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County cricket: T20 Blast comes to the boil as teams battle to reach last eight

With three rounds of fixtures to play in the T20 Blast group stage, 13 teams have a chance of reaching the quarter-finalsBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogNottinghamshire, the defending champions, stormed away at the top of the North Group after…

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County cricket: T20 Blast group stage is proving enjoyably competitive

At the midpoint of the group stage, five teams are separated by just one point at the top of the North GroupBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogOne point separates five teams at the top of the North Group – it’s almost as if the ECB has a popular …

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County cricket talking points: Lancs still unbeaten after Roses triumph

Lancashire are the only undefeated team in the championship after a tremendous round of matches in the sunBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThere may more amenable times of the year to play the county championship; there may be better players cu…

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County cricket talking points: Notts and Darren Stevens shine in gloom

It was a big week for Nottinghamshire, power couples, a reigning cricketer of the year and bad weatherBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIf you’ve been reading the current edition of Tatler, you will have noticed the headline: “Exclusive: Stuart …

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County cricket talking points: Essex the big movers in rain-affected week

It was a productive week for the reigning champions and an emotional one for Durham bowler Chris RushworthBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogHaving been uncharacteristically out of sorts for a few weeks, Essex cranked up the mean machine and brus…

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County cricket talking points: Notts send message with big win over Essex

Nottinghamshire beat the reigning champions by an innings and look good at the midway point of the group stageBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIf sport really were drama, the French philosophers of the 1960s would have pronounced upon it. Somew…

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County cricket talking points: the new format is delivering a thrilling season

It remains to be seen what the second phase of this strange campaign will bring, but the first phase has been a huge successBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIn Group One, only five points separate Warwickshire, Durham, Worcestershire, Nottingha…

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County cricket talking points: the new format is delivering a thrilling season

It remains to be seen what the second phase of this strange campaign will bring, but the first phase has been a huge successBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIn Group One, only five points separate Warwickshire, Durham, Worcestershire, Nottingha…

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The Spin | Essex’s Simon Harmer on stock balls, South Africa and life in England

For the past five years Harmer has been a luminescent walking wonder and wicket threat in county cricketSimon Harmer plonks down on a plastic seat at Edgbaston’s Birmingham end, Essex’s home for the length of their Championship game against Warwickshir…

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County cricket talking points: fans given another week of fine matches

Anyone tired of Netflix and turned off by greedy football clubs should consider watching first-class cricket for free on YouTubeBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogI’ve long contended that there are two things wrong with county cricket: the weathe…

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Warwickshire v Essex, Sussex v Yorks and more: county cricket – live!

Updates from the final day of the latest round of matchesDay three roundup: Surrey sunk by MiddlesexAnd you can contact Tanya by email and on Twitter 10.17am BST GROUP ONERiverside: Durham 475 all out and 175-2dec v Derbyshire 267 and 10-0. DERBY NEED …

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Warwickshire v Essex, Sussex v Yorkshire and more: county cricket – live!

Updates from day three of the latest round of matchesDay two roundup: Root fails again as Yorkshire toilAnd you can contact Tanya by email, on Twitter or BTL 10.35am BST I’m hoping to chat to Simon Harmer at lunch, so please let me know any questions y…

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Warwickshire v Essex, Hampshire v Gloucestershire: county cricket – live!

Updates from opening day in third round of matchesTalking points: Essex find a way against DurhamGet in touch! Email Tanya, tweet or comment BTL 11.43am BST Some early Ollie Pope for your delectation.Fresh from his 245 against Leicestershire. Ollie Pop…

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County cricket talking points: chilly start for the revamped championship

Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset all enjoyed victories in the opening round of fixturesBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset started the season by taking a step closer to their traditional autumnal heartbreak with a wonderfully resis…

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Division bell rings as county cricket looks to make up for lost time | Simon Burnton

There is a mixed reception for a championship that is more like last year’s Bob Willis Trophy than what we saw in 2019The last time we saw the County Championship, in 2019, Nottinghamshire had been relegated from Division One with a paltry 67 points, w…

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The five county cricketers of the year

A player may only be named as a County Cricketer of the Year once. Here are the previous winners: 2019; 2018 and 2017By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThere’s that quote from Sid Waddell – “When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears…

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Essex captain Tom Westley apologises for team’s Lord’s celebrations

Alcohol poured over Muslim player on pavilion balconyWestley says ‘we are disappointed we let this happen’The Essex captain, Tom Westley, has apologised on behalf of his team following the celebrations at Lord’s during which alcohol was poured over a y…

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The Spin | Somerset v Essex was a final that evoked their glory days of the 80s

In the era of Richards, Botham, Fletcher and Gooch, football had yet to swamp cricket and humour pervaded the rivalry The two best teams in county cricket battled for the Bob Willis Trophy at Lord’s. Despite the absence of spectators it was an earnest,…

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Essex admit celebrations at Lord’s betrayed their ‘inclusive values’

Muslim player Feroze Khushi sprayed with alcoholIncident described as unthinking over-exuberanceEssex have admitted the celebrations that followed Sunday’s victory in the Bob Willis Trophy did not meet the county’s “inclusive values” after Feroze Khush…

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County cricket talking points: Essex beat Somerset in splendid final

The circumstances were different to last year, but the result was the same, with ice-cool Essex beating valiant SomersetBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogOne of the less mentioned delights of county cricket is the margin for error. In Test crick…