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County cricket talking points: Hampshire draw at Yorkshire to go top

Gary Ballance hit a century for Yorkshire but Hampshire dug in at Headingley to leapfrog Somerset at the top of the tableBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogHampshire leapfrogged inactive Somerset to go top of the table after time ran out in a wea…

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Moeen Ali: ‘What has happened to us? There’s so much hate in the world’ | Ali Martin

All-rounder is wary of social media but proud of his Birmingham roots, as he prepares for a World Cup and Ashes summerIt’s a woefully wet Wednesday in south Birmingham but, in the shelter of Edgbaston’s cavernous indoor school, Moeen Ali is working on …

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County cricket talking points: Somerset dare to dream of first title

Somerset had to settle for a draw against Surrey but they are still unbeaten and still top of the table By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogSomerset lead a trio of counties at the top of Division One table, but it could have been so much better fo…

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County cricket talking points: in praise of the One-Day Cup

We say goodbye to an old friend on Saturday when Hampshire meet Somerset in the last one-day cup final at Lord’sBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogJust 26 days after the first match of the Royal London Cup, there’s only the final to come. Each te…

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Somerset surge into One-Day Cup semis with 147-run win over Worcestershire

Azhar Ali takes five wickets as Worcs skittled for 190Lancashire set Middlesex 305 to win at Lord’sTom Banton’s century laid the foundations for Somerset’s convincing 147-run victory over Worcestershire in the Royal London One-Day Cup play-off at New R…

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One-Day Cup talking points: Notts and Hampshire cruise into semi-finals

Nottinghamshire will face either Worcestershire or Somerset, and Hampshire will play either Middlesex or LancashireBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogNottinghamshire needed 23 runs off 12 balls with just two wickets in hand if they were to top th…

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Royal London Cup: Royal London Cup: Patel century earns Notts semi-final win by one wicket

• Samit Patel hits 136 against Northamptonshire• Lancashire earn final play-off place in North GroupSamit Patel’s unbeaten century ensured Nottinghamshire secured a home Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final by the barest of margins after they defeated N…

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Kumar Sangakkara becomes first non-British MCC president

Sri Lankan great succeeds Anthony Wreford in OctoberWorcestershire hammer Notts in Royal London CupThe former Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been appointed as the first non-British president of Marylebone Cricket Club. Sangakkara will begin his…

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One-Day Cup roundup: Lancashire beat Yorkshire by one run in thriller

• Home side fall short of victory in last-ball drama at Headingley• Sussex thrash Kent; Glamorgan give Somerset a frightLancashire successfully defended 311 to win a nailbiting Easter Sunday Roses match by one run at Headingley and end their losing sta…

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Six-wicket Jack Leach spins Somerset to innings victory over Nottinghamshire

• Notts lose last eight wickets for 60 in second innings• Essex hold off Surrey pacemen, Dan Lawrence falls short of 100England spinner Jack Leach’s six for 36 inspired Somerset to their second successive victory of the season. Leach, playing in his fi…

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Cricketer guilty of raping sleeping woman

Judge tells Alex Hepburn, ex-Worcestershire all-rounder, jail sentence is inevitableA cricketer has been found guilty of raping a sleeping woman as part of a “sexual conquest competition” he helped set up on a WhatsApp group.Alex Hepburn, 23, was found…

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County Championship roundup: Ed Smith sees Surrey’s batsmen find form

• Ryan Patel, Ben Foakes and Will Jacks all pass 50 against Essex• Gary Ballance and Joe Root in the runs again for YorkshireSurrey’s title defence got under way with a flourish at The Oval as a succession of their young batsmen gamboled in the spring …

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County Championship 2019: Divisions One and Two team-by-team guide

Somerset and Surrey look best equipped to battle for the title while Division Two features an intriguing race to make the top three promotion places Continue reading…

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Farbrace considering Trevor Bayliss for Edgbaston team in The Hundred

• Bayliss in running to coach side in new 100-ball tournament• Australian will step down as England coach in SeptemberPaul Farbrace began life as Warwickshire’s new director of sport on Thursday but England’s recently departed assistant coach is alread…

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County cricket talking points: Surrey and Essex see out the season in style

Essex won the title without losing a game last season. This week they ensured Surrey did not emulate their achievement By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWith the last ball of the last day of the last match still standing in 2018, the County Cham…

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County cricket talking points: Surrey and Essex see out the season in style

Essex won the title without losing a game last season. This week they ensured Surrey did not emulate their achievement By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWith the last ball of the last day of the last match still standing in 2018, the County Cham…

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County cricket talking points: Worcestershire down and lose Clarke

Worcestershire were relegated to Division Two – for the sixth time in 14 years – five days after winning the T20 Blast trophyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWorcestershire’s relegation – as much expected as their Twenty20 Cup win last week was…

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County cricket: Sussex v Warwickshire, Somerset v Surrey and more – live!

Updates from the penultimate round of Championship matchesYou can email Tanya here or tweet her hereECB sets out to show reasons Hundred can be a success 10.58am BST Actually, it was a close-run thing. Gloucestershire are now 1/1. Hammond to Hutton (wh…

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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 …