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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 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 talking points: prepare for a week of intriguing quarter-finals

Lancashire v Essex, Notts v Middlesex, Sussex v Worcestershire and Gloucestershire v Derbyshire will give us a treat this weekBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogWhen Kent beat Essex at Canterbury at the beginning of the month, it was the third of…

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County cricket: Kent v Essex, Surrey v Hampshire and more – live!

Updates from the latest round of Championship matchesStokes warns Australia to expect more Archer barragesGet in touch with Tanya by email, Twitter or BTL 11.14am BST Grif is scratching his head: Jimmy was named in the Second XI squad, but from what I …

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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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Moeen Ali taking break from cricket after being dropped by England

Worcs say all-rounder will take short time off to recharge‘He has had an intense schedule of international cricket’The England all-rounder Moeen Ali is taking a short break from all forms of cricket after being omitted from the squad to face Australia …

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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 …