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County cricket: Championship and Blast reach midsummer shake-ups

A flurry of matches this week have set up the fight for divisional status in the Championship and the quarter-finals in the BlastBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIn Group One in the County Championship, the qualifying slots for Division One pro…

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County cricket: Worcs, Surrey and Kent set early pace in T20 Blast

Joe Clarke and Gareth Batty were the stars of the show as the T20 Blast returned this weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWorcestershire sit top of the North Group, courtesy of two wins and a tie at home to Nottinghamshire. Chasing 153 after J…

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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: 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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Lancashire v Northants, Surrey v Leics and more: county cricket – live!

Day four updates in the latest County Championship gamesSaturday’s roundup: Surrey’s Pope finds form with double centuryGet in touch with Tanya on email, Twitter or BTL 9.54am BST Good morning from Manchester where the sun continues to shine, if throug…

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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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Under pressure: why athletes choke

What makes an elite sports star suddenly unable to do the very thing they have been practising for years? And is there anything they can do about it? Scott Boswell stood at the start of his bowling run-up, immersed in his own very public hell. It was t…

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County cricket talking points: Notts beat Surrey (and rain) to win T20 Blast

Dan Christian was superb for Notts as they overcame Surrey at Edgbaston to secure their second T20 Blast titleBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt’s only a game, of course. But it’s only a play too, and we still call them tragedies. I can recall…

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County cricket talking points: Notts beat Surrey (and rain) to win T20 Blast

Dan Christian was superb for Notts as they overcame Surrey at Edgbaston to secure their second T20 Blast titleBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt’s only a game, of course. But it’s only a play too, and we still call them tragedies. I can recall…

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County cricket talking points: Notts beat Surrey (and rain) to win T20 Blast

Dan Christian was superb for Notts as they overcame Surrey at Edgbaston to secure their second T20 Blast titleBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt’s only a game, of course. But it’s only a play too, and we still call them tragedies. I can recall…

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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: Somerset set sights on Lord’s final

Somerset have never won the County Championship but they are the team to beat in the Bob Willis TrophyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset, six points clear at the top of the Central Group, prospered having rustled up a storm of their own …

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County cricket talking points: Essex beat Sussex to maintain 100% record

The only 100% record in the Bob Willis Trophy is held by the club who also fly the County Championship pennant By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIn my mind’s eye, it’s always David Coleman in his staccato voice. “So Bill Beaumont, the simple que…

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Bob Willis Trophy talking points: a welcome return for county cricket

After months of waiting, cricket fans were treated to nine intriguing matches in the first week of the Bob Willis TrophyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogMaking a decent fist of it at the top of the England order are a couple of what you might c…

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Bob Willis Trophy talking points: a welcome return for county cricket

After months of waiting, cricket fans were treated to nine intriguing matches in the first week of the Bob Willis TrophyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogMaking a decent fist of it at the top of the England order are a couple of what you might c…

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Bob Willis Trophy: county cricket returns with new rules and no fans | Tanya Aldred

Four-day red-ball cricket returns with one-off tournament named after the much-loved England bowler and punditThis was going to be the year the Hundred booted the County Championship to the margins of the summer and took over the school holidays with i…

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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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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: Sussex v Durham and more – live

All the latest from the County ChampionshipIndia v West Indies: World Cup – live!Wednesday roundup: Surrey earn first win of seasonAnd you can email John here, tweet him here or comment BTL 11.21am BST Another wicket for Northants. Coles again, this ti…