BBC Sport: BBC county cricket Team of the Season 2015

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compiled by Paul Grunill, BBC Sport

This summer, BBC Sport has again broadcast live commentary on every day’s play of every match in the county season.

It has been a summer that has seen Yorkshire retain the County Championship, their Roses rivals Lancashire lift the T20 Blast trophy for the first time and Gloucestershire roll back the years to their glory days of just over a decade ago by winning a thrilling One-Day Cup final.

We asked BBC local radio commentators to nominate players for the 2015 county Team of the Season.
Kent batsman Sam Northeast, Warwickshire pair Rikki Clarke and Jeetan Patel and Derbyshire paceman Mark Footitt were among those unlucky to miss out, but here is the final XI.

1. ALEX HALES (Nottinghamshire)
2. MICHAEL KLINGER (Gloucestershire)
3. ASHWELL PRINCE (Lancashire)
4. JAMES HILDRETH (Somerset)
5. LUKE WRIGHT (Sussex)
6. JONNY BAIRSTOW (Yorkshire)
7. ZAFAR ANSARI (Surrey)
8. JAMES HARRIS (Middlesex)
9. TOM CURRAN (Surrey)
10. JACK BROOKS (Yorkshire)

8. JAMES HARRIS (Middlesex)


“The Middlesex pace bowler skittled Durham almost single-handedly at Lord’s early in May, in a display which in one half-hour saw five wickets fall for just nine runs.

“Starting with a bang, Harris has been relentless all season, second only to Chris Rushworth in the total wickets tally in Division One, and his recent five-for against champions Yorkshire gave further evidence that he can mix with the best of them.

“It’s a far cry from last year when he found himself unable to feature regularly in the Championship side, and was sent back on loan to his old club Glamorgan to get overs under his belt.

“At only 25, and with the ability to score crucial lower-order runs, if Harris continues to mature at the rate he currently is, further honours may well follow.”

By BBC Sport’s Isabelle Westbury

• This article was originally published on BBC Sport on 22 September 2015. To access the original, please click here.


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