Three Overs With: Ian Blackwell

Ian Blackwell’s record, Tim Wigmore once wrote, “made him arguably the best county all-rounder of the 2000s.” That record was very good: he played for a decade and a half, making over 11,000 First Class runs, averaging barely a shade under 40, and picking up over 600 wickets (across formats) to boot.

Five to watch: County Championship 2015.

In 2014, the County Championship was a season plagued by Yorkshire. With Lyth and Lees at the top of the order, Williamson, Bairstow, Ballance, Rashid, Gale, Leaning, Pyrah, Finch, Root and Hodd vying for middle order spots when available, and with Rashid, Plunkett, Brooks, Sidebottom, Patterson and Bresnan completing the bowling tasks, it was one … More Five to watch: County Championship 2015.