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2021 English Cricket Season


International Regular
Season will start on 8th April (County Championship)

These are the opening fixtures, Which is played in a new format

Group 1

Essex v Worcestershire

Nottinghamshire v Durham

Warwickshire v Derbyshire

Group 2

Gloucestershire v Surrey

Leicestershire v Hampshire

Middlesex v Somerset

Group 3

Northamptonshire v Kent

Sussex v Lancashire

Yorkshire v Glamorgan


International Regular
Signings for each county so far (Obviously a long way to go before April)


Overseas: Sean Abbott, Ben McDermott (Limited overs), Dustin Melton (Was Kolpak)

In: Brooke Guest (Lancashire)


Overseas: TBC

In: Scott Borthwick (Surrey)
Out: Scott Steel (Leicestershire), Sol Bell, James Weighell, Ben Whitehead, Nathan Rimmington (All released)


Overseas: Peter Siddle, Simon Harmer

Out: Rishi Patel (Leicestershire)


Overseas: Marnus Labuschagne , Colin Ingram (Limited Overs), Michael Neser (CC & 1 day cup)

Out: Kieran Bull, Connor Brown, Graham Wagg, Owen Morgan (Released), Marchant de Lange (Somerset)


Overseas: Dan Worrall, Jerome Taylor

In: Jared Warner (Yorkshire)
Out: Gareth Rodrick (Worcestershire), Stuart Whittingham, George Drissell (Released)


Overseas: Kyle Abbott

Out: George Munsey (Scotland), Harry Came, Oli Soames (Released)


Overseas: TBC

In: Nathan Gilchrist (Somerset)
Out: Calum Haggart, Ivan Thomas (Both Released)


Overseas: TBC

In: Jack Blatherwick (Nottinghamshire), Luke Wells (Sussex)
Out: Brooke Guest (Derbyshire), Toby Lester, Stephen Parry (Released)


Overseas: TBC

In: Scott Steel (Durham), Rishi Patel (Essex), Ed Barnes (Yorkshire)
Out: Tom Taylor (Northamptonshire), Paul Horton (Retired), Mark Cosgrove (Released)


Overseas: Peter Handscomb, Mujeeb Ul-Rehman

Out: Dan Lincoln (Released)


Overseas: Mohammed Nabi

In: Tom Taylor (Leicestershire)
Out: Brett Hutton (Nottinghamshire), Rob Newton, Blessing Muzanarabi, Tom Sole (Released)


Overseas: TBC

In: Brett Hutton (Northamptonshire), Toby Pettman (Oxford Uni), Dane Schadendorf (Zimbabwe)
Out: Jack Blatherwick (Lancashire), Chris Nash (Released)


Overseas: Marchant de Lange

In: Marchant De Lange (Glamorgan)
Out: Nathan Gilchrist (Kent), Jamie Overton (Surrey), Dom Bess (Yorkshire)


Overseas: Hashim Amla

In: Jamie Overton (Somerset)
Out: Scott Borthwick (Durham), Morne Morkel (Released)


Overseas: Travis Head, Stiaan Van Zyl, Rashid Khan (T20), David Wiese (T20)

Out: Luke Wells (Lancashire), Danny Briggs (Warwickshire), Will Sheffield, Harry Finch (Released)


Overseas: TBC

In: Danny Briggs (Sussex),
Out: Tim Ambrose, Ian Bell, Jeetan Patel (Retired), Liam Banks (Released)


Overseas: TBC

In: Gareth Roderick (Glouestershire)
Out: Olly Westbury, Wayne Parnell, Ben Twohig (Released)


Overseas: Duanne Olivier

In: Dom Bess (Somerset)
Out: Jared Warner (Glouestershire), Ed Barnes (Leicestershire), James Logan (Released)


International Regular
Its a shame as they have been knocking on the door for a number of years for the county championship/Bob Wills Trophy


International Vice-Captain
Leach (and bess) weren't around much this past season. It was the seam attack that was outstanding. Batting still has a lot of up and coming talent. Should still do decently imo assuming the likes of Coverton and Gregory aren't crocked after being away this winter.


Cricket Spectator
Nothing is certain in county cricket except that Leicestershire will be hopeless.

Wonder if we'll see lots of turning pitches at Headingley all of a sudden.


International Vice-Captain
Standard was very low last year (relative to previous seasons) without most kolpaks, overseas players and a big group of the best english players.

Could well be similar this year. Kolpaks are obviously gone, a lot will be overseas players this year.

Covid likely to remain an issue for overseas players.


International Regular
News in the past week

Jack Leach signs a 2 year extension with Somerset (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55812224)
Warwickshire appoint Mark Robinson as new coach (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55766196)
Tom Lammonby Extends contract till 2023 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55872058)
Warwickshire make profit in Covid hit year (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55824813)
Steven Davies Extends contract till 2022 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55889084)
Matt Milnes extends Kent contract (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55816259)
Worcestershire appoint first female president (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55826511)

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U19 12th Man
News in the past week

Jack Leach signs a 2 year extension with Somerset (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55812224)
Warwickshire appoint Mark Robinson as new coach (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55766196)
Tom Lammonby Extends contract till 2023 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55872058)
Warwickshire make profit in Covid hit year (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55824813)
Steven Davies Extends contract till 2022 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55889084)
Matt Milnes extends Kent contract (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55816259)
Worcestershire appoint first female president (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55826511)
Darren Stevens signing new 15 year contract.? :D


International Regular
Fixtures due to be released for the T20 and One day competitions. Both competitions will be split into 2 groups of 9


International Regular
T20 Blast will start on the 9th June and these are going to be the opening matches

Opening fixtures:

Kent v Hampshire,
Lancashire v Derbyshire,
Worcestershire v Notts Outlaws,
Somerset v Essex.


International Regular
More News this week

Roelof Van der Merwe extends his Somerset Contract (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55950236)
Ex-test cricket Ajmal Shahzad joins the Derbyshire Coaching staff (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55931583)
Billy Root talks about this Brother Joe ahead of Joe Roots 100th test (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55902539)
Dane Vilas has signed as an Overseas player for Lancashire (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55901494)
Chris Wood calls for Betting curbs in sport (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55885979)


International Regular
More News this week

Surrey extend contracts to Trio (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/56023884)
Warwickshire Sign Lincott (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/56039687)
Naveen Ul_Haq nets deal with Leicestershire (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/56040023)
Durham Batsman Gareth Harte returns to South Africa (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55985115)
Olly Hannon-Dalby Signs 2 year deal with Warwickshire (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/56071329)
Callum Parkinson signs new deal and is Leicester's Vice Captain (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55995561)
Middlesex complete signing of Mitchell Marsh for T20s (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/56072733)
Dominic Cork is confirmed to continue to be Derbyshire's T20 Coach (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/56110025)
Daryl Mitchell handing a PCA Role (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/56022716)


International Vice-Captain
Pooran, Shadab and Rabada are a pretty nice trio of overseas. Extremely marketable, extremely good young players.


International Vice-Captain
The Hundred 2021 men’s squads
Birmingham Phoenix

Shaheen Afridi, Moeen Ali, Henry Brookes, Pat Brown, Chris Cooke, Tom Helm, Benny Howell, Adam Hose, Liam Livingstone, Dom Sibley, Kane Williamson, Chris Woakes, Adam Zampa, Tom Abell, Miles Hammond, Daniel Bell-Drummond

London Spirit

Mohammad Amir, Mason Crane, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Jade Dernbach, Dan Lawrence, Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan, Mohammad Nabi, Luis Reece, Adam Rossington, Roelof van der Merwe, Mark Wood, Chris Wood, Ravi Bopara

Manchester Originals

Jos Buttler, Joe Clarke, Wayne Madsen, Matt Parkinson, Phil Salt, Nicholas Pooran, Kagiso Rabada, Harry Gurney, Jamie Overton, Shadab Khan, Tom Lammonby, Steven Finn, Colin Ackermann, Richard Gleeson, Tom Hartley

Northern Superchargers

Aaron Finch, Brydon Carse, Chris Lynn, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid, John Simpson, Ben Stokes, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, David Willey, Harry Brook, Olly Stone, Matthew Potts, Matthew Fisher, Callum Parkinson

Oval Invincibles

Sam Billings, Alex Blake, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Reece Topley, Rory Burns, Colin Ingram, Saqib Mahmood, Brandon Glover, Jordan Clark

Southern Brave

Jofra Archer, Alex Davies, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Craig Overton, Delray Rawlins, Andre Russell, Marcus Stoinis, James Vince, Max Waller, Ross Whiteley, David Warner, Danny Briggs

Trent Rockets

Matthew Carter, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cox, Lewis Gregory, Rashid Khan, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Joe Root, D’Arcy Short, Luke Wood, Luke Wright, Samit Patel, Timm van der Gugten

Welsh Fire

Qais Ahmad, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, David Payne, Liam Plunkett, Ollie Pope, Kieron Pollard, Ian ****bain, Jake Ball, Jhye Richardson, Josh Cobb, Matthew Critchley, David Lloyd

Some squads look better than others. Looking forward to it. Likely to be the highest quality domestic cricket in my lifetime in this country.


International Regular
Will be interesting in this early doors but i dont think this will take off and it will be quietly changed to a T20 competition