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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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County cricket talking points: Surrey go top thanks to supreme Pope

Ollie Pope’s 117 helped Surrey beat Somerset and go top of Division One. He could also do a job for EnglandBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThe County Championship backed into the spotlight with a round of matches that, if you could find them, …

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England should be taking names as Australia ease past Middlesex

• Middlesex 182; Australia 283-6. Australia win by 101 runs• Travis Head’s century eases tourists to victoryThis was as decorous an affair as one might expect. A good sprinkling of curious spectators gathered here to have a look at the visiting Austral…

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County cricket talking points: Royal London Cup throws up a few surprises

Worcestershire and Derbyshire are leading the north group, with Hampshire making the early running down southBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThe Royal London Cup north group table is beginning to take on a shape and it’s something of a surpris…

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Somerset’s Steve Davies and Jack Leach fend off Matt Parkinson for draw

• Lancashire leg-spinner’s career-best fails to force win• Notts go top of First Division with win over HampshireOn a scorching day in Manchester, as the swifts arrived from the south, Somerset batted all day until the teams shook hands at te…

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Lord’s and ladies join forces at last to forge new first for women’s cricket

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards led MCC against Middlesex on ‘special day’ for a burgeoning sport“What are culottes?” It was a question Middlesex’s Australian import Hayleigh Brennan put to her new team-mates as they looked out over Lord’s, wh…

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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 cricket talking points: six questions before the new season

Essex are defending champions and Middlesex are aiming to return to the top flight. Will we witness an historic summer?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogApart from 1947’s Denis Compton inspired sun-soaked, run-soaked season, perhaps every spring…

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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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Middlesex lose appeal against points deduction as relegation stands

• Middlesex appealed against over rate penalty in match with crossbow incident• ‘Rules relating to over rates are clear,’ says cricket discipline commission chairMiddlesex have lost their appeal against the two-point penalty imposed on them by the ECB …

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Hampshire’s James Vince ensures Middlesex complete slide to relegation

• Middlesex lose to Somerset and are relegated as Vince’s Hampshire draw
• Notts and Worcestershire promoted from Division Two

Middlesex won the County Championship in 2016 with a hat-trick from a seamer with a double-barrelled surname and this time were left hoping for another, only to save them from relegation. Alas, Warwickshire’s Oliver Hannon-Dalby is no Toby Roland-Jones, and he could not weasel out the last three Hampshire wickets; Middlesex had gone from champions one year to relegation the next.

This was the polar opposite of the ecstasy of that heady day at Lord’s last September, a slow death for Middlesex, waiting more than five hours from their own moment of defeat to the confirmation of their demotion. After failing to take their match against Somerset to lunch on the final day, and Hampshire’s gritty grind to a draw at Edgbaston, their relegation – by a single point – was confirmed.

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County cricket final day: Middlesex, Hampshire and Somerset fight drop – live!

Live updates from Edgbaston and all the latest from TauntonUnbeaten Essex sign off by thrashing YorkshireComments are closed early on but you can email Will or tweet 10.44am BST Inspection underway here, and warm-ups happening in earnest. Maybe start a…

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County cricket: Jennings to leave Durham for Lancashire, plus day two of final round – live!

Live updates from the final round of county fixturesMiddlesex unhappy after struggling on Somerset surfaceEmail Will, tweet @willis_macp or comment below the line 11.28am BST Grievous Bodily Harmer is coming on fro Sam Cook. 29 for one. 11.26am BST Oni…

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Tom Westley survives Ashes injury scare as England rivals forced to wait

• Essex batsman only bruised after being struck on the hand by rising delivery
• Gary Ballance and James Vince yet to bat following a day hit by rain

The ball had not even landed in second slip’s hands, but Tom Westley was shaking his right thumb in pain and then sprinting from the field, straight into the Chelmsford medical room with the vigour of a man whose Ashes hopes had been shattered. It was a brutish lifter from Yorkshire’s Steve Patterson, one of the least brutish bowlers on the county circuit, that accounted for the Essex No3 for 13.

However, with England’s selectors – who have already lost Toby Roland-Jones and Haseeb Hameed to injury during last week’s Championship action – naming their Ashes squad on Wednesday, Westley was relieved to learn an X-ray revealed that damage did not extend beyond the loss of his wicket and a badly bruised thumbnail. He will bat in Essex’s second innings, although that may arrive too late to influence the selectors; having averaged 24 in his five Tests this summer, his place is far from secure.

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County cricket talking points: Essex are still unbeaten with one game to play

The side that won promotion a year ago and won the title a fortnight ago looked as if they would suffer their first defeat of the season. But they just keep winning

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

Whenever the scoreboard ticked over to 76, the late Brian Johnston would announce that it was “Trombone Time”, so how he would have enjoyed Essex’s win over Hampshire at the Rose Bowl. The hosts’ Aussie captain, George Bailey, un-Pontingly enforced the follow-on after the wheels had finally come off in the champions-elects’ annus mirabilis, dismissed for 76 in their first dig. Cue 20-year-old Dan Lawrence’s century, backed up by the old hands, James Foster and Neil Wagner, who posted 82 for the ninth wicket to set an awkward fourth-day target of 185 for a suddenly nervy and much-needed win. The victory fanfares were soon blaring again for Essex, as Sam Cook led the attack with 5-18 to despatch Hampshire for (you guessed it), 76 stretching Essex’s lead at the top of the table to 69 points. They’re just trolling their opponents now.

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County cricket final round: Essex v Yorkshire, Somerset v Middlesex – live!

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Not a pretty scene at Grace Road, where it’s might wet.

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A bit on prize money. Essex have obviously sewn up the really important bit, but there’s plenty for Surrey and Lancs to play for. Second place shares £240,000, and third £115,000. The winners of Division Two gets £120,000, and the runner-up £57,000.

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