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County cricket talking points: Surrey’s youngsters deserve their title

Surrey are well led, unbeaten and have bowled, batted and fielded better than any other side in the County ChampionshipBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogAs had been clear for some weeks now, the champions’ pennant will fly over the Oval next sum…

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Ben Cox wallops Worcestershire past Sussex to T20 Blast glory

• Rapids chase down Sharks’ 157 with nine balls to spare• Cox smashes winning runs and finishes 46 not outGiven the day out had begun almost eight hours previously, it was a show of restraint that we were a full 15 minutes into the final before we saw …

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Vitality Blast T20 Final: Worcestershire Rapids v Sussex Sharks – live!

Over-by-over updates from the final at EdgbastonCricket Australia to investigate Moeen Ali’s claims he was called ‘Osama’Email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin 7.46pm BST 16th Over: Sussex 133-4 (Evans 50, Burgess 1)The Somerset lads are in the crowd dressed …

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Somerset scent glory as Vitality Blast puts unsung counties in spotlight

Edgbaston will be full for a Finals Day that promises to show some of the game’s less heralded sides at their Twenty20 bestSurrey have already been crowned county champions, England have wrapped up a Test series victory over India and the football seas…

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Sam Curran draws IPL interest after England heroics against India

• Royal Challengers Bangalore among teams linked to Curran• All-rounder’s decision may depend on World Cup prospectsSam Curran’s stunning emergence for England this summer has attracted a raft of interest among the Indian Premier League’s cash-rich tea…

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Lewis Gregory’s knock sinks Notts and sends Somerset to T20 Finals Day

• Somerset 209-5; Notts 190 all out; Somerset win by 19 runs• Taunton win secures semi-final against Sussex at EdgbastonThe captaincy can enhance a cricketer and here we saw another example of this phenomenon as Somerset’s Lewis Gregory produced a…

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Joe Root to polish T20 skills in Big Bash stint for Sydney Thunder

• Root to squeeze in T20 between England’s winter tours• Test captain feared being left behind in T20 formatJoe Root has secured the Twenty20 experience he has long been craving. He and Jos Buttler are to play for Sydney Thunder in Australia’s Big Bash…

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County cricket talking points: Notts and Sussex reach T20 Blast last eight

Kent, Lancs, Durham, Sussex, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Notts will contest the quarter-finals this weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThough Warwickshire’s trouncing of Lancashire in their penultimate fixture gave them a ch…

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Ben Stokes may find door to Australia’s Big Bash closed to him this off-season

• It’s definitely not a good look, says Sixers’ Jodie Hawkins• Stokes played Big Bash for Melbourne Renegades in 2015Ben Stokes could see his return to the Big Bash League blocked, with the Australian team who were leading the chase to sign him ruling …

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Counties should revolt against The Hundred and reverse the ECB coup | Matthew Engel

ECB directors have browbeaten and bamboozled counties into giving away their power – time for a Campaign for Real CricketHere is the squad representing English cricket at the Lord’s Test on Thursday. It may not be the one you expected. Delia Bushell, M…

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Australia coach Justin Langer handed sweeping selection powers

Langer joins Greg Chappell and Trevor Hohns on panel Mark Waugh, who resigned in May, not replaced New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has been handed sweeping powers in a shake-up of the selection panel.Langer will join Greg Chappell and Trevor…

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Domestic cricket under threat as Lord’s leaps to wretched conclusion

City-based competition The Hundred, brainchild of the ECB’s chairman and chief executive and due to arrive in 2020, will not complement the old ways but cannibalise themThe tumult of this extraordinary sporting summer has momentarily died away. Suddenl…

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County cricket talking points: Roses drama excites fans more than media

Lancashire and Yorkshire produced a marvellous last-ball finish in the T20 Blast – not that you’d know from the scant coverageBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogHas there ever been a greater mismatch between popular interest and media profile tha…

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The Hundred’s mania to be different makes it grimmer by the minute | Vic Marks

Five-ball overs, 10 balls bowled from the same end makes the ECB’s new competition more confusing increasingly less necessary as the game prospers on a blazing hot summerMore leaks have dribbled out about The Hundred, the proposed one-day tournament th…

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County cricket talking points: old heads lead Yorkshire in T20 Blast

Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson combined to give Worcestershire their first defeat in the competitionBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWorcestershire stay top of the North Group in the T20 Blast having won one and lost one last we…

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David Warner hits first half century since return to cricket

Australian opener makes 55 in Global T20 winWinnipeg beat Edmonton by seven wicketsA captain’s knock from David Warner help extend Winnipeg’s campaign at the Global T20 in Canada. The opener’s 55, coupled with an unbeaten 65 from fellow Australian Ben …

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Joe Root’s place in England T20 side is the least of their worries | Vic Marks

Paul Farbrace says Test captain will still play a big part despite omission from final game against IndiaThe defeat by India in the T20 series is not a calamity but it is a chastening reminder that England, whatever the rankings, do not necessarily rul…

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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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Australia’s rise up T20 rankings stalled by defeat to Pakistan

Pakistan win tri-series final in Harare by six wicketsParkistan record highest successful run-chase in T20IsAustralia good run of Twenty20 form was ended by a red-hot Pakistan who won their tri-series final in Zimbabwe by six wickets. Aaron Finch’s tea…

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Eoin Morgan admits Ben Stokes’ return gives him difficult decision

• All-rounder fit to face India in Bristol after injury lay-off• Alex Hales’ form ‘makes him a very strong case’, says captainVictory in Cardiff on Friday means a showdown in Bristol to decide the outcome of a T20 series that has been so much more intr…