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Category: County Championship Division One

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Live county cricket season day two: Bob Willis Trophy!

Rolling updates from action all over the countryDay one report: Hameed hits 50 on debut for NottinghamshireEmail Tanya with any thoughts | Tweet @tjaldred 10.46am BST News that the BCCI are intending to hold a women’s IPL, to run alongside the last leg…

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The Spin | County cricket’s life-affirming return is perfect tribute to Bob Willis

Willis longed for a leaner structure that would attract more fans. The new tournament named in his honour fits the bill“On the day that the 1978 cricket season ended, I managed at once to feel satisfaction, gratitude, regret, depression – and overwhelm…

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Darren Stevens: ‘If I never played cricket again I’d feel robbed’

The Kent all-rounder discusses his 24-year career, his ambitions for the future and the England call-up that never cameBy Alex Hoad for The Pinch Hitter“I feel as fresh as a 34-year-old” is not a statement likely to inspire a great swell of confidence …

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Year of the batsman: when the sun shone and the runs flowed in 1990

A new ball, sweltering heat and some weak bowling produced record-breaking scores in the County ChampionshipBy Jo Harman for Wisden Cricket MonthlyTemperatures and tempers were rising in the spring of 1990. Thousands rioted on the streets in protest at…

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Year of the batsman: when the sun shone and the runs flowed in 1990

A new ball, sweltering heat and some weak bowling produced record-breaking scores in the County ChampionshipBy Jo Harman for Wisden Cricket MonthlyTemperatures and tempers were rising in the spring of 1990. Thousands rioted on the streets in protest at…

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ECB delays start of cricket season again but defers decision on the Hundred

ECB confirms there will be no professional matches before 1 JulyWest Indies series slated for June to be rescheduledThe England and Wales Cricket Board has been forced to issue a further delay to the start of the season but a decision over whether to m…

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Sunshine and wickets: how the county cricket season may have begun | Vic Marks

All the action – that didn’t take place but how our correspondent envisaged it – from the opening roundExclusive: the cricket roundup stolen from the Ambridge Observer, which reports on a coronavirus-free world …The sun shone, the mowers clicked into g…

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Alastair Cook says cancelling County Championship may be best option

Essex star says condensed campaign would be less ‘meaningful’Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coverageFormer England captain Alastair Cook says he would rather the County Championship was not played at all this season than attempting to hold …

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Counties hope 2020 cricket season can still take place despite disruption

ECB has produced a range of contingency plans for the summer£50m strategic infrastructure fund may be used to ease cashflowThe 18 first-class counties are awaiting guidance from the England and Wales Cricket Board amid cautious optimism the 2020 season…

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County Championship under threat if domestic cricket season is curtailed

ECB desperate to ensure The Hundred goes ahead as plannedRoyal London Cup may also be delayed or cut from scheduleEnglish cricket is braced for a delayed start to the season and a possible crunching down of competitions as the sport tries to salvage it…

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Are cricket ticket prices good value for money?

With just 45% of fans approving of prices, could more be done to attract a new audience to the game?By Jo Harman for Wisden Cricket MonthlyTicket sales in the UK are booming, with more people than ever before wanting to watch live cricket. In 2019, dom…

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Domestic calendar makes Test selectors’ task harder with The Hundred centre stage | Vic Marks

There will be only three rounds of matches next year in the three months that constitute high summer, offering few chances for those seeking to break into Joe Root’s teamOne day after a numbing, naive innings defeat against New Zealand the impetus for …

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Domestic calendar makes Test selectors’ task harder with The Hundred centre stage | Vic Marks

There will be only three rounds of matches next year in the three months that constitute high summer, offering few chances for those seeking to break into Joe Root’s teamOne day after a numbing, naive innings defeat against New Zealand the impetus for …

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Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fire to start The Hundred next season

• ECB’s new competition to dominate high-summer calendar• Full fixture list announced for all domestic cricket fixturesThe Oval Invincibles and the Welsh Fire will open the batting on 17 July next year for The Hundred, the England and Wales Cricket Boa…

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Somerset docked 24 points for poor pitch in title decider against Essex

• Club have 24 points deducted with 12 suspended for two years• Taunton pitch found to be ‘not the best quality’Somerset have been handed a 12-point deduction for next season’s County Championship after being found guilty of breaching pitch regulations…

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The five county cricketers of the year

It’s time to salute the County Championship’s standout players this season: Sibley, Stevens, Abell, Bopara and Vilas• The cricketers of the year in 2017• The cricketers of the year in 2018Dominic Sibley was a schoolboy when he scored a maiden century i…

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County cricket talking points: Essex and Somerset gave us a special season

The season belongs to the champions but Somerset also deserve great credit for the way they pushed Essex all the wayBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt wasn’t just the weather that was miserable at Taunton – or was it? Somerset failed again in …

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Simon Harmer proves the man for all season in Essex’s title triumph | Tanya Aldred

Spinner ends the campaign as the County Championship’s leading wicket-taker in a majestic year for EssexAs was entirely apt for this summer of summers, Essex clinched the County Championship not with a damp whimper but in a heart-stopping afternoon at …

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Alastair Cook steadies Essex nerves in County Championship triumph

• Somerset (203 & innings forfeit) drew with Essex (141 & 45-1)• Former England captain helps Essex avoid calamity at TauntonThis has been the season of miracles and there was just a hint of another at Taunton on Thursday. At the start another …

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County cricket: Somerset v Essex title decider, day four – live!

Over-by-over updates from Taunton as title goes to the wireWhen championship went down to final over of the seasonDrop Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 9.50am BST After toast and coffee at the Bakery at Riverside Coffee Shop (highly recommended), I’m b…