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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…

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Essex win Bob Willis Trophy after holding on to deny Somerset once again

Somerset 301 & 272-7d drew with Essex 337-8 & 179-6Essex win trophy on first innings scoreAfter much toil and little sweat – too cold for that – the Essex players could lay their hands on the Bob Willis Trophy. For the second year in succession…

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Somerset v Essex: Bob Willis Trophy final, day five – live!

Live updates from the final day of play at Lord’sLammonby century gives Somerset chance of winEmail Tanya, tweet @tjaldred or comment BTL 10.31am BST Sam Cook finishes the last ball of his over left from last night. And the Lord’s scoreboard hasn’t wok…

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Tom Lammonby century gives Somerset a chance on final day

Opener scores 116 as Somerset lead by 191Essex will win Bob Willis Trophy with a drawThis has been an intriguing, worthwhile contest dominated by left-handers. On the second day Eddie Byrom completed a diligent century; there was princely, predictable …

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Somerset v Essex: Bob Willis Trophy final, day four – live!

Updates from the fourth day’s play at Lord’sCook hits stylish century for Essex before Somerset fight backEmail Tanya here or tweet @tjaldred 10.50am BST 102 overs: Essex 291-6 (Porter 8, Wheater 10) Wheater tucking into some loose stuff from Overton, …

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Alastair Cook hits stylish century for Essex before Somerset fight back

Bob Willis Trophy final: Somerset 301; Essex 271-6Former England captain makes 172 on day threeMasterchef has become one of the hardy perennials of British life. And here Essex’s own version, Alastair Cook, has dominated the Bob Willis final – just as …

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Somerset v Essex: Bob Willis Trophy final, day three – live!

Updates from the third day’s play at Lord’s Day two report: Cook ups Essex tempoEmail Tanya here or tweet @tjaldred 10.27am BST A flavour of Lord’s.NW8, September 2020. pic.twitter.com/hMQHWrWjG8 10.21am BST If anyone would like to send in some questio…

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Sam Cook ups Essex tempo to put skids under Eddie Byrom’s Somerset revival

Bob Willis Trophy final day two: Somerset 301 all out Cook ends with five for 76 after Byrom hits centuryA mix of frustration and anticipation at Lord’s. There was more disruption from the weather after a sunny morning during which Somerset recovered f…

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Somerset v Essex: Bob Willis Trophy final, day two – live!

Over-by-over report from the action at Lord’sEssex edge day one despite Byrom’s defiance for SomersetAnd you can email Tanya, tweet @tjaldred or post BTL 10.33am BST The players are out and Jamie Porter has the ball in his hand… 10.31am BST Gary Nayl…

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Essex edge day one of final despite Eddie Byrom’s defiance for Somerset

Somerset 119-4 as rain curtailed play at Lord’sEddie Byrom’s unbeaten 51 keeps Somerset afloatThe Bob Willis Trophy final – a bit like big Bob’s run-up – got off to a stuttering start. Only 44 overs were possible and during that time Essex took the ini…

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Somerset v Essex: Bob Willis Trophy final – live!

Live updates from county cricket’s five-day final at Lord’sThe Spin awards: a biosecure summer of unsung heroesDrop Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 11.05am BST 8th over: Somerset 12-1 (Green 3, Abell 9) Supreme though Cook and Porter are, you can’t h…

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Somerset v Essex: Bob Willis Trophy final – live!

Live updates from county cricket’s five-day final at Lord’sThe Spin awards: a biosecure summer of unsung heroesDrop Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 11.05am BST 8th over: Somerset 12-1 (Green 3, Abell 9) Supreme though Cook and Porter are, you can’t h…

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Bob Willis final given extra validity by presence of Essex and Somerset | Vic Marks

The country’s top teams will contest the one-off final, starting at Lord’s on Wednesday, to decide the Championship winnersThe Bob Willis Trophy final, to be contested at Lord’s starting on Wednesday, has been given extra validity by the presence of Es…

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County cricket talking points: T20 Blast sets up intriguing quarter-finals

Sussex, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire secured their places in the last eight of the T20 Blast this weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThis column does not do news, but if you haven’t tracked down the T20 Blast’s quarter-finals to be pla…

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County cricket talking points: Essex and Somerset reprise rivalry at Lord’s

Essex and Somerset played a County Championship decider last year. Now they will meet in the Bob Willis Trophy final By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogRyan ten Doeschate is 40 years old and isn’t blasting the volume of runs he once did. But his …

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County cricket talking points: T20 Blast enjoys an unexpected return

With The Hundred shelved for a year, the T20 Blast is treating us to some fine cricket from old favourites and new facesBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogShiny and new 17 years ago – when taxis would disgorge city types at the Oval to join the m…