Championship round-up: Harmison hurt as injury crisis mounts

The injury jinx that was a factor in Durham's failure to win a third successive Championship in 2010 is still dogging Phil Mustard's team. Awaiting the return of Graham Onions after his 14-month absence with a back problem and with Paul Collingwood out until June, Durham began their match at the Rose Bowl against Hampshire without Mark Davies, the seamer having returned from a pre-season trip to Dubai with a suspected stress fracture.

Talent is shining but the county game can't dodge financial clouds

Every new cricket season brings optimism. April this year has arrived wreathed in warm sunshine and today the county programme gets under way with the domestic game basking in the glory of the role it played in England's Ashes success over the winter. The achievements of Alastair Cook and Tim Bresnan – among others – showed just how much talent there is in the English game; indeed, England's batting and bowling ranks have not looked so well stocked for many a long year.

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Sussex want to sign Panesar

Sussex have revealed they are keen on signing Monty Panesar and still hopeful of persuading Matthew Hoggard to join them.