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Andrew Strauss retires from all forms of cricket

England Test captain Andrew Strauss today announced his retirement from professional cricket with immediate effect.

The 35-year-old Middlesex opening batsman, who led England to two Ashes victories and the summit of the Test rankings, is retiring after 14 years in the professional game.

Strauss will be replaced as Test captain by Alastair Cook, who will also continue to lead the one-day international side.

Strauss made his England debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2003 and was awarded a Test cap a year later against New Zealand, scoring a century on debut.

He has gone on to win 100 Test caps, captaining the side in 50 of those matches, and also make 124 appearances in ODIs and four in Twenty20 internationals.

His international career has spanned 11 years, during which the left-handed batsman has scored 21 Test centuries and six ODI hundreds.

Strauss said: “After much thought over the last few weeks, I have decided to step down as England Test captain and announce my retirement from all forms of cricket.

“It has clearly been a tough decision to make, but I believe that it is both in the best interests of the England cricket team and myself to step down at this stage.

“There are too many people who have helped me on this incredible journey to mention them all by name, but I would like to thank all the Middlesex and England players I have played alongside, as well as the phenomenal coaches and support staff with whom I have been fortunate enough to work.

“Particular mention has to go to Andy Flower and Duncan Fletcher in that regard. It would also be remiss of me not to thank Middlesex county cricket club, the ECB and the PCA for their support and guidance over the years.

“No-one can play international cricket for any length of time without having an incredibly strong support network around them, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my family for going through it alongside me over the course of my England career.

“I am extremely proud of everything I have achieved as a cricketer, and I have found myself very fortunate to play in an era when some of English cricket’s greatest moments have occurred.

“I have loved every minute of it and all that remains is for me to wish Andy, Alastair and the rest of the team the very best for the coming months. I will be an interested spectator.”

David Collier, ECB Chief Executive, commented: “On behalf of the ECB and everyone involved in cricket, I’d like to thank Andrew Strauss for his outstanding contribution to the game.

“Andrew has been a highly successful captain and opening batsman for Middlesex and England, who will be remembered for leading the side to two Ashes victories and to the top of the Test rankings.

“He has shown tremendous integrity, dedication and commitment both on and off the field and under his leadership the side has grown immeasurably and reached new levels of professionalism.

 

“Andrew’s calmness and authority when dealing with some of the most difficult moments in our sport in recent times should be applauded and I have no doubt that his contribution as an ambassador for the game will be recognised by anyone who has had an opportunity to spend time with him.

“His legacy within the game will be felt for many years to come and we now need to continue to build on the progress we have made under his leadership.

“I would like to congratulate Alastair on becoming Test captain. He has shown he has the traits needed to be a successful captain and has demonstrated his leadership capabilities as one-day captain over the last 16 months.

“On behalf of the ECB I would like to wish Alastair and Andy Flower all the very best for the exciting challenges that lie ahead.”

Cook said: “Andrew’s contribution to England cricket in recent years is evident to everyone who follows the sport, but only those of us who have been lucky enough to share a dressing room with him are fully aware of his immense contribution to our success.

“He has been a fantastic captain, has led from the front for three and a half years and is a true ambassador for the game.

“To have played 100 Tests for your country is a phenomenal achievement and I want to congratulate him on a superb career.

“I know this can’t have been an easy decision for him and everyone in the dressing room will be sad to see him go.

“I’m very excited by this new challenge; it is a huge honour to be appointed Test captain and I am very much looking forward to captaining the side in India this winter and beyond, but my immediate focus is on this current NatWest one-day series.

“Once the series is over I will turn my attention to the Test captaincy and building on the work Andrew has started.”

Friends Life T20 2012 Quarter Final Draw

The quarter-final line-up of Friends Life T20 2012 has been decided. Somerset, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Essex today joined Sussex, Hampshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire v Hampshire

Somerset v Essex

Sussex v Gloucestershire

Yorkshire v Worcestershire

The quarter-finals will be played on July 24 and 25 and finals day is on August 25 at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff.

Mark Ramprakash announces retirement

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has announced his retirement from cricket.

Ramprakash, 42, has scored 35,659 first-class runs including an astonishing 114 centuries.

Ramprakash made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1991 playing for England in 52 Test Matches and 18 One Day Internationals until 2002.

His highest International score of 154 came in Barbados in 1997 and he will also be remembered for his superb 131 against Australia at The Oval in 2001.

However, it was in the domestic game that Ramprakash proved himself to be one of the most special players for many generations. He played his first match for Middlesex aged just 17 and went on play 211 times for the north London club scoring 15,046 runs at 50.48.

Speaking today, Mark Ramprakash said, “It has been a huge privilege and honour to represent Surrey CCC for the last 12 seasons.

“It has been a very enjoyable period of my life and I would like to thank all staff, coaches, team mates and fans for their tremendous support.

“I feel lucky to have had a long playing career and I would like to think that I can give something back to the game. I am excited about what the future holds for me and am looking forward to new challenges.”

Richard Thompson, Chairman of Surrey County Cricket Club added: “Mark Ramprakash is one of the greatest batsmen to ever grace the game of cricket and to have him at our club for the last eleven years has been an extraordinary honour.

“Both on and off the field he had class, grace and eloquence and it is a testament to his incredible commitment and work ethic that he was able to continue his career as long as he did.

“The retirement of Mark Ramprakash marks the end of era for both our club and the game of cricket and – on behalf of everybody involved in our sport – I would like to wish him the very best in whatever the future holds.”

Harbhajan Singh Signs for Essex

Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh has agreed to join Essex Cricket for the second half of the 2012 season.

Harbhajan will be available to play in the outstanding 8 LV= County Championship matches through until the end of the season, plus the county’s seven remaining matches in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.

His first appearance is scheduled for the match with Gloucestershire at Cheltenham on July 11th – subject to receiving a UK visa in time.

Essex Head Coach Paul Grayson has welcomed the signing saying, “We are delighted to have signed one of the best spinners in world cricket over the last 10 years or so.

“Harbhajan is a great character who is a match winner and I believe that his winning mentality will rub off on the rest of the playing squad here at Essex.

“I am really excited at the prospect of having him in the squad and this signing for the second half of the season shows that Essex mean business and will continue to fight in the LV= County Championship & Clydesdale Bank 40 formats of the game.

Harbhajan, 32, has played 98 Test Matches for India and 227 One Day Internationals. His Test appearances have yielded 406 wickets with a career-best 8-44 against Australia at Chennai in 2001 while he has also taken 7 wickets in an innings for India on six occasions. The right-arm off-spinner has also claimed 255 one-day international victims.

As an attacking-minded bowler who is highly regarded for his ball control and ability to vary his length and pace, Harbhajan is amongst the top ten of highest wicket-takers in Test history and is the third-highest Test wicket-taker among all Indian Test bowlers.

He made his Test debut in 1998 against Australia at Bangalore.

He is no stranger to Chelmsford having taken 7-83 and 1-23 when Essex met India in a drawn match at The Ford County Ground back in 2002. His haul of victims in the first innings included his 300th wicket in First-Class matches when he dismissed Jon Dakin.

ICC statement following decision of ECB Disciplinary Panel

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive, made the following statement after the announcement of the decision of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) Disciplinary Panel in relation to the cases brought against Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria.

Speaking in Kuala Lumpur where ICC will hold its 2012 Annual Conference, Mr Lorgat said: “The ICC has been closely following the case and notes the outcomes of the ECB’s disciplinary process, including the sanctions imposed on both players.

“While not wishing to comment on the specifics of the case because it is a domestic matter, I can say that the ICC takes no pleasure from players being found guilty of corrupt behaviour and we hope that this verdict provides further warning to any person who might, for whatever reason, contemplate corrupt activity within our sport.

“I reiterate, as I have on every occasion that I have spoken on this matter, that the ICC has a zero-tolerance attitude towards corruption and that we and our Member Boards will use everything within our powers to ensure that any hint of corrupt activity within the game is comprehensively investigated and, where appropriate, robustly prosecuted.

“To that end, the ICC Board had instructed all Member Boards to implement domestic Anti-Corruption codes which mirror that of the ICC and the fact that the ECB has a code and through their ACCESS Unit empowered themselves to investigate and successfully prosecute this case, is to be commended.”

The ICC’s own Anti-Corruption Code requires a decision based on a Member Board’s domestic anti-corruption rules to be recognised and respected by the ICC and all the other Member Boards.

Mr Lorgat said: “It is opportune that the ICC Board meets this week and I will ask the Board to remind all Members to put in place appropriate mechanisms to ensure that the sanctions imposed on both players in this case are appropriately recognised and respected outside of the ECB’s domestic jurisdiction.

“The need to protect the game from corruption requires every one of us, including the players, to remain vigilant and work tirelessly to that end.

“The increased popularity and television coverage for various domestic competitions around the world requires much more than just the ICC to be vigilant and we acknowledge the ECB’s efforts in this respect.”

Danish Kaneria found guilty of match-fixing

The ECB Disciplinary Panel announced that Danish Kaneria has been found guilty of two charges under the ECB’s regulations following a contested hearing which commenced in London on Monday June 18.

Mervyn Westfield was also charged with one offence under the ECB’s regulations to which he pleaded guilty.

The panel will now consider the appropriate sanction against both players and a decision is expected to be announced soon.

The ECB welcomed the decisions reached by their disciplinary panel and the sanctions imposed, with a statement reading:

“This sends a very clear message to everyone involved in the sport that corrupt activities will not be tolerated and those individuals who are alleged to have breached the ECB’s anti-corruption regulations will be fully investigated and where appropriate made subject to the full ECB disciplinary process.

“ECB will continue to support the need for strong deterrents to protect the integrity of the sport and is committed to continuing to work closely with the Professional Cricketers’ Association to educate players about the dangers posed by illegal gambling and the potentially significant adverse consequences to their cricket careers of involvement in any form of corrupt activity.”

Friends Life T20 2012 Points Table

Friends Life t20 (FLT20) 2012 involves the 18 first-class counties divided into three geographical groups with each team playing every other side in their group home and away.

North: Derbyshire Falcons, Durham Dynamos, Lancashire Lightning, Leicestershire Foxes, Notts Outlaws, Yorkshire Carnegie

Midlands, Wales & West: Welsh Dragons, Gloucestershire Gladiators, Northants Steelbacks, Somerset, Worcestershire Royals, Warwickshire Bears

South: Kent Spitfires, Essex Eagles, Sussex Sharks, Surrey Lions, Hampshire Royals, Middlesex Panthers

The top two teams in each group plus the two third-placed teams with the best records progress to the quarter-final stage.

Friends Life T20 2012 Points Table & Team Standings

Midlands/Wales/West Group

Team P W L D T NR RR Points
Somerset 10 5 2 0 0 3 0.275 13.0
Gloucestershire 10 4 2 0 0 4 0.248 12.0
Worcestershire 10 4 3 0 0 3 0.578 11.0
Warwickshire 10 4 3 0 0 3 -0.033 11.0
Glamorgan 10 2 3 0 0 5 -0.708 9.0
Northamptonshire 10 1 7 0 0 2 -0.611 4.0


North Group

Team P W L D T NR RR Points
Yorkshire 10 7 1 0 0 2 0.863 16.0
Nottinghamshire 10 5 1 0 0 4 1.877 14.0
Durham 10 4 4 0 0 1 -0.251 10.0
Lancashire 10 3 4 0 0 2 0.106 9.0
Derbyshire 10 2 6 0 0 2 -0.561 6.0
Leicestershire 10 2 7 0 0 1 -1.352 5.0


South Group

Team P W L D T NR RR Points
Sussex 10 6 1 0 0 3 1.389 15.0
Hampshire 10 5 2 0 0 3 0.693 13.0
Essex 10 5 4 0 0 1 -0.032 11.0
Kent 10 4 5 0 0 1 -0.465 9.0
Middlesex 10 3 7 0 0 0 -0.21 6.0
Surrey 10 3 7 0 0 0 -0.7 6.0

Friends Life T20 2012 Schedule & Fixtures

Friends Life t20 (FLT20) 2012, the third season of the Friends Life t20, is scheduled to be played from 12 June to 25 August 2012.

Finals day, which involves the two semi-finals and final, will be at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff for the first time.

Friends Life T20 2012 Schedule & Fixtures

Date and Time Match
Tue Jun 12
16:40 GMT | 17:40 local
22:10 IST
North Group – Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire
Grace Road, Leicester
Tue Jun 12
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
South Group – Kent v Sussex
Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells
Wed Jun 13
16:40 GMT | 17:40 local
22:10 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Somerset v Warwickshire
County Ground, Taunton
Wed Jun 13
17:30 GMT | 18:30 local
23:00 IST
South Group – Surrey v Essex
Kennington Oval, London
Thu Jun 14
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Gloucestershire v Somerset
County Ground, Bristol
Thu Jun 14
17:15 GMT | 18:15 local
22:45 IST
South Group – Middlesex v Surrey
Lord’s, London
Thu Jun 14
17:50 GMT | 18:50 local
23:20 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Northamptonshire v Glamorgan
County Ground, Northampton
Thu Jun 14
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
North Group – Derbyshire v Lancashire
County Ground, Derby
Thu Jun 14
18:10 GMT | 19:10 local
23:40 IST
South Group – Sussex v Hampshire
County Ground, Hove
Fri Jun 15
16:00 GMT | 17:00 local
21:30 IST
North Group – Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Fri Jun 15
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
North Group – Leicestershire v Lancashire
Grace Road, Leicester
Fri Jun 15
16:40 GMT | 17:40 local
22:10 IST
North Group – Yorkshire v Durham
Headingley, Leeds
Fri Jun 15
18:10 GMT | 19:10 local
23:40 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Warwickshire v Worcestershire
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Sun Jun 17
13:00 GMT | 14:00 local
18:30 IST
South Group – Kent v Surrey
Kent County Cricket Ground, Beckenham
Sun Jun 17
13:30 GMT | 14:30 local
19:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Worcestershire v Gloucestershire
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
Sun Jun 17
13:30 GMT | 14:30 local
19:00 IST
North Group – Durham v Nottinghamshire
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Sun Jun 17
13:30 GMT | 14:30 local
19:00 IST
South Group – Middlesex v Sussex
Lord’s, London
Sun Jun 17
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Somerset v Northamptonshire
County Ground, Taunton
Sun Jun 17
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
North Group – Yorkshire v Leicestershire
Headingley, Leeds
Sun Jun 17
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Glamorgan v Warwickshire
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Mon Jun 18
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
South Group – Hampshire v Middlesex
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Mon Jun 18
18:10 GMT | 19:10 local
23:40 IST
North Group – Derbyshire v Yorkshire
County Ground, Derby
Tue Jun 19
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Warwickshire v Northamptonshire
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Wed Jun 20
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
North Group – Lancashire v Leicestershire
Old Trafford, Manchester
Wed Jun 20
16:40 GMT | 17:40 local
22:10 IST
South Group – Surrey v Hampshire
Kennington Oval, London
Wed Jun 20
17:00 GMT | 18:00 local
22:30 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Glamorgan v Worcestershire
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Wed Jun 20
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
North Group – Derbyshire v Durham
County Ground, Derby
Wed Jun 20
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
South Group – Essex v Kent
County Ground, Chelmsford
Thu Jun 21
17:15 GMT | 18:15 local
22:45 IST
South Group – Middlesex v Essex
Lord’s, London
Thu Jun 21
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Warwickshire v Somerset
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Fri Jun 22
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire
County Ground, Bristol
Fri Jun 22
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Somerset v Glamorgan
County Ground, Taunton
Fri Jun 22
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Worcestershire v Warwickshire
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
Fri Jun 22
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
North Group – Leicestershire v Derbyshire
Grace Road, Leicester
Fri Jun 22
17:00 GMT | 18:00 local
22:30 IST
North Group – Durham v Yorkshire
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Fri Jun 22
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
North Group – Lancashire v Nottinghamshire
Old Trafford, Manchester
Fri Jun 22
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
South Group – Essex v Surrey
County Ground, Chelmsford
Fri Jun 22
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
South Group – Hampshire v Kent
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Fri Jun 22
18:10 GMT | 19:10 local
23:40 IST
South Group – Sussex v Middlesex
County Ground, Hove
Sat Jun 23
14:00 GMT | 15:00 local
19:30 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Northamptonshire v Worcestershire
County Ground, Northampton
Sat Jun 23
17:00 GMT | 18:00 local
22:30 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Glamorgan v Gloucestershire
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Sun Jun 24
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
North Group – Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire
North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough
Sun Jun 24
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
South Group – Sussex v Essex
County Ground, Hove
Sun Jun 24
14:00 GMT | 15:00 local
19:30 IST
South Group – Kent v Hampshire
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Mon Jun 25
18:10 GMT | 19:10 local
23:40 IST
North Group – Lancashire v Durham
Old Trafford, Manchester
Tue Jun 26
17:50 GMT | 18:50 local
23:20 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Northamptonshire v Somerset
County Ground, Northampton
Tue Jun 26
18:10 GMT | 19:10 local
23:40 IST
South Group – Kent v Middlesex
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Wed Jun 27
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Gloucestershire v Warwickshire
County Ground, Bristol
Wed Jun 27
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
North Group – Durham v Derbyshire
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Wed Jun 27
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
South Group – Middlesex v Hampshire
Old Deer Park, Richmond
Wed Jun 27
16:40 GMT | 17:40 local
22:10 IST
North Group – Leicestershire v Yorkshire
Grace Road, Leicester
Thu Jun 28
18:10 GMT | 19:10 local
23:40 IST
South Group – Essex v Sussex
County Ground, Chelmsford
Fri Jun 29
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Somerset v Gloucestershire
County Ground, Taunton
Fri Jun 29
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Worcestershire v Glamorgan
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
Fri Jun 29
16:40 GMT | 17:40 local
22:10 IST
North Group – Yorkshire v Lancashire
Headingley, Leeds
Fri Jun 29
17:00 GMT | 18:00 local
22:30 IST
North Group – Nottinghamshire v Durham
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Fri Jun 29
17:50 GMT | 18:50 local
23:20 IST
North Group – Northamptonshire v Warwickshire
County Ground, Northampton
Fri Jun 29
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
North Group – Derbyshire v Leicestershire
County Ground, Derby
Fri Jun 29
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
South Group – Essex v Hampshire
County Ground, Chelmsford
Fri Jun 29
18:10 GMT | 19:10 local
23:40 IST
South Group – Sussex v Kent
County Ground, Hove
Sat Jun 30
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
South Group – Hampshire v Surrey
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Sat Jun 30
17:00 GMT | 18:00 local
22:30 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Glamorgan v Northamptonshire
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Sun Jul 1
13:30 GMT | 14:30 local
19:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Somerset v Worcestershire
County Ground, Taunton
Sun Jul 1
13:30 GMT | 14:30 local
19:00 IST
North Group – Durham v Leicestershire
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Sun Jul 1
13:30 GMT | 14:30 local
19:00 IST
North Group – Lancashire v Derbyshire
Old Trafford, Manchester
Mon Jul 2
16:40 GMT | 17:40 local
22:10 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
County Ground, Bristol
Tue Jul 3
17:10 GMT | 18:10 local
22:40 IST
North Group – Nottinghamshire v Lancashire
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Tue Jul 3
17:30 GMT | 18:30 local
23:00 IST
South Group – Surrey v Sussex
Kennington Oval, London
Thu Jul 5
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Gloucestershire v Worcestershire
County Ground, Bristol
Thu Jul 5
17:30 GMT | 18:30 local
23:00 IST
South Group – Surrey v Kent
Kennington Oval, London
Thu Jul 5
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
North Group – Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Thu Jul 5
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
South Group – Essex v Middlesex
County Ground, Chelmsford
Fri Jul 6
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Worcestershire v Northamptonshire
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
Fri Jul 6
16:30 GMT | 17:30 local
22:00 IST
North Group – Leicestershire v Durham
Grace Road, Leicester
Fri Jul 6
17:00 GMT | 18:00 local
22:30 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Glamorgan v Somerset
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Fri Jul 6
17:30 GMT | 18:30 local
23:00 IST
South Group – Surrey v Middlesex
Kennington Oval, London
Fri Jul 6
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Warwickshire v Gloucestershire
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Fri Jul 6
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
North Group – Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire
County Ground, Derby
Fri Jul 6
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
North Group – Lancashire v Yorkshire
Old Trafford, Manchester
Fri Jul 6
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
South Group – Hampshire v Sussex
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Fri Jul 6
18:00 GMT | 19:00 local
23:30 IST
South Group – Kent v Essex
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Sun Jul 8
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire
County Ground, Northampton
Sun Jul 8
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Warwickshire v Glamorgan
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Sun Jul 8
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
Midlands/Wales/West Group – Worcestershire v Somerset
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
Sun Jul 8
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
North Group – Durham v Lancashire
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Sun Jul 8
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
North Group – Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Sun Jul 8
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
North Group – Yorkshire v Derbyshire
Headingley, Leeds
Sun Jul 8
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
South Group – Hampshire v Essex
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Sun Jul 8
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
South Group – Middlesex v Kent
Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground
Sun Jul 8
13:40 GMT | 14:40 local
19:10 IST
South Group – Sussex v Surrey
County Ground, Hove
Tue Jul 24 Quarter-Final – TBC v TBC
Venue TBC
Tue Jul 24 Quarter-Final – TBC v TBC
Venue TBC
Wed Jul 25 Quarter-Final – TBC v TBC
Venue TBC
Wed Jul 25 Quarter-Final – TBC v TBC
Venue TBC
Sat Aug 25
10:00 GMT | 11:00 local
15:30 IST
Semi-Final – TBC v TBC
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Sat Aug 25
13:30 GMT | 14:30 local
19:00 IST
Semi-Final – TBC v TBC
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Sat Aug 25
17:45 GMT | 18:45 local
23:15 IST
Final – TBC v TBC
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Yorkshire sign David Miller for T20

South African left-hander David Miller has signed to play for Yorkshire Carnegie in this summer’s Friends Life t20 competition.

The 22-year-old has represented his country in both one-day internationals and Twenty20 cricket and had a spell with Durham last season.

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, said: “David is available for the whole tournament which made him an attractive proposition.

“You look at his strike-rate, he averages 120-plus per hundred balls, and in the Indian Premier League he’s been scoring at 150-plus.

“He’s that explosive type of player we’ve been looking for. I’m excited by the squad we’ve assembled for this campaign.”

Coach Jason Gillespie said, “I think he’s a very good player. He’s very attacking.

“We’re very excited that he’s agreed to come to Yorkshire, he will complement our squad very well.”

Miller has also played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Kings XI Punjab.

Kevin Pietersen back from the IPL to play for Surrey

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been named in a 13-man squad for Surrey’s LV=County Championship match against Worcestershire this week.

Pietersen is included in the Surrey squad for the first time this season having returned from a winter with England and playing in the Indian Premier League with the Delhi Daredevils.

George Edwards, who has been in excellent form with the ball for the Surrey Second XI, has also been included in the squad.

Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker are both away with the England Lions who play the West Indies in Northampton this week.

Surrey and Worcestershire met earlier in the season at the Kia Oval but the weather had the final say as the game ended in a draw.

Surrey Team Director Chris Adams said, “We are looking forward to getting back to playing Championship cricket again.

“Because of the weather our last game against Durham was washed out so it is over a fortnight since we played in the Championship and it will be good to get back into four day cricket.”

“We are delighted to have KP back with us and he will be looking to make a real impact as he gets back into the rhythm of playing the longer form of the game.”

“Once again our preparation has been thorough and by getting back to back wins in the CB40 competition last week we have spent quality time in the middle.

“That time will be of real benefit to us as we take on a good Worcestershire side once again over four days.”

The match had initially been switched switched to Kidderminster due to flooding at New Road but it has now been decided that the ground has recovered sufficiently for the match to be played in Worcester.