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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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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…

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County cricket talking points: Championship returns with thrillers

Essex are still top of the table in Division One after their victory over Kent in a remarkable game at CanterburyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogDid you like that week of first-class wicket, slyly interpolated into the T20 biffathon? Sam Billi…

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County cricket: Kent v Essex, Surrey v Hampshire and more – live!

Updates from the latest round of Championship matchesStokes warns Australia to expect more Archer barragesGet in touch with Tanya by email, Twitter or BTL 11.14am BST Grif is scratching his head: Jimmy was named in the Second XI squad, but from what I …

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County cricket talking points: it’s all to play for in the T20 Blast

Both groups of the T20 Blast are finely poised as teams turn their attention back to the County ChampionshipBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogLancashire continued their fine season with a crushing win over Northamptonshire to all but secure qual…

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T20 Blast talking points: Somerset find form as Yorkshire find rain

Somerset look well placed to reach the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast after three wins in four daysBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWith four teams from each group to qualify for the quarter-finals, now is a good time to go on a little trot an…

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County cricket talking points: Glenn Maxwell lights up the T20 Blast

The Australian was the star of the show for Lancashire as they beat Nottinghamshire and extended their unbeaten runBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogLancashire’s five wins have lifted them well clear of the pack in the North Group in a season br…

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County cricket talking points: T20 Blast lifts off in front of big crowds

Kent and Lancashire have made the early running in the T20 Blast, which has filled stadiums across the countryBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog“I don’t really follow cricket, but that was incredible!” That’s been said to me three or four times …

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County cricket talking points: Yorkshire dent Somerset’s title bid

Somerset’s hopes of winning their first County Championship took a hit at Headingley – and Essex were quick to capitalise By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset ran into three Yorkshire centurions, as Gary Ballance, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Ha…

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County cricket talking points: happier Somerset hammer Hampshire

Somerset’s 313-run win over Hampshire at Taunton was the perfect response after their defeat to Essex last weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogAfter their defeat at Chelmsford last week, Somerset were back at Taunton and looking to re-establis…

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County cricket talking points: Essex beat Somerset to crack open title race

Aaron Beard and Alastair Cook were on form for Essex as they cut Somerset’s lead at the top of the tableBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt’s often the way that a run like Somerset’s ends in a blazing car wreck of a match – and, sure enough, it…

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County cricket talking points: Essex beat Hampshire to step up title bid

Essex crushed Hampshire at Chelmsford and now face a huge match against league leaders Somerset next weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset really can do no wrong! With a week off to contemplate their view from the summit of Division One…

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County cricket talking points: Somerset do a Surrey and beat Surrey

George Bartlett hit a career-best 137 as Somerset won at Guildford to return to the top of the tableBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset made Surrey feel like they were playing the 2018 version of themselves, as they won their fourth match…

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County cricket talking points: Hampshire draw at Yorkshire to go top

Gary Ballance hit a century for Yorkshire but Hampshire dug in at Headingley to leapfrog Somerset at the top of the tableBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogHampshire leapfrogged inactive Somerset to go top of the table after time ran out in a wea…

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County cricket talking points: Somerset win another trophy at last

The One-Day Cup final was underwhelming but the tournament should be resurrected at the earliest opportunityBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThey may be the two best sides this season but, on the day, one was a lot better than the other. Hampsh…

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County cricket talking points: Somerset dare to dream of first title

Somerset had to settle for a draw against Surrey but they are still unbeaten and still top of the table By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset lead a trio of counties at the top of Division One table, but it could have been so much better fo…

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County cricket talking points: in praise of the One-Day Cup

We say goodbye to an old friend on Saturday when Hampshire meet Somerset in the last one-day cup final at Lord’sBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogJust 26 days after the first match of the Royal London Cup, there’s only the final to come. Each te…

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Peter Trego helps Somerset set up One-Day Cup final against Hampshire

• Trego’s 73 helps Somerset to 115-run win over Nottinghamshire• Holders Hampshire beat Lancashire by four wicketsSomerset will face the holders Hampshire in the One-Day Cup final after convincing wins over Nottinghamshire and Lancashire in Sunday’s se…