That’s a total of more than 350 games taking place across nearly 800 days, done in partnership with the county game’s governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
With commentary from Division One and Division Two of the Specsaver County Championship, and the two major one-day trophies, the BBC’s 39 local radio stations in England and BBC Wales will once again let fans follow their teams throughout the season.
Audiences can tune in to receive expert analysis from figures with a wealth of experience within the game. They include county players such as the former Hampshire all-rounder Kevan James, who’s now on commentary duties for BBC Radio Solent, plus county cricket’s “commentator of the year” Clive Eakin who follows Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears for BBC WM and BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.
The BBC’s Head of Sport for English Regions, Charles Runcie, says: “We’re proud to deliver every ball from every first class county cricket match for the fourth year in a row. Getting audiences to the heart of the sporting action is a vital service that the BBC’s local radio network continues to provide to cricket fans across the counties.
“Listeners can be certain that our team of BBC reporters and commentators will continue to travel the length and breadth of England and Wales to bring you the latest coverage of your county.”
You’ll also be able to stay up to date with all of the latest cricket news via the BBC Sport website (bbc.co.uk/cricket), which will continue to provide live text commentaries and reports from all of the competitions. The BBC Sport’s social media accounts will also be bringing you the latest breaking news and some of the best clips from around the counties using #bbccricket.
You can read a blog that provides an insight in to the BBC’s delivery of every ball, from every game on the About the BBC Blog here.