How an emphasis on local talent brought the glory days back to Chelmsford

After a remarkable unbeaten season brought Essex an unlikely first County Championship title since a dominant spell in the 1980s and early '90s, Nick Friend spoke to former Essex wicketkeeper Neil Burns about the similarities between this year's success and that of the previous great Essex sides. Without County Championship silverware

County season of poor batting comes at worst time for England

A county batsman in action

A number of established sides have struggled this season in Division 1 of the County Championship. Last season’s champions Middlesex were surprisingly relegated on the final day. Yorkshire, who won the title in 2014 and 2015, only narrowly avoided a similar fate while Warwickshire, perennial stalwarts and champions in 2012

The closest shave: How Buenos Aires almost halted the Afghanistan fairytale

In January 2009, Argentina hosted the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament. They were joined by Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, the Cayman Islands, Uganda and, fresh from promotion from Division Four, a plucky Afghanistan side, defying civil unrest and everyday danger. However, another promotion followed and, eight years