Somerset to let Thomas go

Experienced seamer Alfonso Thomas will be released by Somerset at the end of the season.

The 38-year-old South African, a former Somerset skipper, has taken 556 wickets since arriving at Taunton ahead of the 2008 season.

Having initially impressed for the second XI, Thomas soon became an integral player for Somerset in all formats.

He won the club’s player of the year award in 2010, when he took more than 100 wickets, and 2014, when he became the first bowler in Somerset’s history to take four wickets in four balls in a LV= County Championship match.

Taylor enjoying time with England

James Taylor is enjoying playing for England more than ever before as he prepares for the tour of United Arab Emirates.

The 25-year-old was last week recalled to the England Test squad for the three matches against Pakistan after starring during the Royal London One-Day Series with Australia, compiling his maiden international century in the third game at Emirates Old Trafford.

Taylor celebrated his call-up to Trevor Bayliss’ five-day side by continuing his run-glut with a century for Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston just a day later.

Anderson and Cook face off at Chelmsford

England’s leading Test run-scorer is set to face the country’s leading wicket-taker when Lancashire look to snatch the LV= County Championship Division Two title against Essex tomorrow.

James Anderson is set to spearhead the bowling attack for Lancashire, who need to take nine points more from their final fixture at Chelmsford than Surrey manage against Northamptonshire to go up as champions.

Dawson: Victory yet to sink in

Head coach Richard Dawson did not envisage leading Gloucestershire to silverware in his first season in charge at the Bristol County Ground.

Appointed as the successor to John Bracewell in January, the former England spinner oversaw Gloucestershire’s first trophy for 11 years following the dramatic six-run victory over Surrey in the Royal London One-Day Cup final at Lord’s yesterday.

On the triumph, the 35-year-old told ecb.co.uk: “It is brilliant, it is an amazing feat from the players. They take a lot of credit, in fact they take all the credit.

Northern and Blackheath set for final

From 11am today at the County Ground, Beckenham, Northern and Blackheath cricket clubs will each be looking to create their own piece of history as they go head-to-head in the Royal London Club Championship final.

Kent Premier Division club Blackheath were victorious once before in this competition, against Ealing in 1971, and last reached the final in 1981.

Liverpool and District Competition side Northern will make their first-ever appearance in the national knockout decider, in the process becoming the first club from their league to do so.