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County cricket: Hampshire’s double delight in Championship and Blast

Joy for Hampshire and dismay for Gloucestershire as Championship divisions and T20 Blast knockouts are setBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogRather than an over (so passé after all), this week’s column could become an example of the Queen of Hear…

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County cricket: Hampshire’s double delight in Championship and Blast

Joy for Hampshire and dismay for Gloucestershire as Championship divisions and T20 Blast knockouts are setBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogRather than an over (so passé after all), this week’s column could become an example of the Queen of Hear…

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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: Notts send message with big win over Essex

Nottinghamshire beat the reigning champions by an innings and look good at the midway point of the group stageBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIf sport really were drama, the French philosophers of the 1960s would have pronounced upon it. Somew…

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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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Lancashire v Northants and more: county cricket day three – live!

Day three updates in the latest County Championship gamesDay two roundup: Abbas skittles MiddlesexGet in touch with Tanya on email, Twitter or BTL 10.29pm BST Group 1 10.29pm BST Good morning from Manchester where the sun rises gladly after Parky’s bal…

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Lancashire v Northamptonshire and more: county cricket day two – live!

Day two updates from Old Trafford and beyondDay one: Robinson shines for Sussex at GlamorganGet in touch! Email Tanya, tweet or comment below 10.59am BST The players are out in sparkling whites, Sanderson has the ball and we’re off! 10.53am BST Who wan…

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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: all to play for as T20 Blast comes to the boil

Every team will play three games this week as they try to book their places in the quarter-finalsBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWith all sides having three matches left in the Blast, Nottinghamshire are the closest to securing a top-two slot …

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Covid-19 forces abandonment of Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire

Northants player who had not travelled tested positiveBob Willis Trophy match called off on day oneEnglish professional cricket suffered its first Covid-19 abandonment since the resumption when stumps were pulled at the Bob Willis Trophy match between …

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David Capel obituary

Cricketing all-rounder who was loyal to Northamptonshire and made 15 Test appearances for EnglandIt was 1989, another disastrous summer for English cricket. The Ashes had been lost, horribly. Half the England team were on the brink of joining a rebel t…

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David Capel, former England and Northants all-rounder, dies aged 57

Capel was diagnosed with brain tumour in 2018Played 15 Tests and gave 32 years unbroken service to countyDavid Capel, the former Northamptonshire and England all-rounder, has died aged 57 following a long illness, the county has announced.Capel, who pl…

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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…

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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, county cricket: Northants v Somerset and more – live!

Live updates from Sunday’s play around the groundsEngland’s capacity for unlikely victory can leave you lost for wordsDrop Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 11.12am BST I discovered yesterday evening that Essex currently have 10 homegrown players in th…

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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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My favourite game: Derbyshire v Northants, 1981 NatWest Trophy final | Robert Kitson

For a sport-obsessed teenager who had a perverse obsession with Derbyshire, this nail-biting final was a chance of validationNot every childhood highlight stands the test of time. Were Curly Wurlys really that good? Or Toffos? Or Puffa Puffa Rice? It p…

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County cricket talking points: Essex and Somerset gave us a special season

The season belongs to the champions but Somerset also deserve great credit for the way they pushed Essex all the wayBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt wasn’t just the weather that was miserable at Taunton – or was it? Somerset failed again in …

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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 …