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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…

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When the County Championship went down to the final over of the season

Essex clinched the title in 1984 after a dramatic day in Taunton. They would take the same outcome this yearBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogAny budding screenwriters who want to pen a Hollywood blockbuster about the County Championship should i…

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

Play scheduled to resume in rain-affected matchDay two: sides frustrated by rain againEmail Tanya, tweet or comment below the line 10.24am BST Ok, so things are looking up. The rain has stopped and they are pulling the sheets off and doing things with …

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County cricket: Somerset v Essex title decider, day two rain delay – live!

Play resumes after rain-hit first day at TauntonCatch up with Vic Marks’s day one reportEmail Tanya, tweet or comment below the line 10.59am BST So …. Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament was illegal…Lady Hale: Legality of prorogration is just…

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Somerset v Essex: County Championship title decider – live!

Over-by-over updates from the Division One showdown Thrilling climax but what is the future of county cricket?Drop Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 11.31am BST 15th over: Somerset 50-2 ( Abell 14, Hildreth 22) The fifty comes up as Abell stretches forw…

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Somerset v Essex: County Championship title decider – live!

Over-by-over updates from the Division One showdown Thrilling climax but what is the future of county cricket?Drop Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 11.31am BST 15th over: Somerset 50-2 ( Abell 14, Hildreth 22) The fifty comes up as Abell stretches forw…

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Simon Harmer says Essex hold all the cards in Championship showdown

• Somerset are bidding to win their first title• Essex can complete a double after T20 Blast victorySimon Harmer, fresh from one heck of a day out at Saturday’s T20 Blast Finals Day with maiden champions Essex, is expecting Somerset to sail close to th…

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Simon Harmer says Essex hold all the cards in Championship showdown

• Somerset are bidding to win their first title• Essex can complete a double after T20 Blast victorySimon Harmer, fresh from one heck of a day out at Saturday’s T20 Blast Finals Day with maiden champions Essex, is expecting Somerset to sail close to th…

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Somerset and Essex create thrilling climax but what is the future of county cricket? | Tanya Aldred

Winner-takes-all finale to County Championship and yet there is talk of culling counties to make way for The HundredWith autumn stepping into its strides – and conkers rolling fat and round outside the pavilion at Lord’s – cricket still has one hand to…

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Simon Harmer guides Essex to last-ball T20 Blast title win over Worcestershire

• Worcestershire 145-9; Essex 148-6. Essex win by four wickets• Captain hits winning runs after taking seven wickets during dayWith two star names on show who on Friday had been adversely affected by England’s central contract announcement, there was a…

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County cricket talking points: Somerset take advantage in title race

Somerset have overtaken Essex again at the top of the table, but the sides still have to meet in the final week of the seasonBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset’s win over Yorkshire opened up an eight-point gap on Essex, who could only dr…

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County cricket: Warwickshire v Essex, Gloucestershire v Sussex and more – live!

Day four updates from Edgbaston and beyondSomerset take title-race edge with win over YorksEmail Tanya, tweet or comment below the line 10.02am BST Division One: Warwickshire 517; Essex 278-6. Essex trail by 239 runs with four wickets remaining (first …

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County cricket: Somerset v Yorkshire, Warwickshire v Essex and more – live!

Updates from around the county groundsEngland v Australia: fifth Ashes Test – live!And you can email Tanya, tweet her or comment BTL 11.25am BST I just thought I’d post this of a Notts batsman playing well.UPDATE | Ben Duckett has hit three boundaries …

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County cricket: Warwickshire v Essex, Somerset v Yorkshire and more – live!

Updates from around the county groundsDay one: wickets tumble as title contenders struggleGet in touch with Tanya by email, Twitter or BTL 10.56am BST I’ve got Will, a young man on work experience from the Guardian here with me, and he’s going to take …

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T20 Blast talking points: Old heads set up fascinating Finals Day

Nottinghamshire play Worcestershire and Derbyshire face Essex in the T20 Blast semi-finals. It’s hard to call a winnerBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIn the 140 days between their first match of the season at Old Trafford and the Blast quarter…

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Ravi Bopara smashes Essex Eagles into T20 Blast semi-finals

• Former England all-rounder hits quickfire 39 against Lancashire• Ryan ten Doeschate key to chasing target of 160Ravi Bopara struck a superb unbeaten 39 to take Essex into a fifth Vitality Blast finals day after a six-wicket win over Lancashire at Dur…

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T20 Blast talking points: prepare for a week of intriguing quarter-finals

Lancashire v Essex, Notts v Middlesex, Sussex v Worcestershire and Gloucestershire v Derbyshire will give us a treat this weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWhen Kent beat Essex at Canterbury at the beginning of the month, it was the third of…