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Who is county cricket’s finest captain?

In last December’s issue, we assembled an A-team of writers to pose the question: who’s the greatest England captain? Mike Brearley won comfortably, with nearly 44 per cent of the vote, defeating Michael Vaughan and Douglas Jardine.

Now we focus on skippership again… more specifically – a subject close to many of your hearts, we know – the leaders of the county game.

We assembled our team of writers, including Simon Barnes, Mike Selvey and Barney Ronay, asked them who should be on the list, added the thoughts of The Cricketer’s team, and… voila!

It’s not just about silverware… yes, Brian Close, Adam Hollioake and Stuart Surridge won a lot of pots, but there are others too, like David Boon, who achieved a remarkable amount, improving the fortunes of their counties without having anything to put in the trophy cabinet at the end of it.

You can vote for your favourite HERE!

Aficionados of the county game are well-served, because from this month we have revamped our county diary section, ensuring that all 18 first-class counties are covered every month.

"In the Chris Read innings I see when I close my eyes, he is always extricating Nottinghamshire from some disaster"

The announcement that Chris Read is going to retire was well-timed, as American journalist Erik Petersen – a regular at Trent Bridge – tells us exactly why the Nottinghamshire gloveman was the man for a crisis. 

Notts also feature in this month’s County Set.

There is also a treat for Downton Abbey fans, with Carson the butler, aka Jim Carter, telling us why he loves cricket.

We also have a revealing interview with Graham Gooch, who explains to us what really went on with Kevin Pietersen in Australia on the 2013/14 Ashes tour.

Captain Marvel!

Gooch’s old vice-captain Allan Lamb speaks to us too, explaining how Northants were initially reluctant to give him a chance.

There is also an interesting feature by James Coyne on the changing face of university cricket and if it’s effective at producing first-class cricketers.

"I resigned, packed my things and left. How have they done since?"

Former Australia great Dean Jones talks the state of Test batting, and the plight of his former counties, Durham and Derbyshire

Don’t forget, The Cricketer has joined forces with MCC to run a unique competition recognising the fantastic work that is being undertaken in cricket communities up and down the country. Nominations are invited – deadline May 1 – for candidates who tirelessly invest their time and effort into building, maintaining and supporting the game at grassroots level, ensuring it continues to thrive. The winner of The Cricket Community Champion Award will be invited to the England v South Africa ODI on May 29 at Lord’s, the home of cricket.

And you can still book your tickets for our evening with David Gower on May 4.

Spend an evening in the company of greatness!

The magazine is available in stores Friday April 28 - you can buy a single copy HERE or do one better and SUBSCRIBE HERE!