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County cricket: Middlesex v Kent, Somerset v Hants and more – live!

Updates from around the county groundsEngland v India: fifth Test, day five – live!You can email Tanya here or tweet her here 11.23am BST Somerset now 20/4 – still trailing Hampshire by 22 runs on first-innings. Abbott 4/16. 11.20am BST This is Will’s …

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County cricket: Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire and more – live!

Updates from the final day of the latest round of matchesGet in touch below the line or tweet Graham hereEngland v India: fifth Test, day one – live 10.03am BST Good morning from Trent Bridge, where it is a gloriously sunny morning for the second day r…

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County cricket: Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire and more – live!

Updates from the final day of the latest round of matchesGet in touch below the line or tweet Graham hereEngland v India: fifth Test, day one – live 10.03am BST Good morning from Trent Bridge, where it is a gloriously sunny morning for the second day r…

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County cricket: Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire and more – live!

Updates from the final day of the latest round of matchesGet in touch below the line or tweet Graham hereEngland v India: fifth Test, day one – live 10.03am BST Good morning from Trent Bridge, where it is a gloriously sunny morning for the second day r…

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County cricket talking points: old heads lead Yorkshire in T20 Blast

Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson combined to give Worcestershire their first defeat in the competitionBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWorcestershire stay top of the North Group in the T20 Blast having won one and lost one last we…

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County cricket talking points: why is the T20 Blast not taking off?

The tournament has been blessed with good weather and a plum spot in the calendar but it is not reaching a wide audienceBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThe Vitality Blast! (Is it just me, of does “Vitality Blast” sound like a pole vaulter rout…

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County cricket talking points: Hampshire outsmart Kent in cup final

Rilee Rossouw hit a match-winning 125 as Hampshire beat Kent in the Royal London Cup final at Lord’sBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogEven in the 50-overs format, cricket requires strategic choices of a complexity beyond what most other sports c…

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Hampshire’s Rilee Rossouw puts Royal London Cup out of Kent’s reach

• Hampshire 330-7; Kent 269. Hampshire win by 61 runs• Sam Billings scores 75 off 60 but four run outs cost KentForty years of hurt and Kent will still be dreaming. Sunny skies, queues around the corner and a crowd of more than 20,000 to witness the oc…

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Hampshire all-stars face Kent’s homegrown underdogs in Royal London final

• First Lord’s final between the sides since 1992• James Vince and Heino Kuhn have been prolific run-scorersThe human interest stories for Saturday’s Royal London One-Day Cup final are varied and many. Kent’s 42-year-old Darren Stevens will be negotiat…

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County cricket talking points: Kent and Hampshire to meet in cup final

Kent will play Hampshire at Lord’s on 30 June, making this year’s Royal London One-Day Cup final an all-southern affairBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWhat makes a good team a bad team for just one match? As Kent hammered Nottinghamshire in th…

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County cricket talking points: Ravi Bopara’s runs require more respect

Only six players have scored more runs than Ravi Bopara in the last decade. And he hit another century for Essex this weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogEssex, who know a bit about winning cricket matches, disposed of already qualified Kent t…

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Daniel Bell-Drummond: ‘We want people from all backgrounds coming to cricket clubs’

Daniel Bell-Drummond talks of his ambition to climb into the Test top order as well as to develop cricket in low-income areasDaniel Bell-Drummond does not get recognised much as he walks around his home streets in Catford, south-east London. In fact he…

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All-round brilliance of James Harris drives Middlesex to win over Northants

• Former champions demoted in 2017 are first to triumph this season• Harris takes most wickets and makes highest score in gameAnd so the first spoils of the 2018 Specsavers County Championship went to Middlesex, champions of 2016 but demoted to Divisio…

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County Championship roundup: Kent and Northants suffer stunning collapses

• Kent bowled out for 64 in 18.5 overs by Gloucestershire• Middlesex’s James Harris takes five-for against NorthantsAnd so within 48 hours the County Championship swung from the damply ridiculous to the calamitously camp. A combination of pitches sweat…

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James Vince back to frustrating best as rain hits County Championship return

• Hampshire batsman hits rapid 75 before missing straight ball• Four games are washed out without a ball being bowledIt is not supposed to start with a whimper. Six Championship games: four called off without a ball bowled, at Headingley, Old Trafford,…

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County Championship: fans of all 18 counties preview the cricket season

How is your team shaping up? Fans give their verdicts on the season aheadI thought we’d narrowly avoid relegation before last season, so found our Championship win quite astonishing. But Simon Harmer won’t be the same unknown quantity this season and J…

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County Championship 2018: how will your team perform this season?

With the new county cricket season beginning next week, we’d like to hear your hopes for the summer aheadThe weather is looking a bit kinder than in recent weeks and soon cricket grounds around the country will be hosting domestic games. Friday 13 Apri…

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From Catford to the Caribbean: a young cricketer’s good news story | Barney Ronay

This is a tale from beyond finishing schools of inner-city talent, passion and dedication being rewarded with an opportunityA few years back I wrote in these pages about the death, or rather enforced euthanasia, of Lewisham cricket, another minor stage…

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Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone hits double century against Warwickshire

• England prospect scores unbeaten 215 to build massive lead
• Essex bowlers bring leaders back into the game against Somerset

The sense that Liam Livingstone is a rare talent who will end up playing all three formats for England was emphatically strengthened by his brilliant maiden double-century for Lancashire against Warwickshire at Old Trafford.

Livingstone’s unbeaten 215 (from 318 balls with 25 fours and three sixes, one of which – a pull off Olly Stone – brought up his century) leaves Lancashire 284 runs ahead with four first-innings wickets in hand at the game’s halfway stage. A golden opportunity awaits to close the gap on the Division One leaders Essex before their visit to Old Trafford next week. Lancashire will go into that game second, and look the team best placed to haul Essex down.

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County cricket talking points: Imran Tahir proves worth and Adam Lyth revitalised by record

Derbyshire reach T20 Blast quarter-finals while Yorkshire miss out despite a milestone but can separation by net run rate be made less opaque?

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Fifteen of 18 counties eyed scoreboards anxiously on the last day of the T20 Blast group stages as, after all those weeks of matches, only three (including Durham) had no chance of making the quarter-finals. Is that a testimony to the competitiveness of the format or a condemnation of the foolishness of hijacking high summer for a lot of sound and fury that ultimately signified nothing? Soon we will have two chances to consider that conundrum. Leicestershire won’t be too bothered about such musings as they secured their spot in the last eight with a victory over the team of the season (so far) Nottinghamshire, who had already topped the North Group. The most fantastic Mr Foxes proved to be Cameron Delport and Matt Pillans, the former making a century, the latter defending seven off the last over. Both are South African-born, somewhat nondescript (for this level) players, whose faces will not be screaming out of the knockout stages marketing posters. Good on them but also, I’m afraid, as the young people say, meh.

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