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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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Sussex see off a green Glamorgan and ask a question of Nottinghamshire

• Sussex 268 & 211/9; Glamorgan 294 & 182
• Sussex won by one wicket

A staggering win for Sussex, a day of rain at Kent and positions of strength for Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire: the race for Division Two’s two promotion spots is bubbling beautifully, and this was a seismic day of action.

Sussex’s was an extraordinary win, against Glamorgan – who picked a green team as their big names rested up for T20 Finals Day. Chris Jordan docked the tail to finish with five for 46 as Glamorgan made 182 at their Colwyn Bay ground. Sussex’s pursuit of 209 got off to the worst possible start as Lukas Carey had Luke Wells caught behind first ball and soon enough they were 10 for two. Stiaan van Zyl and Chris Nash rebuilt, before Andrew Salter dismissed Van Zyl (lbw) and Luke Wright (stumped) with successive deliveries to leave Sussex 100 for four.

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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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County cricket talking points: Kumar Sangakkara’s season average hits 109.50

Sangakkara has now hit 876 runs this season; Somerset need to wake up; Kent have to be more ruthless; and Paul Collingwood’s declaration deserves an ovation

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

Essex and Surrey started their match separated by one point at the top of Division One and finished it in identical shape, the draw not really helping either in a tight race for the pennant. Inevitably, Surrey were indebted to Kumar Sangakkara, who “failed” in his bid for six consecutive centuries, falling for 86 as the match meandered to a draw on the last afternoon. Having registered a round 200 in the first dig, the ageless Sir Lankan scored 47% of Surrey’s runs off the bat, but will have to wait for that hundredth senior hundred. He has now scored 876 runs for Surrey this season at an average of 109.50 – so one suspects he will not be waiting for very long. Contributions were more spread among the Essex players, but teenager Dan Lawrence caught the eye again with a ton. He, like fellow teen Sam Curran (who made 90 in Surrey’s first dig), can only learn from the honour of sharing a cricket field with an all-time great of the game.

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County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Kent v Sussex and Glamorgan v Durham – live!

• All the final day action from Chelmsford plus news from around the grounds
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Wicket at Tunbridge Wells! Harris bowls Wiese and Kent are three away from victory over Sussex. 211 for seven. Still 293 adrift…

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Grievous Bodily Harmer on here. About time that one of these got out so that Sanga can have a shot at his sixth straight ton.

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Essex beat Somerset to close in on Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final spot

• Tom Westley was the mainstay of victory, making 100 from 98 balls
• Gloucestershire dented Sussex’s hopes of reaching knockout stages

Essex moved close to a home semi-final in the Royal London One-Day Cup with a 72-run win over the previous South Group leaders, Somerset.

Tom Westley was the mainstay of Essex’s 50-over total of 334 for six at Taunton, making exactly 100 from 98 balls. Ravi Bopara (92 not out) and Alastair Cook (65) also shone with the bat and Somerset fell well short, despite Johann Myburgh hitting 57 out of a 64-run opening stand with Jim Allenby.

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County cricket round-up: Alastair Cook’s return powers Essex past Somerset

• Cook hits century in first match since resigning England captaincy
• Yorkshire’s Ben Coad takes 10 wickets against Warwickshire

Essex and Alastair Cook are back, and mean business. In his first competitive match since resigning the England captaincy in February, Cook’s 110 – his 57th first-class century – provided the backbone of Essex’s remarkable chase of 255 against Somerset at Taunton, their first win since returning to the top flight after a six-summer absence. For Somerset, runners-up last year and brimming with youthful, local talent, this represented a disappointing start to a season they are highly fancied for.

Cook’s was an untroubled, unfussy innings in a cruise of a chase, a surprise given 18 wickets had fallen on the second day. All it took, it turned out, was some better batting, because the surface – unlike last season – offered no great help to bowlers, fast or slow. Having brought up his century with a nudged 202nd ball to leg for four, Cook fell before tea, heaving Dean Elgar to midwicket but an authoritative chase was just 39 from completion.

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County Championship 2017: Divisions One and Two – team-by-team guide

Surrey’s signings make them a good bet for the title, though Middlesex and Somerset should challenge again while Sussex have solid promotion credentials Continue reading…

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South Africa’s David Wiese turns back on country for Sussex deal

• Wiese joins Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw in ending international career
• Guardian highlighted that South Africa was facing player drain in December

David Wiese has become the third South African to effectively end his international career in favour of a move to county cricket after signing a three-year deal at Sussex.

Related: Last of the Kolpaks? Why South Africans are in a rush before Brexit bites | Andy Bull

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South Africa’s David Wiese turns back on country for Sussex deal

• Wiese joins Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw in ending international career
• Guardian highlighted that South Africa was facing player drain in December

David Wiese has become the third South African to effectively end his international career in favour of a move to county cricket after signing a three-year deal at Sussex.

Related: Last of the Kolpaks? Why South Africans are in a rush before Brexit bites | Andy Bull

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Rob Andrew: we want to know that Sussex cricket still has a big part to play

Hove club’s new chief executive has a first-class century to his name and played for Yorkshire seconds, but after more than 30 years in rugby union, he currently has more questions than answers as he strives to keep Sussex ‘relevant’

Eyebrows were raised in two sports when it was announced Rob Andrew would enter the fraught, fragile world of county cricket as the chief executive of Sussex.

For Sussex, who received 50 applications to replace the estimable Zac Toumazi, and the county game, Andrew, a known quantity from beyond the sport’s boundary, represented quite a coup.

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Former RFU rugby director Rob Andrew named as Sussex’s new chief executive

• Ex fly-half is surprise choice after 10 years at governing body
• Andrew will replace Zac Toumazi when he steps down next month

Former England rugby union fly-half Rob Andrew is the surprise choice as Sussex’s new chief executive.

Related: England recall Jonny May for Argentina match in place of Semesa Rokoduguni

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Recalling Duncan Spencer, the cricketer who lived fast and bowled even faster

Duncan Spencer played football as a kid, before taking up cricket and becoming a batsman. Then he found his sporting superpower: he could bowl ‘quite quick’

By Rob Smyth for The Nightwatchman, of the Guardian Sport Network

You may not have heard of Duncan Spencer. If you have, you’ll probably recall one or all of the following things: he bowled at the speed of light to Sir Viv Richards on live TV, he had serious injury problems, and he was the first player in Australian cricket to be banned for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

All those are true, but a 140-character biography barely skims the surface of an extraordinary life story. Spencer might just be England’s great lost fast bowler. And Australia’s. Even in a golden age of quick bowling, his volcanic pace stood out. Richards said Spencer was the fastest bowler he’d faced. Ricky Ponting, who almost had a fight with Spencer in the middle of a Sheffield Shield match, said he and Shoaib Akhtar were the quickest he came up against. Dennis Lillee described Spencer as “frightening”.

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Worcestershire’s Miguel Cummins ends Sussex late charge to seal victory

• Worcestershire 306 & 194; Sussex 229 & 260
• Worcestershire won by 11 runs

Worcestershire’s director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, praised both sides after his county’s highly entertaining 11-run victory against Sussex here on Wednesday.

Sussex, chasing 272 for an improbable victory with a very inexperienced batting lineup, looked out of it when they were 113 for six. But then Chris Jordan and David Wiese added 114 in 23 overs to set up the possibility of a win before Miguel Cummins finished off the match with a burst of wickets to end with figures of 12 for 166.

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Sussex’s Steve Magoffin takes 10 wickets again but Worcestershire have edge

• Worcestershire 306 & 194 v Sussex 229 & 13-1
• 386 runs scored for 17 wickets on thrilling day

Steve Magoffin took 10 wickets in a match for the fourth time in his career at Hove on Tuesday but it was probably not enough to save Sussex from defeat by Worcestershire.

Magoffin followed his five for 38 in Worcestershire’s first innings with five for 32 to give him match figures of 10 for 70. In each innings he took three out of the top five and he now has the record of dismissing more opening batsmen this season (22) than any other bowler.

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County Cricket talking points: Middlesex condemn Notts and Yorkshire crush Durham

The battle to avoid joining Nottinghamshire in Division Two next season looks as tasty as that for the County Championship title after a week of batting collapsesBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThough separa…