The Guerillashire Diaries No 3: big stories, small stories and stories you never knew were stories, all from the counties

Alzarri Joseph signs for Worcestershire

Tony Bishop

Peter Moores has spoken in glowing terms of Nottinghamshire's latest signing, Dane Paterson, the South Africa pace bowler, who has joined for the 2021 season. The head coach said the 31-year-old, who played two Tests against England last winter and will represent the county as an overseas player, is "of international quality, playing at the top of his game. We always look to sign players who will make us better, and there's no doubt Dane has the pedigree to do that". Read more from The Trent Bridge website...

All Sussex matches will be played at Hove this season after officials made what they called a "difficult decision" to rule out using the outgrounds of Horsham, Arundel Castle and Eastbourne for another year because of the continuing logisitical difficulties caused by the Covid pandemic. Read more from the West Sussex County Times...

West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, currently playing in the Test series against Sri Lanka, says he is looking forward to working with bowling coach Alan Richardson after signing a deal to play for Worcestershire in their first seven county championship matches this summer. Read more from the Worcesteshire CCC website

Warwickshire bowling coach Graeme Welch says fast bowler Olly Stone has moved to "the next level" during his stint with the England team in India. Welch, who cut short his position as consultant to the England seamers a week early to return to Edgbaston, thinks the paceman, who played in one Test, is bowling "the best I've ever seen him". Read more from the Edgbaston website

England captain Joe Root could be up against his brother Billy in Yorkshire's season-opener against Glamorgan that starts on April 8. The elder Root has been cleared to play in the county's first two championship games. Gary Balance, who has been out of the game with illness, scored a fifty in a warm-up game against Middlesex on his return to action. Read more in The Telegraph and Argus

Tony Cottey, the former Sussex and Glamorgan cricketer, has moved into the takeaway gelato business – that's ice cream to you and me – with the opening of a café in Shoreham, on the south coast, with his partner. "We've done our homework," said Cottee, who stayed on at Hove as business relationship manager for 12 years after six as a player. You'd probably call it a scoop. Read more in the Shoreham Herald

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