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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 Championship

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog

Lancashire continued their fine season with a crushing win over Northamptonshire to all but secure qualification from the North Group with three matches to spare. Alex Davies steered them their target of 158 with an unbeaten 75, the academy product playing as a specialist batsman since Dane Vilas took captain’s dibs on the gloves. Since he was one of this column’s five county cricketers of the year in 2017, Davies’ form has dipped a little in red-ball cricket, but he enjoyed a good Blast last season and he’s back for more this time round. He’ll be 25 on Friday, still plenty young enough for international recognition, especially with England looking like they might need a little freshening up for the winter tours.

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