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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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Simon Harmer guides Essex to last-ball T20 Blast title win over Worcestershire

• Worcestershire 145-9; Essex 148-6. Essex win by four wickets• Captain hits winning runs after taking seven wickets during dayWith two star names on show who on Friday had been adversely affected by England’s central contract announcement, there was a…

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T20 Blast Finals Day: Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire in first semi – live!

Updates from the first semi-final at EdgbastonEmail Graham, tweet or comment below the line 10.43am BST Nottinghamshire captain Dan Christian wins the toss and will bowl first.Worcestershire: Wessels, Rutherford, Moeen (c), Cox (wk), D’Oliveira, Whitel…

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T20 Blast talking points: Old heads set up fascinating Finals Day

Nottinghamshire play Worcestershire and Derbyshire face Essex in the T20 Blast semi-finals. It’s hard to call a winnerBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIn the 140 days between their first match of the season at Old Trafford and the Blast quarter…

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Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali hits century to sink Sussex in T20 Blast

• Sussex 184-6 lost to Worcestershire 187-2 by eight wickets• Rapids will defend Vitality Blast on finals day at EdgbastonMoeen Ali hit a superb undefeated century as Worcestershire defeated Sussex by eight wickets in their Vitality Blast quarter-final…

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T20 Blast: Notts Outlaws crush Middlesex to reach Finals Day

• Middlesex 160-8; Notts Outlaws 165-0 (Outlaws win by 10 wkts)• Alex Hales (83*) and Chris Nash (74*) show Middlesex no mercyThe openers Chris Nash and Alex Hales fired Notts Outlaws to Vitality Blast Finals Day with a 10-wicket win against Middlesex …

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Ravi Bopara smashes Essex Eagles into T20 Blast semi-finals

• Former England all-rounder hits quickfire 39 against Lancashire• Ryan ten Doeschate key to chasing target of 160Ravi Bopara struck a superb unbeaten 39 to take Essex into a fifth Vitality Blast finals day after a six-wicket win over Lancashire at Dur…

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Eoin Morgan blasts Middlesex to domestic T20 world record run target

• Morgan’s 83 from 29 balls grabs quarter-final spot from Somerset• Essex beat Kent to snatch unlikely last-eight place in T20 BlastMiddlesex completed a world-record run chase to snatch a T20 Blast quarter-final place away from Somerset with a six-wic…

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County cricket talking points: it’s all to play for in the T20 Blast

Both groups of the T20 Blast are finely poised as teams turn their attention back to the County ChampionshipBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogLancashire continued their fine season with a crushing win over Northamptonshire to all but secure qual…

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England’s schedule could allow players to play full IPL season

• Participation in entire seven-week league is possible• Players have in the past had to return for home internationalsEngland’s cricketers look set to be granted full availability for next year’s Indian Premier League – a first since the tournament’s …

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County cricket talking points: Glenn Maxwell lights up the T20 Blast

The Australian was the star of the show for Lancashire as they beat Nottinghamshire and extended their unbeaten runBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogLancashire’s five wins have lifted them well clear of the pack in the North Group in a season br…

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County cricket talking points: T20 Blast lifts off in front of big crowds

Kent and Lancashire have made the early running in the T20 Blast, which has filled stadiums across the countryBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog“I don’t really follow cricket, but that was incredible!” That’s been said to me three or four times …

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Cricket Australia unveils family-friendly Big Bash finals revamp

Shorter season announced to bid to win back crowdsTeams finishing first and second get double chance Five teams will face off in a revamped Big Bash finals format aimed at rewarding the top finishers and adding intrigue to the end of the season. Cricke…

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Danni Wyatt lays foundation for England’s T20 win over West Indies

• England 180-6 beat West Indies 138-9 by 42 runs• Home side take 1-0 lead in three-match seriesA change in format, a change in fortunes for West Indies Women? Not so much.These are the former World T20 champions but once again – as they had already do…

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Eoin Morgan and Jofra Archer star in England T20 win over Pakistan

• Morgan hits 57 not out to guide England to seven-wicket win• Archer presses World Cup claims with two for 29This was not the most significant cricket match ever played, even in Cardiff, which may explain some of the empty seats: a T20 contest in a Wo…

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England call up uncapped Sussex batsman Phil Salt for Pakistan T20 game

• 22-year-old Salt will replace injured Dawid Malan• Salt spent winter with Islamabad United in PakistanUncapped Sussex batsman Phil Salt has been added to the England squad for Sunday’s Twenty20 international against Pakistan following Dawid Malan’s w…

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England call up uncapped Sussex batsman Phil Salt for Pakistan T20 game

• 22-year-old Salt will replace injured Dawid Malan• Salt spent winter with Islamabad United in PakistanUncapped Sussex batsman Phil Salt has been added to the England squad for Sunday’s Twenty20 international against Pakistan following Dawid Malan’s w…

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The rise of the ambidextrous cricketer

Will the emergence of Kamindu Mendis inspire other cricketers to try batting, bowling and fielding with both hands?By John Stern for Wisden Cricket MonthlyFor most of us, the sight of Kamindu Mendis on his international debut in Colombo last year bowli…

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Mitchell Starc sues insurers for $1.5m over missed IPL season

Australian quick did not play for Kolkata in 2018Starc took out unique policy with Lloyd’s of LondonMitchell Starc is taking legal action to get back the $1.53m he lost out on after missing last year’s IPL season through injury.Fairfax Media reports th…

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Ravi Ashwin criticised for controversial IPL Mankad dismissal of Jos Buttler

• Ashwin’s Mankad helps Kings XI to win over Rajasthan• Eoin Morgan says bowler has set ‘terrible example for kids’Jos Buttler’s controversial dismissal overshadowed Kings XI Punjab’s 14-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier Leagu…