Sibley savours alliance with Amla

By Chris Devine

Dominic Sibley took additional pleasure from spending a significant part of his record-breaking LV= County Championship innings in the company of Hashim Amla.

In a display of rare class for one so young, Sibley marked his third first-class appearance by striking 242 from 536 balls against Division One runners-up Yorkshire.

Aged 18 years and 21 days when reaching 220 on day three, he became the youngest double-centurion in the history of championship cricket – a record that previously belonged to Northamptonshire’s David Sales – and the 13th-youngest player to make 200 or more in a first-class game.

Stevens claims Walter Lawrence Trophy

This year’s Walter Lawrence Trophy, awarded for the fastest hundred of the season, has been won by Kent’s Darren Stevens, who battered a blistering 44-ball century against Sussex in the Yorkshire Bank 40 match at Canterbury on June 19.

The 37-year-old hit 10 fours and six sixes en route to three figures as Kent overhauled a mammoth total of 336 for five with nine balls unused.

A consistent match-winner with bat and ball, Stevens finished with 118 off 53 balls and chipped in with two key wickets.

Hick hired for Cricket Australia role

Former England batsman Graeme Hick has been appointed as high performance coach at Cricket Australia’s centre of excellence in Brisbane.

The Zimbabwe-born 47-year-old, who played 65 Tests and 120 one-day internationals, takes over from Stuart Law, who is himself taking on the Queensland head coach role vacated when Darren Lehmann took the job with the national team.

Hick’s job will focus mainly on the development teams, including the Australia A and the under-19s.

We delivered – Shahzad

Ajmal Shahzad joined Nottinghamshire last October hoping to win trophies and on Saturday he managed just that.

The all-rounder left home county Yorkshire at the end of last season to link up with Notts and shone in the Yorkshire Bank 40 showpiece against Glamorgan, taking three wickets in the 87-run victory.

The Outlaws side included nine internationals, including Ashes winning duo Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, and ran out comfortable winners.

Moores targeting another title challenge

Peter Moores believes his Lancashire squad can compete at the top of Division One next season after securing an immediate return to the top flight.

The Red Rose lifted the Division Two championship at the first time of asking having been relegated in 2012.

And the 50-year-old believes his side have a good chance to reclaim the title they won in 2011.