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County cricket: Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire and more – live!

Updates from the final day of the latest round of matchesGet in touch below the line or tweet Graham hereEngland v India: fifth Test, day one – live 10.03am BST Good morning from Trent Bridge, where it is a gloriously sunny morning for the second day r…

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County cricket: Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire and more – live!

Updates from the final day of the latest round of matchesGet in touch below the line or tweet Graham hereEngland v India: fifth Test, day one – live 10.03am BST Good morning from Trent Bridge, where it is a gloriously sunny morning for the second day r…

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County cricket: Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire and more – live!

Updates from the final day of the latest round of matchesGet in touch below the line or tweet Graham hereEngland v India: fifth Test, day one – live 10.03am BST Good morning from Trent Bridge, where it is a gloriously sunny morning for the second day r…

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County cricket talking points: look out for spin on T20 Finals Day

Somerset, Worcestershire, Sussex and Lancashire have made it to the most entertaining day of the season at EdgbastonBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogAll four Vitality Blast quarter-finals proved to be comfortable wins for the progressing teams,…

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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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County cricket talking points: Surrey are building a big lead in Division One

Surrey, the only undefeated team in the country, are looking imperious after five straight wins in the County ChampionshipBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSurrey have opened up a 34-point buffer at the top of Division One after marmalising Nott…

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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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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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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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County cricket talking points: Ravi Bopara’s runs require more respect

Only six players have scored more runs than Ravi Bopara in the last decade. And he hit another century for Essex this weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogEssex, who know a bit about winning cricket matches, disposed of already qualified Kent t…

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County cricket talking points: One-Day Cup spoils the plot for the season

Why disrupt the season just as the County Championship had started to take shape and build some momentum?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogI review theatre elsewhere and, inevitably, the worlds of cricket and stage occasionally overlap. To succe…

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County cricket talking points: Surrey’s youngsters see off Joe Root

Sam Curran and Amar Virdi put on a show at the Oval and they gave the England captain the best view in the houseBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSurrey flogged 20 wickets out of the Oval square in smashing a strong Yorkshire side by an innings …

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Warwickshire’s Olly Stone: ‘I greet each wicket with a fist-pump now’

The paceman thought his career may be over after rupturing his ACL jumping to celebrate a wicket in 2016 but he could now be the answer to England’s fast-bowling prayersPace. It felt the final frontier for England on their ill-fated voyage to Australia…

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County cricket talking points: Notts are threatening to emulate Essex

Newly promoted Nottinghamshire are top of the table after their third win of the season. Will they ‘do an Essex’?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogNottinghamshire’s third win of the season puts them 17 points clear at the top of Division One, as…

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County cricket talking points: Olly Stone deserves an England call-up

The Warwickshire bowler was brilliant against Sussex in the first week of the season. Why not play him against Pakistan?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWarwickshire’s Olly Stone is the fastest English bowler right now – and probably the fastes…

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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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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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